Established: 9/96
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 1



Under policy direction, to plan, organize, direct and manage the administrative and program activities of the County jail, residential facilities, and probation and parole division; to coordinate operations with State officials and the courts; and to do other work as required.


The Sheriff is responsible for operating the County jail for adult offenders.  The Board of County Commissioners has also delegated management of community corrections to the Sheriff. Community corrections responsibilities include supervising adult offenders on parole or probation, and a residential program for low-risk offenders in work release and treatment programs.

The Corrections Director is responsible for planning, coordinating, maintaining and advocating for a comprehensive system of treatment and custodial services for adult offenders in accordance with revenue and expenditure limitations, court and state authority, and legal restrictions.  The incumbent reports to the Sheriff and provides direction to management staff in the County jail, probation and parole, and the residential programs.

The Corrections Director differs from the Community Corrections Manager who is responsible for managing adult probation and parole services or who is responsible for managing the provision of custodial and case management services for residential.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Establishes correction goals, objectives and policies; oversees and participates in work plan and program development and implementation; evaluates program effectiveness and implements necessary changes; ensures compliance with Federal and State statues, rules, and regulations.
  2. Confers on a regular basis with local police, prosecutors and judges concerning use of the correctional facilities and probation and parole resources; develops programs which provide integrated services to adult offenders.
  3. Oversees the development of annual and supplemental budgets; presents budget proposals to; oversees the monitoring of revenues and expenditures; supports training in budgeting for management and supervisory staff; provides cost/benefit analysis on programs to Sheriff; researches alternative funding sources including developing and/or approving grant proposals.
  4. Coordinates correction activities with the Sheriff, State courts and corrections agencies, the Board of County Commissioners, local advisory boards and the public; provides information, reports and advice on corrections issues and programs.
  5. Participates in regional and state organizations, commissions, task forces and groups to promote and coordinate corrections programs; represents the County in drafting, introducing, advocating and testifying on legislation related to probation and parole services, jail and residential programs.
  6. Hires and directs management staff to provide quality service to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.


Comprehensive knowledge of: Principles and practices of management and public administration, including organization design, program analysis and fiscal administration of budgets/grants; methods of planning and administering corrections programs; Federal, State and local legislation, statues, rules and regulations applicable to corrections programs; principles and techniques of personnel management; participatory management theories; criminal justice system and procedures.

Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; formulate and implement policies; plan, develop and evaluate funding requirements; prepare and justify budget requests and grant proposals; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with outside agencies, elected officials, County employees and the public; understand, interpret and apply provisions of Federal, State and local statutes, rules and regulations relevant to Division policies and procedures; train, direct, evaluate and supervise management, professional and technical staff in multi-disciplinary team activities; relate to a wide variety of people with diverse needs, social and economic backgrounds and cultures; prepare clear and concise reports.


Must successfully pass an extensive background investigation including national fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work.  Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.