Chief Deputy Sheriff

Direct and coordinate activities of the county sheriff's department.
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Salary Range
$47,000 – $124,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Chief Deputy Sheriffs do?

Directs and coordinates activities of county sheriff’s department: Schedules work assignments and deployment of human resources in patrol division and transmits orders to subordinate officers for execution. Supervises investigations of narcotics traffic and auto theft, evaluates progress with investigators, and plans actions, such as raids, surveillance, or arrests. Issues funds to undercover operatives to buy information or contraband. Advises subordinates of procedures required to secure search and bench warrants. Reviews available evidence for suitability and consults with district attorney in preparation of grand jury cases. Develops departmental procedures to serve as guidelines for proper conduct of patrol division activities, based on legal information and previous law enforcement experience. Monitors effectiveness of procedures through follow-up with patrol officers. Reviews daily patrol activity log prepared by subordinates. Conducts meetings of patrol officers to evaluate operations and efficiency of squad members. Investigates civilian complaints against division members and determines action to be taken based on evidence secured. Disciplines division members for violation of intradepartmental rules and regulations. Resolves personnel problems of division members or refers problems to supervisor if no solution is found. Inspects firearms in division armory to ensure operational readiness. Collects and analyzes data on division activities. Prepares regular and supplemental budgets for division and submits to superior. Requisitions equipment and services for division and assumes responsibility for receipt of items. Writes reports concerning division activities and submits to sheriff. Addresses civic and educational groups on law enforcement subjects. Conducts training sessions in police training school and within division and assumes field command of division during emergency operations.

Should I be a Chief Deputy Sheriff?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Deputy Chief Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Chief

    How to become a Chief Deputy Sheriff

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