Placer County

Sheriff's Captain (#13846)

$64.44-$80.50 Hourly / $11,169.60-$13,953.33 Monthly / $134,035.20-$167,440.00 Yearly


To plan, organize, direct and manage the activities of a major division within the Sheriff's Office; to coordinate operational and policy activities with other divisions and departments; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Undersheriff and Sheriff.


The Captain level recognizes positions that provide full line and functional management responsibility for a division or program area within a department.


Receives administrative direction from the Undersheriff.

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


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

  • Develop and implement Divisional goals, objectives, policies and procedures; report to the Sheriff/Coroner and Undersheriff on matters related to the activities of the assigned division.
  • Plan, organize and direct activities within a major division including functional assignment and responsibility for corrections, field operations, investigations, or the Lake Tahoe Substation within the Sheriff's Office; coordinate work with other divisions and departments.
  • When assigned to the Lake Tahoe Substation, manage the planning, organizing and directing of all activities of the substation on a daily basis; plan long term activities for the substation; maintain dialogue with community leaders in the north basin; manage all internal affairs and disciplinary actions; maintain contact and communication with the Auburn office.
  • When assigned to Corrections, manage the operation and maintenance of the correctional facilities within legal boundaries; confer and coordinate daily with other county agencies, courts and others on matters pertaining to the incarceration, prosecution, transport, care and custody of inmates; review and take action as necessary on daily disciplinary/incident report and inmate grievances; physically inspect custody portion of main jail and minimum security barracks on a daily basis; implement and oversee programs and expenditures related to the inmate welfare fund and its income sources.
  • When assigned to Investigations, manage all criminal investigations including, narcotics, crimes against persons and burglary; give technical advice and assistance to staff; obtain information by interrogation in investigations and surveillance; review and participate in the most complex and difficult cases; prepare and supervise preparation of cases for court; assist in court prosecution and monitor extradition proceedings, including the return of prisoners.
  • When assigned to Patrol, organize and assign personnel among shifts; review shift activities through reports prepared by subordinate officers and through conferences with command personnel; instruct personnel in operating procedures; organize and assign personnel as needed for special events or disasters; review activity on particular beats to monitor statistical trends and change operational policies as necessary; ensure proper training of all patrol staff; maintain liaisons with other patrol focused law enforcement agencies as necessary.
  • When assigned to Support Services, plan, organize, and assign personnel with regards to communications, operations, personnel, training, records, and other support services; act as liaison with other divisions and county departments; develop and recommend policies and procedures for improved work flow and efficiency.
  • Direct, oversee and participate in the development of the work plan of an assigned division; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Prepare the division's budget; assist in budget implementation; participate in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administer the approved budget.
  • Recommend the appointment of personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed; maintain discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.
  • Assess and evaluate a division's efficiency through employee and public input, personal field inspections and analysis of criminal activity studies and other special reports.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Represent the division 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; prepare written correspondence.
  • Appear in court to give testimony when required.
  • 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:  Seven years of increasingly responsible experience in law enforcement work, including at least two years in the classification of Lieutenant with the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

    Training:  Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, behavioral science, public or business administration, 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 Advanced Certificate; must be eligible to obtain the Management Certificate within one (1) year of date of appointment.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and procedures of police science and administration; modern methods and practices of criminal investigation, control and custody of prisoners, field operations and correctional facility operations.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and law; pertinent case law; in addition to Departmental rules and regulations.
  • Geography and road network of the County.
  • Proper Coroner procedures.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of policy development.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.

Ability to:

  • Organize and direct the activities of a major division within the Sheriff's Office; plan, assign, instruct and supervise the work of subordinate officers engaged in law enforcement and corrections.
  • On a continuous basis, analyze budget and technical reports; interpret and evaluate staff reports; know laws, regulations and codes; observe performance and evaluate staff; problem solve department related issues; remember various 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 hand manipulation; lift light weight; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means.
  • Perform the most complex work of the department.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • 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.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; resolve conflicts in an effective manner; obtain information through interview and interrogation.
  • Interpret and make decisions in accordance with applicable laws, policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Prepare and administer a budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Implement a participatory management program throughout the department and motivate staff by inclusion.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work effectively in stressful situations; act quickly and calmly in emergencies.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

CLASS: 13846; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 10/14/2014;