The Kane County Board established the Kane County Sheriff's Office Merit Commission in 1966. The Commission is composed of three members: a chairman, a vice-chairman and secretary. The Commission meets monthly or at times of testing and screening applicants for positions with the Sheriff's Office. All deputized personnel of the Kane County Sheriff's Office are under the jurisdiction of the Kane County Sheriff's Office Merit Commission.
The duties of the Commission are to accept applications and to screen applicants through written examinations, agility tests and oral interviews. Upon successfully qualifying applicants, the Commission prepares a certified list for the Sheriff's use. The Sheriff's office conducts investigations of background, reputation, character, employment records, and a psychological test. The Commission also tests Sheriff's personnel for promotions and holds hearings on members of the Sheriff's Office when complaints have been filed in violations of the Rules and Regulations.