DEFINITION: Under direction, plans, organizes, directs, and
commands the operations of major division(s) of the Sheriff's
Department; and performs related work as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will, assistant
department head class. The incumbent is exempt from Civil Service
and serves at the pleasure of the department head. This is the chief
administrative class in the Sheriff's Department, and is responsible
for directing the operations of all the major divisions of the
department, including patrol, corrections, and administration. The
Undersheriff also assumes command of the department in the absence
of the Sheriff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Directs operational and administrative activities in the
Sheriff's Department; supervises patrol operations, corrections and
administrative divisions of the department.
2. Develops, implements, interprets and enforces policies and
procedures related to law enforcement services in Santa Barbara
County; reviews and makes recommendations related to legislation
which would impact the activities of the department; prepares
reports concerning management problems and other administrative
3. Plans for utilization of resources and assists in the
preparation, administration and management of the department budget.
4. Coordinates activities with other law enforcement agencies and
officers and with federal, state and local law enforcement and
corrections agencies in maintaining law and order; develops
emergency response plans.
5. Plans and directs development and implementation of programs
related to law enforcement activities, including the prevention and
investigation of crimes, protection of life and property, care and
custody of prisoners, communications and related activities.
6. Supervises and evaluates staff.
7. Represents the Sheriff at public and civic meetings; acts for the
Sheriff in the Sheriff's absence; represents the Sheriff's
Department to the public, community agencies, and other law
8. Speaks before groups and boards.
1. Three years of progressively responsible management experience in
the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department or an equivalent law
enforcement agency, and completion of a P.O.S.T. Management
Certificate or 15 college semester units closely related to
management in law enforcement; 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.
U.S. citizenship and possession of a valid California Class C
Driver's License are required.
Knowledge of: Section 1031 of the California Government Code;
principles and practices of law enforcement management and
operations; public personnel practices; principles of supervision;
budgeting; effective peace officer deployment methods; operations
requirements of actual and anticipated emergency situations;
criminal law and current court cases and legislation affecting
Sheriff's Department administration.
Ability to: plan, organize and direct law enforcement and
administrative activities; develop and implement law enforcement
programs; analyze and evaluate management, organization,
administrative and law enforcement activities; identify and analyze
administrative problems and implement operational changes;
understand and interpret laws, regulations and policies governing
department activities; manage resources effectively; prepare budget
and funding proposals; supervise and evaluate managers; develop
emergency plans and act decisively in emergency situations;
establish and maintain effective and cooperative relations with
staff, other County departments, public agencies and the public;
write; speak effectively before groups.