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Sheriffs Lieutenant

Salary: $44.44-$54.25 hourly / $7,729-$9,436 monthly / Range: 6940

DEFINITION: Under direction, manages the operations and staff of a unit of sworn deputies, sergeants, and non-sworn personnel in the areas of Patrol Operations, Criminal or Special Investigations, Detentions and Corrections, or Administrative Services; and performs other related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the first-line management classification in the Sheriff's Department. Incumbents in this class are responsible for managing the activities of a major subdivision, facility, or function of the Department. The Sheriff's Lieutenant is distinguished from the Sheriff's Sergeant in that the latter functions as a working supervisor. The Sheriff's Lieutenant is distinguished from the Sheriff's Commander by the fact that the latter is an upper-level management classification responsible for directing a division within the department.


1. Manages a unit or subdivision of the department by: developing unit budgets; supervising and training assigned sworn and non-sworn personnel; assigning, coordinating, and evaluating staff; and solving work-related problems.
2. Issues verbal and written instructions to enforce rules, regulations, and departmental policies and procedures; conducts periodic inspections; may serve as Watch Commander; makes shift assignments and coordinates all field activities.
3. Conducts administrative studies and special projects on issues such as morale, crime trends, and special events; assists in managing general departmental administration activities as assigned.
4. Develops and maintains effective relations with other agencies and the public, and participates in the exchange of technical information and crime reports with other law enforcement agencies for the purpose of identifying multi-jurisdictional crime trends, improving strategies, and developing multi-agency solutions.
5. Composes correspondence in addressing citizen complaints and requests for information, and in responding to internal questions and concerns; writes staff reports to aid in the evaluation of departmental performance.


1. Completion of 60 semester or equivalent quarter units from an accredited college or university or possession of an Intermediate P.O.S.T. Certificate, and five years of professional law enforcement experience, including two years at the supervisory level of Sergeant; 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: Possession of U.S. Citizenship and a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: criminal investigation and crime prevention methods; the rules of evidence and the laws governing the custody of prisoners; modern crime records systems and their utilization; applicable State laws and County and departmental ordinances; principles and practices of effective supervision; general budgeting principles; the geography of the County; standard English grammar and usage.

Ability to: analyze law enforcement and administrative problems, and recommend and adopt effective courses of action; plan, assign, organize, prioritize, review, and delegate the work of self and others; establish standards and evaluate performance; learn the principles and application of performance measures; learn to prepare and administer budgets; prepare accurate and comprehensive records and reports; establish and maintain effective working relations with command staff, subordinates, colleagues, members of the public, community organizations, and the media; learn and apply principles and practices of law enforcement management.

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