Job Specifications

Class Code:




Date Originated:


Date Revised:

2/91 2/95, 7/09, 5/16



Under direction, direct through subordinate supervisors the work of staff engaged in law enforcement and related activities; be responsible for the operation of a major subdivision in the Sheriff-Coroner's Office; and perform other work as required.


Positions in this class usually function as second-level supervisors and administer a major activity within a bureau, such as coordinating patrol, investigation and detention operations. Incumbents rotate through various assignments and are expected to be able to perform the full range of duties required of the class. They are distinguished from positions in the lower class of Sheriff's Sergeant by their broader scope of authority. They are distinguished from positions in the higher class of Sheriff's Chief Deputy by the absence of major program responsibility.


Assign, review and evaluate work of subordinates; direct and prepare activity and other reports; confer with superior officers on office policies and procedures; develop policy and procedures for section or activity administered; serve as liaison with other sections, divisions, outside agencies and the public; serve as watch commander in charge of department wide operations during off-duty hours of superiors; coordinate the activities of subordinates engaged in patrol; direct major activities which may include large numbers of added personnel and coordination with other agencies; supervise and direct the day-to-day operation of detention facilities; may develop and administer special grant funded programs; oversee administration of a bureau's budget and assist supervisors in the day-to-day operation of the bureau; coordinate the activities of the Sheriff's reserve forces.


Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of:

Working knowledge of:

Some knowledge of:

Ability to:

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities, is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Three (3) years of experience performing duties comparable to a Sheriff's Sergeant in the County of Santa Cruz or performing duties which would demonstrate possession of the knowledge and abilities listed above.

Special Requirements/Conditions:

License/Certificate Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License; possession of a Supervisory Certificate* awarded by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T).

Background Investigation: Ability to pass a full background investigation.

Special Working Conditions: Exposure to: variable temperatures and weather conditions; confined work spaces; heights; two-way radio noise; strong, unpleasant odors; infections which might cause chronic disease or death; dust and pollens; chemical irritants; possibility of experiencing bodily injury and/or burns; and contact with a diverse population.

Other Special Requirements: Must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship at least one year prior to application for employment in accordance with Section 1031.5 of the Government Code; availability to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, holidays and on an emergency, as needed basis;

* P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate Award Requirements: (1) Possess or be eligible to possess an Intermediate Certificate; (2) complete a minimum of 60 semester units from an accredited college; (3) serve a minimum of two years in law enforcement as a  permanent first-level supervisor; (4) successfully complete a P.O.S.T. certified Supervisory Course.


Bargaining Unit: 21

EEOC Job Category: 02

Occupational Grouping: 62

Worker's Comp Code: 1073