Job Description





ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.


1.     Patrols an assigned area in order to enforce traffic laws, to apprehend violators, and to correct road safety hazards by operating a radio-equipped patrol car.


2.     Conducts accident investigations in order to reconstruct and to document motor vehicle and farm-related accidents by interviewing victims and witnesses, observing the vehicles or machinery involved, measuring skid marks, determining cause, and providing written information to the State Department of Transportation.


3.     Answers calls in order to provide information to the general public by referring to pertinent sections of the Code of the Iowa and other documents and providing verbal response to callers.


4.     Conducts criminal investigations in order to respond to burglaries, assaults and other criminal actions by traveling to crime scene, interviewing witnesses, collecting and preserving evidence, and filing appropriate reports.


5.     Respond to emergency calls in order to provide public safety services by removing safety hazards, reporting injuries or fatalities, assisting with fire-fighting or rescue operations and controlling traffic at accident sites to maintain traffic flow.


6.   Transports prisoners in order to comply with court orders by driving and escorting prisoners to and from courts

      and jails.


7.      Enter and retrieve data from computer terminal accurately.


8.      Perform any other duties that may be requested by the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Lt. or Sgt.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees off organization.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.



Completion of peace officer training at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.


Completion and re-certification in CPR.



Requires a valid Iowa drivers license.



Since deputy sheriffs are required to uphold judgments of the law and they are exposed to certain temptations to show favoritism, corruption, or unlawful monetary gain, it is a “business necessity” that deputy sheriffs exhibit a history and characteristics of honesty, reliability, ability to manage personal finances, interpersonal skill, and integrity.


1.      Knowledge of Chapter 321 of the Code of Iowa as related to enforcement of traffic,

 civil or criminal laws.


2.      Knowledge of arrest procedures as related to traffic and criminal law enforcement.


3.      Knowledge of methods and procedures for collecting evidence for use in court.


4.   Knowledge of county roads and landmarks as related to patrolling assigned areas.


5        Knowledge of methods and procedures for serving notices, summonses, and civil papers.


6.   Knowledge of reporting requirements related to routine record keeping.


7.      Ability to operate a motor vehicle.


8.      Ability to receive and transmit message via two-way radio.


9.      Ability to make arrests on potentially hostile law violators.


10.  Ability to respond with courtesy and calmness to upset or distraught persons.


11.  Ability to conduct interviews as related to criminal and accident investigations.


12.  Ability to handle firearms, handcuffs and nightstick as related apprehending criminals or suspects.


13.  Ability to deal appropriately with psychiatric patients or intoxicated persons.


14.  Ability to perform First Aid.


15.  Ability to accurately enter and retrieve data from a computer terminal.



Additionally, deputy sheriffs are frequently placed in a position of physical and mental stress.  Therefore, a history of mental or physical disability may be grounds for denying an application; or, these factors might be a consideration in the hiring process.  Applicants posing a substantial risk to themselves, inmates, other officers and the public are at a substantial disadvantage in the hiring process.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear, reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, couch, or crawl; and taste or smell.


The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 250 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Must be able to successfully complete the minimum physical requirement established by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy’s “minimum standards”.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee works inside and outside and is occasionally exposed to dangerous persons and situations. 


The noise level in the work environment varies and is usually moderate.


 Fitness Requirements

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