Placer County

Sheriff's Sergeant (#13820)

$45.87-$55.64 Hourly / $7,950.80-$9,644.27 Monthly / $95,409.60-$115,731.20 Yearly


To plan, organize, direct, and supervise work on an assigned shift or unit within the Sheriff's Office; to instruct and assist subordinates in performance of their assigned duties; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Sergeant level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning, and evaluating the work of subordinates and is responsible for a program area within a work unit or department.


Receives general direction from a Sheriff's Lieutenant or other designated authority.

Exercises direct and indirect supervision over sworn and non-sworn personnel.


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

  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for assigned unit of the Sheriff's Office; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, and review the work of staff involved in patrol, investigations, court security, civil, administration, and corrections.
  • When assigned to Patrol, supervise patrol activities on an assigned shift; review field reports; assume responsibility as Incident Commander for major emergency situations; supervise field performance; determine deployment for shift; assimilate information for briefing; instruct officers in the enforcement of laws and ordinances, crime prevention, and protection of life and property; supervise and coordinate coroner activities and assigned staff.
  • When assigned to Corrections, supervise deputies and other staff in Auburn and South Placer jails, Tahoe jail and minimum security facility on an assigned shift; supervise intakes and releases; take charge in emergency situations; instruct personnel in jail operations in accordance with the minimum jail standards of California; review bookings and other daily paperwork; coordinate transportation of inmates.
  • When assigned to Investigations, supervise deputies and participate in the investigation of cases, including crimes against persons, property, narcotics, and vice-related activities; question witnesses, victims, and suspects; gather evidence in a wide variety of civil and criminal matters; maintain control and direction of cases; make case assignments to deputies; review cases and work products for prosecution.
  • When assigned to Court Security, supervise deputies assigned as bailiffs to safeguard the courts; assist in scheduling and training for deputies; maintain a professional relationship with all court staff and administration; assist in correctional duties when multiple inmates are present in court.
  • When assigned to Civil, supervise staff in the service and execution of civil process both prior to and after judgment; receive and review incoming civil documents and distribute to staff for processing; enforce court orders; assist and advise other department personnel on job related civil calls and questions; communicate with courts, judges, attorneys, and litigants; personally serve civil papers as required.
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for deputies and other personnel under supervision; implement policies and procedures.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for section or program needs; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Supervise, plan, and direct the activities of special teams or projects as assigned by superiors, such as the field training officer program, crime prevention, police reserves, etc.
  • Supervise a crime scene until relieved by superior; supervise the gathering, handling, and preserving of evidence.
  • Prepare reports; monitor personnel and equipment; assist in the scheduling of replacements on assigned shifts.
  • Answer questions, provide information, and work collaboratively with the community to solve problems; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Provide adequate staffing and shift coverage, as needed.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed outdoors in all weather conditions and in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions. Duties are performed in close proximity to moving vehicles, individuals who may be dangerous and/or uncooperative, firearms and other weapons, and other environmental conditions related to law enforcement field work.


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:


Four years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience, at least two years of which was obtained as a Deputy Sheriff II with the Placer County Sheriff's Department.


Completion of the twelfth grade or GED.

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 Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Basic Certificate.
  • Be eligible to obtain a California POST Supervisory Certificate within two years from date of appointment.
Special Qualifications:
Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of appointment.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles, methods, and techniques of law enforcement work; principles of criminal law, including the regulations surrounding arrest, search and seizure, rules of evidence and the laws governing jail procedures.
  • Organization, rules, regulations, and procedures of the Sheriff's Office.
  • Laws applicable to apprehension and treatment of juveniles.
  • Offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory; use and care of firearms, chemical agents, batons, and other related law enforcement paraphernalia.
  • Accepted procedures and methods of serving civil notices, especially those relating to the attachment and sale of property; nature and purpose of such documents as writs of attachment, subpoenas, citations and other civil papers.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of self-defense.
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Interviewing and interrogation techniques.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Pertinent local, state and federal laws, ordinances, and rules.
  • County geography, noting streets and building locations.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement, and direct law enforcement operations/activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports, and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; identify crime suspects; interpret and apply the law to field situations; observe in the field; problem solve crime situations; focus on a single task for long periods of time; work with frequent interruptions; work under time pressure and complete a high volume of tasks; explain law to public.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk or in a vehicle; walk and stand for long periods of time during field activities; bend, twist, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl to access office and field work equipment and to perform field duties; climb stairs and/or ladders; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; see with sufficient visual acuity to perform essential job functions; hear with sufficient acuity to perform essential job functions; use telephone, write, and use a keyboard to communicate through written means; continuously wear utility belt and other law enforcement equipment of approximately 30 pounds; intermittently lift very heavy weight.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and Sheriff's Office policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Analyze situations accurately; adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action giving due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation; exercise good judgment and make sound decisions under a variety of conditions.
  • Work effectively in stressful situations; act quickly and calmly in emergencies.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Enforce the law firmly, tactfully, and impartially; interact courteously with the public, subordinates, employee organizations, other County departments, and other agencies; interpret, explain, and apply laws and regulations to staff and the public.
  • Skillfully and properly use and care for firearms.
  • Maintain good physical, emotional, and mental condition to satisfactorily perform the functions of the position; meet and maintain required peace officer employment standards to safely and effectively perform assigned duties.
  • Obtain information through interviewing and interrogation.
  • Work courteously, but firmly, with the public to support community-based policing efforts and solve matters of crime, disorder, safety, etc.
  • Resolve conflicts in an effective manner; employ de-escalation techniques when safe and reasonable.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Work irregular or prolonged hours, including nights, weekends, holidays, shift work, and/or overtime. 


Length of Probation:
Promotional appointments to this classification shall serve a probationary period of six (6) months or one thousand forty (1,040) hours, whichever is more.

Bargaining Unit:
Deputy Sheriff's Association - Safety

CLASS: 13820; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 3/14/2022;