Placer County

Correctional Lieutenant (#11749)

$41.87-$52.29 Hourly / $7,257.47-$9,063.60 Monthly / $87,089.60-$108,763.20 Yearly


To plan, organize and direct the activities of the Jail/Corrections Division within the Sheriff's Office; to coordinate jail/corrections activities with other divisions or departments; and to provide highly responsible technical support to a Sheriff's Captain.


The Lieutenant level recognizes positions that provide full second-line, direct supervision to employees within a work section and/or assume substantive and significant programmatic responsibility in a defined area or specialty. The Correctional Lieutenant is distinguished from the class of Sheriff's Lieutenant in that it is assigned to the jail/corrections function only, whereas the Sheriff's Lieutenant has a broader scope of responsibilities and is subject to rotation of assignments/service areas throughout the department.


Receives general direction from a Captain.

Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Recommend and implement correctional/jail goals and objectives; assist the Captain in establishing performance standards and methods for a variety of law enforcement activities with corrections; develop and implement correctional/jail policies and procedures.

Evaluate correctional operations and activities; recommend improvements and modifications and implement as directed; prepare various reports on correctional operations and activities.

Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for staffing or equipment/material needs; monitor and control expenditures.

Plan, develop and oversee the work of staff involved in performing corrections work; participate in the selection of staff; coordinate and monitor staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend and administer discipline as directed.

Conduct internal affair investigations; collect data, analyze and prepare special surveys, investigations and comprehensive reports as needed; investigate complaints from citizens and/or staff and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve them.

Review jail incident reports prepared by staff; review inmate's written correspondence; review and resolve jail medical liability issues; review and answer inmate grievances.

Act as liaison with other law enforcement agencies and jail vendors; participate in law enforcement conferences and stay abreast of modern police methods.

Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service; answer questions and provide information on behalf of the Corrections Division to the public.

Respond to emergencies when off duty.

Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
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: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in responsible correctional work, including two years at the rank of Correctional Sergeant or higher with Placer County.

Training: Completion of 60 semester units from an accredited college.

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 course completion certificate from the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) or Standards in Training for Corrections (STC) recognized Basic Supervisor's course.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of criminal law as applied to corrections work, corrections services, and crime prevention methods; laws of arrest, search and seizure and rule of evidence; methods and principles of sound law enforcement administration.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
  • Organization, rules, regulations and procedures of the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment
  • Principles and practices of research, analysis and organizational management
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct correctional/jail operations/activities.
  • Understand all aspects of the job; analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and Department policies and procedures.
  • Perform the most complex work of the unit.
  • Analyze situations quickly and clearly; adopt an effective course of action in hazardous circumstances; resolve conflicts in an effective manner.
  • Work effectively in stressful situations; act quickly and calmly in emergencies.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Enforce the law firmly, tactfully and impartially; deal courteously with the general public, subordinates, employee organizations, other County departments and other agencies.
  • Maintain good physical, emotional and mental condition to satisfactorily perform the functions of the position; meet and maintain State-required Standards and Training for Corrections (STC) employment standards to safely and effectively perform assigned duties.
  • Obtain information through interviewing and interrogation.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to jail operations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups on a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 11749; EST: 12/29/2012; REV: ;