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Recruitment #23-8617-01



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 Tuesday, November 28, 2023.  A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments. Applications and supplemental questionnaires must be submitted online before the filing deadline of 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.



Under direction, to investigate violations of laws; or, to supervise an assigned detail of subordinates in routine patrol activities, in detention and corrections duties, in civil process duties, or in varied criminal justice assignments; or, to coordinate emergency services preparedness programs and volunteer activities; and to do related work as required.

This class represents the first level of supervision or specialist in the peace officer series. Positions in this class are usually assigned duties in supervising subordinates assigned to all divisions of the Department; and carrying out criminal, juvenile or department administrative investigations or performing extradition duties involving the transport of prisoners from other jurisdictions. Sergeants also train new employees in law enforcement techniques, in detention and corrections operations, in investigative procedures, in civil process, and in other areas of criminal justice assignments. Duties typically involve operating within well-defined departmental or legal procedures and include responsibility for supervision and evaluation of subordinate performance. Sergeants are responsible for assigning and training of staff and inspections of personnel, facilities, equipment and vehicles at their assigned duty stations. This class differs from the next higher class of Lieutenant by the latter having more extensive authority in the execution of administrative powers. Lieutenants generally serve as Watch Commanders or Unit Commanders. Sergeants differ from the lower class of Deputy Sheriff II by the Sergeant being a first-line supervisory class.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit:  Sergeant (#8617).



Candidates must have completed their probationary period as a member of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and possess the following:

Either I

The equivalent of three years’ full-time continuous experience as a Deputy Sheriff I/II in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)


The equivalent of five years’ full-time California law enforcement experience, which must include a minimum of two years as a Deputy Sheriff I/II in the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and possession of an Advanced Certificate issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.


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

Special Requirement:

Federal law and County policy requires that certain positions in the class of Sergeant which require a commercial driver's license and the performance of duties defined as "safety sensitive" are subject to post-offer/pre-placement/pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.

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:

• Rules of evidence, current legal decisions, laws of arrest, and other laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations pertinent to law enforcement and detention.
• Modern methods of crime detection.
• Modern law enforcement principles and practices.
• Civil process and procedures, jail procedures and custody, patrol procedures, criminal investigation procedures and crime prevention methods.
• Department organization, function, rules and regulations.
• Weapons and their use.
• Officer survival techniques.
• Minimum jail standards.
• Supervisory practices.


• Written communication.
• Oral communication.
• Decision making.
• Analysis and problem solving.
• Management control.
• Leadership.
• Interpersonal sensitivity.
• Flexibility.
• Adaptation to stress.
• Supervision of personnel


The examination will consist of the following steps:


Examination Recruitment Bulletin Release: Thursday, November 2, 2023

All applications must be filled out according to the instructions. Applications that are not fully completed or not completed following the instructions listed will not be considered. Resumes in lieu of properly filled out applications will not be considered. Only applications submitted electronically, via the County's online application system, by the final file date will be accepted. Be aware that if you only complete an application template and fail to submit it to apply for this position, your application will not be accepted.


Final Filing Date for Applications:  Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 5:00 PM


Review for Minimum Qualifications:  Completed by Thursday, December 7, 2023.

During this time, applications will be reviewed to verify minimum qualifications as stated in the bulletin.  All applicants will receive an email notification regarding the results of the application review before the end of the week.


Written Examination:  Wednesday, January 17, 2024, and/or Thursday, January 18, 2024.  

A written test which will be qualifying only (pass/fail). Applicants who pass the written test will move forward to the next step of the examination process, an assessment center. 


Candidate Orientation:  Monday, January 22, 2024, at 2:00 PM

This orientation provides applicants information on the upcoming assessment center.  Note: Only applicants who pass the written examination will move onto an assessment center.  Although not mandatory, applicants are encouraged to attend the orientation. 


Assessment Center:  Week of February 5, 2024. 

Applicants who pass the written examination will be invited to participate in an assessment center.  The assessment center score will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.


Applicants planning in participating in the Sergeant's Promotional Examination process may benefit by reviewing the following reference material:

  • Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) Written Directives
  • California Peace Officer's Legal Sourcebook (published by the California State Attorney General's Office)
  • Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Association (DSA) Memorandum of Understanding
  • The Services Employees International Union (SEIU) Memorandum of Understanding



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.

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at 5:00 PM

Review for Minimum Qualifications

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Written Examination

Wednesday, January 17, 2024, and/or Thursday, January 18, 2024

Sergeant Candidate Orientation


Assessment Center

Week of February 5, 2024


Veterans’ Preference
Each applicant entitled to veterans’ preference as provided in the Alameda County Civil Service Rules who has served in the armed forces of the United States during a war or campaign as defined by Section 1897 of the Government Code of the State of California and who has been discharged or released under honorable conditions and wishes to claim such preference shall do so by presenting proof of his/her honorable discharge (DD214) from the armed forces of the United States, showing the dates of his/her military service. Each applicant entitled to Disabled Veterans’ points as provided in the Alameda County Civil Service Rules, who wishes to claim such preference shall additionally present proof of military-connected disability from the United States Veterans Administration.

U.S. military veterans (including applicants already employed by the County of Alameda) intending to claim preferential consideration pursuant to Alameda County Civil Service Rules must present proof of honorable discharge or release (DD Form 214) concurrent with this application but in no event later than the final step in the recruitment process (usually the oral interview.)

To claim veteran’s preference, proof must be presented during check in on the date of the applicant’s scheduled oral interview. Failure to submit proof by this date will forfeit the applicant's claim to veterans' preference in such examination.

Candidates will be required to present a valid photo I.D. for admittance to each phase of the examination, i.e., driver's license, military I.D., Passport, or California Department of Motor Vehicle's I.D. card.  




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 statues.  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 wellbeing.  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

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • 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 and clicking on the link 'last notice sent' for the respective recruitment.

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 |


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