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An employee in this position is responsible for performing administrative and supervisory law enforcement work in the operation of the Sheriff’s Office and/or Detention facility. Ensures the safety and security of County residents by effectively providing overall management and direction of the divisions, including establishing goals and objectives, coordinated activities with other divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. Manages/supervises enforcement operations and criminal investigations units. Enforces laws and takes action in all matters as may legally fall within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff.


II.         Essential Functions of the position:

  • Observes and evaluates the work of personnel under their supervision to ensure adherence to accepted office standards of performance; plans and directs activities of the assigned department.
  • Compiles and maintains necessary records and reports for the assigned division; explains and interprets Sheriff’s Office rules and regulations to departmental personnel.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of all enforcement personnel and evaluates Sheriff’s Office enforcement efforts; determines staffing and equipment needs; makes assignments and transmits communications, orders, policies, and other administrative directives to personnel.
  • Provides recommendations for promotion, transfer, and hiring of employees.
  • Assists in handling internal and external complaints.
  • Attends meetings as a representative of the Sheriff’s Office; attends staff meetings and planning sessions; holds conferences with division supervisor.
  • Reviews reports submitted by enforcement divisions to ensure proper and accurate completion.
  • Approves Sheriff’s Office training requests for enforcement divisions.
  • Assists in the development and updates of policy and procedures manual.
  • Attends meetings and supervises agency operations in the absence of management.
  • Conducts research on state laws and provides information to personnel.

Detention Center

  • Inspects operations when necessary.
  • Supervises commitment, confinement, and release of prisoners; assures that all proper legal forms are completed and maintains a complete records system on all jail activities.
  • Supervises the preparation and serving of all meals to inmates.

Sheriff’s Office

  • Serves as duty officer and maintains on-call status for all emergencies.
  • Compiles data for “Calls for Service” and “Response Times” and prepares graphs and charts for management.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience (required at time of hire): Associate’s degree in law enforcement and/or jail management administration, criminal justice, or a related field (Bachelor’s degree is preferred). Nine (9) years of experience in law enforcement and/or jail management work, including experience in an administrative or command capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation: Certification as a law enforcement officer in accordance with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Training and Standards Commission or the ability to become Certified. Valid driver’s license


III.         Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of modern law enforcement methods and practices and of the principles and practices of law enforcement and/or jail management administration.
  • Knowledge of departmental policies and procedures and of the applicable federal, state, and local laws pertaining to law enforcement and/or jail management.
  • Knowledge of the principles of supervision, organization, and administration.
  • Knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in the field of law enforcement and/or jail management administration.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other law enforcement equipment.
  • Ability to observe and evaluate the work of personnel.
  • Ability to analyze complex administrative and technical law enforcement problems.
  • Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate the work of subordinates.
  • Ability to exercise leadership and sound judgment in routine and emergency situations.
  • Ability to deal firmly and tactfully with the public.
  • Ability to express ideas effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations as necessitated by work assignments.

Department: Sheriff’s Office

Location: Asheville, NC

Job Posting End Date: September 24, 2020

Salary Range: $95,155.17 – $103,912.65

To Apply: Visit the Buncombe County website


Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee’s unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

It is the policy of Buncombe County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected class under federal or NC State law. In addition, the Agency expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment or discrimination.

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