Placer County

Assistant Sheriff (#11733)

$87.11-$108.80 Hourly / $15,099.07-$18,858.67 Monthly / $181,188.80-$226,304.00 Yearly



Under general direction, to plan, direct, coordinate and review a major operation(s) and its divisions and programs of the Sheriff-Coroner-Marshal; to assist the Sheriff and Undersheriff in the development of departmental policies and the administration of the Department; to act in the absence of the Sheriff and Undersheriff; and to do other work as required.


The Assistant Sheriff level recognizes positions that serve as part of the Sheriff’s executive management team and as a full line assistant to the Sheriff serving at the will of the Sheriff.  These positions participate in the overall development and review of departmental policies, procedures, and operations of a major functional area(s).  Incumbents have a broad management responsibility of Corrections and Detention or Law Enforcement Operations.   Incumbents are expected to apply management skills and abilities and general goal and policy statements to resolve complex organizational issues.  The class of Undersheriff is distinguished from the class of Assistant Sheriff by a broader responsibility for all major functional areas of the Sheriff Office.   


Receives general direction from the Sheriff and Undersheriff.

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


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assist the Sheriff and Undersheriff in the development of the departmental budget and the establishment, implementation, and assessment of departmental policy procedures, rules and regulations. 
  • Interpret departmental policy to division commanders, assign duties and responsibilities and delineates lines of authority for the assigned program areas; provide division commanders with direction on coordination of services, policy and procedures and budget and personnel matters. 
  • Advise the Sheriff and Undersheriff on sensitive personnel and operational matters, prepare written and oral reports, may conduct investigations and recommend actions to bring matters to conclusion. 
  • Develop and plan new or revised programs for more effective law enforcement, crime prevention and rehabilitation; study organizational structure and operational methods in order to recommend policies and procedures for maximum efficiency and effectiveness; assign subordinate managers to special projects. 
  • Observe operations of assigned divisions and programs of the Department in order to ascertain the efficiency of operations, the morale and discipline of employees and the condition of physical facilities and equipment; conduct studies and reports on anticipated needs for new and expanded facilities and the more efficient use of existing facilities. 
  • Direct the preparation of annual budget requests by division commanders assigned; reviews, evaluates, and recommends on divisional budget requests; review budget performance; review requests for purchases of major items. 
  • Coordinate within assigned divisions/programs the activities of the Department with other law enforcement agencies and other County agencies/departments; may meet with other agencies to discuss matters related to program goals, priorities and costs and reimbursements; meet with representatives of agencies and County departments to discuss matters pertaining to procedure, areas of responsibility and jurisdictions; may give talks and presentations and interprets departmental policy to the public and agencies and County departments. 
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service. 
  • Represent the Department and Divisions 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 and studies; prepare written correspondence. 
  • In the absence of the Sheriff and Undersheriff, to assume the responsibilities of the Director as needed. 
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Applicant must meet or be eligible to meet all requirements for peace officer status that are mandated by the California Government Code and Peace Officer Standards (POST) regulations for lower classes.

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Eight years of increasingly responsible experience in law enforcement including at least four years in a supervisory classification equivalent to Sergeant or higher.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in police science, criminology, public or business administration, or a related field.  Additional qualifying experience at a supervisory or higher level may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required education.  The experience shall be substituted on two years of experience for every one year of education basis. 

Required 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 POST advanced certificate; must be eligible to obtain a POST management certificate within one year of appointment.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of management necessary to plan, analyze, develop, direct and evaluate programs, administrative policies, organizational structure and law enforcement matters. 
  • Principles and practices related to the management of major divisions and programs areas within the Sheriff Department.
  • Principles and modern methods of law enforcement administration including organization, human resource management, fiscal management, budgeting procedures and methods, program planning, implementation and administration.
  • Principles and practices of criminal law, codes, ordinances and court interpretations pertaining to the rights of citizens, apprehension, arrest, search and seizure and rules of evidence, as well as pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Principles and practices governing the operations of modern detention facilities, law enforcement patrol, coroner’s duties, crime prevention, investigations, and civil process.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of project and contract administration.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Modern office procedures and computer equipment.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the operations related to major functions or divisions in the Sheriff’s Department related to law enforcement protection and/or prevention or corrections and detention facility.
  • Develop, design and implement policies and procedures for Sheriff’s programs and operational functions of assigned functional areas.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes including those related to law enforcement; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve Department cost recommendations; remember 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 manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Interpret and explain Department and Division policies and procedures.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action, often in stressful, emergency situations.
  • Develop effective long-term goals and action plans; effectively administer a variety of law enforcement activities.
  • Skillfully and properly use and care for firearms.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 11733; EST: 9/1/2006;