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Correctional Deputy II

County of Sonoma
$99,910.43 - $121,428.64 Annually
medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, parental leave, vacation time, paid time off, paid holidays, sick time, retirement plan
United States, California, Santa Rosa
575 Administration Drive (Show on map)
June 23, 2024

Position Information

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office seeks experienced Correctional Deputies.
Come to beautiful Sonoma County and join our team as a Correctional Deputy II!
STARTING SALARY UP TO $58.18/HOUR ($121,428.64/YEAR)*
PLUS a $25,000 Signing Bonus^

Note: To be considered for this position you must have completed one year of work experience as a Correctional Deputy I or equivalent AND achieved a passing score on the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Selection Examination for the Adult Corrections Officer, Juvenile Corrections Officer, and Probation Officer Classifications for Local Corrections.

When you join the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, you become part of a strong law enforcement family that makes a difference in our community. You can also look forward to excellent benefits including:

  • County paid 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan options
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850
  • Premium pay of $1.15/hour for basic bilingual and $1.50/hour for fluent bilingual, 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 and 12 paid holidays
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement is fully integrated with Social Security
^Hiring Incentives
The Sheriff's Office is currently offering a $25,000 signing bonus paid over three installments during the first three years of service.

Other incentives which may be offered, if applicable, include:
  • Advanced paid vacation and/or sick leave (up to 24 hours per leave type)
  • Relocation reimbursement up to $5,000
About the Position

In the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office , Correctional Deputy IIs process, care for, and manage individuals held in lawful detention. Deputies can be assigned to various work areas including: central control, classification, contact visiting, court holding/movement, crisis negotiation, detention alternatives, disciplinary grievance, facility training, gang intelligence, K-9 handler, mental health, policy and compliance, pre-trial program, and the specialized emergency response team. They are required to work all shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays, and mandatory overtime hours.

The Sheriff's Office New Generation/Direct Supervision Detention Facility has evolved from an era of linear incarceration, to incorporating advanced technologies and officer skills development. 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 maintaining the custody of incarcerated individuals. Serving the community since 1850, the Sheriff's Office employs over 700 employees to protect and secure the half-million residents within the 1,768 square miles of Sonoma County. With a staff of over 300 employees, the Detention Division is committed to serving the California and County of Sonoma by providing a secure, safe, and humane environment for both the staff 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 be anything but monotonous.

After being hired and receiving appropriate training, Deputies are assigned to the Main Adult Detention Facility (MADF) and/or North County Detention Facility (NCDF). Additionally, there are a variety of specialty assignments available , which are assigned on a "most qualified" basis and are entitled to a premium.

We Want to Hear from You!
Would you like to learn more about joining the Sheriff's Office? Visit our Personnel Bureau website or contact us and speak to the Sheriff's recruiting team at 707.565.2779 or email Sheriff-Recruitment@sonoma-county.org.

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 www.sonomacountyconnections.org and www.santarosachamber.com for additional information about the community.

Effective 5/22/23, individuals who possess United States citizenship or status as a permanent resident alien, OR have the legal authorization to work in the United States under federal law, will be considered to meet the citizenship minimum standards for this position.

*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) and our Employee Benefits Directory. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience which would provide for the listed knowledge and abilities. Normally, this would include graduation from high school or possession of an acceptable General Education Development Certificate and one year of work experience with an adult correctional institution in a position equivalent to that of a Correctional Deputy I with Sonoma County.

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 days, 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

Working knowledge of: modern methods and techniques of dealing with individuals in custody; criminal attitudes and behavior patterns, and the social factors underlying criminal behavior; rules, regulations, practices and procedures in the day-to-day operation and control of the Sheriff's detention facility; the behavior of people in a custody setting.

Ability to: interpret and enforce institutional rules, regulations and other policies with firmness, tact and impartiality; observe inmates and anticipate and avert potential problems; effectively control, direct and instruct inmates individually and in groups; make accurate risk assessments and inmate classifications; read, speak and write English effectively, and interpret written material; make simple arithmetic calculations; 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; accurately follow oral and written directions; promote acceptable attitudes and behavior of inmates while in confinement; work with and around a wide variety of people; take verbal abuse; make quick, effective and reasonable decisions in emergencies, and to 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 hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for a thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses that state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.


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 (Download PDF reader)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: www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org. 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.

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