County of Alameda

Division Commander (#8635)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Division Commander (028)
$107.07-$129.93 Hourly / $8,565.60-$10,394.40 BiWeekly /
$18,558.80-$22,521.20 Monthly / $222,705.60-$270,254.40 Yearly

Under administrative supervision and direction, Division Commanders direct the daily operation of a major division of the Sheriff's Office (Law Enforcement Services, Detention and Corrections, Management Services, County Wide Services, Dublin Police Services and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)); and to do related work as required.


Division Commander is a senior management command position with responsibility for all operations of an assigned division. The positions report directly to an Assistant Sheriff. When directing the Law Enforcement Services Division, the position is assigned primary responsibility for providing full service law enforcement services throughout the County (including contracted services); when directing the Detention and Corrections Division, the position is assigned primary operational responsibility for County detention facilities in addition to correctional and rehabilitation services to persons in custody as well as transportation of prisoners between courts and custodial facilities; when directing the Management Services Division, the position is assigned primary responsibility for the overall Agency budget development and management, occupational health and safety, recruiting, background investigations, personnel management, training, and general administrative duties; and when directing the County Wide Services Division, the position is assigned primary responsibility for the service of all civil court orders and process, court facility security and related services including the control and movement of in custody detainees, the Consolidated Dispatched Center, Coroner's Bureau, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and Volunteer Services. Commanders may also be assigned to direct Dublin Police Services and will have primary responsibility for overseeing law enforcement services for the City of Dublin, or to work within the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)

The Division Commanders may be assigned to assume the duties of an Assistant Sheriff in his/her absence. The position of Division Commander, differs from the next higher class of Assistant Sheriff by the latter having agency-wide responsibility for operational or administrative and management services; and differs from the next lower class of Captain by the latter having assigned responsibility for the administration of an organizational unit or facility within a division, under the direction of a 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.

1. Ensures the compliance with all orders, directives, policies and procedures as set forth by an Assistant Sheriff pertinent to the overall administration and operations of a division. Confers with and advises an Assistant Sheriff on matters pertaining to the operations of the division.

2. Plans, organizes, directs, controls, and reviews the division's administrative operations; assigns functions to various sections; delegates authority and responsibility; and coordinates division operations.

3. Conducts staff meetings with subordinates regarding division policies, procedures and problems; provides technical guidance and advice to ensure conformity with established department policies, rules and regulations; takes or recommends corrective actions.

4. Conducts on-the-spot facility inspections of operations, personnel premises and equipment, identifies significant areas that warrant management actions.

5. Formulates the division's annual budget requests, including justification for personnel, maintenance and capital outlay; consults with subordinates on their budget needs; gathers and reviews data; evaluates division budget requirements; interprets laws, policies, rules and directives; makes presentations to the Sheriff, Undersheriff or Assistant Sheriff as required on projected goals, objectives and requirements; and exercises fiscal control over all division operations.

6. Reviews studies, narrative/statistical and technical as reports required.

7. Ensures compliance with all orders, directives, policies, and procedures as set forth by the Sheriff, Undersheriff, or Assistant Sheriff pertinent to division personnel administration and staff training. Reviews evaluation reports of subordinate personnel; recommends on disciplinary actions, terminations, regular appointments, reclassification actions and hiring of new personnel.

8. Maintains necessary liaison with Federal, State and other County officials, as well as public and community organizations, pertaining to activities involving the division; attends conferences, seminars and Sheriff's staff and special meetings; serves on County Advisory Boards and Committees; and speaks at public functions.

The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Captain in the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

Desirable Qualification:

Possession of a California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training Advanced and Management Certificate.


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:

• Federal and California State Codes and Administrative Regulations, County Ordinances, legal memoranda, and other rules pertinent to work.
• Principles, techniques, and practices of modern law enforcement.
• Personnel administration and current labor relations practices.
• California Criminal Justice system including inter-agency relationships of components.
• Sociological, environmental and economic factors bearing on criminal conduct and delinquency.
• Modern Principles of penology, correctional and rehabilitation practices and programs; administration, organization and management of diversified correctional institutions.
• Community organizations and resources, disaster and emergency services planning and preparedness programs and organizational concepts of animal care and control, fish and game services and firefighting techniques.
• Mutual aid procedures and emergency planning.
• Public Relations and public information principles and techniques.
• Administrative and budgetary analysis.

Ability to:

• Effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
• Evaluate competing alternatives and make informed recommendations and decisions.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Plan and organize.
• Provide effective leadership and supervision.
• Demonstrate interpersonal and cultural sensitivity.
• Be flexible.

JE:nw - 1/77 - JE:hh
Garrigan - Revised: 4/81
HC:ab - Revised: 12/85
HC:pb - Revised: 5/26/89
Old document: 0817h
New document: Jobspecs/8635
CSC Date: 6/7/89
DS:po Revised 12/2/09
CSC Date: 1/13/10


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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