Correctional Staff Lieutenant

Open to State of DE Dept of Correction Merit Employees Only

Recruitment #041917-MBDB05-380400

Summary Statement

A class incumbent is responsible for performing various administrative functions necessary to ensure the maintenance of discipline and security within a correctional/detention facility.

  • Responsible for the supervision of an assigned shift of Correctional Lieutenants and Officers, or the overall responsibility of Correctional Lieutenants and Officers at a small facility or for a facility-wide program.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Serves as a shift supervisor or as commander of the control center. Oversees the implementation of policies/procedures and the enforcement of institutional/departmental rules and regulations.  Ensures accurate and consistent interpretation of same.
  • Directs and instructs all custody staff in the performance of assigned duties. Maintains discipline among officers.  Interprets policies, procedures, rules and regulations to officers.
  • Plans and schedules work assignments, regulating vacations, approving overtime and scheduling relief officers in order to maintain and adequate complement of custody staff for critical posts and areas.
  • Makes regular inspections of buildings, grounds, cell blocks and other areas of the facility.
  • Oversees the taking of periodic counts of inmates/detainees. Receives, reviews and records same.  Investigates any discrepancies to ensure accurate counts are maintained.
  • Conducts disciplinary hearings and investigations regarding alleged rule violations by inmates. Prepares decision and submits to superior for approval.
  • Staffs or assists in staffing the control room during emergencies.
  • Serves as arsenal administrator, maintains necessary weaponry and ammunition and assures a state of readiness in the event of an emergency. Responsible for recall of custody staff in emergencies.
  • Prepares variety of reports regarding staff, inmates/detainees and operations.
  • May act in the absence of the Warden.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Correctional Staff Lieutenant
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. At least eighteen months experience as a Correctional Lieutenant or equivalent experience.
  2. Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

In-Line Statement - Appointees other than in-line promotions must successfully complete a Department training course in security and related areas prior to assignment.  This course is administered by the Department of Correction at the Employment Development Center.  Coursework includes physical, classroom, and hands-on training.  Instruction is provided in the areas of inmate supervision, defensive tactics, riot control, weapons, report writing, and emergency medical training.       \

Employees in a Correctional Officer (CO) series position will be eligible to retire under the provisions of HB207 if they are employed as Hazardous Duty Level A-1 at the time of retirement, have completed twenty-five (25) years of pension creditable State service, and with at least twenty (20) of those years of pension creditable service as a CO series classified position as Hazardous Duty Level A-1.

Incumbents working four or more hours of work between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. the following day will receive 5% shift differential pay.

Applicants may only apply if they are current permanent employees of the State of Delaware Department of Correction in a position covered by the Merit System who have completed their initial probationary period.

Conditions of Hire

Union:  As a condition of accepting employment, the person selected for this position shall join and pay dues to the labor organization or may, instead not join but pay a service fee no greater than the dues.  The labor organization has been elected by employees as their representative for collective bargaining and other work related purposes.


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Selection Process

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at

Examination: A written test is required.  You will need to retake the exam if you have not applied in DEL by 3/24/2010. Test study guides may be obtained by visiting the Human Resource Management web-site at Applicants scheduled for examinations will be required to show photo identification to the exam proctor before taking the exam.  All scheduling notices will be sent via email to the applicant.  Please check your email for your scheduled exam date.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.