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Sheriff's Correction Lieutenant

Salary: $37.25-$45.47 hourly / $6,478-$7,908 monthly / Range: 6586

DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, organizes, directs and supervises a wide variety of complex and technical administrative, program, operational or service-related custody activities in the main jail or the detention facility in Santa Maria; serves as watch commander on assigned shifts; performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is the management level in the Sheriff Correctional/Custody Officer series. The primary emphasis is on planning and directing detention and correction operations. This class is distinguished from the Custody Sergeant in that the latter class is assigned responsibility for running the day to day operations. The Sheriff Correctional/Custody Officer series is utilized only in custody facilities, whereas the Sheriff's Deputy series performs the full range of law enforcement activities, including custody. Incumbents will be required to carry a firearm on certain assignments, and to regularly qualify with firearms pursuant to department policy.


1. Plans, organizes, and directs detention and corrections operations on a shift, which includes: corrections and institutional services; inmate supervision, security, discipline and recreation; deployment of personnel in emergency situations; classification of inmates for housing assignments; supervision of inmate work programs and legal processes for booking, court appearances and release; maintenance of facilities, equipment, and grounds; automated support processes.
2. Reviews jail facility programs and operations to assure compliance with federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations and guidelines related to jail facility standards and operations; may serve as departmental liaison with federal and state review bodies and detention compliance agencies.
3. Develops, reviews and implements detention facility policies and practices which are consistent with legislation, County management directives, Sheriff's Department goals, and operational needs; identifies and resolves administrative and operational problems within the division related to facilities, programs, services, procedures, forms, work flow, and equipment through research, analysis, and evaluation.
4. Participates in the selection and training of staff; assigns and directs shift scheduling and relief coverage; coordinates employee orientation and training; supervises and evaluates staff and recommends corrective or disciplinary action for subordinates. May be assigned responsibility for investigating alleged violations of personnel rules and policies.
5. Prepares or reviews a variety of narrative and statistical reports related to inmate population and characteristics, workload activities, program and facility operations, staff utilization, service provision, and related subjects.
6. Monitors budget needs; assists in the preparation of budget requests; reviews and inputs budget documents.


1. Two years experience equivalent to a Sheriff Correctional/Custody Sergeant with Santa Barbara County; or,
2. three years experience supervising Sheriff Correctional/Custody Officers in a custody facility, including acting as shift commander in the absence of the Sheriff Correctional/Custody Sergeant; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards 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.

Additional Information: Some positions in this classification may require possession of a valid California Class B Driver's License. Appointees to those positions requiring a Class B license will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once on the job, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.

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: the laws, codes, ordinances and policies which govern the care, detention and release of prisoners; modern methods and techniques of discipline as they relate to persons under criminal confinement; principles and practices of modern adult institutional facility management and deployment practices; supervisory principles and practices; rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Sheriff's Department detention facilities; recent developments, current literature and sources of information relevant to the operations of a modern detention facility.

Ability to: plan, organize, direct and supervise the programs and operations of a correction facility; analyze emergency situations and make effective personnel and equipment deployment decisions; plan and assign work; supervise, train and evaluate staff; interpret and enforce institutional rules, regulations and other policies with firmness, tact and impartiality; analyze and resolve administrative problems and implement changes; prepare clear and concise written reports and oral presentations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with prisoners, subordinate staff, management and support personnel, the general public, County departments and other criminal justice system agencies; respond fairly and impartially to people from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds; work with individuals who may be hostile in an environment which is often unpleasant; work independently and make rational decisions; learn governmental budget practices.

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