Chief Jailer

Supervise and coordinate activities of jail staff.
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Salary Range
$35,000 – $90,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Chief Jailers do?

Supervises and coordinates activities of jail staff: Establishes rules, regulations, and procedures to be executed by JAILERS. Prepares work schedules and assigns duties. Reviews commitment orders of new inmates to ensure that legal requirements are met. Classifies and segregates inmates according to status, such as pretrial, under-sentence, or witness. Communicates with court officials to ensure availability of inmates for trials or hearings. Escorts inmates to courts, hospitals, and other correctional institutions. Schedules visits of medical personnel to treat inmates. Directs search of inmates and all areas for contraband. Inspects facilities for cleanliness. Selects trustees for special work assignments. Accepts and records bail and fine payments, issues receipts, and arranges for release of inmates. Prepares reports concerning inmate population and jail functions, as required by law. Writes daily activity reports for superiors. Maintains financial records for use in budget preparation. Prepares requisitions for commissary, clothing, and housekeeping supplies. Evaluates work of subordinates and takes disciplinary measures for inefficiency or violation of regulations. Maintains personnel records of subordinates.

Should I be a Chief Jailer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Jailer, Chief

    How to become a Chief Jailer

    Most Chief Jailers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9qhaaa&chl=no+college+%2872%25%29|certificate+%2819%25%29|associate%27s+%289%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,72,72
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