Deputy – Corrections

Traverse City, MI
Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office

Position Summary:

Primary functions of the job are to provide care, custody, safety, security and supervision for prisoners and processing intakes and releases at the Grand Traverse County Jail. Employees work as part of a team and are responsible for ensuring that the team meets its objectives. Employees must meet the minimum requirements, conditions of employment, and be able to perform successfully all essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodations.

Essential Functions:

  • Processes inmates in and out of the facility, including obtaining fingerprints and mug shots, gathering medical information, placing inmates in cells, checking database for outstanding warrants, logging charges into the computer, pulling warrants, and/or performing other related activities.
  • Administers housing procedures, which includes: performing head counts; compiling meal counts; performing inmate orientations; collecting and issuing clothing; administering testing; distributing medications; issuing food; passing out razors; distributing mail; disseminating commissary orders; and, performing other related activities.
  • Performs facility controls, which involves logging activities into computer, monitoring high-risk inmates, monitoring camera systems, logging individuals entering and leaving facility, reviewing reports, and performing other related activities.
  • Patrols facilities and monitors inmates, ensuring compliance with jail rules and maintaining an orderly facility.
  • Conducts thorough searches of inmates and cell areas.
  • Performs court officer activities, which includes: ensuring correct forms are completed and signed; ensuring
    inmates are seen by the correct court officer; transports inmates to court; enters court information from
    magistrate bond form or from court dispositions; video tapes bond settings and arraignments; and provides
    courtroom security.
  • Transports inmates to and from various locations throughout the state.
  • Supervises inmates, ensuring compliance with jail rules and maintaining an orderly facility.
  • Processes inmate monies and bonds.
  • Monitors and maintains appropriate levels of supplies and materials in support of jail operations and activities.
  • Responds to court and cell emergencies.
  • Maintains open communication with fellow officers and supervisors, and follows all policies and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office, including the general policing philosophy of the Sheriff.
  • Maintains and submits all appropriate records.


  • Associate’s Degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, corrections, social sciences, public management or
    related field.
  • Additional related experience may substitute for the college requirement if there is demonstrated knowledge, ability, and skills to perform the work.
  • Possess and maintain valid Michigan Driver’s License and must maintain eligibility to drive as per the County’s Vehicle policy.
  • Certified as a Correctional Officer in the State of Michigan. Prior to hire, must have a passing score on the EMPCO written test for local corrections officer candidates as recognized and approved by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) effective March 1, 2013.
  • Prior to hire, must also have a passing score on the physical abilities test for local corrections officer candidates as recognized and approved by the Michigan Sheriff’s Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTS) effective March 1, 2014.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or crime that might question the person’s credibility.
  • Must successfully complete the employment screening process, which may include written and oral evaluations, psychological and physical screening, as well as a complete background investigation.
  • Must be in good health and able to perform the necessary duties, including ability to pursue, apprehend, restrain and control inmates and to manage the prevention of inmate assaults.
  • May be required to successfully complete a physical readiness test yearly, per contract requirements.
  • Must meet minimum vision requirements and have normal hearing.
  • Will be required to successfully complete both the Basic Correctional officer Training Program and the Michigan Breathalyzer Training Program after employment with the department.
  • In compliance with Michigan Statutory Provision for the office of Sheriff, the Sheriff of Grand Traverse County reserves the right to make the final decision in regard to both the application of these requirements and the hiring of an appropriate applicant for this position within the department.
  • May be required to serve in an “on-call” capacity.