Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Division Commander (Promotional)

Recruitment #17-8635-02





The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended. Qualified applicants must be current county employees and have completed the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County classified service by Monday, November 27, 2017A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.


Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.


Applications will only be accepted on-line.





About The Alameda County Sheriff's Office

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is a full-service law enforcement agency accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the American Correctional Association (ACA). Additionally, the agency's health care provider, Prison Health Services, has dual accreditation through the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) and the California Medical Association (CMA).  Together these form what is referred to as the "Triple Crown" of accreditation (ACA, NCCHC/CMA and CALEA) awarded by the National Sheriff's Association.  Additionally, the Sheriff's Office Crime Lab is nationally accredited by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB).  The Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit has also been awarded national accreditation through the Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board.

The Sheriff's Office has a current adjusted net budget of approximately $379 million and has over 1600 authorized positions, including an excess of 1000 sworn personnel. The agency's Chief Executive Officer is Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern, who is assisted in the operation of the agency by Undersheriff Richard T. Lucia, Assistant Sheriffs Brett Keteles and Casey Nice.

The Sheriff of Alameda County is responsible for a vast array of tasks and duties, including the following:

  • Providing security to the Consolidated Superior Courts
  • Operating the Coroner's Bureau
  • Operating a full service criminalistics laboratory
  • Performing Civil Process
  • Operating a County Jail (Santa Rita)
  • Operating the County Office of Emergency Services
  • Providing patrol and investigative services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County
  • Pursuant to contractual agreements, providing patrol and investigative services to the City of Dublin, Peralta Community College District, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex, Oakland International Airport, Highland County Hospital, Social Services, and to the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
  • Conducting a basic academy pursuant to Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) requirements
  • Providing Fish and Game enforcement
  • Project Director of the Narcotics Task Force
  • Serving as the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force
  • Operating a Marine Patrol Unit in the San Francisco Bay waters

For additional information, you may visit the Sheriff's Office website at:  Alameda County Sheriff's Office



Under administrative supervision and direction, Division Commanders direct the daily operation of a major division of the Sheriff's Office (Law Enforcement Services, Detention and Corrections, Management Services, County Wide Services, Dublin Police Services and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)); and to do related work as required.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Division Commander (#8635)



Division Commander is a senior management command position with responsibility for all operations of an assigned division. The positions report directly to an Assistant Sheriff. When directing the Law Enforcement Services Division, the position is assigned primary responsibility for providing full service law enforcement services throughout the County (including contracted services); when directing the Detention and Corrections Division, the position is assigned primary operational responsibility for County detention facilities in addition to correctional and rehabilitation services to persons in custody as well as transportation of prisoners between courts and custodial facilities; when directing the Management Services Division, the position is assigned primary responsibility for the overall Agency budget development and management, occupational health and safety, recruiting, background investigations, personnel management, training, and general administrative duties; and when directing the County Wide Services Division, the position is assigned primary responsibility for the service of all civil court orders and process, court facility security and related services including the control and movement of in custody detainees, the Consolidated Dispatched Center, Coroner's Bureau, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and Volunteer Services. Commanders may also be assigned to direct Dublin Police Services and will have primary responsibility for overseeing law enforcement services for the City of Dublin, or to work within the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).The Division Commanders may be assigned to assume the duties of an Assistant Sheriff in his/her absence. The position of Division Commander, differs from the next higher class of Assistant Sheriff by the latter having agency-wide responsibility for operational or administrative and management services; and differs from the next lower class of Captain by the latter having assigned responsibility for the administration of an organizational unit or facility within a division, under the direction of a Division Commander.



To qualify for this position, candidates must possess the following experience:

The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Captain in the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

Desirable Qualification:

Possession of a California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training Advanced and Management Certificate.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies: 

Knowledge of:

• Federal and California State Codes and Administrative Regulations, County Ordinances, legal memoranda, and other rules pertinent to work.
• Principles, techniques, and practices of modern law enforcement.
• Personnel administration and current labor relations practices.
• California Criminal Justice system including inter-agency relationships of components.
• Sociological, environmental and economic factors bearing on criminal conduct and delinquency.
• Modern Principles of penology, correctional and rehabilitation practices and programs; administration, organization and management of diversified correctional institutions.
• Community organizations and resources, disaster and emergency services planning and preparedness programs and organizational concepts of animal care and control, fish and game services and firefighting techniques.
• Mutual aid procedures and emergency planning.
• Public Relations and public information principles and techniques.
• Administrative and budgetary analysis.

Ability to:

• Effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
• Evaluate competing alternatives and make informed recommendations and decisions.
• Analyze and problem solve.
• Plan and organize.
• Provide effective leadership and supervision.
• Demonstrate interpersonal and cultural sensitivity.
• Be flexible.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

1.      A review of the candidates’ application to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.

2.      An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates’ final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination steps.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:                                                         Monday, November 27, 2017, at 5:00 PM

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualification:        By Monday, December 4, 2017

Oral Examination:                                                          Week of December 18, 2017 

*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,



Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Welfare Benefits

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Insurance
  • Dental – PPO & DHMO Insurance  
  • Vision
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage) 
  • County Allowance (Employer Credit)
  • Health Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Accident, Critical Illness & Hospital Indemnity
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan – (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Group Legal
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add and as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


Elaine Lemi | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6434