Correctional Deputy I

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
  • Salary: $61,340.46 - $74,551.93 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Make the Right Call.
Become a Correctional Deputy with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office!
No Experience Required & Multiple Positions Available.

If you're looking for competitive salary and benefits, camaraderie, on-going training and support, and career growth, find your workplace home and family with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office employs over 650 staff to protect and secure the half-million residents within the 1,768 square miles of Sonoma County. The Detention Division's staff of over 300 are committed to serving the County of Sonoma and the State of California by providing a secure, safe, and humane environment for both employees and inmates. With more than 15 different highly-trained and specialized units, you can be confident that a career with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office will keep you learning and growing.

Start your career in corrections law enforcement as a Correctional Deputy I. The Sheriff's Office New Generation/Direct Supervision Detention Facility has replaced the harsh environment of the traditional jail style. As a result, the Sheriff's Office is eager to recruit and develop professional correctional staff who have exceptional interpersonal skills, and the ability to exercise a solid management-style approach to working with inmates. The most successful and qualified Correctional Deputy candidates are those who demonstrate excellent communication skills, and can maintain patience and professionalism in times of emergency.

As a Correctional Deputy I you will receive thorough training, close oversight, and the mentorship of experienced Deputies. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office training program provides exposure to a variety of correctional functions, including inmate booking, general population security, protective custody, and the medical withdrawal and mental health units. To excel in these training areas, you must have the ability to exercise quick and sound judgment, patience, and be able to work effectively in sometimes stressful situations. After one year, Correctional Deputy I's are expected to possess the knowledge and abilities required for promotion to Correctional Deputy II. ( $78.308-$95-193 /annually).

The challenges you face as a Correctional Deputy will provide you with a rewarding sense of purpose and fulfillment. The supervision of inmates is a 24/7 responsibility. Work shifts are 8, 10, or 12 hours, include weekends and holidays, and new Deputies must have the flexibility to work all shifts (days, swings, graves). Overtime is a requirement for Correctional Deputies. With experience and seniority, opportunities to select different work shifts and/or specialty assignments become available. There are a variety of specialty assignments available, which are assigned on a "most qualified" basis, and may be entitled to premium pay.

To learn more about specialty assignments and how we serve the community, please visit the

Choose Sonoma County

We offer expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment that provides continuous training, education, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better our communities. You can also look forward to some excellent benefits*, including:

  • A cash allowance of approximately $600 per month for full-time positions
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850
  • Premium pay of $1.15 cents per hour, in addition to the hourly pay rate, for bilingual assignments
  • Premium pay for specialty assignments, ranging from 2.5% to 10.0%
  • Differential pay for evening and night shifts
  • Onsite workout facilities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and as additional 8 floating holiday hours
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Significant County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement is fully integrated with Social Security
*Salary is negotiable. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Association's Memorandum Of Understanding (SCLEA MOU) . Bilingual positions require English and Spanish skills at either the basic (conversational) or fluent (reading, writing, and conversational) level. A bilingual examination will be conducted prior to employment to confirm level of skill. The bilingual premium pay begins upon the assignment of a bilingual caseload.

When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county - its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. Please visit for additional information about the community.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable General Education Development Certificate.

Experience: None.

Additional Requirements: In accordance with California Government Code, Section 1029-1031, and the California Corrections Standards Authority, Title 15, Section 131, Minimum Standards for Selection, each employee shall meet the following minimum standards: Must be at least 18 years of age at time of appointment; United States citizenship or status as a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship (if a permanent resident alien has not obtained citizenship within three years after application for employment or is denied citizenship, he/she will be disqualified for peace officer status); have no prior felony conviction nor be under current formal probation supervision; and achieved a passing score on the California Corrections Standards Authority Adult Corrections Officer written exam, or equivalent, prior to appointment.

Candidates certified for employment must be willing to undergo and successfully complete an in-depth background investigation, including a psychological evaluation, finger printing, criminal history check, polygraph, and a medical examination.

Candidates must be willing to work in uniform and willing to work all shifts, including day, evenings, nights, weekdays, weekends, holidays, and overtime.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Some knowledge of: modern methods and techniques of dealing with individuals in criminal confinement; criminal attitudes and behavior patterns, and the social factors underlying criminal behavior; behavior of people in a custody setting.

Ability to: effectively control, direct and instruct inmates individually and in groups; interpret and enforce institutional rules, regulations and other policies with firmness, tact and impartiality; make simple arithmetic calculations; read, speak and write English effectively, and interpret written material; accurately follow oral and written directions; read and speak Spanish may be required for certain assignments; use electronic information equipment and specific systems utilized within the department; enter data accurately; use word processing software to prepare clear and concise reports; promote acceptable attitudes and behavior of inmates while in confinement; work with and around a wide variety of people; and make quick, effective and reasonable decisions in emergencies, and take appropriate action to include physically restraining violent inmates; work in uniform; work all shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekdays, weekends, holidays, and overtime.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examinations:

1. An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge and abilities, which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position.

2. A multiple-choice, written examination(weight 100%), will be conducted to further evaluate each candidate's qualifications as they relate to the position. The written examination will measure the core knowledge, skills and abilities for this position such as:

  • Written Communication - Spelling
  • Written Communication - Grammar
  • Reading Comprehension - Identify a Difference
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding Passages
  • Apply Rules - Logical Sequences
  • Apply Rules - Appropriate Placement
  • Apply Rules - Level of Priority
  • Apply Rules - Forms
  • Apply Rules - Scenarios
  • Basic Math - Addition/Subtraction
Applicants must attain a minimum passing score of at least 70% on the written examination to be placed on the employment list. The minimum passing score may be an adjusted score based on such factors as difficulty of the examination for this group of candidates, natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates, number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, and past practice.

To aid you in preparing for the written examination, the Selection Examination for the Adult Corrections Officer, Juvenile Corrections Officer, and Probation Officer Classifications Booklet can be found at:

Written examinations will be conducted monthly at the Sheriff's Office, with the below testing dates currently scheduled:

  • Saturday 6/11/2022
  • Thursday 7/14/2022
  • Saturday 8/13/2022
  • Wednesday 9/14/2022
  • Saturday 10/15/2022
  • Wednesday 11/9/2022
  • Saturday 12/10/2022
  • Future dates are actively being planned
Qualified candidates will be emailed an invitation to the next available exam session, based on available testing slots and application date.
(Dates and locations of exams may change due to Public Health Orders)


This is an in-person, proctored written examination. Local health and safety orders will be enforced during the exam administration process. As this is a continuous recruitment, the below may be updated based on any changes to active health and safety orders throughout this recruitment. All exam attendees will be required to comply with the following health and safety measures at the exam site:

  • Answer COVID-19 symptom screening questions upon entry into the examination room
  • Have temperature checked via a no-touch thermometer
    • Entry will not be permitted for individuals who do not pass the screening requirements.
  • Wear a cloth mask covering both nose and mouth at all times during the written examination
  • Maintain 6 foot distance from other attendees
Failure to comply with the listed health and safety measures will result in an attendee being asked to leave the examination and disqualification from the recruitment.

Important Note: If you have taken the BSCC Selection Examination for the Adult Corrections Officer positions prior to the date of our exam sessions, the Sonoma County Human Resources Department will allow candidates to submit their T score in lieu of re-taking the test. POST exam T scores will not be accepted in lieu of this exam. If your previously obtained T Score from a BSCC Selection Examination complies with the above and you wish to use the score in lieu of taking the test, please send a copy of your "T score letter" to:

County of Sonoma Human Resources Department
Attention: Rosie Rocha
575 Administration Drive 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

The letter must be on the testing agencies letterhead, including electronic/digital versions, and include the:

  • Name of the exam
  • Date the exam was taken
  • T score
  • Name of the agency that administered the exam
Should you have any questions, please direct them to Michael Nielsen at 707-565-3207.


Being part of the Sheriff's Office and being expected to keep the public safe requires a thorough background investigation process. This process includes an assessment of prior work history, verifying educational experiences, court reports, public records searches, understanding past patterns relating to drug usage, financial patterns, etc. This entails gathering a significant amount of information from job candidates and speaking to former employers, friends, family members, etc. Polygraphs, drug tests, and medical, psychological, and physical examinations are also part of this process. Candidates must be honest and forthcoming about information that may arise during the background process. Deception during any portion of this process is grounds for disqualification, even after employment. This process can take anywhere from 3-5 months. Many factors are taken into consideration and one should not assume a credit issue or prior drug use is automatically disqualifying. Candidates will be given the opportunity to present mitigating information they feel should be considered. You are encouraged to be as responsive as possible while this process is taking place to help expedite the timeline, and we encourage you to stay patient and interested in this great career opportunity while this process is taking place.

Please read the Drug Standards for Sheriff's Office for further information.

You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Positions that are assigned to one or more facilities with a COVID-19 vaccine mandate pursuant to the California Department of Public Health must meet all vaccination requirements. Documented proof of vaccination(s) will be required.


Applications are accepted on-line at: . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: MN
HR Technician: RR

Closing Date:Continuous

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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