A Corrections Deputy is a sworn police officer as defined by ORS and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, performing related work as required. Provides supervision and enforces rules to the inmates in the jail, work center, work release, work crew and courthouse security necessary to maintain order.  Participates in the daily operation of the facilities by ensuring the safety and security of the inmates, staff and the public.  Processes inmates in and out of the facility; completes and processes reports and other paperwork; communicates with law enforcement staff, inmates and the public.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is professional work requiring the application of specialized knowledge in the area of criminal justice.  Work may be performed in stressful situations, working rotating shifts including nights, weekends and holidays. Work tasks are governed by established policies, procedures, Statutes, and regulations.  Correction Deputies exercise independent judgment when applying policy and procedures. Correction Deputies may exercise the power to give direct orders to inmates and take action with an inmate that is necessary to maintain the safe order of the facility, staff and other inmates.  The position responds to emergencies in the facility, escorts inmates to and from locations inside and outside the jail or courthouse, investigates disturbances or suspicious activities, prepares reports, responds to medical needs of inmates.  Responsible to preserve and protect the legal rights of the inmates, public safety and community relations/safety.  Works under the direct supervision of the Corrections Sergeant.  Employees serve a twelve (12) month probationary period when first hired and/or when promoted to a new position.  Must be free from the conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation.  Dishonorable or undesirable discharge from the military is cause for disqualification.  Must pass a thorough background check. Must be at least 21 years old. NOTE: As a condition of employment or continued employment for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, applicants and employees must meet and maintain the work performance standards set forth in the Position Description and possess the skills, certifications, education and other requirements as herein set forth as well as those other requirements specified in the Sheriff’s Policy and Procedures Manual, the Jefferson County Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and any applicable collective bargaining agreement.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Books and releases, fingerprints, photographs and oversees the feeding of inmates.
  • Conducts searches of inmates of the same gender, issues clothing and bedding, assigns inmates to cells and orients inmates to jail routine.
  • Maintains order, discipline and security of inmates in the County Jail.
  • Arranges inmate visits from attorney, family and friends.
  • Allow inmates to make phone calls as authorized.
  • Oversees the serving of meals, cleaning details and conducts clothing and bedding exchange.
  • Provides opportunities for inmates to exercise and shower.
  • Operates a limited stock commissary for inmates.
  • Renders first aid to inmates and summons medical help or arranges for transfer to hospital, when necessary.
  • Distributes prescribed medications to inmates, under the directions of the facility nurse.
  • Searches cells and inmates, as requires, for contraband.
  • Inspects incoming and outgoing mail according to procedures.
  • Uses electronic equipment, keys, inventories equipment and supplies, conduct perimeter checks and other work activities as specified in Jail Operations and Procedures Manual.
  • Escorts inmates to court and various other locations, as required.
  • Possess excellent verbal, written and arithmetic skills necessary to effectively and efficiently complete required report writing and deliver accurate testimony in a cogent fashion.
  • Meet Performance Measures established by the Sheriff.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communicative skills and work within and maintain a cooperative and effective working relationship with other Sheriff Department employees.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function of the position.
  • Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.



Knowledge and Skills: Must be able to carry and have knowledge of the proper and safe use of firearms and other law enforcement weapons.  Must have strong teamwork skills.  Must have a working knowledge of all applicable laws, practices and procedures of the State of Oregon and Jefferson County common to correction practices.  Must possess excellent verbal, written and arithmetic skills.

Abilities: Ability to quickly learn laws and contemporary court decisions pertaining to inmate rights, detention, arrest and use of force.  Ability to evaluate and analyze facts and draw correct conclusions promptly.  Ability to understand and carry out instructions, to speak and write effectively and to record information clearly and concisely is essential.  Ability to learn department rules, procedures, corrections principles, techniques, inmate supervision, facility security and officer survival techniques.  Ability to deal with inmates and the public in stressful and non-stressful situations and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Must be able to use a computer workstation to write various reports and letters.  Must be able to use a variety of modern electronic equipment, including lap top or portable computers, digital cameras, jail photographic equipment, fingerprinting equipment, e-mail and voice mail.  Must be familiar with and able to use a variety of specialty software including Sheriff Department proprietary report writing software, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Must possess and exercise the ability to meet and deal with the public in an effective and courteous manner.  Will be required, on occasion, to attend training and meetings away from normal duty station.  Training will require out of town (and County) travel and overnight(s) stays.

Physical Abilities: Requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to operate Sheriff equipment, weapons and apparatus; visual acuity necessary for performing necessary tasks including normal color discrimination, ambulatory ability to walk at work; ability to subdue resistive or combative individuals.  Requires speech and auditory abilities sufficient to carry on conversations and project voice among a crowd.  Sufficient hand/eye coordination to operate a computer keyboard and recognize words and numbers, and other abilities as prescribed by the Board of Public Safety and Standards and Training.

Education and Experience: Minimum High School Diploma (Associate or bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or similar discipline preferred) and demonstrate considerable reasoning skill.

Licenses and Certificates: A valid Oregon driver’s license. Must possess or be able to acquire within twelve (12) months of initial appointment, a Basic BPSST certification.

Working Conditions: Work is performed indoors and outdoors.  Work is physical in nature and requires the ability to walk, climb and carry or move inanimate objects up to 60 pounds.


  • Medical, Vision and Dental Coverage
    • HSA Account with employer contribution
    • Vacation
    • Sick Leave
    • Holiday Pay
    • Oregon PERS Retirement (employer/employee participation varies)
    • Life Insurance with AD&D
    • Long-term Disability Insurance
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • 457(b) Deferred Comp Plans Available
    • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance
    • Discounted Air Ambulance membership available

$28.70-$40.75 Hourly

$4,993.80 – $7,090.50 Monthly

$59,925.60 – $85,086.00 Annually