Placer County

Sheriff's Lieutenant (#13828)

$55.98-$69.92 Hourly / $9,703.20-$12,119.47 Monthly / $116,438.40-$145,433.60 Yearly


To plan, organize and direct the activities of a designated section within the Sheriff's Office; to coordinate section 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.


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:

  • Plan, organize and supervise the activities of assigned division; recommend and implement section goals and objectives; act as staff supervisor and assist the Captain in establishing performance standards and methods for a variety of law enforcement activities; develop and implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, develop and oversee the work of staff involved in performing patrol, investigations, corrections and administrative work.
  • When assigned to the Lake Tahoe Substation, supervise Patrol and Jail Divisions; responsible as secondary supervisor of investigations, dispatch and clerical; and act as station commander in the Captain's absence.
  • When assigned to the Corrections, review staff's written reports about jail incidents; review inmate's written correspondence; supervise jail sergeants and ensure that staff receives necessary training; review and resolve jail medical liability issues; review and answer inmate grievances; oversee staff and security of the court system; oversee the transportation of inmates to the court for appearances; meet and confer with judges and court administrators regarding security and bailiff scheduling.
  • When assigned to patrol, prepare rotation schedules of patrol personnel; supervise field supervisors and dispatch on nights, weekends and holidays; on dayshift, perform administrative functions related to planning, staffing, organizing, directing and controlling the Patrol Division; and act as Incident Commander during major incidents.
  • When assigned to the Support Services, monitor and supervise the processing and serving of criminal and civil documents; 1- coordinate the department's, personnel functions with other county departments, especially recruitments, background investigations, and testing procedures; facilitate and administer Sheriff's Office training and physical performance programs. 
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned unit; recommend improvements and modifications and implement as directed; prepare various reports on 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.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline procedures as directed.
  • Conduct internal affair investigations and investigations of citizen complaints, as necessary.
  • Act as coordinator for special teams (i.e., SWAT, K-9, Search & Rescue).
  • Act as liaison with other law enforcement agencies; participate in law enforcement conferences and stay abreast of modern police methods.
  • Collect data; analyze and prepare special surveys, investigations and comprehensive reports.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; 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.
  • Respond to emergencies when off duty.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the require 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 law enforcement work, including two years at the rank of Sergeant or higher with Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public or business administration, organizational development, criminal justice, public safety, or a related field.

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 Intermediate and Supervisory Certificates and be eligible to obtain Advanced Certificate within one (1) year of appointment.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of criminal law, investigations and crime prevention methods; laws of arrest, search and seizure and rules 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 Sheriff's office.
  • Accepted procedures and methods of serving civil notices, especially those relating to the attachment and sale of property.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of research, analysis and management.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct a section of the department's operations/activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk 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; and lift light weight.
  • On an intermittent basis, walk and stand during patrol activities; bend, squat and kneel during inspection of crime scene or conducting building searches; climb stairs and/or ladders while in the field; twist while making arrests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation.  Continuously wearing utility belt and other police equipment of 30 pounds; and intermittently lift very heavy weight.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Conduct Sheriff's sales and gain a fair return in selling attached property.
  • Obtain information through interviewing and interrogation.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Implement a participatory management program throughout Department and motivate staff by inclusion.
  • 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: 13828; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 10/14/2014;