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Sheriff's Captain

Recruitment #2014-13846-01

Salary:$50.57 - $61.47/hour; $8,765.10 - $10,655.03/month
Job Type: Promotional and/or Interdepartment Transfer
Date Opened:3/12/2014 8:00:00 AM
Filing Deadline:3/26/2014 5:00:00 PM
Employment Type: Permanent/Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Work Location: Tahoe Area (Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Truckee)
Auburn Area (Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Meadow Vista, Penryn)
South Placer (Granite Bay, Loomis, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville)
HR Analyst: Jennifer Duvall

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This is a promotional recruitment. Only current, permanent County employees will be considered.


To plan, organize, direct and manage the activities of a major division within the Sheriff's Department; to coordinate operational and policy activities with other divisions and departments; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Undersheriff and Sheriff.


The Captain level recognizes positions that provide full line and functional management responsibility for a division or program area within a department.


Receives administrative direction from the Undersheriff.

Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop and implement Divisional goals, objectives, policies and procedures; report to the Sheriff/Coroner and Undersheriff on matters related to the activities of the assigned division.
  • Plan, organize and direct activities within a major division including functional assignment and responsibility for corrections, field operations, investigations, or the Lake Tahoe Substation within the Sheriff/Coroner's Department; coordinate work with other divisions and departments.
  • When assigned to the Lake Tahoe Substation, manage the planning, organizing and directing of all activities of the substation on a daily basis; plan long term activities for the substation; maintain dialogue with community leaders in the north basin; manage all internal affairs and disciplinary actions; maintain contact and communication with the Auburn office.
  • When assigned to the Department's correctional facility, manage the operation and maintenance of a correctional facility within legal boundaries; confer and coordinate daily with other county agencies, courts and others on matters pertaining to the incarceration, prosecution, transport, care and custody of inmates in the facility; review and take action as necessary on daily disciplinary/incident report and inmate grievances; physically inspect custody portion of main jail and minimum security barracks on a daily basis; implement and oversee programs and expenditures related to the inmate welfare fund and its income sources.
  • When assigned to the investigations function, manage all criminal investigations including, narcotics, crimes against persons and burglary; give technical advise and assistance to staff; obtain information by interrogation in investigations and surveillance; review and participate in the most complex and difficult cases; prepare and supervise preparation of cases for court; assist in court prosecution and monitor extradition proceedings, including the return of prisoners.
  • When assigned to the patrol operations, organize and assign personnel among shifts; review shift activities through reports prepared by subordinate officers and through conferences with command personnel; instruct personnel in operating procedures; organize and assign personnel as needed for special events or disasters; review activity on particular beats to monitor statistical trends and change operational policies as necessary; ensure proper training of all patrol staff; maintain liaisons with other patrol focused law enforcement agencies as necessary.
  • When assigned to administrative operations, plan, organize, and assign personnel with regards to communications, operations, personnel, training, payroll, records, and other support services; act as liaison with other divisions and county departments; develop and recommend policies and procedures for improved work flow and efficiency.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the work plan of an assigned division; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Prepare the Division's budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.
  • Assess and evaluate a division's efficiency through employee and public input, personal field inspections and analysis of criminal activity studies and other special reports.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the Division to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • Appear in court to give testimony when required.
  • Respond to emergencies when off duty.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience: Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in law enforcement work, including at least two years in the classification of Lieutenant with the Placer County Sheriff's Department.

Training: Completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:

  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.
  • Possession of a California Peace Officer Standards and Training Advanced Certificate; must be eligible to obtain the Management Certificate within one year of date of appointment.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and procedures of police science and administration; modern methods and practices of criminal investigation, control and custody of prisoners, field operations and correctional facility operations.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and law; pertinent case law; in addition to Departmental rules and regulations.
  • Geography and road network of the County.
  • Proper Coroner procedures.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of policy development.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.

Ability to:

  • Organize and direct the activities of a major division within the Sheriff's Department; plan, assign, instruct and supervise the work of subordinate officers engaged in law enforcement and corrections.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve Department related issues; remember various personnel rules; and explain and interpret policy.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and in meetings for long periods of time.  Intermittently, twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine hand manipulation; lift light weight; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means.
  • Perform the most complex work of the Department.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Enforce the law firmly, tactfully and impartially; deal courteously with the general public, subordinates, employee organizations, other County departments and other agencies.
  • Skillfully and properly use and care for firearms.
  • Maintain good physical, emotional and mental condition to satisfactorily perform the functions of the position; meet and maintain required peace officer employment standards to safely and effectively perform assigned duties.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; resolve conflicts in an effective manner; obtain information through interview and interrogation.
  • Interpret and make decisions in accordance with applicable laws, policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Implement a participatory management program throughout Department and motivate staff by inclusion.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work effectively in stressful situations; act quickly and calmly in emergencies.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Oral Examination (100%)

The oral examination will be conducted by a panel of raters who will assess and rate the degree to which each applicant demonstrates the knowledge and abilities required for this classification. Applicants’ responses to a series of job related questions, as well as their education and experience, will be rated in relation to the requirements for this classification.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants for regular full and part-time positions must pass a medical examination which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation. Applicants for extra help positions may be subject to a drug screening. All applicants must sign a constitutional oath, submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S. and be fingerprinted. For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, be bonded or undergo a background check.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment and retaliation is prohibited and that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. Please contact the Personnel Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Personnel Department.

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