Placer Employment Opportunities

Correctional Sergeant

Recruitment #2021-16332-02


This is a promotional recruitment - only permanent and/or probationary County employees are eligible to apply.

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the written and oral examinations will be conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines in place at the time of the examinations. Applicants will be required to self-screen for symptoms of illness and wear face coverings at the examination site.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this classification will be invited to attend the written examination on Friday, December 17, 2021. Applicants who receive a passing score on the written examination will be invited to attend the oral examination on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 (a second examination day will be added on Thursday, January 6, 2022, only if necessary based upon the size of the applicant pool). Please note that this position may require incumbents to work unusual and/or prolonged work schedules.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. Click here to view General - Safety benefits.

For more information regarding the benefits Placer County has to offer please visit Placer County's Human Resources website.


To plan, organize and supervise staff personnel on an assigned shift 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 Supervisor/Correctional Sergeant level recognizes positions in the Correctional Officer series that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning and evaluation the work of subordinates. Incumbents of the class supervise sworn and non-sworn staff on an assigned shift 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. 
  • Develops and implements 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 prisoners; 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; insure 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.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

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 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 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 correctional sergeant position; intermittently analyze work papers; reports and special projects; remember accounts given by witnesses; observe. 
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk, walk and stand, bend, squat and kneel during inspections or conducting searches; climb stairs and/or ladders while in the jail facility or recreation yard; twist while dealing with combative subjects and in training classes, perform simple and power grasping, pushing pulling and fine manipulation. Continuously wear a utility belt and other equipment of 30 pounds and intermittently lift very heavy weight. 
  • Organize, coordinate, direct and supervise the personnel 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. 
  • Interpret, explain and implement County, department and division policies, procedures and standards.  
  • Assist in the development of staff; develop and maintain effective interpersonal working relationships. Motivate, inspire, and build teamwork through positive communication and personal example.  Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.  
  • Apply first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; testify in court, and interpret written material; 
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff. Evaluate and approve staff reports and records 
  • Work effectively in stressful situations; act quickly and calmly in emergencies; ability to use defensive tactics. 
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures. 
  • Deal courteously with general public, subordinates, employee organizations, other County departments and agencies. 
  • Meet and maintain good physical, emotional and mental condition to satisfactorily perform the functions of the position. 
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner. 
  • Work in uniform weekdays, weekends, holidays, and on assigned work shift.


NOTE: Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the written and oral examinations will be conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines in place at the time of the examinations. Applicants will be required to self-screen for symptoms of illness and wear face coverings at the examination site.

Written Examination (40%) 

The written examination may include multiple choice, true/false, fill-in, matching, and/or essay type questions directly related to the required knowledge and abilities for this classification.

Oral Examination (60%)

The oral examination will be conducted by a panel of raters who will assess and rate the degree to which each applicant demonstrates the knowledge and abilities required for this classification. Applicants’ responses to a series of job related questions, as well as their education and experience, will be rated in relation to the requirements for this classification.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification. For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

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