Deputy Sheriff

Watkinsville, GA
Oconee County

Salary: $42,667 – $63,401.

Position Summary:

The purpose of this classification is to enforce criminal and traffic laws and local ordinances, to maintain law and order, to serve legal processes of courts, to provide courtroom services and jail support, to protect life and property, to prevent or observe criminal acts and traffic violations, to perform preliminary investigations, to respond to emergency calls, and to support other law enforcement agencies.

Essential Functions:

  • Enforces all local and state codes, ordinances, laws and regulations in order to protect life and property and to
    maintain law and order.
  • Responds to emergency/high risk calls, non-emergency and calls for service; assists and/or escorts citizens,
    stranded motorists, and other law enforcement personnel and agencies as needed.
  • Conducts investigations to determine location/locate individuals named in criminal and civil papers; performs
    extradition of alleged criminals from other jurisdictions to satisfy open warrants.
  • Serves various civil papers, summons, subpoenas, and felony and misdemeanor warrants; arrests individuals
    named in warrants; executes lunacy or juvenile pickup orders; requests GCIC/NCIC checks on arrestees.
  • Transports prisoners to county jail, medical facilities, mental institutions, juvenile detention center, or elsewhere as appropriate; ensures safety and security during transport.
  • Patrols assigned geographical areas to prevent or observe criminal acts and traffic violations, to investigate
    crimes, and to arrest and/or issue citations to violators.
  • Inspects buildings while making rounds to ensure facility security; inspects locks, window bars, grills, doors, and gates for tampering.
  • Seizes contraband and weapons; preserves evidence until the case is disposed of in a court of law; interviews
    informants and suspects.
  • Preserves crime scenes; takes photographs, prepares crime scene sketches, and conducts interviews with victims and witnesses.
  • Provides assistance and first aid to victims of violent acts, industrial accidents, motor traffic accidents, and other mishaps.
  • Exchanges information with dispatchers, attorneys, court personnel, medical examiner, fire and EMT personnel, medical professionals, and other departments and agencies; communicates effectively on law enforcement radio.
  • Responds to questions, complaints, and requests for information from inmates/prisoners, students, the general public, clergy, utility companies, officers, employees, and supervisors.
  • Assists with courtroom security; enforces all the rules and regulations of the courtroom and/or jail; escorts inmates to various parts of the jail or court facility.
  • Prepares for and attends courtroom hearings and judicial proceedings; provides testimony as required.
  • Mediates disputes between neighbors, in domestic situations, and in the business community; may employ
    weapons or force to maintain order.
  • Performs special detail activities such as clearing the roadway, directing traffic, dispatching calls, and picking up and delivering emergency messages, office supplies, medications, and documents.
  • Assists with special events such as parades, motorcade processions, and funeral escorts; directs traffic as needed.
  • Documents all activity conducted in assigned position; maintains current field and code manuals, policies and
    procedures, employee handbooks, various maps, and related material for reference and/or review.
  • Attends meetings and in-service training as required to maintain knowledge of departmental/county operations, to promote improved job performance, and to maintain knowledge of changing policies, procedures, codes and laws.
  • Completes and prepares a variety of forms, logs, requests, records, reports, correspondence, and various other documents associated with daily responsibilities of this position; maintains administrative records and files.
  • Cooperates with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and their officers or representatives when
    activities are related to investigations within county jurisdiction.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Supplemented by vocational/technical training in security, law enforcement, or a related field; supplemented by five (5) to eleven (11) months previous experience and/or training involving security, as a law enforcement patrol officer, or related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
  • Must possess a valid Georgia driver’s license.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or resident status.
  • Must pass and maintain current Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification requirements as a law enforcement officer.
  • Must be licensed and qualified to operate a firearm.