Job: Sheriff's Sergeant (Departmental Promotional Only)

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Job Title:Sheriff's Sergeant (Departmental Promotional Only)
Closing Date/Time:Thu. 06/22/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$51.61 - $64.51 Hourly
$4,128.80 - $5,160.80 Biweekly
$8,945.73 - $11,181.73 Monthly
$107,348.80 - $134,180.80 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
Attention all San Mateo County Deputy Sheriffs - this is your opportunity to promote to Sheriff's Sergeant!
Under direction, in accordance with a rotating assignment plan, Sheriff's Sergeants supervise, direct, and participate in the work of staff in a specific unit within the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
The ideal candidate will possess:
  • The equivalent of three years' full-time continuous experience as a Deputy Sheriff in San Mateo County OR the equivalent of five years' full-time California law enforcement experience, including a minimum of two years as a Deputy Sheriff in the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, and possession of an Advanced Certificate issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. 
  • Completion of at least two years of education at a college or university. A Bachelor's degree is preferred.


Experience and Education: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is three years' experience as a sworn peace officer in a public law enforcement agency.

License: Possession of a class C California driver license or equivalent.

Knowledge of:  Law enforcement principles and practices used in investigative activities; rules of evidence; criminal law with respect to apprehension and arrest of persons; methods and terminology of the modus operandi system; criminal laboratory techniques and means of developing and preserving latent fingerprints; civil functions of the Sheriff's Office; juvenile courts and parental responsibilities; principles and practices applicable to the operation of modern correctional facilities at the County level, including education, counseling, and other measures related to the rehabilitation of adult offenders.

Skill/Ability to: Instruct and direct the activities of Deputy Sheriffs in law enforcement and crime detection; establish and maintain an efficient classifying and indexing system; gather, analyze, correlate, and evaluate observed facts and evidence; prepare clear and accurate reports; deal effectively with juveniles, parents and interested groups; supervise others and to secure the cooperation of subordinates; adequate records of work schedules, assignments, etc.; make quick, effective and reasonable decisions and to take appropriate action in emergencies; deal courteously, tactfully and effectively with the public; exercise good judgment, demonstrate maturity and command respect; meet State of California medical and physical standards for law enforcement personnel.
Departmental Promotional Only. Only current San Mateo County employees in the Sheriff's Office with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date may apply.


The written test (pass/fail) will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017.   Notices will be sent out to candidates the week of June 26, 2017, advising of test time, location, etc.  The test will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The written test format will be multiple choice/true-false and include questions from the following areas:
  • Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Planning
  • Writing and Reviewing Reports
  • Reading and Understanding Written Information
  • General Law Enforcement Principles
  • Correctional Principles
  • Correctional Facility Procedures
Study Guide List to review to prepare for this examination

Results of the written test and notification of the oral board interview will be sent out to all candidates by the week of July 24, 2017 for interviews that will be conducted during the week of August 14, 2017. Candidates must pass the written exam in order to be invited to the panel interview.
At the end of the Written Test, candidates will be asked to complete a pre-interview writing exercise.  All instructions will be given on the day of the test.  The exercise will be used to evaluate your ability to:
  • Assess a given set of circumstances and then identify possible options;
  • Formulate a response in an organized manner;
  • Use proper English grammar and composition, including correct spelling and punctuation; and
  • Follow directions
If candidates are invited to the panel interview, their written response from this exercise will be submitted to the panel board for evaluation as part of the interview process.
During the week of August 14, 2017, those candidates who pass the written examination will be invited to a double panel interview (weight: 100%).  The interview panels will be made up of senior management representatives of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office as well as other County Departments and/or public safety agencies.  Candidates will be required to give a presentation to one of the interview panels.  The topic of the presentation will be sent along with the invite for the interview. 
From the interview, a hiring list will be established with the candidates' names ranked according to their panel interview score (which includes your pre-interview writing score).  Candidates will be sent notification of the panel interview exam results by the week of August 21, 2017.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

A resume and responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to the standard County employment application form. Resumes must be attached to your online application. Do not mail, email, fax, or deliver your resume to the Sheriff's Office or Human Resources. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Final Filing Date:
 June 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
Written Exam: July 15, 2017
Civil Service Panel Interviews: Week of August 14, 2017

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from the Ban-the-Box bill. Applicants for this position are required to submit conviction information at the time of application.

Analyst: Mandy Singh (06092017)                        (Sheriff's Sergeant - H044)

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