Corrections Deputy – Lateral

Portland, OR
Multnomah County Sheriff

Salary: $36.34 – $46.00 Hourly.

Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Corrections Deputies are required to become proficient in the use of side-arms, chemical agents and other riot control weapons, in addition to the use of emergency communication systems, the practical application of self-defense tactics and the unarmed physical control of inmates. Corrections Deputies must possess good judgment, act appropriately and responsibly, and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Once you have mastered the basic duties of a Corrections Deputy, there are many special assignments available throughout the agency, including assignments in Classification, Close Street Supervision, Court Services, Transport Unit, Work Crew, Intelligence and Life Safety. You may also choose to join a specialty team, such as the Crisis Negotiation Team, the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), Honor Guard or the Corrections Critical Incident Response Team.

Essential Functions:

  • Book, interview, classify and process inmates into jail; conduct searches of inmates; release from custody and return property.
  • Count, control and monitor inmate movement and activity in housing units, modules, cells and open dormitory settings; monitor suicidal inmates to determine if they require suicidal watch and provide counseling and coordination of medical services; conduct security and welfare checks and connect inmates with mental health services; search jail areas for contraband; secure and maintain evidence.
  • Escort inmates to areas and events within the institution, court appearances, personal interviews, medical care and other institutions; assemble and monitor inmates for transports to and from other counties, state facilities, extraditions and others; supervise and monitor meal times and recreational activities; supervise inmate work crews; prepare daily work release logs and investigate and report violations.
  • Control violent and/or mentally ill inmates; prepare daily count and inmate assignment sheets; document, record and write reports on inmate behavior and other applicable information.
  • Respond to backup calls for medical, inmate assaults and other emergency situations; testify in court related to crimes committed in custody.
  • Maintain security within the institution and oversee the health and safety of staff, inmates and the public; control access and maintain inventory of keys; operate control rooms and panels; monitor and access security doors, gates, cameras, alarms and video terminals; perform general facility maintenance.
  • Assist inmates with information regarding personal records, accounts, grievances, social visits and court proceedings; provide information and assistance regarding criminal cases to staff and the public; communicate and work with courts, records, medical staff, programs staff, other departments and agencies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Candidates are eligible for an education premium of 1% for college coursework: 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours.
  • Candidates are eligible for an education premium of 3% for a Bachelor’s degree.
  • This premium pay is not cumulative and employees are eligible for one level only.
  • At least three years of work experience as a certified, civilian corrections officer.
  • Must be currently employed or have been employed within the past 12 months as a certified, civilian corrections officer.
  • A high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be a United States citizen or able to obtain citizenship to attend academy.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license by time of appointment.
  • Must pass a thorough background investigation which includes, but is not limited to a review of applicant’s criminal, civil, driving, military, educational and employment history.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience in public safety, social service or security setting.
  • Current certification as a State of Oregon DPSST Corrections Officer.
  • Experience in a command structure organization.
  • College level course work from an accredited institution.