Correctional Deputy I – Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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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 County of Sonoma’s 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.

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 also a variety of specialty assignments available, assigned on a “most qualified” basis, which may be entitled to premium pay.

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.

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 $0.95 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
  • With experience and good work performance, this position also offers career advancement to Correctional Deputy II
  • 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 and for additional information about the community.


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


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.

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.

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.

  • 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 and should 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.

Supplemental Questionnaire Responses Are Required

Candidates’ application materials will be reviewed to determine they meet the minimum requirements listed herein, and if so, will be invited to take the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Adult Corrections Officer written examination (100% weight). This exam evaluates candidates’ abilities in the following areas:

  • Following Written Directions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Clarity
  • Writing Detail
  • Accuracy with forms and coded information
  • Work attitudes

Candidates 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 and difficulty of the examination for this group of candidates, natural breaks in 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 BSCC’s Adult Corrections Officer Examination Candidate Orientation Booklet can be found at: (Download PDF reader)

If you took the CPS Adult Corrections Officer Examination within the past 6 months prior to the exam session(s), the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department will allow candidates to submit their T score in lieu of re-taking the test. POST exam T scores may not be used in lieu of this exam. If you wish to use a previously obtained BSCC Adult Corrections Officer Examination, please send a copy of your “T score letter” to:

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

The letter must be on the testing agencies letter head 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 Rosie Rocha at 707-565-8870.


Written examinations are held monthly at the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office:

  • Applications received two weeks prior to an examination date posted below, will be invited to that month’s examination
  • Applications received after will be invited to the following month’s examination
  • Examination sessions will be held at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm

Tentative department selection interview dates after each examination session are listed below:

  • If you are selected to move forward for a department interview, you will be contacted by the Sheriff’s Office to be interviewed the following month
  • The tentative interview dates are listed below, to the right of each examination session date

Examination Dates: Interview Dates:

  • January 16 February 10-14
  • February 13 March 9-13
  • March 19 April 13-17
  • April 16 May 11-15
  • May 21 June 15-19
  • June 18 July 13-17
  • July 16 August 10-14
  • August 13 September 7-11
  • September 10 October 5-9
  • October 8 November 2-6
  • November 12 December 7-11
  • December 10 January 4-8


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 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.

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

Please read the Sheriff’s Office Pre-Employment Drug Use Guidelines (Download PDF reader) for further information.


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


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