Deputy Sheriff – Adult Corrections

Maryville, TN
Blount County Government

Salary: $48,710.00 to Salary Maximum $76,719.00.

Position Summary:

Employees in this position are responsible for the care and proper handling of inmates and the safety and security of the facility. Employees in this position are expected to perform his or her duties according to state and federal laws and the policies and procedures of the Adult or Juvenile Detention Center and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. Instructions are based on standardized guidelines although the employee may be frequently required to use independent judgment to complete tasks.

Essential Functions:

  • Serving warrants and other court processes on inmates.
  • Maintain and supervise inmates in a controlled humane environment, assisting in the distribution of meals and medications in the various housing units.
  • Interact with public by telephone and in-person in reference to correctional matters.
  • Assist in scheduled and unscheduled head counts of inmates in order to obtain accurate physical counts, and completing appropriate forms and reporting procedures relating to counts and inmate location.
  • Control, direct, and monitor activity and movement of inmates within and outside the secured facility, ensuring the security and safety of inmates, staff, and the public.
  • Coordinate, direct, and instruct inmate work crews and details to ensure proper completion of work.
  • Intervene in and control acts of negative behavior and violence in order to maintain security and safety of inmates and staff by instructing inmates and/or by using physical force such as restraints or other devices as prescribed by policies and procedures.
  • Conduct visual surveillance of the interior and exterior of the secure facility by monitoring vehicle and foot traffic entering and leaving the secure facility to detect abnormal or suspicious activity, or to detect inappropriate behavior, and to maintain safety and security of inmates, staff, and the public.
  • Inspect persons and articles prior to their admission into the secure facility in order to ensure proper authorization for entry in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Process through the intake area of the facility new inmates who have been brought into the facility by arresting officers, from other jurisdictions, from court, or who have turned themselves in as a result of court or other legal action.
  • Fingerprint, photograph, conduct initial classification interview, and enter pertinent information on the Adult or Juvenile Detention Center Blotter and the computer system on all new arrivals into the facility, ensuring their safety and medical well being as well as the safety of staff.
  • Secure new arrivals’ personal property (including valuables such as money, jewelry, etc.) in compliance with Adult or Juvenile Detention Center policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate the bonding process (if applicable), collecting cash bonds, or working with bail bondsmen to secure the release of new inmates, or dressing out new arrivals for housing in the general population.
  • Perform random and specific search and inspection of inmates and visitors to prevent the introduction of contraband into the facility.
  • Search inmate housing areas, general areas of the facility, and inmate personal property for weapons and contraband by following Adult or Juvenile Detention Center policies and procedures.
  • Maintain the proper use, control, and accountability of keys, tools, kitchen utensils, and other equipment by following established policies and procedures in order to maintain the safety and security of the Adult or Juvenile Detention Center, inmates, and staff.
  • Inspect doors and locks for damage and check windows, walls, fire suppression equipment, ceilings, stairways, etc., for damage or possible breach of security in order to maintain safety and security of the facility, inmates, staff, and the public.
  • Operate Sheriff’s Office vehicles in transporting inmates or conducting Adult or Juvenile Detention Center business including use of the litter crew vehicles.
  • Write reports pertaining to occurrences and/or incidents, or disciplinary reports detailing incorrect inmate behavior or violation of facility rules and regulations as detailed in the Inmate Handbook and in compliance with Adult or Juvenile Detention Center policies and procedures.
  • Process inmate mail and packages by collecting, inspecting, and distributing it in accordance with Adult of Juvenile Detention Center policies and procedures.
  • Brief supervisors and/or relief staff regarding occurrences and areas of concern to make them aware of a situation(s) or so they can take appropriate action.
  • Monitor special areas of the secure facility such as the kitchen, stores, visitation, etc., and take appropriate action to maintain established sanitary, health, safety, and security standards.
  • Operate communication devices such as two-way radios, telephones, etc., to convey information among personnel and to refer callers to appropriate persons or functions of the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Answer questions of inmates and visitors concerning rules, regulations, and procedures of the facility.
  • Provide basic first-aid and life saving services, including CPR
  • Supervise a litter crew used for the collection of trash on county roads under the supervision of the Shift Supervisor and general direction from the Keep Blount Beautiful organization through the Chief Deputy’s office.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Possess a state approved G.E.D. (certificate) or high school diploma;
  • Not have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or municipal ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor, controlled substances or controlled substance analogues;
  • Not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of armed forces of the United States;
  • Have his/her fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation;
  • Have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician;
  • Have a good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by our office;
  • Have been certified by a Tennessee licensed health care provider qualified in the psychiatric or psychological field as being free from any impairment, as set forth in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association at the time of the exam, that would, in the professional judgment of the examiner, affect the person’s ability to perform an essential function of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation;
  • Must have a valid Tennessee Driver’s License;
  • Must have passed entry level exam – Correctional Officer Test (CO-EL 101);
  • Must be certified under Tennessee Correctional Institute of Department of Children’s Services rules and regulations as established in Tennessee Codes Annotated within the first year of employment.
  • Close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus, depth perception, color perception, night vision and peripheral vision.
  • Vocal communication is required for conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Hearing is required to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound.