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Douglas County  9060
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Salary Range EO58


This position serves as County Sheriff and plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the activities of law enforcement, correctional facility, 9-1-1 emergency communications, emergency services, dog/small animal control and shelter operation, weighmaster functions, civil processes and all record keeping related to these areas as prescribed by Oregon Revised Statute. This is an elected position and as such is directly responsible to the electorate.


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

1. Develop, implement and evaluate programs for departmental operation; establish and maintain departmental policies and procedures.

2. Prepare departmental budget and present for approval to the Board of Commissioners; monitor and manage fiscal operations of the department.

3. Direct and participate in activities of patrol, detective, correction facility, emergency services, 9-1-1 emergency communications, emergency services, dog/small animal control and shelter operation, weighmaster functions, reserves, civil and police record keeping divisions to ensure compliance with Oregon Revised Statutes. Serve as emergency services director.

4. Represent the Sheriff's Office at meetings and conferences; promote programs of the department and interpret State statues, laws and County policies to employees and the public.

5. Monitor and direct work performance of departmental employees; maintain standards of efficiency and morale among employees, confer with Captain and supervisors regarding personnel concerns with final approval of all new hires, transfers, promotions, layoffs and terminations.


Knowledge of: Extensive knowledge of accepted principles, practices and equipment of law enforcement activities; thorough knowledge of Federal, State and local laws affecting law enforcement activities; considerable knowledge of personnel management, fiscal management and public relations to develop, implement and evaluate programs. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written form; make decisions independently in accordance with established policy and procedure and establish new policy when applicable; supervise departmental staff; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, Board of Commissioners, County department heads, law enforcement agencies, District Attorney, judges, public officials and the public.

Qualifications - Qualifications for the position are established by Oregon Revised Statute 204.015, 204.016 and Oregon Constitution VI § 8.


The County Sheriff is elected by and serves at the pleasure of the electorate.

The County Sheriff exercises supervision over departmental employees with final responsibility for work performed by the department.


Work is performed within established department policy, procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations, guidelines, ordinances; union contract; personnel rules; DPSST reference manuals; accepted procedures within law enforcement profession, and law enforcement administrative and management reference materials. Incumbent uses judgment in interpreting and usage of appropriate guidelines. As a department head, establishes or revises departmental policies and procedures.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment; work is generally sedentary and requires hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, sitting, standing and walking. A reasonable amount of driving is required.

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