Corrections Deputy-Lateral (Sheriff)

Medford, OR
Jackson County Sheriff

Salary: $29.24 – $41.05 Hourly.

Position Summary:

Serves as a sworn Corrections Officer, under general supervision, in County correction facilities with arrest powers identical to peace officers.

Essential Functions:

  • Processes and releases inmates to include taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of fingerprint impressions. Verifies identification of adults in custody (AIC); obtains required personal information, including medical data. Issues and collects facility property (clothing, bedding, commissary). Provides laundry exchange. Seizes and re?issues AIC’s personal clothing and property during intake and release.
  • Supervises all AIC in an unbiased manner regardless of offense. Responds to major and minor disturbances, restores order and maintains discipline among AIC. Restrains AIC, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints. Subdues resisting AIC using maneuvers, aerosol spray restraint, and resorts to the use of hands and feet and other approved devices in self-defense. Exercises independent judgment in determining when force may be used and to what degree. Uses firearms to defend department personnel or others from the threatened use of deadly physical force.
  • Searches people, clothing, mail items, objects capable of concealing contraband, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time and detaining people. Inspects unclothed AIC including body cavities, with potential encounters with body fluids, wastes, and communicable diseases. Supervises infectious AIC. May encounter suicidal or deceased AIC.
  • Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses or administrative violations. Confiscates illegal property. Detects the presence of conditions such as smoke, unusual or excessive noise, odors, etc.
  • Controls access to and from facilities, supervises AIC movement and supervises AIC program activities. Safely uses handcuffs and other appropriate restraints while transporting and escorting AIC outside of the facility.
  • Conducts count of AIC, with personal inspection at least once each hour. Conducts security/welfare checks. Records facility activity schedule on facility logs. Conducts pre?housing search of cells according to policy.
  • Lifts, carries, or drags heavy objects; climbs up to and down from elevated surfaces; crawls in confined areas; uses body force to gain entrance to secured areas; pursues fleeing AIC; performs rescue operations to include administering basic emergency medical aid and evacuating AIC from confined areas.
  • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time; operates and monitors surveillance equipment; operates and monitors electronic security equipment. Reads computer and camera screens, court and other legal and non?legal documents, distinguishes colors, and exercises full field of vision while supervising AIC.
  • Engages in functions in confined areas that include such things as serving food by means of pushing a 200 lb. wheeled food cart, working rotating shifts, and physically checking the doors, windows and other areas to ensure they are secure.
  • Extinguishes small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means. Conducts emergency drills. Responds to facility mechanical failures, rectifies the situation and/or reports incident to higher authority.
  • Gathers criminal information, prepares investigative reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations. Gathers information in administrative investigations by obtaining statements of involved parties, preparing reports, exercising independent judgment and determining or recommending disciplinary action for AIC.
  • Reads, comprehends, and complies with or enforces legal and non?legal documents, including the processing of such documents as medical instructions, commitment orders, summons, other legal writs, department policies and procedures, labor agreements, and rules for AIC.
  • Communicates effectively and coherently with other officers, deputies and AIC using existing communication systems. Uses communication skills to avoid physical confrontation. Effectively communicates with the public, including minors, providing procedural/activity information, giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrates professional communication skills in court, grand jury and other formal settings.
  • Performs crisis intervention functions to include suicide prevention, recognizing abnormal behavior and taking appropriate action.
  • Ensures due process and access to the legal system for AIC. Ensures health standards, cleanliness of facility and AIC.
  • Manipulate keys and keyboards, operates levers and buttons, manually operates heavy doors and counts, collects and inventories small items. Maintains, controls, and inventories facility keys, materials, and equipment. Uses and maintains department issued equipment as needed
  • Adheres to regulatory requirements, collective bargaining agreements, County and departmental policies and procedures, required trainings, as well as safe work practices.
  • Develops and maintains effective internal and external working relationships at all levels.
  • Has regular and reliable attendance. Overtime may be required.


  • High school diploma or equivalent; OR
  • Any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job.
  • Requires possession of a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record. Must be 21 years old and a United States citizen.
  • Shall not have a criminal history or background which prohibits receiving certification through the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
  • Must pass an entry?level employment examination, in-depth background investigation (including credit check), and complete physical examination. May be required to pass a psychological evaluation and pre-employment drug screen.