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Douglas County 2190
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Pay Range GC25S


This classification assumes responsibility for management and coordination of the patrol or corrections division of the Sheriff's Office and performs duties in planning, coordination, policy development, and personnel management, both independently and jointly with Captain, to ensure protection of life, property, and civil rights of citizens or for the care, control, and custody of prisoners. Ensures efficient operation of assigned division or district. Provides technical and professional advice to support staff, other departments, and agencies. Lieutenant serves as member of Sheriff's Office management team.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Supervise, provide training for support staff and is involved in selecting, training, evaluating staff and disciplinary actions. Prepare work schedules and assignments. Coordinate cases with District Attorney and courts. Receive and handle personnel concerns from support staff. Provide employees with technical and/or professional assistance. Interpret policy and procedure.

2. Investigate any breach of discipline and take immediate corrective action, up to and including suspension.

3. Participate in program development of division or district; coordinate activities with other divisions (road patrol, corrections, training, emergency services, reserve deputies) and/or other agencies. Develop budget for division, monitor fiscal expenditures. Establish and monitor policy and procedures. Monitor procedures to ensure compliance with laws and safety of officers and/or inmates.

4. Review daily police report paperwork regarding work activities for investigations, arrests, and correctional activities. Establish and maintain statistical recordkeeping; present monthly statistics and reports to supervisor.

5. Handle overrun calls for assistance from public as well as assist other sections in emergency situations. Direct special investigations, unusual crimes, or projects.

6. Represent the division to the public, community groups, public officials, schools; promote department activities to the public.

7. Serve as liaison between employees and inmates. Coordinate and evaluate inmate programs with various community volunteer groups. Coordinate outside work party with non-profit organizations.

8. Manage and monitor division or district equipment; establish and maintain maintenance schedules.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of policies, procedures, and practices of modern law enforcement in areas of crime prevention, criminal investigation, identification and apprehension, civil rights, laws of search and seizure, rules of evidence, records systems, and the care, control, and custody of prisoners; thorough knowledge of federal, state, and county rules, regulations, and ordinances that govern law enforcement and correctional activities; thorough knowledge of rules for storing and serving of food; thorough knowledge of general procedure used in court system and of the nature of legal evidence; considerable knowledge of principles, methods, and techniques of effective management including public relations, personnel management, and fiscal management to develop programs and coordinate activities of division or district; considerable knowledge of rules governing medical services for inmates. Skill in: Meeting and dealing with a wide range of people; use of fire arms, vehicles, mobile radio, and similar equipment; report writing and budget administration. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; analyze complex law enforcement problems in the areas of assignment, to enforce laws, and adjust to priority changes and remain calm during confrontational situations; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures, establish new policy when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; supervise and lead a staff of professionals and participate in a wide variety of law enforcement work; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, courts, District Attorney, other law enforcement agencies, public agencies, physicians, chaplains, correctional facility inmates, advisory boards, committees, vendors, news media and the public.

Education, Experience and Training: Eight years progressively responsible work experience with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in law enforcement, which includes three years supervisory experience. Incumbent must possess advanced certification issued by Board on Public Safety Standards and Training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

To promote enforcement of the law by improving competence of police officers and corrections officers, Board on Police Standards and Training establishes, l) training standards for physical, emotional, intellectual and moral fitness, and 2) reasonable minimum training for all levels of career development, basic through executive certifications. Furthermore, all appropriate employees are required to participate in mandatory department training in areas of new law updates and firearms. Minimum standards for employment as a law enforcement officer as well as experience and training requirements for certification levels are established in the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Act, ORS 181.610 - .690, and reprinted in the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Policy and Procedures Manual.


Work is performed under the guidance of the Captain. The employee works independently in administering a complex area of responsibility and confers with supervisor 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 responsibility in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed within established department policy, procedure, and directives; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; association contract; personnel rules; court rulings; DPSST reference manuals; accepted procedures within law enforcement and corrections profession; administrative and management reference materials. Incumbent has to remain current on guidelines and uses seasoned judgment in interpreting laws/guidelines and determining which laws to enforce, then follows procedures and laws closely due to nature of work. Incumbent contributes to modification of existing department guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is primarily performed in an office environment; however, some incumbents may be required to participate in field assignments which has physical demands of apprehending people, hearing alarm and voice conversation, jumping, keyboarding, lifting up to 60 pounds, running, walking flat and rough terrain. A reasonable amount of driving is involved.

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