Placer County

Undersheriff (#19888)

$86.07-$104.36 Hourly / $14,918.80-$18,089.07 Monthly / $179,025.60-$217,068.80 Yearly



To assist the Sheriff in managing and directing the Sheriff's Office; to plan, organize and direct the operations and activities of the Department by assisting in the development of Departmental policies and long-range plans, managing day-to-day operations, recommending priorities for Department resource allocation and assisting the Sheriff in achieving the overall objectives of efficiency, economy and effectiveness by promoting cost-effective and quality management practices.


The Undersheriff level recognizes positions that serve as a full line assistant to a department director or assume responsibility for a major division and, in addition, perform general administrative tasks for a director.


Receives administrative direction from the Sheriff.

Exercises direct supervision over management personnel.


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

  • Assist the Sheriff in managing and directing the Sheriff's Office; act as chief staff officer to the Sheriff in all matters of Department operations.
  • Assist in developing Department goals and objectives; assist in the development of and implementation of policies and procedures including recommending reorganization of Department activities and functions; determine the future resource needs of the Department in accordance with societal change, demographics and community needs.
  • Plan, organize and direct law enforcement activities including conferring with division commanders of patrol, investigations, Marshall, jail and the Tahoe Substation; coordinate the on-going operations of the divisions to meet the overall needs of the Department; coordinate activities with other law enforcement and corrections agencies and officers on the Federal,
  • State and local level in maintaining law and order.
  • Develop and implement the Sheriff's Office work plan; assign work activities, projects and programs; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.
  • Develop emergency response action plans as needed by the Department and the community.
  • Prepare the Sheriff's Office 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; implement discipline procedures as requested; maintain discipline and ethical standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the Department.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with coworkers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Evaluate public complaints pertaining to activities, practices, or individuals of the Sheriff's Office; direct the internal investigations within the Department as directed by the Sheriff.
  • Represent the Department to outside agencies and organizations; participate in outside community and professional groups and committees; maintain effective community relations; provide technical assistance as necessary.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of division commanders and operations including the morale and discipline of personnel and the condition of physical facilities and equipment.
  • Research and prepare technical and administrative reports; prepare written correspondence.
  • In the absence of the Sheriff, to assume the responsibilities of the Sheriff as needed.
  • 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: Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in law enforcement, including at least three years in a classification equivalent to Lieutenant or higher 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 police science, criminology, public or business administration, or a related field. Additional qualifying experience at a supervisory or higher level may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required education. The experience shall be substituted on a two years of experience for every one year of education basis.

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 California Peace Officers Standards and Training Advanced and Management Certificates.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of criminal law, codes, ordinances and court interpretations pertaining to the rights of citizens, apprehension, arrest, search and seizure and rules of evidence, as well as pertinent local, State and Federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of correctional facility operations, law enforcement patrol, coroner's duties, crime prevention, investigations and civil process.
  • Principles and practices of public administration including the development of goals and objectives, work planning and organizational structure.
  • Principles and practices of policy development and implementation.
  • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
  • Principles and practices of business correspondence and report writing.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Modern office procedures and computer equipment.

Ability to:

  • Organize, direct and implement a comprehensive law enforcement and correction's program and operation.
  • 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 manipulation; lift light weight; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means.
  • Prepare and administer a large and complex budget.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Interpret and explain Department policies and procedures.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action, often in stressful, emergency situations.
  • Develop effective long-term goals and action plans; effectively administer a variety of law enforcement activities.
  • Implement a participatory management program throughout Department and motivate staff by inclusion.
  • Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
  • Skillfully and properly use and care for firearms.
  • 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: 19888; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: ;