Detention Officer

Deputy (Corrections)
Buncombe County Sheriff's Office - Asheville, North Carolina

Aug 15, 2022

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2024

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$22.14 hourly
Academy Graduate:
$$23.00 hourly
Top Pay:
$$34.05 annual

Job Description

An employee in this position is responsible for performing a variety of duties pertaining to the safety and security of inmates in the custody of the County Detention Facility.

Essential Functions of the position:

 Admits inmates to the County Detention Facility; searches and processes inmates; secures personal belongings of inmates for safekeeping and advises inmates of all facility rules and regulations.

 Conducts supervision rounds and inspects their cells and common areas to ensure cleanliness and sanitation; supervises inmates engaged in daily cleaning of the housing unit and other activities such as meal service.

 Arranges for inmates to have weekly visits with family and friends; documents inmate movement as well as conducting searches of inmates and property for contraband; checks incoming and outgoing mail for contraband.

 Supervises inmates during the administering of medicines and sick call by medical staff; notifies medical of emergencies and oversees the general welfare of inmates.

 Patrols entire detention facility conducting intermittent supervision rounds to prevent escapes and maintain order.

 Maintains various forms and completes computer entries to update and document the inmates file while in custody.

 Performs other related duties as assigned.

*Typical Work Schedule: *

 Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and County attendance policies and procedures.

 The Detention Facility is a 24/7 operation and as such persons must be able to work various shift assignments, including night shift.

• Typical shift will be 12 hours with a compensated lunch break.

• Regular, predictable attendance is essential

_*Note: This position has been identified as an emergency essential position and as such employees in this position may be needed to work, including after-hours, weekends and during a public emergency (to include but not limited to: floods, ice storms, disease outbreak, terrorist attack, etc). _

*Supervision Received: *

Receives direction regarding general objectives of assigned work, operates within division and agency policy using independent judgement in achieving assigned objectives; independently determines best methods and sequence to achieve assigned tasks.

Supervisory/Leadership Responsibilities: None

Additional Information

*Message from Sheriff Quentin Miller * Buncombe County is a caring community in harmony with its environment where citizens succeed, thrive, and realize their potential. Our mission is to promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life; to provide effective and efficient government our citizens can trust; and to deliver needed service through a responsive work force committed to excellence, integrity, and teamwork. The Buncombe County Sheriff Offices embraces the concept of our deputies as guardians. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office focuses on community and 21st Century Policing. Focusing on community policing; ensuring fair and impartial policing; building community capital; paying attention to officer wellness and safety; embracing emerging and new technology that improves efficiency and transparency as we build a “Community of We”

*Decision Making and Problem Solving: * Problem may be of a more ambiguous level requiring a range of possible solutions. Critical thinking skills and the ability to multi-task are required. Decisions are based on knowledge of policies and procedures, but also require working within the known strategic goals of the department or organization. May develop tactics to deal with political/people or mechanical/technological problems.

*Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: *

 Knowledge of practices and procedures involved in inmate management.

 Knowledge of local laws, ordinances and the North Carolina General Statutes pertaining to the commitment and confinement of inmates.

 Ability to maintain discipline and order of inmates.

 Ability to maintain accurate records.

 Ability to maintain courteous and tactful relationships with families of inmates, attorneys, ministers and other persons concerned with the welfare of individual inmates.

 Ability to take prompt and effective action during detention facility emergencies.

*Organization Conformance Standards for all positions: *

 Interact with other employees, customers and partners in an effective manner, with professionalism and cultural competency; work effectively and efficiently as a team contributor including interacting, communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.

 Maintain knowledge of the agency organizational rules, policies, procedures, services and mission.

 Plan, prioritize, and organize work effectively to produce quality work with measurable results and within identified deadlines.

 Function in highly stressful circumstances and demonstrate the ability to adapt to changing priorities, deadlines and directions; ability to maintain calm demeanor while dealing with stressful situations and customers.

 Conduct business in an ethical manner at all times while maintaining a high level of professionalism and confidentiality; coordinate work efforts with other employees and organizations to accomplish a common task.

 Safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with ADAAA, FMLA and other federal, state, and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.

 Maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADAAA, FMLA and other federal state and local standards.

 Ability to successfully pass a drug screen and criminal background check.

_ During a State of Emergency, and at the discretion of the County Manager, county employees may be called in for service. This includes both essential and non-essential personnel. _

_The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by an employee assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities and the County reserves the right to amend or change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. This job description does not create a contract of employment. _

_Employees who are regularly engaged in law enforcement activities will be paid overtime in a manner consistent with 29 U.S.C. 207(k) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. By way of example, newly hired sworn deputies who are employed to regularly engage in law enforcement activities should receive a notification advising them of a 14-day work period, a 14-day pay period running from every other Friday, and that pay at a time-and-a-half rate will begin after the employee has worked their 86th hour within the work period. _

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21 Years of Age
  • Education: High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience: None

** Additional Training and Experience: **

** **License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation: Upon hiring certification as a jailer by the North Carolina Sheriff's Training and Standards Commission must be completed in one year. Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 25 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Work may involve walking, standing, running and physical confrontation. Physical demand requirements are for Heavy Work.

Contact Information

Jeffrey Littrell

Buncombe County Sheriff's Office
60 Court Plaza, Fourth Floor, Asheville, NC
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
phone: 1-828-250-4479

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