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Deputy Sheriff

Location: Sheriff's Office, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Department: Sheriff's Office
Job Status: Full-Time
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Job Description

This position is responsible for responding to emergency and non-emergency calls, preventing criminal acts by patrolling the county, conducting preliminary investigations, protecting life and property, maintaining law and order, and enforcing laws and ordinances at the local, state, and federal level.



The following documents are required to be submitted with your application. They are listed at both the top and bottom of this page for your convenience.

Affidavit Verifying Status

Criminal History Request

Georgia Driver's History Consent Form

Liability Release

Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners Benefits List

Personal Inquiry Waiver

*** If you do not complete and upload the above documents your application  will be incomplete and will not be forwarded to the Sheriff's Office. ***


Job Responsibilities


• Supervises and monitors the actions and movement of inmates in the holding cells; mediates disturbances in the booking and housing units;
• Inspects holding cells for contraband or unauthorized items; searches blocks for weapons, drugs, fire hazards, and tampered door and window locks; performs exterior checks for broken windows and other signs of destruction or attempts at escape;
• Inspects all inmates’ mail for sexual content, contraband, escape plans, or threats towards Officers or victims;
• Receives and processes all prisoners in the detention center; performs all inmate intake and booking functions, including searching, fingerprinting and photographing inmates;
• Performs initial search for contraband or weapons; collects, inventories, and stores all property for safe-keeping in property room; maintains inmate records pertaining to status and personal property in computer system and paper files;
• Provides security for the internal and external operations of the detention center;
• Assists in maintaining all training documents and lesson plans in accordance with Post rules;
• Provides security and assists with the supervision of the food service contractors, the medical staff, and the GED service providers;
• Provides security and supervision for off-site inmates;
• Schedules inmates for the use of the Law Library;
• Generates documentation for first appearances before the Magistrate Court; completes paperwork for the bonding out and release of inmates;
• Prepares reports on jail and inmate activities;
• Coordinates inmate exchanges with other correctional facilities;
• Utilizes GCIC to access criminal histories for incarcerated persons; communicates with probation, parole, courts, District Attorney’s office, consulates, and other correctional facilities regarding the legal status of inmates;
• Enters and clears information through GCIC;
• Transports inmates to such locations as court appearances, medical appointments, and other correctional facilities; maintains security of inmate while away from the detention center; documents transport details in log;
• Oversees the field training program for newly hired Officers Maintains the security of the facility by conducting security checks, settling disputes, and performing cell searches and inspections; conducts outside perimeter checks;
• Monitors suicidal and sick inmates;
• Issues meals, clothing, linens, and personal items to inmates;
• Supervises inmate programs, including recreational, legal, health care, visitation and religious services; including the supervision and security of the citizens that represent said programs;
• Supervises inmates performing such assignments as cleaning and maintaining the jail facility;
• Checks the jail docket; observes locations and activities of inmates;
• Assists with the cleaning and maintenance of the facility as needed; identifies maintenance problems;
• Supervises outside visitors and visitation for inmates;
• Supervises inmates on work detail;
• Searches trustees returning from outside work details for contraband or weapons;
• Confirms warrants;
• Conducts daily store and mail calls;
• Attends training classes as required;
• Assists in fingerprinting of the public;
• Patrols the county to enforce federal, state, and local laws; issues citations as needed;
• Responds to calls for service relayed by dispatchers, including: domestic disputes, assaults, burglaries, traffic accidents, lost or missing persons, rescue operations, public service duties, stranded motorists, or any other emergency or non-emergency calls for assistance;
• Mediates disputes in domestic and civil situations;
• Monitors inmate phone conversations to gather intelligence;
• Serves civil papers, including TPO’s, felony and misdemeanor warrants, and subpoenas;
• Transports arrestees, inmates, and mental patients to correctional facilities, the justice center, the hospital, and/or mental facilities;
• Completes all required reports and forms, including accident and incident reports;
• Conducts preliminary investigations of crimes and accident scenes; interviews suspects, complainants, victims, and witnesses; gathers information and evidence; informs the victim advocate as necessary;
• Collects and preserves evidence; searches vehicles as necessary;
• Conducts security checks of residences, businesses, justice center, churches, and any other requests for patrol filed by the public;
• Provides security and directs traffic for special activities such as funerals, athletic events, school crossings, and fairs;
• Operates an Intoximeter to determine the blood-alcohol levels of drivers;
• Serves as a K-9 Officer (if assigned), including handling a dog used in detection, tracking, and apprehension;
• Serves as a School Resource Officer (if assigned), whose duties include: maintaining a safe and secure campus environment, investigating crimes on school property, providing classroom instruction and counseling to students on law enforcement related matters, teaching Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), coordinating the Junior Law Enforcement Academy, and teaching two week-long Driver’s Education Courses;
• Serves as a Jail Deputy who is responsible for maintaining the security and safety of the inmates;
• Serves as a Field Training Officer whose responsibilities include developing yearly training plans/reports, preparing and monitoring out of county training, preparing and maintaining all training documents and lesson plans in accordance with the Peace Officers Standards and Training rules (POST); other roles may include: serving on the Special Response Team (SRT), Honor Guard, bike patrol unit, or on the Drug Task Force;
• Enforces laws and ordinances related to animal control activities; issues warnings and citations; advises owners of their responsibilities; investigates calls from dispatch concerning animal control issues; and transports animals to the shelter unless otherwise directed;
• Testifies in court as needed;
• Maintains a security presence in the courtroom at all times to ensure safety of all personnel, to prevent/identify disturbances during proceedings, and to prevent and identify potential violence or use of weapons;
• Conducts random security checks of courthouse offices, judges’ chambers, parking lots, and all other areas of the justice center;
• Performs electronic and visual security screening of anyone who enters the Justice / Detention Center;
• Secures and detains new prisoners and secures inmates in the courtroom;
• Assists other law enforcement agencies as necessary;
• Maintains assigned vehicle and equipment;
• Conducts periodic checks of public enrolled in the At-Ease program;
• Conducts periodic checks of registered sex offenders;
• Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

• High School diploma or equivalent;
• Or equivalent education, and/or experience.

Licenses and Certifications:

• Possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license;
• Certified Peace Officer certification.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of law enforcement and corrections processes, including booking procedures;
• Knowledge of basic bookkeeping practices;
• Skill in the use of physical restraint methods and equipment;
• Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, criminal and traffic laws, and department policies and procedures;
• Knowledge of the boundaries and geography of the county;
• Knowledge of procedures for logging and docketing warrants and civil papers;
• Knowledge of first-aid and CPR techniques;
• Knowledge of the use of an AED, naloxone, and the universal precautions for biohazard safety;
• Knowledge of the criminal justice system and court procedures;
• Knowledge of the mobile data terminal in patrol cars, body cameras, computer networks, operating systems, hardware, and software applications;
• Skill in the use of firearms, Intoximeter, communications equipment, photographic equipment, X-Ray machine, closed circuit monitor, View Scan, and other standard and specialized equipment;
• Skill in the use small office equipment, including copy machines or multi-line telephone systems;
• Skill in obtaining and preserving evidence;
• Skill in gathering information and preparing reports;
• Skill in maintaining records;
• Skill in interpersonal relations;
• Skill in using computers for data entry;
• Skill in using computers for word processing and/or accounting purposes;
• Ability to meet departmental physical fitness standards;
• Ability to work nights, weekends, and special holidays as deemed necessary;
• Ability to organize and communicate effectively.


Work is very heavy and requires exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Work also requires balancing, climbing, crawling, crouching, feeling, fingering, grasping, handling, hearing, kneeling, lifting, mental acuity, pulling, pushing, reaching, repetitive motion, speaking, standing, stooping, talking, visual acuity, and walking.


Work involves crisis situations that require this position to make major decisions involving people, resources, and property. The employee may be exposed to noise, dust, and dirt, machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases, and inclement weather. The work requires the use of protective devices.


Lumpkin County reserves the right to contact only those applicants deemed most appropriate for the position. No other communication will be sent regarding the status of an application. Applicant must have documentation of identity and eligibility for employment in the United States. Employment contingent upon passing a background check, physical and post offer drug screening.

Application Special Instructions

The following documents are required to be submitted with your application:

Affidavit Verifying Status

Criminal History Request

Georgia Driver's History Consent Form

Liability Release

Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners Benefits List

Personal Inquiry Waiver

*** If you do not complete and upload the above documents your application will be incomplete and will not be forwarded to the Sheriff's Office. ***