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Sheriff's Commander

Salary: $51.10-$62.38 hourly / $8,887-$10,850 monthly / Range: 7220

DEFINITION: Under general direction, supervises the investigative, patrol, corrections and administrative activities of a division within the Sheriff's Department; applies law enforcement techniques for effective law enforcement, crime prevention, investigations and jail operations; supervises division personnel; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an upper management level class in the Sheriff's Department. Incumbents direct a division of the department and are expected to have advanced knowledge of departmental and general law enforcement policies and procedures and extensive managerial and administrative ability. This class differs from the Chief Deputy Sheriff in that the latter has authority over several divisions.


1. Plans, assigns, reviews and evaluates the work of assigned law enforcement, corrections, administrative and clerical personnel; identifies law enforcement and administrative needs and sets goals to meet them; develops schedules and coordinates activities with staff to insure effective operational policies and procedures; coordinates work flow and solves related problems; supervises, trains, evaluates and disciplines staff.
2. Plans and implements law enforcement and administrative programs and operating policies and procedures; participates in law enforcement deployment planning; develops strategic plans related to the prevention and investigation of crime, protection of life and property, care and custody of prisoners, and communications; utilizes sound law enforcement deployment practices in maintaining law and order and in responding to emergency situations.
3. Administers, controls and monitors budget for division; prepares budget requests; prepares fiscal and statistical reports.
4. Writes reports and orders; issues verbal and written directives for department policies and procedures and actions; corresponds with the public and other agencies.
5. Develops and maintains effective relations with other agencies and the public.


1. Two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Sheriff's Lieutenant and: possession of a P.O.S.T. management certificate, or completion of 15 semester or equivalent quarter units from an accredited college in a subject closely related to the duties of a Commander in a law enforcement agency; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: U.S Citizenship and possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License are required. Must meet criteria for section 832 of the California Penal Code and section 1031 of the California Government Code.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of modern law enforcement, such as correctional management, investigations and patrol practices and effective deployment and utilization methods; laws and regulations which affect the operations of a Sheriff's Department, including case law related to investigations, patrol, administrative and criminal law; principles and practices of budget administration; public personnel management and supervisory principles and practices; law enforcement safety equipment and standards.

Ability to: learn and apply the administrative code; learn jail operations; identify and solve management and administrative problems; develop and coordinate budgets; plan, prioritize and coordinate and supervise the work of a division; develop and implement long range emergency plans; act decisively in emergency situations and adopt a proper course of action; analyze crime patterns and develop crime reduction methods; write, review and analyze reports; speak effectively to groups; establish and maintain cooperative relations with colleagues, other County staff, and the public; resolve conflicts with tact and diplomacy; use firearms, radios and physical restraint devices; understand, interpret and explain laws, regulations and policies governing law enforcement operations; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; effectively delegate responsibility and authority to others; project consequences of decisions; interpret administrative direction and incorporate it into operational policies and procedures.

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