Lieutenant (#RP1020)
$54.43-$66.17 Hourly / $9,435.35-$11,468.73 Monthly / $113,224.25-$137,624.79 Yearly


Under general direction, commands a major subdivision of the Sheriff’s Department; serves as watch commander or inspector; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the second supervisory level class in the Deputy Sheriff series.  Employees of this class have command responsibility for special administrative work or the effective functioning of a major subdivision of staff performing work that emphasizes community-based policing, familiarization between law enforcement and the community, and collaborative problem solving.


  • Plans, assigns, supervises and reviews the work of subordinate employees in one of the following subdivisions; jail, work furlough, civil, records, patrol, detective; administers a variety of law enforcement programs and functions; insures that department goals and responsibilities are met; participates in the most complex work.
  • Serves as department commander on an assigned shift in the absence of higher level administrative staff; insures coordinated functioning of department; notifies other command staff as needed.
  • Investigates internal affairs; performs administrative research and analysis for special projects.
  • Coordinates the work of Sheriff’s department staff with other law enforcement and related agencies.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of department and division policies and procedures.
  • Researches and reviews rules, regulations, legislation and other literature pertaining to general law enforcement and Sheriff’s responsibilities; determines and reports effect on the department.
  • Receives, investigates and resolves complaints from the public regarding Sheriff’s department activities, conduct or performance; works in collaboration with community-based organizations to develop and maintain positive relations to prevent and resolve issues, gain compliance, and build trust.
  • Participates in preparation and monitoring of subdivision budgets.
  • Prepares a variety of correspondence and reports; reviews and edits subordinates’ reports.
  • Participates in planning, developing and implementing departmental in-service training programs; may attend conferences or seminars.


Experience: Two years as a Sergeant in the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.

Licenses and Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver’s license and an Advanced Certificate issued by the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training.

Special Requirements: Meet and maintain minimum standards required for peace officers as set forth in Sections 1029 and 1031 of the California Government Code.


Principles and practices of police administration; modern law enforcement principles, practices and resources, including principles of community-based policing and conflict de-escalation;  laws and ordinances governing Sheriff responsibilities;  Sheriff department responsibilities, policies, and functions;  public relations principles and practices,  police report writing techniques;  basic budgeting principles;  human behavior;  social aspects of law enforcement;  basic cause and treatment of delinquent and criminal behavior.


Organize, assign, and review the work of others; analyze procedural, training and staffing needs; express oneself clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; be honest, fair, equitable, and tactful in both pleasant and unpleasant situations; react quickly and calmly in emergencies; read and understand technical, legal administrative and other job related material; work effectively with prisoners, fellow officers, public officials, and the general public.


Mobility – frequent operation of keyboard, sitting for long periods, standing for long periods; occasional walking, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting, driving, climbing ladders, running, and climbing stairs. Lifting – frequently lifts 5 lbs. or less; occasionally lifts 5 to 70+ lbs., occasionally restrains, lifts/turns heavy objects or people. Visual – constant overall vision and reading up close required; frequent color perception, eye-hand coordination, depth perception, peripheral field of vision. Dexterity – occasional holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion, writing. Hearing/Talking – frequent hearing normal speech, hearing on telephone/radio, talking in person and on telephone. Occasional talking over a public address, hearing faint sounds. Emotional/Psychological – constant decision making and concentration, frequent emergency situations, working alone, working weekends/nights, overtime/travel, exposure to trauma, grief, death, occasional public contact, heights, hazardous materials. Environmental – occasional noise, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, cold, heat, hazardous materials.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RP1020; EST: 5/1/1958; REV: 11/30/2022;