Lake County Government
  • Leadville, CO, USA
  • Depends on Qualification
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Benefits Eligible


Current annual salary range: $34,941 - $38,320 + Benefits

Benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision & County matched Retirement

This list may not be inclusive of the total scope of job functions to be performed. Expectations, Duties and responsibilities, and Qualifications may be added, deleted, or modified at any time. Duties listed on this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types to work performed. Omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Must be able to perform all essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodations

Expectations & Duties:

Detentions Deputy 

  • Responsible for the care, custody and control of inmates and staff at the Lake County Jail. Performs duties necessary to ensure safety and welfare of inmates and staff. Resolves and controls inmate crises through prevention and intervention/observation. Provides counseling, guidance and direction for questions and acceptable inmate behavior.
  • Performs first-line supervision over assigned inmates. Maintains care, custody, control and strict accountability of assigned inmates. Conducts timely security and welfare checks of assigned inmates and areas of responsibility.
  • Responds to inmate questions and provides information on topics concerning the judicial process, facility rules and procedures and referrals to social agencies, if appropriate.
  • Inspects physical area within his or her responsibility and reports safety, security, sanitation, fire or maintenance deficiencies.
  • Communicates with dispatch and other offices via two-way radio, intercom and telephone.
  • Conducts inventories of assigned equipment and supplies and inspects for signs of tampering. Supervises the cleaning of assigned areas.
  • Performs searches of inmates' person, possessions, and quarters.
  • Pursues fleeing suspects or prisoners on foot or vehicle; climbs, crawls, jumps and runs to pursue suspects and protect life; pushes, pulls, lifts or carries persons or suspects/prisoners who may be incapacitated; effects forceful arrest.
  • Monitors inmates' visits with attorneys, bondsmen and other persons. Escorts inmates throughout facility. Collects and distributes all correspondence from and to assigned inmates.
  • Supervises the issuance of inmate meals and eating utensils. Accounts for utensils. Supervises the issuance and exchange of inmate linen and laundry.
  • Relieves dispatch for short periods as necessary.
  • Participates in inmate disciplinary proceedings as required.
  • Shall assist patrol deputies, court deputies, and dispatch personnel with security issues as needed.
  • Escorts inmates to court ordered locations by use of approved transportation.
  • Collects and preserves contraband from persons who enter the Sheriff's Office building, including evidence.
  • Provides direction and general information to persons entering the building.
  • Shall, upon instructions of the court or deputy, take into custody individuals and arrange transportation to county jails.
  • Shall write and file incident case reports, arrest reports for each case handled during the shift.
  • Shall maintain intake logs/records and complete incident reports pertaining to occurrences within the jail.
  • Shall monitor and schedule transports when required due to over population, outside agency court appointments, or medical needs.
  • Shall monitor inmate medication and ensure distribution in accordance with prescription.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • High School diploma or equivalent education.
  • Must be honest, truthful, trustworthy and possess a high degree of personal integrity.
  • Ability to use office equipment, including computer, typewriter, telephone, calculator, fax machine and copier.
  • Knowledge of federal and, state laws concerning inmate rights and local regulations, ordinances and laws concerning areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to apply common sense when appropriate.
  • Good observation skills and ability to work with criminal element who are dangerous, threatening, demanding and manipulative.
  • Ability to prioritize duties under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to effect a forceful arrest and control the person taken into custody; ability to operate assigned weapon system in a safe manner; ability to meet the physical demands of the position by maintaining physical condition and fitness.
  • Maintain regular and punctual attendance.
  • Must possess & maintain a valid Colorado driver's license and have a satisfactory driver's record.
  • Must not have any felony convictions or misdemeanors designated by POST or any significant prior criminal activity.
  • May have continuous and random drug testing.  The Sheriff's Office does not allow use of Marijuana while employed within.
  • Must pass all required examinations within the testing process to include comprehensive background investigation, written test, oral interviews, physical, polygraph, and psychological exams
  • Be able to pass firearms qualification, TASER qualification, and arrest control & defense program.   
  • Must have the ability to satisfactorily hear with or without correction.
  • Must pass physical and be able to complete all expectations and duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.   

Working Conditions & Physical Demands:

  • Work performed in a secure, stressful environment with minimal exposure to windows. Some degree of hazard to personal safety with exposure to violent inmates and contagious diseases. Position requires shift work to ensure coverage for operations 24 hours per day 7 days per week; may be required to work days, evenings or overnight depending on assigned shift. 
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an Detentions Deputy to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing this job, the Detentions Deputy is frequently required to sit and talk or hear.  The Patrol Deputy is occasionally required to stand; walk; run; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  Fluently read, write, and speak English. The physical demands category is classified as Very Heavy (exert in excess of 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 lbs. of force constantly to move objects). Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Applicants selected to move on in the process may be required to complete additional screening questions or tests.

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