Deputy Sheriff - Jail Operations

Correctional Officer
Mesa County Sheriff's Office (CO) - Grand Junction, Colorado

Nov 19, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Dec 31, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$54,534.49 annual
Lateral Transfer:
$60,505.43 w/ 3+years like experience annual
Top Pay:
$69,461.84 annual

Job Description


Provides safety, security and care to the inmates in the detention facility; provides safety and security to staff and visitors to the facility, upholds the civil and constitutional rights of inmates, provides security to the County and District Courts and transports prisoners. Duties and responsibilities depend upon assignment.


(The following duty statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other non-essential or marginal duties that may be required. Mesa County reserves the right to modify or change the duties or essential functions of this job at any time. All responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.)

Processes new inmates into the detention facility to include: reviews the paperwork to insure validity of commitment papers, performs custodial searches, takes fingerprints and mug shots, inventories and stores personal items/property, receives inmate monies for inmate accounts, detects potential medical/mental health problems which may require attention, completes intake/booking forms.

Monitors inmate living areas for fights, arguments, destruction of property and other types of undesirable behaviors; takes appropriate action when such undesirable behaviors are noted; conducts headcounts and security checks both at scheduled times and intermittently throughout assigned shift; supervises housing unit cleaning activities; issues and/or exchanges inmate clothing, linen, bedding and hygiene items; addresses other inmate needs as appropriate.

Supervises inmate meals to include: accounting for utensils, monitoring servers, ensuring all inmates are offered/provided a meal, ensuring equitable portion control, ensuring special dietary needs are addressed, monitoring clean-up.

Monitors inmate participation in special activities and programs.

Prepares reports of actions/incidents in accordance with training and policy. Makes computer entries to log routine, unusual and emergency activities. Composes, reviews, finalizes and files administrative paperwork/reports as required.

Monitors all security sensitive areas of the interior and exterior of the detention facility (including the Sheriff’s Office administration/law enforcement areas) to ensure the safety and security of staff and inmates, including, but not limited to: electric locks, gates, fences, doors, control areas, common areas, administrative areas, classrooms, commissary, control stations, booking area, visitation area, supply and storage areas, kitchen and laundry areas, etc.

Monitors all movement of inmates and visitors entering and departing the detention facility; controls

inmate, visitor and employee movement within the facility; ensures unauthorized persons are not admitted to the detention facility; ensures items of contraband are not introduced into the facility; takes appropriate actions if contraband is located within the facility.

Provides security assistance to medical, food service, booking, maintenance, or other staff, volunteers or visitors as appropriate.

Conducts various types of searches.

Additional Information

4 Months of Field Training is provided to learn the job. Uniforms and equipment are provided.

Pay plan step increases on yearly anniversary date until you reach top out at the start of 6th year!

In an effort to attract the most qualified candidates, the following financial incentives may be used for individuals with specific experience, skills, or education:

Fluent in both English and Spanish at the time of hire - $5,000.00 bonus (Effective 8/22/2018 – Will use Workforce Center test – Call Center Spanish-English Bilingual (Audio) Need 80% or higher to receive the bonus.

Associates Degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited college - $3,000.00 bonus

Bachelors Degree from accredited college - $5000,00 bonus

Masters Degree from accredited college - $7000.00 bonus

Active duty military service of 2 or more years - $4000.00 bonus

2-3 years of related work experience – applicant will be hired at Step 2 of the pay range as described in the Pay Plan Policy 1034.

Three or more years of related work experience - applicant will be hired at Step 3 of the pay range as described in the Pay Plan Policy 1034.

Part-time Employees .5 FTE will be eligible for the incentives at 50% of the amount of bonus and paid in the same way full time employees receive them.

Only one bonus will be awarded per applicant; however, applicant may qualify for the step increase for experience and one bonus level.

All bonuses will be paid in two parts:

50% of bonus paid upon completion of the field-training program.

Remaining 50% paid upon completion of the first full year of employment.

Job Requirements

  • Age: Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Experience: Prior experience preferred but not required

You ++do not need++ to be P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer's Standard and Training) certified for this Deputy position.

Visit our website at ++for further information and to apply.

Contact Information

Jonathan Chambers

Mesa County Sheriff's Office (CO)
215 Rice St
Grand Junction, Colorado 81505-5818
phone: 9702443354

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