County of Alameda

Lieutenant (#8620)

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Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Lieutenant (026)
$89.18-$98.26 Hourly / $7,134.40-$7,860.80 BiWeekly /
$15,457.87-$17,031.73 Monthly / $185,494.40-$204,380.80 Yearly

Under general direction, to administer a Community Re-entry Center, a Planning and Research Unit, a Criminal Investigation Unit, a Central Identification Bureau, a Records, Warrants, Dispatch and Crime Analysis Unit, or a Coroner’s Bureau; to assist in the administration and management of a large detention facility or substation; to perform a particular assignment in the Civil and Court functions; to perform staff inspection services, making complete investigations and necessary reports regarding department policies, practices and procedures as directed by the Sheriff; to perform in specific roles for contract services as directed by the Sheriff; and to perform staff administrative duties and related work as required.


Incumbents of positions in this class may be assigned operational responsibility for personnel and activities on a shift basis in a large substation of the department or may have continuous administrative responsibility for a small functional unit or group of activities. The class is distinguished from the next higher class of Captain in that the higher class has a larger range of command responsibilities, organizational authority, and policy decisions.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

When assigned to Law Enforcement functions:

1. Has command responsibility of a substation or a contracted service during assigned shifts; acts for the substation commander as directed; assists in the administration and management of the substation as directed, by performing various staff administrative and personnel functions.

2. Evaluates crime reports, determines need for immediate investigative response and dispatches the appropriate personnel to the scene; receives briefing from previous shift commander regarding station, work status and special circumstances; briefs subordinates on special patrol matters and events; checks the assignment of equipment, cars, citation books, and papers to be served; inspects, maintains and ensures security of the station, its environs, and all operating equipment; reassigns personnel and equipment in cases of illness, injury, equipment failure or emergency; receives and evaluates requests for police service and supervises the dispatching of patrol cars; coordinates activities at major crime scenes and disasters until relieved; reviews patrol reports for completeness and correctness.

3. Manages the operation of personnel and activities of the various units, which may include but are not limited to the compilation and filing of criminal evidence as prescribed by law and maintaining related records and statistics; the reception, process, service and return of all arrest warrants, including actual apprehension, extradition and transportation of arrestees; the coordination and processing of various business licenses and activities requiring permits.

4. Directs investigative work in a large substation; receives and evaluates crime reports; assigns, organizes and coordinates the work of investigators; recommends proper training for the investigators; advises and confers with subordinates regarding detection methods and techniques; assumes command and responsibility at major crime scenes; performs difficult, confidential investigations; directs the programs for suppression of vice and racketeering; receives reports and leads on suspected cases of vice and racketeering; organizes stake-outs and other methods of surveillance; arranges for departmental personnel to assist, or hires undercover operators; collects, preserves, and evaluates evidence; prepares reports of investigations; coordinates with the District Attorney to present evidence and prepare for trial; and interacts with print and video media as required.

When assigned to Detention and Corrections functions:

1. Has responsible command of a detention facility during an assigned shift; receives briefing from previous shift commander regarding status of facility and inmates, special details and unusual circumstances; inspects buildings, grounds and other features for security, sanitation, and maintenance during an assigned shift; accepts responsibility for facility management and security after inmate, key and cash accounts are verified; briefs subordinates on special orders, changes in schedule or procedures; reassigns personnel and equipment due to illness or emergencies; manages the on-the-job training of subordinate personnel; manages the periodic counting, movement and feeding of inmates; manages the booking and housing of new inmates; initiates escape interception procedures; quells disturbances and takes command action in emergencies until relieved by superior officers.

When assigned to Civil and Court functions:

1. Has responsibility for managing outlying Court Services offices through supervision of the unit Sergeants; responsible for development and enforcement of civil process record-keeping procedures and the receipt/disbursement of civil funds held in trust; responsible for the safety, security, and sanitation of the Court Services and Civil offices; develops and enforces policy and procedures, manages staffing levels and training for staff to ensure an appropriate level of civil/law court order enforcement and services in these areas are delivered to the public, and that personnel are informed of relevant changes in civil law and departmental procedures; ensures that courtrooms, security hallways and cell areas are appropriately staffed to ensure the efficient and safe operations of the courts.

2. Maintains close liaison with court administrator and judiciary; makes operational decisions regarding the appropriate level of staffing and methods necessary to attain that staffing to handle security at major or high profile criminal or civil cases; develops and enforces policy and procedures for the proper and lawful handling of juries in deliberation, including the transportation, lodging and/or feeding of juries as required by the court; develops, reviews and ensures that staff assigned to Court Services offices are appropriately trained to perform their assignments; investigates threats against the judiciary and supervises the Judicial Protection Team.

3. Tracks relevant statistical data for report preparation; prepares the annual unit budget and identifies unit staffing and equipment needs.

4. Manages the movement of prisoners and hospital patients to and from courts, jails, state penal institutions, and state and county hospitals; oversees and makes decisions on conflicts regarding the transportation of inmates; ensures the secure, safe and timely transportation of all inmates to and from courts throughout Alameda County through development and enforcement of policy and procedures and management of staff and fleet resources; supervises the Transportation Sergeant and manages the Transportation budget; prepares and files all transportation claims; ensures the maintenance, cleanliness and security of vehicles and facilities; develops and enforces safety regulations.

When assigned to a Unit Command:

1. Administers Planning and Research Unit; directs and participates in gathering, analyzing, and interpreting statistical data; reviews proposed and enacted legislation and assesses its impact on departmental operations; reviews grant program announcements and prepares applications for grant projects; directs and coordinates activities of consultants and unit personnel in surveying departmental operations; processes requests for data processing services; reviews requests for access to law enforcement data systems at county, regional and state level, recommends action and coordinates implementation of access; initiates and reviews proposals for system or procedural changes and recommends action; manages law enforcement accreditation efforts.

2. Directs the Community Re-entry Center; has command responsibility for the facility; coordinates the activities of the Weekender Work Program, the Electronic Surveillance Program, the Work In Lieu of Confinement Program, and the Residential Educational Program. Coordinates program functions; maintains liaison with other similar programs and County and State agencies; oversees building security and sanitation through regular inspections; supervises training programs for subordinates; regulates proper controls to provide safety and security to inmates, employees, and the public; maintains public awareness of Community Re-entry program and coordinates outside agency and volunteer assistance.

3. Administers Records, Warrants, Dispatch and Crime Analysis Unit; oversees the operation of Emergency Services Dispatch to ensure efficient and reliable service and appropriate response to the agencies served and the general public; manages the functions of Records and Warrants to ensure a high level of service in a timely manner while observing the legal rights and protections guaranteed to the public; oversees the Crime Analysis operation to ensure the development and interpretation of information used in the prediction of criminal activity and apprehension of suspects; coordinates the overlapping and related functions of each individual aspect of the overall unit.

4. Manages operations at the Coroner’s Bureau; has 24-hour operational/administrative responsibility for both the Coroner’s Unit and the Public Administrator’s Unit; oversees contracts for professional and specialized services; prepares and administers the Bureau budget; administers estates of decedents; manages state-mandated investigative fees; responds to legal issues pertaining to Coroner’s reporting requirements; serves as the Sheriff’s representative on court-mandated death review committees; coordinates Region II Coroner’s mutual aid response in the event regional mutual aid is needed.

5. Has responsibility for the Central Identification Bureau, which is a cooperative, which is a cooperative venture between the Sheriff’s Office and all other law enforcement agencies within the county, to provide 24-hour criminal identification services. These may include, but are not limited to, the identification and classification of all fingerprints and criminal history of all persons entering the county criminal justice system; the availability of fingerprint experts to expedite crime scene identification; the processing of fingerprints taken from applicants for any of 40 different licenses; directing and overseeing the operation, which includes preparing the annual budget, required record keeping, as well as the safety, security and cleanliness of the facility.


Candidates must have completed their probationary period as a Sergeant in the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

AND possess the following:


The equivalent of eighteen months of experience in the class of Sergeant with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.


A minimum of four years of California law enforcement experience at the rank of Sergeant or above, and possession of a Supervisory Certificate issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).


Possession of a valid California motor vehicle operator’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge, and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the work of the Sheriff’s Office.
• Internal departmental operations and chain of command.
• Principles of organization, administration and deployment of personnel and equipment for law enforcement purposes.
• Principles of juvenile delinquency control; crime prevention; criminal investigation; patrol and safety procedures; safety accident and injury procedures.
• Modern penology practices and jail procedures.
• Modern criminology, including laboratory methods and practices.
• Basic data processing capabilities and familiarity with systems used in the Sheriff’s Office.


• Written communication.
• Oral communication.
• Decision making.
• Analysis and problem solving.
• Planning and organization.
• Budget analysis.
• Management control.
• Leadership.
• Interpersonal sensitivity.
• Flexibility.
• Adaptation to stress.

Old document: Cadsspec0815h
co: 2/28/00
New document: Jobspecs/8620
CSC Date: 2/16/00
MMH:cs 11/21/12
CSC Date: 12/12/12


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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