Detention Deputy

Defuniak Springs , FL
Walton County Sheriff's Office

Salary: $48,668 to $53,733.

Closing Date: Dec 31, 2024.

Position Summary:

Under general supervision of a Detention Sergeant, performs work of average difficulty and is responsible for dealing with persons under confinement and includes the care, custody, restraint, and general welfare of inmates detained at the Walton County Jail. Incumbent generally works an assigned shift at an assigned facility, but may be called upon to continue duties or perform work assigned on other shifts and at other times as directed. Positions require the member to work on rotating shifts, including nights, weekends and holidays. Work is performed with some independence. Incumbent must be able to exercise good judgment and initiative in handling routine and emergency situations.

Essential Functions:

  • Care, custody, control, and physical restraint of inmates within a criminal detention facility, while on work detail and while being transported.
  • Admits persons committed to the Department of Detention and Corrections; places inmates under confinement in cells or other Detention areas as directed.
  • Responsible for searching inmates upon arrival at the Department of Detention and Corrections and any time inmates leave their assigned area.
  • Maintains good order and conduct of inmates.
  • Performs daily security inspections of inmates and cell areas for contraband, escape attempts, unauthorized articles, weapons, etc.; searches and removes all unauthorized personal articles and contraband from all inmates.
  • Accountable for tools and equipment in area of responsibility.
  • Exercises reasonable and/or special care or action in handling special risk inmates.
  • Ensures the cleanliness of the area of assigned responsibility; assigns and directs inmates in such work details as required.
  • Supervises and interacts with adults, juveniles, male and female to include felons, misdemeanants, sentenced and non-sentenced inmates.
  • Assists in the training of personnel.
  • Participates in Sheriff’s Office recruitment and community relations activities as directed.


  • High school graduation or equivalent diploma from an institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U. S. Dept. of Education or licensed as a degree granting institution by the Commission for Independent Education.
  • Certification of completion of correctional training as required by the State of Florida.
  • Meet requirements and standards of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission as authorized by F.S.S. 943.13.
  • Requires that the member be at least 19 years of age.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.