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Douglas County  2220
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Pay Range GC26S


This classification serves as a full assistant to the County Sheriff and performs administrative and management duties in program planning and coordination, policy development, fiscal management and personnel management in either the correction or patrol division. The Captain acts as the Sheriff in his absence. The Captain directly supervises corrections and patrol lieutenants, and in various degrees, administrative support staff.


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

1. Develop, implement, and evaluate programs for division functions; coordinate activities within the department or other agencies; establish and maintain division policy and procedures. Ensure that division is in compliance with state and federal requirements. Participate in budget process; plan and monitor service levels and budgets.

2. Serve as a member of the management labor negotiation team and direct contract compliance and implementation within respective divisions.

3. Direct and supervise support staff through lieutenants and sergeants and is involved in selection, training and evaluating support staff and disciplinary actions. Provide employees with technical and/or professional assistance. Receive and handle personnel concerns from all division employees. Consult with staff regarding program goals and objectives and administrative matters relating to budget, personnel or operating procedures. Establish, maintain and interpret policy and procedures.

4. Conduct investigations into any breach of discipline and take immediate corrective action, including suspension. If termination is necessary, captain has authority to terminate after Sheriff has reviewed the situation.

5. Represent the department in areas of internal affairs, administrative review board, public relations, and union negotiations.

6. Serve as Sheriff in the absence of Sheriff.


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 principles, methods, and techniques of effective management including public relations, personnel management and fiscal management to develop, implement, and evaluate programs; thorough knowledge of federal, state and county rules, regulations, and ordinances that govern law enforcement, correction activities and labor law; thorough knowledge of general procedure used by court system and of the nature of legal evidence. Skill in: Meeting and dealing with a wide range of people; report writing; grant writing and budget administration. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; establish records, reports, and statistical recordkeeping; analyze complex law enforcement problems and to 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; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, Commissioners, courts, District Attorney, other law enforcement agencies, public agencies, community leaders, advisory boards, committees, vendors, news media and the public.

Education, experience and training: Bachelor's degree or associate's degree in public administration and four to six years progressively responsible work experience in law enforcement, which includes supervisory experience. Incumbent must possess management certification issued by Board on Public Safety Standards and Training. At time of appointment, must possess a valid Oregon driver's license.

The position exists to promote enforcement of the law by improving competence of police officers and corrections officers, Board on Public Safety Standards and Training establishes, 1) 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 fire arms. 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.


This classification works under the guidance of the Sheriff. The captain 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 responsibly in area of service. Periodic reviews of work performance are conducted in terms of expected results.


Work is performed within established department policy, procedures, and directives; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; association contract; personnel rules, DPSST reference manuals; accepted procedures within law enforcement profession; administrative and management reference materials. Incumbent has to remain current on guidelines and uses a great deal of independent judgment to interpret and choose appropriate guideline, and contributes to modification of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment; may require hearing voice conversation and keyboarding. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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