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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.


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 functions.
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 enforcement agencies.
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.

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