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All employees hired after September 1, 1986, must be residents of Shelby County and shall continue to reside in the County as a condition of their employment.  The residency requirement shall not apply to certain public safety/civil service employees.  This means exemption of this policy is in effect for the following departments and positions: (1) Sheriff Deputy Patrol Officers and Deputy Jailers, employed by the Sheriff Department, (2) Correction Officers employed by the Division of Corrections, (3) Firefighters and Paramedics personnel employed by the Shelby County Fire Department. The residency exemption for public safety/civil service employees does not include appointed positions with the Sheriff’s Office, Division of Corrections or the Fire Department.

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Shelby County Government (SCG) employees apply their professional expertise, and unique skill sets to their work every day, including qualifying military experience. As a prospective SCG employee with previous armed services experience, you can apply your tactical skills, leadership, integrity, and teamwork to promote, protect and improve the health and environment of all Shelby County residents. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.  

Candidates will be selected to move forward in the hiring process based upon qualifications. After interviews are complete and an offer is made, the candidate will be subject to a background check for any convictions that have a substantial relationship to potential job duties. Convictions and arrest histories will not automatically disqualify a candidate.

Requests for ADA accommodation for the recruitment process should be directed via email to [email protected].

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Corrections Deputy (Sheriff)

Closes On: December 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST

Department: Sheriff
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $20.97 - Hourly
Status: Open Register
Details: Requisition #22-89462
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Position Summary

Works under direct supervision of an assigned supervisor and is responsible for the security and maintenance of Shelby County Jail operations in accordance with established policies and procedures.

Pay Grade: 45H

Minimum Qualifications

100% -

1. High school diploma or GED.

2. Must be 18 years of age at time of application.

3. Must be of high moral character.

4. Discharged under honorable conditions from Armed Forces, if applicable .

5. Will be screened for misdemeanor/felony record. (Must not have been convicted of, plead guilty to, or entered a plea of no contest to any felony charge or to any violation of federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor, or controlled substances).

6. Attend and successfully complete a State of Tennessee Correctional Association (T.C.A.) approved basic corrections training academy. 


Duties and Responsibilities

1. Supervises movement of inmates and maintains control in all assigned areas. Adjusts to assignments dictated by changing workload.

2. Performs security checks and routine shakedown searches on each shift to ensure security. Inspects each inmate to verify armband, identity, location, and physical condition to the count sheet or other necessary reports.

3. Enters and accesses information in the computer. Prints rosters and reports that require a clear, written description of an event.

4. Assists in the admittance and release of prisoners.

5. Informs inmates of pod rules and the inmates' personal responsibilities. Walks, listens, converses, mingles, and interacts with inmates to identify or prevent problems.

6. Maintains an awareness of inmates at all times, checks physical and mental conditions, and takes notice of any abnormal circumstances.

7. Determines which methods and tactics are appropriate for correcting inmate behavior by applying progressive discipline consistently.

8. Follows appropriate procedures under extraordinary circumstances and remains calm to maintain security of facility and safety of all personnel.

9. Resists inmate attempts to manipulate, distract, or interfere with operations of the pod. Resolves minor problems/conflicts before they escalate into major problems.

10. Confiscates items, removes inmate from pod, or uses OC Pepper Spray, if necessary. Responds accordingly to emergencies, i.e., activates PAT device, evacuates inmates to appropriate areas, extinguishes small fires, etc.

11. Exchanges relevant information with relief co-worker and communicates information to superiors.

12. Attends and successfully completes annual in-service training.

13. Performs other related duties as required or directed.


KSAs -

1. Skilled in verbal and written communication with the ability to pay attention to details, listen, and comprehend what is being said.

2. Ability to adjust to the psychological impact of working in a prison environment under pressure.

3. Ability to make decisions, render judgments, and take action according to rules.

4. Knowledge of Shelby County Jail policies and procedures.

5. Ability to act in a responsible, dependable manner and adhere to organizational policies, rules and behaviors of those in security.

6. Knowledge of the civil and constitutional rights of inmates.

7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees.

8. Strong interpersonal skills.

Special Requirements

1. Must be a citizen of the United States.

2. Must be available for shift, holiday and weekend work as required.

3. Must pass a physical agility test upon satisfying initial minimum qualifications.

4. After receiving a contingent offer of employment, must be able to pass a psychological and medical evaluation, and be subject to testing for substance abuse.

5. Must possess a valid Tennessee driver's license or secure one by date of employment.

6. Must be able to obtain CPR Certification and perform as needed.

7. Must pass a physical examination. 


This position is subject to a background check for any convictions that have substantial relationship to potential job duties. Only convictions that are substantially related to potential job duties will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate.

Application Special Instructions

Salary Schedule:

Entry: $3,634.52 Monthly

Over 3 years: $3,993.30 Monthly

Over 5 Years: $4,643.24 Monthly


Hiring & Retention Bonus $5,000

1st payment of $1,500 to be paid after completion of six (6) months of service.

2nd payment of $1,500 to be paid after completion of one (1) year of service.

3rd payment of $1,000 to be paid after completion of eighteen (18) months of service

4th and final payment of $1,000 to be paid after completion of twenty four (24) months of service.