Deputy Sheriff

Canton, GA
Cherokee Sheriff's Office

Salary: $54,312.44.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision by the shift supervisor, a person in this position ensures security and protects property of the facility, completes the admission process of inmates, prevents escapes, controls behavior of inmates, and protects inmates from each other. The incumbent must be diligent in maintaining an inmate count, overseeing the dispensing of medication, and be able to take personal property of inmates. The incumbent must also adhere to definite procedures established by the department to ensure that the inmates’ constitutional rights are observed. A person in this position does not supervise other employees but may be tasked with inmate transport or other responsibilities of a state certified peace officer.

Essential Functions:

  • Completes the admission forms of inmates being booked into the Adult Detention Center.
  • Searches incoming inmates, and records personal property taken from the inmate.
  • Fingerprints and photographs the inmates to establish identification.
  • Determines if medical care of the inmate is necessary.
  • Explains to inmates the rules and regulations of the facility and prepares inmates for population.
  • Distributes meals to inmates at mealtime.
  • Calms, or takes other actions to calm, emotionally upset persons.
  • Ensures proper hygiene is maintained for all inmates through showers, cleaning of the unit and
    medical care.
  • Observes inmates’ behavior to ensure an orderly and safe environment.
  • Administers First Aid and CPR to inmates or staff when necessary and when the security of the
    facility is not jeopardized.
  • Maintains a fair and professional attitude with inmates and staff from various social backgrounds.
  • Checks cell doors and internal conditions at regular and irregular intervals to assure security, cell
    cleanliness, and inmate safety.
  • Conducts random searches of inmates and assigned secure areas.
  • Counts number of inmates at regular and irregular intervals to assure that all inmates are
    accounted for.
  • Views security monitors continuously to assure security and order in the cells.
  • Responds to emergency situations in the facility as required.
  • Operates security equipment such as restraining devices, chemical agents, two-way radios, and locking devices.
  • Enforces inmate rules and regulations.
  • Maintains records of daily activities in assigned areas, inmate movements through the facility, disciplinary action recommended or imposed on inmates, and professional and family visitation.
  • Accepts grievances made by the inmates.
  • Prepares inmates for transportation to court on court days.
  • Reviews documents such as warrants, transfer papers, and teletype messages regarding inmates.
  • Reports all incidents or problems to the Shift Supervisor.


  • A valid Georgia vehicle operator’s license.
  • Must complete Basic Jail Certification Course and all additional ADC training requirements when scheduled.
  • Basic certification as a Georgia Peace Officer
  • Knowledge of the departmental jail procedures and practices, and knowledge of the legal basis for the procedures.
  • Knowledge of the booking procedures and basic security practices.
  • Skill in recording accurate information of booking forms, etc.
  • Skill in taking and recording distinguishable fingerprints and photographs.
  • Skill in remaining calm in emotional situations when possibly receiving personal verbal abuse,and in calming inmates and visitors.
  • Ability to physically restrain or summons persons who can restrain violent inmates.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and to act quickly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other staff members, officials of other criminal justice agencies, and the general public.
  • Ability to maintain a fair and professional attitude with inmates from various social backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate in English effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items of office related equipment, including a computer keyboard, calculator, copier, and fax machine.
  • Must have use of sensory skills in order to effectively communicate and interact with other staff members and the general public through use of the telephone and personal contact.
  • Must be physically capable of using security equipment (such as handcuffs, two-way radios, and locking devices) and life safety equipment (such as fire extinguishers and emergency air packs).
  • Physical ability to administer CPR.
  • A valid Georgia vehicle operator’s license.
  • Must complete Basic Jail Certification Course and all additional ADC training requirements when scheduled.