Placer Employment Opportunities

Administrative Legal Clerk - Senior

Recruitment #2022-12354-02


Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play, and learn! For more information about Placer County, please visit

This recruitment is open until filled. In order to be included in the first round of interviews, submit your application by 5:00 PM on December 7, 2022. Following this date applications are screened on a bi-weekly basis.


This classification received a general wage increase of 4% effective 7/2/22 and is scheduled to receive subsequent general wage increases of 4% in July 2023 and 4% in July 2024.

The Senior Administrative Legal Clerk classification is assigned to the Sheriff's Office, the District Attorney's Office, and the Probation Department. There are currently several vacancies within the Sheriff's Office. For more information, see below:

Sheriff's Office - Records Unit
The Records Unit of the Sheriff's Office is seeking one Senior Administrative Legal Clerk. This position performs a variety of more specialized and responsible administrative and clerical work.  This position is responsible for overseeing front office staff, front counter requests, vehicle releases, live-scans, sex registrants, restraining order entries and licensing and permits.  

Sheriff's Office - Corrections Division (jail)
The Corrections Division of the Sheriff's Office is seeking Senior Administrative Legal Clerks. These positions perform a variety of more specialized and responsible administrative and clerical work.  These positions are responsible for supervising and supporting Administrative Legal Clerks working in warrants,  booking, and front office with their assigned duties.   Positions in this division receive an additional 5% Jail Shift Supervisor Pay.  This division requires working 12-hour shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays. Positions are located in the jail at either the Auburn or South Placer facility. All jail shifts are rotational based upon seniority. To view a recruitment video for the Sheriff's Office, please click here.

The Corrections Division also has Senior Administrative Legal Clerk positions assigned to the Court Liaison Unit that do not directly supervise staff and do not receive the Jail Shift Supervisory Pay.  These positions are responsible for getting individuals on the courts arraignment calendar, processing court minute orders, calculating jail time to be served for sentenced individuals and maintaining the inmate’s in custody file.  This position requires working 4-10 Mon-Fri.

*Sheriff's Office Corrections Division (jail): In addition to the base hourly rate listed above, individuals assigned to the jail will receive Jail Incentive Pay of 5%, as well as a yearly uniform allowance of $750.00. Those assigned to work the night shift will receive a shift differential of 7.5%. Those assigned to work as a shift supervisor will receive an additional 5% of base salary.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies as they arise in the Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office, and/or the Probation Department.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees, including:

  • Holidays: 14 paid holidays per year, 2 of which are floating holidays*
  • Vacation leave: 10 days/year with ability to accrue 25 days/year
  • Sick leave: 12 days/year*
  • Cafeteria plan: 6% of employee’s salary will be contributed towards employee to use towards 401(k), dependent care, medical co-insurance, or cash
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance available for employees and dependents
  • $50,000 life insurance policy at no cost to employee
  • CalPERS retirement plans
  • Retiree medical insurance
  • Deferred compensation
  • Education allowance: up to $1,200 per year
  • Bilingual incentive: incumbents may be eligible for bilingual incentive pay depending upon operational needs and certification of proficiency.

*Amounts will be prorated for part-time employees and employees hired after the first of the year.

The information above represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire about the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department. For a detailed listing of benefits, please click here to view General benefits.

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


To perform a variety of more specialized and responsible general and legal administrative, clerical, and document processing functions for assigned program or project within a legal department; to support law enforcements with a variety of administrative tasks; and to act as a shift supervisor and participate in employee training, evaluation and discipline when assigned to the Sheriff's Office.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Administrative Legal Clerk series.  Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, the complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, and by the nature of the public contact made.  Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including performing technical clerical duties which require specialized knowledge related to area of assignment within a legal department and/or providing technical and functional supervision over assigned legal clerical staff.  When assigned to the Sheriff's Office, as a shift supervisor, employees perform direct supervision over assigned staff. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.  


Receives general supervision from management personnel, and may receive functional or technical supervision from higher level secretarial personnel.

Exercises technical and functional supervision over legal clerical personnel.
May exercise direct supervision over clerical staff when assigned to the Sheriff's Office.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Relieve supervisor or other department staff of administrative legal support service functions; utilize independent judgment and initiative.
  • Plan, prioritize and review the work of staff assigned to a variety of general and legal administrative, clerical and document processing functions.
  • Develop schedules and methods to accomplish assignments ensuring work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Participate in evaluating the activities of staff, recommending improvements and modifications.
  • Provide and coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies.
  • Act as interdepartmental liaison relating to administrative or project support functions for the office and for compliance with County regulations and practices relating to those functions.
  • Act as shift supervisor when assigned to the Sheriff's Office; conduct employee training and evaluations and implement discipline.
  • Perform complex legal clerical duties related to a programmatic area of assignment. 
  • review complex legal documents, arrest or incident records, probation reports, and files to identify inaccurate, inconsistent, and unclear information; notify appropriate staff to resolve issue.
  • Interpret, apply and explain policies and procedures related to area of assignment; respond to individuals requesting services related to area of assignment.
  • Prepare correspondence and supporting documentation relating to area of assignment; maintain accurate records and files of program activities.  
  • Prepare, interpret and maintain comprehensive inmate and parole criminal cases for inmates; develop inmate arraignment calendar; and perform sentence calculations.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public and outside law enforcement agencies, both on the telephone and in person, and refer to appropriate staff member for more specific information as appropriate; exhibit familiarity with functions of the County.
  • Operate and access automated criminal justice communication information systems and subsystems.
  • Act as information source to inquiries not requiring the supervisor's attention and otherwise assist in representing the department by telephone and in person; compose correspondence as required.
  • Collect legal information from a variety of documents pertinent to assigned department or functional area of responsibility; compile data for reports; prepare routine reports as required.
  • Maintain and monitor records and files; follow up on due dates; perform other monitoring functions to ensure timely completion of work.
  • May perform secretarial duties as necessary; type, proofread and edit correspondence, reports, proposals and contracts.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment and controlled temperature conditions. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation. Positions may require traveling to and from other locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions and lifting materials and supplies of light weight. Incumbents may work odd or unusual hours including nights, weekends, holidays and/or overtime and in proximity to, or have contact with inmates or defendants. Incumbents may be subject to periods of facility lockdown.


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 likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible legal clerical experience.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

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.


Knowledge of:

  • Legal terminology and forms.
  • Principles and practices of legal document processing.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Principles and practices of computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets and database packages.
  • Principles and practices of filing and record keeping.
  • Modern office methods, practices, procedures and computer equipment.
  • Filing and legal record keeping systems
  • Legal clerical procedures of area to which assigned.
  • Pertinent laws, codes and regulations.
  • Business letter and report writing.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and/or stand at counter for long periods of time.  Intermittently twist and reach office equipment; write and use keyboard to communicate through written means; run errands; lift light weight.
  • Intermittently, review documents related to department operations; observe, identify and problem solve office operations and procedures; understand, interpret and explain department policies and procedures; explain operations and problem solve office issues for the public and with staff.
  • Understand the organization and operations of the County and of outside agencies as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
  • Provide technical and functional supervision and direct supervision when serving as shift supervisor.
  • Train and evaluate assigned shift personnel.
  • Organize duties and determine priorities in order to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Interpret, explain and apply operating policy, rules and procedures of assigned function within a legal department as well as pertinent laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Perform the more complex legal clerical work.
  • Retrieve, store, and purge information in a wide variety of manual and automated filing systems, and maintain security and confidentiality of restricted information.
  • Establish and maintain basic financial records; calculate mathematical computations.
  • Compile and maintain extensive legal records and files.
  • Type accurately at a speed of 45 words per minute.
  • Use modern office equipment and computers.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Operate a variety of office machines and computer equipment.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Length of Probation:

  • All permanent appointments from open eligible lists to positions in the classified service shall serve a probationary period of twelve (12) months or two thousand eighty (2,080) hours, whichever is more.

Bargaining Unit: 

  •  General


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.


Placer County offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please click here.


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.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Laura Carucci, HR Analyst, at or (530) 889-4087.

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