Correctional Deputy I

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 04, 2019
Full Time CORRECTIONS Probation Public Safety
  • Salary: $51,343.16 - $62,404.89 Annually

Job Description

Position Information

Make the Right Call
Becomea SonomaCounty Correctional Deputy I
No Experience Required & Multiple Positions Available

If you're looking for competitive salary and benefits, camaraderie, on-going training and support, and career growth-
find your workplace home and family with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office employs over 650 staff to protect and secure the half-million residents within the 1,768 square miles of Sonoma County. The Detention Division's staff of over 300 are committed to serving the County of Sonoma andthe State of Californiaby providing a secure, safe, and humane environment for bothemployees and inmates. With more than15 different highly-trained and specialized units, you can be confident that a career with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office will keep you learning and growing.

Start yourcareer in corrections law enforcement as aCorrectional Deputy I. The County of Sonoma's New Generation/Direct Supervision Jail Facilityhas replaced the harsh environment of the traditional jail style. As a result, the Sheriff's Office is eager to recruit and develop professional correctional staffwho haveexceptional interpersonalskills, and the ability to exercise a solid management-style approachto working with inmates.The most successful and qualified Correctional Deputy candidates arethosewhodemonstrateexcellent communication skills and can maintain patience and professionalism in times of emergency.

The challenges you face as a Correctional Deputy will provide you with a rewarding sense of purpose and fulfillment. Thesupervision of inmates is a24/7 responsibility.Work shifts are 8, 10, or 12 hours, include weekends and holidays, and new Deputies must have the flexibility to work all shifts (days, swings, graves). Overtime is a requirement for Correctional Deputies. With experience and seniority, opportunities to select different work shifts and/or specialty assignments become available.There are also avariety of specialty assignments available in the Sheriff's Office,assigned on a "most qualified" basis,whichmay beentitled to premium pay.

As a Correctional Deputy I you will receive thorough training, close oversight, andthe mentorship of experienced Deputies. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Officetraining program provides exposure to a variety of correctionalfunctions, includinginmate booking, general population security, protective custody, andthe medical withdrawal and mental health units. To excel in these training areas, you must have the ability to exercise quick and sound judgment, patience, and be able to work effectively in sometimes stressful situations. After one year, Correctional Deputy I's are expected to possess the knowledge and abilities required for promotion to Correctional Deputy II.The Correctional Deputy IIposition pays up to $79,665 a year, not including overtime.

To learn more aboutspecialtyassignments and how we serve the community, please visit the

Choose Sonoma County

Weoffer expansive opportunities for growth and development, theability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment thatprovides continuous training, education, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to betterour communities. You can alsolook forward to some excellent benefits*, including:
  • A cash allowance of approximately $600 per month for full-time positions
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850
  • Premium payof $0.95 cents per hour, in addition to the hourly pay rate, for bilingual assignments
  • Premium pay for specialty assignments, ranging from 2.5% to 10.0%
  • Differential pay forevening andnight shifts
  • Onsite workout facilities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and as additional 8 floating holiday hours
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Significant County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement is fully integrated with Social Security
  • With experience and good work performance, this position also offers career advancement toCorrectional DeputyII
*Salary is negotiable. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can foundin the Sonoma County Law EnforcementAssociation's Memorandum Of Understanding (SCLEA MOU) .Bilingual positions require English and Spanish skills at either the basic (conversational) or fluent (reading, writing, and conversational) level. A bilingual examination will be conducted prior to employment to confirm level of skill. The bilingual premium pay begins upon the assignment of a bilingual caseload.

When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county -its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. Please visit and for additional information about the community.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable General Education Development Certificate.

Experience: None.
Additional Requirements: In accordance with California Government Code, Section 1029-1031, and the California Corrections Standards Authority, Title 15, Section 131, Minimum Standards for Selection, each employee shall meet the following minimum standards: Must be at least 18 years of age at time of appointment; United States citizenship or status as a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (if a permanent resident alien has not obtained citizenship within three years after application for employment or is denied citizenship, he/she will be disqualified for peace officer status); have no prior felony conviction nor be under current formal probation supervision; and achieved a passing score on the California Corrections Standards Authority Adult Corrections Officer written exam, or equivalent, prior to appointment.
Candidates certified for employment must be willing to undergo and successfully complete an in-depth background investigation, including a psychological evaluation, finger printing, criminal history check, polygraph, and a medical examination.
Candidates must be willing to work in uniform and willing to work all shifts, including day, evenings, nights, weekdays, weekends, holidays, and overtime.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Some knowledge of: modern methods and techniques of dealing with individuals in criminal confinement; criminal attitudes and behavior patterns, and the social factors underlying criminal behavior; behavior of people in a custody setting.
Ability to:effectively control, direct and instruct inmates individually and in groups; interpret and enforce institutional rules, regulations and other policies with firmness, tact and impartiality; make simple arithmetic calculations; read, speak and write English effectively, and interpret written material; accurately follow oral and written directions; read and speak Spanish may be required for certain assignments; use electronic information equipment and specific systems utilized within the department; enter data accurately; use word processing software to prepare clear and concise reports; promote acceptable attitudes and behavior of inmates while in confinement; work with and around a wide variety of people; and make quick, effective and reasonable decisions in emergencies, and take appropriate action to include physically restraining violent inmates; work in uniform; work all shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekdays, weekends, holidays, and overtime.

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.
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 examinations:

Candidates' application materials will be reviewed to determine they meet the minimum requirements listed herein, and if so, will be invited to take the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Adult Corrections Officer written examination (100% weight).This exam evaluates candidates' abilities in the following areas:
  • Following Written Directions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Clarity
  • Writing Detail
  • Accuracy with forms and coded information
  • Work attitudes
Candidates must attain a minimum passing score of at least 70% on the written examination to be placed on the employment list. The minimum passing score may be an adjusted score based on such factors and difficulty of the examination for this group of candidates, natural breaks in scores achieved by this group of candidates, number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, and past practice.

To aid you in preparing for thewritten examination, the BSCC's Adult Corrections Officer Examination Candidate Orientation Booklet can be found at:

If youtook the CPS Adult Corrections Officer Examinationwithin the past 6 months, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department will allow candidates to submit their T-score in lieu of re-taking the test.However, T-scores obtained from POST testing may not be used in lieu of the CPS exam. If you wish to usea previously obtained CPS Adult Corrections Officer Examination, please send a copy of your "T-Score letter" to:
County of Sonoma Human Resources Department
575 Administration Drive 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The lettermust be on the testing agencies letter head and include the:
  • Name of the exam
  • Datethe examwas taken
  • T-Score
  • Name of the agency that administered the exam
Should you have any questions, pleasedirect them toEric Payneat 707-565-2960.

Written Examination Dates Are Tentative and Updated Periodically:
(Please visit frequently to view new examination dates/times)
  • Applications received prior toDecember 9th, 2018may be invited to exam sessions being heldon December 19th (9:00 AMor 1:00 PM)or December 20th (9:00 AMand 1:00 PM) at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
  • Applications received prior toJanuary 14th, 2019may be invited to exam sessions being heldonFebruary 6th(9:00 AMor 1:00 PM)or February 7th (9:00 AMand 1:00 PM) at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
  • Applications received prior toMarch 17th, 2019may be invited to exam sessions being heldonMarch 26th(9:00 AMor 1:00 PM)orMarch 27th (9:00 AMand 1:00 PM) at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
  • Applications received prior toApril 28th, 2019may be invited to exam sessions being heldonMay 7th(9:00 AMor 1:00 PM)orMay 8th (9:00 AMand 1:00 PM) at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
  • Applications received prior toJune 26th, 2019may be invited to exam sessions being heldonJuly 10th(9:00 AMor 1:00 PM) at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
Orientation & Department Interview Dates Are Tentative and Updated Periodically:
(Please visit frequently to view new examination dates/times)
  • Orientation -November29, 2018 at6:00 PMin the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Training Room.
  • Department Interviews -
    • January 9th - 11th,January 14th - 18th, andJanuary 22nd - 25th
    • March 7th - 18th
    • April 29th - May 3rd, and May 6th - 10th
    • June 6th - 14th, and June 17th - 21st
    • August dates TBD

Being part of the Sheriff's Office and being expected to keep the public safe requires a thorough background investigation process. This process includes an assessment of prior work history, verifying educational experiences, court reports, public records searches, understanding past patterns relating to drug usage, financial patterns, etc. This entails gathering a significant amount of information from job candidates and speaking to former employers, friends, family members, etc. Polygraphs, drug tests, and medical and physical examinations are also part of this process. Candidates must be honest and forthcoming about information that may arise during the background process. Deception during any portion of this process is grounds for disqualification, even after employment. This process can take anywhere from 3-5 months. Many factors are taken into consideration and one should not assume a credit issue or prior drug use is automatically disqualifying. Candidates will be given the opportunity to present mitigating information they feel should be considered. You are encouraged to be as responsive as possible while this process is taking place to help expedite the timeline, and we encourage you to stay patient and interested in this great career opportunity while this process is taking place.

You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

Please read the Sheriff's Office Pre-Employment Drug Use Guidelines for further information.


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. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. 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