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Sheriff's Correction Commander

Salary: $42.83-$52.29 hourly / $7,449-$9,094 monthly / Range: 6866

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

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an upper management level class. Incumbents are expected to have advanced knowledge of departmental and general detention facility policies and procedures and extensive managerial and administrative ability. This class differs from the Sheriff's Commander in that it is responsible for the activities of a custody operations division. This class differs from the Chief Deputy Sheriff in that the latter has authority over several divisions. Incumbents will be required to carry a firearm on certain assignments, and to regularly qualify with firearms pursuant to department policy.


1. Through subordinate personnel, manages the corrections and administrative activities of the custody division of the Sheriff's Department; directs Sheriff Correctional/Custody Lieutenants in the management of their assigned programs, operations, and staff; coordinates the work of the division with others in the department.
2. Evaluates operations, staffing, training, and record keeping systems; ensures adequacy, efficiency and effectiveness of corrections and administrative operations; establishes resource priorities based on program needs.
3. Supervises, trains, evaluates, and disciplines staff.
4. Plans, implements, interprets and enforces corrections and administrative policies and procedures; reviews the work of the division to ensure that activities are conducted in conformance with the law, departmental rules and regulations.
5. Develops strategic plans related to care and custody of prisoners.
6. Administers, controls, and monitors budget for division; prepares budget requests; prepares fiscal and statistical reports.
7. Writes reports and orders; issues verbal and written directives for division policies and procedures and actions; corresponds with the public and other agencies.


1. Experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Sheriff Correctional/Custody Lieutenant and possession of a P.O.S.T. management certificate or an S.T.C. Manager/Administrator certificate, or completion of 15 semester units or equivalent quarter units from an accredited college in a subject closely related to the duties of a CO 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 Requirements:

* U.S. Citizenship or permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship.
* Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.
* Must meet minimum peace officer standards as specified in California Government Code Sections 1029 and 1031 including but not limited to the following: must have no prior felony convictions (unless fully pardoned), good moral character as determined by thorough background check; must submit fingerprints for purpose of a criminal record check and be found free from any physical, emotional or mental condition which might adversely affect the powers of a peace officer.

Desirable Qualifications: Academic course work in closely related subjects such as criminal justice, law enforcement, psychology and sociology which directly relates to the required knowledge and abilities listed is desirable. Successful completion of education or course work comparable to the National Institute of Correction Jail Management Course or a course certified by the California Board of Corrections Standards for Training in Corrections is highly desirable.

Knowledge of: principles and practices of correction management including care, detention, and release of prisoners, modern institutional facility management practices; laws and regulations affecting the operations of a corrections facility; correctional facility procedures; public personnel management and supervisory principles and practices including public safety practices and employee relations; strategic planning methods and tools; and principles and practices of budget administration.

Ability to: direct a large, complex organization; ability to delegate responsibility and authority to others; act decisively in emergency situations and adopt a proper course of action; consider the costs and benefits of potential actions in order to choose the most appropriate one; analyze data or information in order to reach appropriate solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems; analyze and organize factual material and controversial issues for oral and written presentations; and communicate effectively in writing and orally.

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