Job Descriptions

The statements contained in the job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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Title: Sergeant- Corrections
Department: Sheriff Updated: 01/2018
Division: Corrections FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: Corrections COAM Wage Range: Not Available

Acts as a first line supervisor of all Corrections Deputies, including training, overseeing work, and evaluating performance standards in accordance with established policies and procedures.  Enforce departmental policies and procedures and supervise the necessary functions involved in the legal and efficient operation of the jail and its collateral obligations.


·         Assume command of the Corrections division in the absence of the Corrections Lieutenant, Jail Administrator, Undersheriff and Sheriff.

·         Maintain knowledge of, comply with, and enforce all institutional policies, rules, procedures, and regulations.  

·         Maintain order, discipline, and security in accordance with relevant rules, regulations, policies, and laws.  

·         Communicate to superiors matters of policy violations and other information pertinent to the efficient operation of the Intervention Center.

·         Accurately prepare and maintain all necessary records and file all required reports in accordance with Department policy.

·         Review reports and investigate complaints of irregularities with the jail.

·         Supervise and direct the work of correctional officers to ensure the safe custody, discipline, and welfare of inmates.  

·         Assure that the use of departmental equipment is safe and proper.

·         Inspect facility daily during assigned shift for cleanliness.

·         Properly and accurately inform all subordinate staff in all matters concerning administration changes in policy and operation.

·         Conduct inspections of Corrections Officers and other subordinates assigned to Corrections to insure proper dress and equipment.

·         Provide staff training.

·         Make detailed work assignments to Corrections Officers and other subordinates.

·         Discuss performance, complaints, or violations with supervisors.  

·         Oversee the activity, health, welfare and safety requirements of inmates.

·         Respond to emergencies and provide first aid or arrange for inmate medical attention.

·         Supervise inmates to ensure compliance with department rules and to maintain an orderly facility.

·         Admit, maintain custody of and discharge inmates according to State and Federal laws. 

·         Review commitment papers, compute discharge date, determine inmate classifications, inmate disciplinary procedures and other inmate functions.

·         Oversee that inmates are present for all court appearances and that inmates serve the proper amount of sentence upon conviction.

·         Review inmate lockdown status.

·         Other duties as assigned.


Work is performed under the direction of the Sheriff with direct supervision by the Corrections Lieutenant and other designated command officers (Jail Administrator or Undersheriff).


Supervision is exercised over all subordinate Corrections Division employees and inmates committed to the custody of the Sheriff.


·         Qualifications as stated in the current collective bargaining agreement: candidates for Corrections Sergeant must have five (5) years of full time service with the St. Clair County Sheriff Department as a Corrections Deputy, or three (3) years of full time service as a Corrections Deputy and two (2) years of part time service as a Corrections Deputy with the St. Clair County Sheriff Department. However, in the event fewer than three (3) qualified candidates apply for a Corrections Sergeant vacancy, candidates with at least three (3) years of full time service shall be entitled to compete for the position.

·         Graduation from an accredited high school (GED acceptable) and graduation from a MSCTC approved local Corrections Academy required.

·         Associate’s degree with a major in Criminal Justice or a closely related field preferred.

·         Comprehensive knowledge of departmental concepts, practices and procedures and the ability to apply them to difficult and/or unprecedented situations.

·         Considerable knowledge of applicable federal, state, local and/or County policies, procedures, and regulations, departmental rules, collective bargaining agreements and Michigan Department of Corrections regulations.

·         Knowledge of basic supervisory and employee management principles.

·         Proven knowledge of modern corrections science and administration.

·         Manage and direct departmental operations, including budgeting, strategic planning. Knowledge of and interpret applicable federal, state and local regulations. Develop, apply and explain department and County procedure and policies. Plan and coordinate work staff activities, prioritize, instruct, set deadlines, objectives, measure success, and make recommendations and resolve issues. Methods of research, planning, conducting and implementing major studies or projects. Design and recommend new forms, reports or procedures. Ability to understand and work in complex data processing system, analyze data and exercise sound financial judgment. Analyze administrative problems, evaluate alternatives and implement sound solutions. Prepare and present reports, speeches or training programs to groups. Provide training and guidance in handling difficult or complex problems or resolving escalated complaints or disputes. Work independently with limited direct supervision. Coordinate activities with other departments.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgment and decision making in accordance with policies and procedures; ability to research and problem solve independently; knowledge of County operations and functions; ability to prioritize and time manage; handle stressful situations, provide effective and friendly customer service; support the County's mission and values; ability to think critically where necessary.             

·         Knowledge or understanding of basic administrative tasks: operate standard office equipment; document management; prepare and maintain records, various correspondences and reports; answer general inquiries and refer as necessary; answer telephone calls, process mail, order supplies/equipment; prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, record/transcribe/distribute minutes; entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic form with speed and accuracy; maintain calendars, arrange meetings, schedule rooms and equipment as necessary.                       

·         Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with management, co-workers and clients; obtain and communicate accurate information; apply common sense understanding to complex instructions and respond accordingly;  communicate complex ideas through graphs, charts, presentations, reports or other professional correspondence.                   


·         Ability to demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.                 

·         Ability to read, write & communicate in English; follow written and verbal instruction and understand basic mathematics and figure checking.              

·         Ability to interpret and apply procedures, rules, technical information, instructions, manuals to complete tasks accurately and on schedule.                                     

·         Ability to learn from directions, observations, and mistakes; and apply procedures using good judgment.                                                                      

·         Ability to use discretion and maintain sensitive and confidential information.     

·         Ability to work independently or part of a team; ability to interact appropriately with others such as County officials, employees, vendors and the general public.

·         Ability to work under supervision, receiving instructions/feedback, coaching/counseling and/or action/discipline.                                            

·         Adaptability to change in the work environment, managing competing demands and ability to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.

·         Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction

·         Proficient skills using Microsoft Office programs including, but not limited to: Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.      


Throughout employment, and as a condition of continued employment, the incumbent must maintain satisfactory personal qualifications (including but not limited to: good moral character, mental fitness and physical ability):

      Good moral character as determined by a favorable comprehensive background investigation.  The background investigation is understood to encompass all forms of pre-employment screening, including but not limited to: drug screen, physical, criminal background, driving record, sex offender registry, education, training and licensing verification, credit check, school and employment records, home environment, personal traits, integrity and professional and personal references.  Consideration will be given to all criminal and civil law violations as indicating a lack of good character. 

      Physical ability by successfully completing the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council (MSCTC) Local Corrections Officer Physical Ability Test (LCOPAT).  

      Mental fitness as determined by an evaluation by a licensed health care professional which demonstrates that the candidate is free from mental or emotional instabilities which may impair the performance of the essential job functions.

      Possession of a valid State of Michigan Operator’s License and maintain eligibility to drive as per the County’s driving policy and the Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures.

·         A familiarity with firearms and possession of a Concealed Pistol License (CPL).  Incumbent who is authorized to carry a firearm on duty shall qualify with said weapon annually. 

      Possession of a valid CPR, first aid and AED certification

      Maintain professional knowledge or certifications and complete required training as mandated by the department and state regulations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job with or without accommodations.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

·         Hear and understand information presented through spoken words and sentences.

·         Read, interpret and understand procedures, rules, technical information, instructions and manuals.

·         Speak to others to convey information effectively.

·         Sit, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl and kneel.

·         Reach with hands and arms.

·         Stand and walk for significant periods of time.

·         Climb stairs.

·         See details in color, at close range and at a distance.

·         Lift, move, push, pull or carry objects and equipment weighing up to fifty (50) pounds.

·         Good physical condition which will mean the fitness to be able to apprehend, and the ability to exert the force necessary to subdue and control individuals who require physical intervention.

·         Use hands to operate a computer, handle materials and operate equipment such as but not limited to: duty weapon, taser, handcuffs.

·         Facility operates on a seven (7) day per week, twenty-four (24) hour per day schedule. This position may require irregular hours and work schedules will include nights, weekends, holidays and unanticipated overtime. 

·         This position involves contact with people harboring potentially communicable diseases and is frequently at risk to exposure from bodily fluids.  Tasks require the use of Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves and hand sanitizer.

·         The noise level in the work environment is moderate with many interruptions.

·         Work involves an element of risk in the event of a breach of security.




Disclaimer: The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job requirements or duties performed.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.




It is the policy of St. Clair County not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability that does not prevent performing essential job functions or because he or she is a protected veteran.


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