Title: Public Information Officer
Department: Sheriff Updated: 02/2018
Division: Office of the Sheriff FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Bargaining Unit: CANUE Wage Range: Not Available

The Public Information Officer manages information for the Sheriff’s Office, Drug Task Force, public, marketing, and organizational communications programs. Work involves providing strategic policy advice to department management regarding such areas as internal and external communications, media relations, community relations, and public information. 


·         Sworn lawn enforcement deputy.

·         Serves as a warrant officer for the Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force.

·         Is responsible for interfacing with the public, media, other agencies, and stakeholders to provide incident-related information, and updates based on changes in the status of the incident or planned event.

·         Using information from other members of the Command and General Staff develops accurate, accessible, and complete information on the incident’s cause, size, current situation, the resources committed, and other matters of general interest for both internal and external audiences.

·         May also perform a key public information-monitoring role, such as implementing measures for rumor control.

·         Is responsible for developing and distributing community information releases through local and national medial such as TV, radio, newspaper, and the use of Social Media networks.

  • Prepares Press Releases for public consumption.  
  • Creating informative presentations.  
  • Reasearches, compiles and updates departmental statistical data.
  • Acts as community liason between the Sheriff’s office and the community.
  • Writes reports from analysis of research or investigation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work is performed under the direction of the Sheriff with direct supervision by the Captatin and other designated command officers (Lieutenants, Captain and Undersheriff).




·         High school diploma (GED acceptable) required; Associate’s degree in correctional sciences, law enforcement, criminal justice or closely related field is preferred.

·         Must be at least 21 years of age and currently certified or certifiable under the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.

·         Ability to speak in public

·         Ability to engage in community events and activities.

·         Ability to act quickly in emergencies. 

·         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.

·         Writing, reading, mathematical principles; proficient computer skills-Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook; exercise sound judgement 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 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 judgement.                                                                      

·         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: Powerpoint, Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook required.  Proficiency may be tested.        


Prior to starting employment, and as a condition of continued employment, the candidate must demonstrate:

·         Physical fitness as determined by an evaluation by a licensed health care professional which demonstrates that the candidate is free from any physical defects or chronic diseases which may impair the performance of the essential job functions of a law enforcement officer or which might endanger the lives of others or the law enforcement officer. 

      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.  A satisfactory background check is defined as the absence of a criminal history record which bears a demonstrable relationship to the applicant’s or employee’s suitability to perform the require duties and responsibilities of the position. 

      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 shall mean free from any mental or emotional instabilities which may impair the performance of the essential job functions of a law enforcement officer or which might endanger the lives of others or the law enforcement officer. 

Throughout employment, and as a condition of continued employment, must demonstrate:

      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.

      Proficiency with firearms and the ability to qualify with said weapon annually. 

      Possession of a valid CPR, first aid and AED certification, or successfully complete the training within ninety (90) days of employment in the position.

      Maintain satisfactory personal qualifications (including but not limited to: good moral character, mental fitness and physical ability), LEIN certification and other required certifications as mandated by the department and state regulations. 

      Willingness to further credentials by attending additional education, training and workshops.




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, walk and run for significant periods of time on varying terrains.

·         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 pursue, 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.

·         Department 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.

·         Position generally works in an office environment; position may occasionally work in an outdoor environment with exposure to weather-related heat and cold, rain, wind and varying weather conditions.

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.