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This classification serves as Health Officer for Health and Social Services Department, Medical Director for Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Department, and shall exercise the powers and perform duties of Health Officer as outlined by Oregon Revised Statute and other rules and regulations governing the Sheriff and Juvenile Departments. The physician shall perform the duties that require the service of a licensed medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy. Physician provides medical direction and consultation with Health and Social Services staff; provides medical services and supervision to public health clinics; and is responsible for medical aspects of health programs and public health laboratory. Represents the department in the medical community. Provides medical direction to the Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility and the Juvenile Detention and shelter care facilities; as well as routine medical and direct services and evaluations to Sheriff’s Correctional facility inmates and detention juveniles.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)

1. Serve as consultant to the Health and Social Services (H&SS) Administrator, Sheriff and Juvenile Director in development of health programs and policies; advises on administrative procedures, guidelines and policies related to medical aspects of clinical programs. Provide input and consultation in planning, developing, evaluation and budgeting for medical portions of the three departments.

2. Serve as consultant for 1) medical issues on hazardous materials, pesticides, hazardous waste, food poisonings, rabies control or other medically related environment issues and 2) certain tests performed in the clinic lab area.

3. Represent the County to medical community. Provide medical education and in-service to staff. Attend meetings, conferences and educational courses related to health planning, disease control, local health care legislation. Serve as medical coordinator for emergency response management plan. Prepare reports, statistical documents and recommendations as needed. Provide emergency back-up to the medical examiner.


1. Provide medical consultation/direction for the clinical activities of the H&SS department which includes: sexually transmitted disease, HIV, immunizations, well child clinics, family planning, prenatal and adult health programs.

2. Serve as medical officer on the communicable disease team. Assist in development of program; edit information for distribution to medical field concerning disease trends and current issues.

3. Assist community health staff in development and interpretation of guidelines, policy, clinic procedures, medical ethics, etc. Participate in determination of range of health problems present and setting priorities for division.

4. Provide medical direction and backup to nurse practitioner, medical and paramedical staff as authorized under Oregon State law. Prepare standing orders; review health care provided by nursing staff; provide direct care to certain public health clinic patients.


1. Provide routine medical and direct services and evaluations to Sheriff’s Correctional facility inmates and detention juveniles.

2. Work closely with correctional facility and detention staff to assure ongoing care and clinical supervision.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION Knowledge of: Extensive knowledge of public health theories, principles, practices and procedures as applied to communicable disease control, growth and development, chronic disease management and health education; extensive knowledge of medical services and medication management of adult inmates and juvenile detentioners; thorough knowledge of state laws, county and departmental rules and regulations relating to public health program; thorough knowledge of rules and regulations that govern nurse practitioner functions. thorough knowledge of principles and techniques of clinical and evaluative supervision; thorough knowledge of community resources and the functions and procedures of other social service agencies and service providers; thorough knowledge of psychoactive medication and treatment applications; Skill in: Writing clear and concise correspondence, reports and statistical data; interviewing, counseling, listening, negotiating and therapeutic techniques and principles; family and group dynamics; assessing, testing, evaluating, diagnosing and treating client population. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; instruct others in medical techniques; lead a staff of medical professionals and support staff; conduct thorough interviews, assessments and evaluations; work independently, efficiently organize time and meet established deadlines; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, medical professionals, service providers, vendors, clients and the public. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

Education, experience and training: Board Certified Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy plus work experience which includes management/supervisory experience. At time of appointment, must possess current Oregon doctor of medicine or osteopathy license and valid Oregon driver's license.

Desirable qualifications: Education or work experience in a public health setting.


Work is performed under the guidance of health and social services administrator, sheriff and juvenile director. The physician works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisors for professional advice. Discretion is required in applying general goal and policy statements, in development of recommendations, policies and procedures and in resolving program problems. Work is accomplished within a broad framework, with authority and responsibly in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed within established H&SS, Sheriff and Juvenile departmental policies and procedures; federal and state statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; protocols, Oregon Nurse Practice Act, medical reference materials, American Nurse Association Standard for community health nurses, personnel rules, management and budget administration references and professional ethics and standards. Employee uses a great deal of judgment in interpreting guidelines and contributes to modification of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Works in an office environment; may involve bending, color identification, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, lifting up to 14 pounds, reaching, sitting, standing and walking. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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