Apply as a Transfer/Demotion applicant

$67.99-$91.10 hourly / $11,785.00-$15,790.00 monthly / $141,419.20-$189,488.00 yearly


Under direction, direct through subordinate supervisors the work of staff engaged in law enforcement and related activities; be responsible for the operation of a major subdivision in the Sheriff-Coroner's Office; and perform other work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions in this class usually function as second-level supervisors and administer a major activity within a bureau, such as coordinating patrol, investigation, and detention operations. Incumbents rotate through various assignments and are expected to be able to perform the full range of duties required of the class. They are distinguished from positions in the lower class of Sheriff's Sergeant by their broader scope of authority. They are distinguished from positions in the higher class of Sheriff's Chief Deputy by the absence of major program responsibility.

Typical Tasks

· Assign, review and evaluate work of subordinates;

· Direct and prepare activity and other reports;

· Confer with superior officers on office policies and procedures;

· Develop policy and procedures for section or activity administered;

· Serve as liaison with other sections, divisions, outside agencies and the public;

· Serve as watch commander in charge of department wide operations during off-duty hours of superiors;

· Coordinate the activities of subordinates engaged in patrol;

· Direct major activities which may include large numbers of added personnel and coordination with other agencies;

· Supervise and direct the day-to-day operation of detention facilities;

· May develop and administer special grant funded programs;

· Oversee administration of a bureau's budget and assist supervisors in the day-to-day operation of the bureau;

· Coordinate the activities of the Sheriff's reserve forces;

· Engage in community-oriented policing.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Organization, functions, and responsibilities of a Sheriff's Office.
  • Laws pertaining to search and seizure, arrest, and interrogation of suspects.
  • Criminal law and rules of evidence.


Working knowledge of:

  • Principles of supervision and training.
  • Use and care of standard police firearms.
  • Techniques of criminal investigation and methods of identifying and preserving evidence.
  • Court procedures in criminal and civil cases.
  • Community-oriented policing.


Some knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices pertaining to the operation of County detention facilities.
  • Principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Ability to:

  • Organize, direct, and coordinate the work of subordinates.
  • Train or direct the training of subordinate staff.
  • Make quick, effective decisions in emergencies and take appropriate action.
  • Obtain information through interview, interrogation, and observation.
  • Assemble and analyze facts and evidence and make sound recommendations.
  • Enforce State and local laws and departmental policies firmly and impartially.
  • Speak and write effectively.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships.
  • Learn to access a computer to collect, organize and analyze data.
  • Perform a variety of active public safety duties involving strenuous physical activity, such as pursuing and restraining suspects and lifting injured persons.
  • Engage in community-based policing, relationship building between law enforcement and community residents, and collaborative problem solving.
  • See at an uncorrected vision of 20-80--corrected to 20-20 in each eye with normal color vision and unrestricted peripheral vision.


Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Three (3) years of experience performing duties comparable to a Sheriff's Sergeant in the County of Santa Cruz or performing duties which would demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above.



Special Requirements/Conditions:

License/Certificate Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License; possession of a Supervisory Certificate* awarded by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T).

Background Investigation: Ability to pass a full background investigation.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures and weather conditions; confined workspaces; heights; two-way radio noise; strong, unpleasant odors; infections which might cause chronic disease or death; dust and pollens; chemical irritants; possibility of experiencing bodily injury and/or burns; and contact with a diverse population.

Other Special Requirements: Must be legally authorized to work in the United States in accordance with Section 1031 of the Government Code; availability to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, holidays and on an emergency, as needed basis;

* P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate Award Requirements: (1) Possess or be eligible to possess an Intermediate Certificate; (2) complete a minimum of 60 semester units from an accredited college; (3) serve a minimum of two years in law enforcement as a permanent first-level supervisor; (4) successfully complete a P.O.S.T. certified Supervisory Course.



Bargaining Unit: 21

EEOC Job Category: 02

Occupational Grouping: 62

Worker's Comp Code: 1073

CLASS: RG3; EST: 8/1/1979; REV: 1/1/2023;