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Pay Range GC23S


This classification assumes responsibility for coordination and supervision of day-to-day operations of a shift or unit within the patrol, detectives, corrections, communications, records/civil, narcotics team or unit support staffs which may include an outlying district of the department. Sergeants perform duties in planning, coordination, policy development and personnel management jointly with supervisor to ensure protection of life, property and civil rights of citizens or for the care, control, and custody of prisoners. Sergeants ensure efficient operation and have final accountability for work performed by assigned unit and support staff; provide technical and professional advice and training and participate in work of 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.)

l. Supervise support staff of a shift within a division or an outlying district, and is involved in selection, training, evaluating staff and disciplinary actions. Conduct beginning shift briefings, assign staff, keys, and equipment; assist support staff in work duties of investigation, enforcement, case preparation, inmate care, communications, and transports. Supervise shift operations ensuring completion of assigned work, adherence to policy, procedure, and laws. Investigate complaints regarding support staff.

2. Participate in program planning and coordination, policy, budget development, and procedure development and training.

3. Investigate, enforce and/or make arrests in criminal laws, traffic laws, civil laws and administrative rules and assist other in the same. Prepare police reports.

4. Inspect correctional facility each shift for security purposes and health and welfare of inmates. Oversee basic needs of inmates. Prepare work orders for repairs. Arrange prisoner transports for medical reasons, court arraignments, and to and from other locations both within and out of Oregon.

5. Manage the 9-1-1 emergency communications division which includes develop, implement and evaluate program and services operations; coordinate services between users and the public; participate in budget preparation and monitor fiscal recordkeeping; interpret policy and procedure. Plan both short- and long-term goals and objectives.

6. Establish and maintain appropriate recordkeeping systems for civil papers, police reports, warrants, booking records and property related matters.

7. Maintain appropriate recordkeeping systems of daily shift logs, time sheets, month-end reports, and money received from inmates. Review and distribute police reports, memos, directives, dispatch tapes, warrants, teletypes, transports, citations, dispositions. Provide preventative maintenance and basic repair to unit equipment. Maintain recordkeeping.

8. Coordinate unit activities with city, county, state and federal agencies; District Attorney, news media.

9. Investigate on-the-job accidents, participate on review boards of employees, conduct inmate disciplinary hearings and testify before criminal and civil courts, or governmental hearings.

10. Investigate any breach of discipline and take immediate corrective action, up to and including suspension; can terminate following Sheriff's review.

11. Direct collection and preservation of evidence and property for court presentation.

12. Oversee special programs or projects of K-9, tactical response team, marijuana eradication and reserve training.

13. Actively represent the department in providing public presentations, displays, demonstrations, tours; attend meetings.


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 and the care, control, custody and transportation of prisoners; considerable knowledge of federal, state and county rules, regulations, and ordinances that govern law enforcement and correctional activities; considerable knowledge of general procedure used in court system and of the nature of legal evidence; considerable knowledge of federal, state, and county rules, regulations and ordinances that govern emergency service activities and to civil and records processes; considerable knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of effective supervision including public relations and personnel management to coordinate activities of a shift/unit; considerable knowledge of modern office management and support procedures in areas of: recordkeeping, filing, basic bookkeeping, automated equipment and systems, office machines. Skill in: Meeting and dealing with a wide range of people; use of firearms, vehicles, mobile radio, computers, and other communication equipment, and similar department equipment; report writing and statistical data compilation. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; analyze complex law enforcement problems in the area of assignment, to enforce laws, and to think and act quickly, adjust to priority changes and remain calm during confrontational situations; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedures 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, other agency representatives, other law enforcement agencies judges, District Attorney, community groups, committees, advisory boards, contractors, vendors, physicians, correctional facility inmates and the public.

Education, Experience and Training: Four years continuous and progressively responsible work experience with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in law enforcement, emergency services or civil activities. Sergeant must possess intermediate 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 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 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.

Desirable qualifications: Experience and/or training in public relations and media relations, leadership skills, supervision and personnel management skills.


This classification works under the general direction of a lieutenant. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation. Employee estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within established department policy, procedure, and directives; federal, state, county and local statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; union contract; personnel rules; court rulings; BPSST reference manuals; inmate rule book; accepted procedures within law enforcement, emergency services and records/civil profession; equipment and vehicle manuals. Incumbent has to remain current on guidelines and uses considerable judgment in interpreting laws or guidelines and determining which laws to enforce, then follows procedures and laws closely due to nature of work.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed both in an office environment and in the field and may require physical demands of climbing, climbing stairs, color identification, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing alarms and voice conversation, jumping, keyboarding, typically lifting up to 60 pounds but may be lift and move an unconscious person, running and apprehending and restraining violent people and walking rough terrain. Work involves everyday risks and discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A substantial amount of daily driving is required for patrol sergeants.

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