Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fingerprint Examiner

Recruitment #18-1283-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

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.

If you have a typing certificate with a net typing speed of 30 words per minute from a temporary agency, employment agency, or community college, printed on letterhead with the address and phone number of the agency or college, please upload it to your online application (under the "Resume" tab) by 5:00 p.m. on the last day for filing. The typing certificate must be dated within six (6) months of the filing deadline. 

To obtain a typing certificate, you may wish to contact East Bay Works - Career Centers. Click on the following link, and go to the "locations" tab to locate a center near you:





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 (ASCLD). 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 $185.7 million and has over 1600 authorized positions, including in excess of 1000 sworn personnel. The agency's Chief Executive Officer is Sheriff / Coroner Gregory J. Ahern, who is assisted in the operation of the agency by Undersheriff Richard T. Lucia, Assistant Sheriff's Casey Nice and Dennis Houghtelling.


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. [Sheriff's Academy Web Site
•     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 more detailed information about the agency, visit:  Alameda County Sheriff's Office



Under general supervision in the Central Identification Bureau, to perform the duties involved in the classifying, registering, searching and identification of fingerprints in the automated fingerprint identification system; to assist other city and county agencies with fingerprint work; and to do related work as required.

This class differs from the next higher class of Latent Fingerprint Examiner in that Fingerprint Examiners do not routinely work with latent or partial prints.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Fingerprint Examiner (#1283)


In addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated a successful track record in:

• Superior communications skills, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, including coworkers, Sheriff’s officials, other law enforcement agencies, and members of the public.
• Accurately completing assignments and tasks while paying attention to detail and setting processes.
• Identifying opportunities and issues, and proactively acting and following through on work activities to resolve them.
• Taking prompt action to accomplish work objectives within a timely manner.
• Accepting responsibility for outcomes (positive or negative) of one’s work; admits mistakes and refocuses efforts when appropriate.
• Maintaining effectiveness while completing several tasks simultaneously.
• Working effectively in a team setting and take collective ownership but have the ability to make independent sound decisions as needed.
• Presenting a professional, competent demeanor with the ability to testify in a court of law.
• Proficient technical skills with the ability to handle complex database systems.



Either I


The equivalent of one year of full-time experience in the class of Clerk II or a higher level clerical class in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of two years of full-time clerical experience. (One full year of study in a Police Science curriculum in an accredited college or university may be substituted for the experience.)

Special Requirements:

1. Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

2. Must have near vision, as measured by optometric examination, sufficient to perform fingerprint identification, classification and related duties.

3. Ability to type 30 words per minute.

4. Successful completion of a thorough background investigation.

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:

• Fingerprint classification and identification systems.
• Alpha and alpha-numeric filing.
• Windows-based computer programs.
• Correct English usage.
• Basic math.
• Standard office practices and procedures.

Ability to:

• Perform precise, demanding work with speed and accuracy.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
• Qualify to testify in a court of law.
• Read, understand, interpret and follow complex instructions.
• Write legibly.
• Memorize and apply complex definitions and rules.
• Take initiative and use independent judgment within established guidelines.
• Prioritize work to meet deadlines.
• Compose clear, comprehensive correspondence.
• Operate standard office equipment, including a computer terminal.



1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements, including the attachment of a typing certificate with 30 net words per minute.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
2) A written examination, which will be qualifying only.  Those candidates passing the written exam will move on to the next step in the examination process.
3) An oral interview, which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.


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

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 may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

For more information on the Civil Service 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:

Friday, July 20, 2018, at 5:00 PM

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

Friday, August 3, 2018

Written Examination

Friday, September 7, 2018

Oral Interviews

*Thursday, November 1, 2018

*Updated October 11, 2018




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 & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • 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.



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 ensure 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 |


Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer