Placer County

Correctional Sergeant (#16332)

$37.91-$47.34 Hourly / $6,571.07-$8,205.60 Monthly / $78,852.80-$98,467.20 Yearly


To plan, organize, and supervise staff on assigned shifts engaged in the care and custody of adult prisoners incarcerated in a minimum, medium, and maximum-security facility; to instruct and assist subordinates in the performance of their assigned duties and to perform a variety of administrative and technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Correctional Sergeant level recognizes positions in the Correctional Officer series that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning, and evaluating the work of subordinates. Incumbents supervise sworn and non-sworn staff on assigned shifts and perform administrative functions in the field of corrections.


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

Exercises supervision directly and indirectly over sworn and non-sworn staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Plan, prioritize, supervise, assign, and review the work of Correctional staff; assign and evaluate performance, train employees, provide information to resolve problem situations; instruct personnel in jail operations; establish and maintain appropriate levels of employee conduct. 
  • Determine and apply internal disciplinary procedures for inmates; take necessary action and alert proper authorities in emergency situations. 
  • Develop and implement a daily operational plan to be followed by the officers on duty; maintain daily facility routine; give information related to procedural and operational changes to Correctional Staff. 
  • Receive and classify inmates; maintain and review records such as inmate finances and personal property, daily activity logs; prepare and review reports of activities and incidents; maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or county regulations. 
  • Supervise and monitor inmates; testify in court as needed. 
  • Act as liaison between facility management and staff; ensure good relations with visitors through staff management and interaction with the public. 
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of the Correctional Division goals and objectives; interpret and implement policies and procedures. Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities; complete multiple priority projects with competing deadlines. 
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications; monitor and control expenditures. 
  • Monitor personnel and equipment; assist in the scheduling of replacements on assigned shifts. 
  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment as necessary for successful job performance. 
  • 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.


Work is primarily performed in an indoor environment located in a secure, locked down detention facility with controlled temperature conditions. Duties are performed in close proximity to individuals who may be uncooperative and/or pose threat/danger and in environmental conditions related to correctional 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:

Experience: Three (3) years of experience in jail operations and inmate supervision at a level equivalent to the County’s class of Correctional Officer with at least two (2) years as a Correctional Officer II

Training: Equivalent to the completion of twelfth grade, supplemented by college level coursework in law enforcement or related field is desirable. 

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of STC’s Correctional Officer Basic Course certificate, and within one year of promotion to sergeant successfully complete STC/POST Supervisory Course. 
  • 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. 
  • Valid certification in CPR and First Aid.


Knowledge of:

  • California Administrative and Penal Codes, Title 15- Minimum Standards for Corrections
    and other laws as they pertain to local detention facilities. 
  • Placer County and Sheriff's Office codes, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to the custody setting. 
  • Principles and practices of contemporary jail operations and administration; custody of inmates; security methods and practices in detention facilities. 
  • Principles and practices of effective supervision, training, and performance evaluations. 
  • Techniques for dealing with individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds in hostile and/or confrontational situations. 
  • Principles and practices of self-defense and work safety. 
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances, and rules. 

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; analyze work papers, reports, and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; observe individuals behaviors, situations, and activities; identify situations of potential altercation; focus on a single task for long periods of time; work with frequent interruptions; interpret, apply, and explain operational procedures and applicable laws, codes, rules, and regulations; maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at a desk, walk, or stand during a shift or in training classes; bend, twist, squat, stoop, and kneel during inspections or conducting searches and working with inmates; climb stairs while observing inmates, perform simple and power grasping, pushing pulling and fine manipulation. Speak, use a telephone, write, and use a keyboard to communicate; see and hear with sufficient acuity to perform essential job functions; continuously wear a utility belt, vest, and/or other equipment of up to 15 pounds and intermittently lift very heavy weight. 
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, and interpret written material.
  • Interpret, explain, and implement the Sheriff's Office, county, department, and division policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Meet and maintain physical and psychological standards and pass a detailed background investigation.
  • Organize, coordinate, direct and supervise the staff and activities of assigned area or program; train, coach, and provide guidance to assigned staff. 
  • Analyze and take appropriate actions in emergency and stressful situations; investigate suspicious occurrences; crimes, complaints, infractions, violations of County or departmental jail policy and procedures.    
  • Assist in the development of staff; develop and maintain effective interpersonal working relationships; motivate, inspire, and build teamwork through positive communication and personal example.
  • Apply first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; testify in court.  
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff; evaluate and approve staff reports and records.  
  • Work effectively in stressful situations; act quickly and calmly in emergencies; use defensive tactics when necessary. 
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures. 
  • Deal courteously with general public, subordinates, employee organizations, other County departments and agencies. 
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner. 
  • Work in uniform on assigned work shift.
  • Work evening, night, weekend, and holiday shifts.


Length of Probation: 
All permanent appointments to this classification shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) calendar months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more. 

Bargaining Unit: 

FLSA Status: 

CLASS: 16332; EST: 5/1/2000; REV: 4/8/2024;