SHERIFF-Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department (OH)


Department: Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Anticipated Work Schedule: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Reports To: Chief, Public Safety and Justice Services
Full Time or Part Time: Full-Time
Regular or Temporary: Regular
Bargaining Unit: N/A
Classified or Unclassified: Unclassified
FLSA: Exempt

The County Sheriff is an appointed position that provides executive oversight for the Sheriff’s office and each of its major divisions: Law Enforcement, Administrative Support, and Jail Administration. The Sheriff is responsible for staff and operation management, budgeting and public relations of the department.

Administers and oversees all operations of the Sheriff’s Office for the County, including the Corrections Center. The Sheriff is responsible for supervising staff officers to ensure that court security is managed, law and order is maintained, applicable laws and ordinances are enforced, and that all agency operations are properly maintained and implemented. The Sheriff performs duties requiring analysis of broad instructions, objectives, and policies involving frequently changing conditions.

Essential Job Functions: Major functions are listed in order of importance. Performs other duties of a similar nature within the position’s scope of responsibility as may be required.

Develops and implements the overall mission, vision, values, and strategic goals of the Sheriff’s Office. Seeks buy-in from the County Executive, County Council, the public, and other boards and commissions through various presentations, meetings, and public forums.

Develops, projects, and evaluates the department’s budget. Works with senior management to appropriately allocate funds to various programs. Projects future costs and needed funds and implements various cost savings measures.

Evaluates the major divisions and programs within the department. Determines appropriate metrics and holds senior management accountable to goal achievement.

Enforces the law on a county level through subordinate staff.

Develops procedures and guidelines for officers based on legal material and law enforcement experience.

Directs and oversees the development and proper administration of firearms training and operational preparedness.

Oversees staff of the Sheriff’s Department. Empowers others to innovate and foster change initiatives. Cultivates an environment that supports diverse perspectives, approaches and thinking, fairness, dignity, compassion, and creativity.

Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration or relevant field preferred.

By County Charter, applicants must have five years of experience in law enforcement or in correctional facilities management, or other management experience, or any combination of experience and education to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Per the Ohio Revised Code, applicants must be residents of Cuyahoga County for one year prior to appointment.

Applicants will possess strong leadership skills with demonstrated ability to plan, implement and sustain major initiatives at all levels of the organization. The candidate we seek will be able to provide significant contributions and create efficiencies through continuous process improvement, innovative thought, and the ability to drive change through inclusive excellence.

The candidate we seek shall be able to determines effective ways of how to achieve the directives set by the County’s strategy & top executive leadership. Sets goals as a means of fulfilling the County’s long-term plans. Runs a major unit within the county and often the resident expert in a specialized field or complex operations.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Newly appointed Sheriffs shall obtain or already possess one or more of the following certifications within one year, or other time period established by Council through resolution, following the date of first assuming office.

A jail operations certificate or comparable certification approved by the National Sheriffs Association;

A certified corrections executive certificate or comparable certification approved by the American Correctional Association;

A certified jail officer certificate or comparable certification approved by the American Jail Association; or

A professional certification or degree related to the management and operation of a jail as may be approved by the Council. The office of a Sheriff who is required to comply with this section and who fails to obtain a certification pursuant to this section is hereby deemed to be vacant.

Application Process
Applications and resumes will only be accepted through the online process. This is an unclassified position. Human Resources will check your application to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications. HR helps the hiring department decide who to follow up with for interviews and then a job offer. Most of our communication with candidates is through email. Regularly check the email address you gave us in your job profile. Watch your Spam folder, just in case. If we make you an offer, this will be contingent upon successfully completion and passing of a drug screen and background check before the offer becomes final. Prior criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify you from employment; the County looks at criminal convictions on a case-by-case basis using the guidelines in Chapter 306 of the County Code.

Cuyahoga County is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, which includes building an environment that respects the individual, promotes innovation and offers opportunities for all employees to develop to their full potential. A diverse workforce helps the County realize its full potential. The County benefits from the creativity and innovation that results when people with different experiences, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds work together. The County is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all individuals regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, language, religion, citizenship status, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference or orientation, gender identity/expression, military/veteran status, disability, genetic information, membership in a collective bargaining unit, status with regard to public assistance, or political affiliation. If you need assistance applying or participating in any part of the candidate experience, contact Human Resources at 216-443-7190 and ask to speak with a talent acquisition team member.

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