Sheriffs Central Services Assistant (#RC2040)
$16.04-$19.49 Hourly / $2,780.27-$3,378.27 Monthly / $33,363.20-$40,539.20 Yearly


Under close supervision, assists with various operations in the Sheriff's Central Services Division; and performs related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class for both the Sheriff's Materiel Specialist series and the Sheriff's Inmate Labor Specialist series. Incumbents of this class perform a variety of materiel management and/or inmate work activities that support the Sheriff's Central Services Division. Although incumbents are initially given duties of a limited scope under immediate supervision, the breadth and relative independence of the duties increases as knowledge and experience are gained. This class is distinguished from the Sheriff's Materiel Specialist I and Sheriff's Inmate Labor Specialist I by the level of supervision provided to incumbents and the limited breadth of the duties assigned.


  • Helps receive, store, issue and deliver supplies, equipment and various items; verifies that goods are not missing or damaged and assures that quantity and quality specifications are met; may fill materiel orders and requisitions; retrieves, issues and delivers materiel.
  • Helps process departmental and inmate mail and shipments; picks up, sorts, weighs, cancels and delivers mail; maintains list of registered mail; searches mail for contraband; determines which mail items are acceptable for delivery; receives money through mail and maintains basic ledgers, accounts and records.
  • Helps assign, direct and monitor inmate work crews assigned to Central Services functional areas including housekeeping, laundry, grounds keeping, Distribution Center, commissary, property storage and mail; may direct and monitor inmate work crews on assignments both on and off the main Sheriff's compound; ensures that assigned work is completed in a timely manner and according to established procedures.
  • Helps train inmates regarding the technical aspects of work site assignments; completes various jail, alternative work, work furlough and other records and reports; maintains daily attendance, supply and equipment usage records as assigned; documents disciplinary actions and/or inmate performance issues as assigned.
  • May enter and retrieve computer data; may produce reports and correspondence; may attend meetings or participate on committees.
  • May meet with various County and/or other staff regarding work assignments and/or scheduling issues; may provide information to the public and other staff regarding program procedures; may use specialized machines, County vehicles, heavy equipment, and/or power tools to perform assignments.


    Experience:  One year of paid work experience performing general warehouse, housekeeping, laundry, landscaping/horticultural or related duties in a large commercial or institutional facility.


    OR II

    Experience:  Two years of general office clerical work, one year of which must be comparable to Office Assistant II in San Joaquin County.


    Substitution: Completion of coursework from an accredited college, university, or approved vocational/technical school may be substituted for this experience on a year for year basis.



    License:  Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.


    Basic principles and practices of supply handling; basic mathematics, grammar and punctuation; record keeping principles and techniques; methods of locating and verifying information; operation of standard office equipment, including computers; safe methods of lifting heavy objects and performing manual tasks; basic concepts of human behavior.


    Understand and follow oral and written directions; maintain records and write reports; assign, direct and monitor inmate laborers; read and understand job-related material; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; communicate effectively with others; drive delivery vehicles; lift and move heavy objects safely.


    Mobility-Frequent standing for long periods, walking, bending, squatting; occasional operation of keyboards, sitting for long periods, pushing, pulling, driving, operation of heavy equipment, climbing ladders and/or stairs, crawling;  Lifting-Constantly 5 pounds or less; frequently 5 to 30 pounds; occasionally 30+ pounds, restraining/lifting/turning heavy objects;  Vision-Good overall vision required including frequent use of color perception, hand/eye coordination, depth perception, peripheral vision; occasional reading/close up work; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion; occasional writing;  Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing of normal speech, hearing on the telephone/radio, and hearing faint sounds; frequent talking in person; occasional talking on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent concentration; occasional emergency situations, exposure to trauma/grief/death, public contact, decision making, heights, hazardous materials, working alone, working weekends/nights, overtime/travel;  Special Conditions-Frequent exposure to varied indoor/outdoor weather, temperatures and conditions including dust, dirt, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, and noise.

    CLASS: RC2040; EST: 6/9/1999; REV: ;