I got an email today from the Sheriff's Dept. I passed my oral interview and ranked 5th among the candidates that interviewed. They are going to be hiring 3-5 candidates. The number of which they hire I believe is dependent on how many people are assessed as being qualified after all steps of the hiring process conclude (so if there are 5 qualified candidates, they will hire 5, but not more than that).
Basically, being number 5 on the list, I will be looked at and don't have to hope someone else washes out before they get to my number on the list . I'm so excited but don't want to get my hopes up too much. I am awaiting a phone call/email about next steps in the process, but what I know will be left to complete is a polygraph test, a thorough background investigation and a psychological evaluation/test.