County of Alameda

Captain (#8625)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Captain (027)
$93.03-$112.99 Hourly / $7,442.40-$9,039.20 BiWeekly /
$16,125.20-$19,584.93 Monthly / $193,502.40-$235,019.20 Yearly

Under general direction, to command and administer a substation, bureau, detention facility, single contract law enforcement services unit or multiple contract law enforcement services units, the support services unit, the Office of Emergency Services, the Regional Training Center, Court Services, or to serve as an administrative captain assigned to the Sheriff/Undersheriff, or to provide agency-wide oversight and administration during hours and days of the week when the Sheriff, Undersheriff, Assistant Sheriff’s, Commanders and Captains are not regularly scheduled to work and to do related work as required.


Captains are responsible for the command and administration of major line and staff sub-divisions. It is the operational size or the scope/diversity/responsibility of these assignments that distinguishes the Captains from Lieutenants, who exercise administrative authority in more circumscribed units or functional areas. Furthermore, Captains are expected to advise in the formation and development of department policy. The positions in the next higher class, Division Commander, are charged with the direction of all aspects of a large and complex division such as detention and correction facilities, criminal law enforcement and investigation, civil process and court operations, and emergency services. Captains may assume these duties in the absence of the Division Commander.

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 Administration:

Is responsible for the command and operation of a law enforcement substation or unit (including contract law enforcement units): Plans, assigns, and supervises the work of personnel in a substation, a contract law enforcement services unit, or connection therewith; devises patrol strategies and determines the distribution of personnel; establishes work schedules and patrol schedules; develops and establishes office policies and procedures regarding record keeping and operation of the substation; evaluates personnel and equipment requirements and submits budgets with justification for requested items; reviews reports and logs of subordinates for completeness, correctness, and to identify need for further investigation; enforces rules and regulations of the Sheriff’s Office and maintains discipline; recommends discipline of subordinates; confers with superiors concerning policies, regulations and operations, makes specialized investigations and is responsible for the proper investigation of crimes assigned to subordinates; attends meetings, gives talks and advises on law enforcement work and problems; takes charge of major crime scenes as necessary and inspects personnel.

When Assigned to Custodial Administration:

Plans, assigns and supervises the work of personnel in a detention section; inspects personnel, inmates, equipment, quarters and premises; establishes shift and vacation schedules; evaluates custodial aspects and devises improved security measures; enforces rules and regulations pertaining to Sheriff’s Office personnel and inmates; confers with superiors concerning policies, regulations and operations; prepares correspondence pertaining to the facility; supervises the booking, clothing, housing, feeding and health of inmates; confers with prisoners on complaints and special problems; trains and advises personnel regarding escape hazards, prevention of escape, and inmate discipline; recommends discipline of subordinates, manages contracts associated with detention facilities, manages inmate welfare programs (including the Community Re-Entry Center), and manages the transportation of inmates to and from court or necessary appointments.

When Assigned to Agency-Wide Administrative Oversight and Inspection (Department Watch Commander):

Is primarily responsible for all activities associated with Sheriff’s Office operations on weekends and during times outside of conventional business hours. Provides oversight and inspection of all 24-hour duty stations and all Task Forces to which Sheriff’s Office personnel are assigned; requires compliance with all applicable Policies and Procedures, General Orders, Rules and Regulations and Training Bulletins; conducts regular inspections of all Sheriff’s Office operations, facilities and personnel and makes recommendations concerning enhancement or improvements required; responds to all critical incidents and crime scenes as necessary, ensures that all required notifications are made and, when appropriate, takes command of operations until relieved by an Executive Manager or unit commander; initiates and conducts investigations when necessary and may require written reports from any member of the Sheriff’s Office; temporarily reassigns personnel as necessary; delivers daily reports to the Undersheriff or designee; attends public meetings and gives talks on behalf of the Sheriff; maintains regular contact with the swing-shift and midnight-shift watch commanders of Alameda County law enforcement agencies as well as adjacent County law enforcement agencies; attends Sheriff’s Office staff meetings and Executive Management meetings when required; when necessary, serves as an acting unit commander; performs special projects as assigned.

When Assigned to Support Services:

Provides administrative oversight of the Central Identification Bureau, the Accreditation Unit and the Technical Services Unit. Participates in the activities of the local and regional Remote Access Network (RAN) boards. Ensures that all activities associated with agency accreditations are up-to-date and on schedule for re-accreditation. Ensures that all Sheriff’s Office computer systems (hardware and software) are properly functioning, makes recommendations regarding replacement/upgrades to existing equipment and software. Oversees all agency local area networks, Sheriff’s Intranet and Sheriff’s Internet sites. Prepares reports as directed by the Commander of Management Services, completes staff work and studies as directed.


The equivalent of one year of full time experience in the class of Lieutenant in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

License: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Desirable Qualifications:

Possession of a California Peace Officer's Standards and Training Supervisory and Management Certificates.

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:

• Federal, State and local laws as they affect the work of the Sheriff's Office (including law enforcement, labor relations, government, administration, etc.).
• Sheriff’s Office orders, procedures, policies and operations.
• Structure and function of County government.
• Methods, operations and functions of an assigned division, unit, section or bureau.
• Principles and techniques of management necessary to plan, develop, organize direct and evaluate programs, administrative policies, organizational structures and law enforcement problems.
• Principles of employee supervision and personnel management including training.

Ability to:

• Communicate orally and in writing.
• Read and comprehend written materials.
• Integrate and categorize information and recall relevant data.
• Set standards of performance in order to control and optimize the productivity of the staff.
• Make decisions.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Provide leadership.
• Plan and organize.
• Exercise management control.
• Provide budget analysis.
• Demonstrate interpersonal sensitivity.
• Be flexible .
• Adapt to stress.

WAJ:naa Revised: 9/7), 7/77, 6,78, 4/81
JE:nt - 7/82
JE:lm-h - Revised: 9/82
HC:pb - Revised: 2/87
HC:pb - Revised: 9/89
DF:pb - Revised: 3/11/93
Old document: Y:\0816h.wpf
New document: Jobspecs/8625
CSC Date: 9/27/89
ID:pf Revised 2/3/03
CSC Date: 2/26/03
LN:po Admin. Change 6/20/2006


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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