Sheriff's Captain - Law Enforcement - Promotional

County Of Sonoma, California Santa Rosa , CA 95402

Posted 4 days ago

Position Information


The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has requested a departmental promotional certification to fill a Sheriff's Captain - Law Enforcement position. Sheriff's Captain is a sworn law enforcement position within the Sheriff's Office.

Only qualified permanent and/or probationary Sheriff's Office employees may be eligible for referral to the department for the advertised position. The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time positions as they occur during the active status of the list.

Under the general direction of the Assistant Sheriff of the Law Enforcement Division, a Sheriff's Captain formulates and implements policy relative to the operation of a major bureau or detention facility. Sheriff's Captains plan, organize, direct, supervise, coordinate, command, and evaluate all major functional programs and operation of the major bureau or facility. They represent the Sheriff before commissions, boards, and other public bodies, and perform related duties as required.

The Civil Service title for this position is Sheriff's Captain.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: For some assignments, possession of an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate awarded by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) of the State of California is required.

For some assignments, completion of education and coursework comparable to the National Institute of Correction Jail Management Course or a course certified by the California Board of Correction Standards for Training in Corrections is highly desirable. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a major coursework in criminal justice, law enforcement, or related fields is highly desirable.

Experience: Five years of recent law enforcement or correctional experience including a minimum of one year of recent experience as a Sheriff's Lieutenant or Correctional Lieutenant is required.

License: Possession of a valid California driver's license and a good driving record.

Citizenship Requirement: Permanent resident aliens who wish to be employed as peace officers must apply for citizenship prior to application for such employment.

Permanent resident aliens must cooperate with the U.S. Department of Immigration in meeting all requirements of U.S. citizenship, or he or she shall be disqualified for peace officer status.

Background Requirement: Incumbents shall not have been convicted of a felony in this state or any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, or of any offense in any other state or in any federal jurisdiction, which would have been a felony if committed in this state, nor be under current formal probation supervision.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: the principles and practices of modern law enforcement; modern procedures and methods employed in crime detection and investigation and thorough knowledge of general police practices and techniques; the use, liabilities and care of firearms; detention administration; the principles and purposes governing the operation of modern detention facilities at the local level; the rules, regulations, practices and procedures in the day-to-day operation and control of Detention Facilities; the laws, codes, ordinances and policies which govern the care, detention and release of prisoners; the modern methods and techniques of discipline as they relate to persons under criminal confinement; court procedures in criminal and civil trials; the laws, ordinances, rules and regulations enforced by the department.

Considerable knowledge of: criminal attitudes, behavior patterns, and the social factors underlying criminal behavior; the geography and topography of Sonoma County; court procedures and criminal trials as they relate to the detention of defendants and prisoners; modern police practices, current literature and sources of information regarding criminal investigation procedures, police patrol practices, and adult detention facilities.

Working knowledge of: modern supervisory principles and administrative practices as they apply to criminal investigation, police patrol and adult detention facility management.

Knowledge of: the principles of fiscal planning, budgeting control and human resource management.

Ability to: analyze law enforcement problems and to adopt, recommend and implement effective courses of action; analyze detention administration problems; plan, organize, direct and supervise the programs and operations of an adult detention facility related to the processing and care of persons under criminal confinement; interpret and enforce institutional rules and regulations and other policies with firmness, tact and impartiality; establish and maintain effective working relationships with prisoners, subordinate staff, management, support personnel, the general public, County departments and other criminal justice system agencies; plan and organize research and statistical work relating to the various aspects of institutional administration, budget and general management matters; plan, supervise, instruct, train and direct the work of subordinates; communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including making public presentations; make quick, effective, and reasonable decisions in emergencies and take appropriate action; enforce the law firmly, tactfully and impartially and deal courteously with the general public; employ group dynamics and motivational methodology to all levels of employees.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.

  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.

  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.

  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

Supplemental Questionnaire Responses Are Required

The supplemental questionnaire is a critical component of your employment application. Responses to supplemental questions may be scored using position-specific criteria.

Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.


Applications are accepted on-line at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail.

All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: CG

HR Technician: EP

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Sheriff's Captain - Law Enforcement - Promotional

County Of Sonoma, California