8308/8508 Sheriff's Sergeant

Recruitment #CBT-8308-903776



Clerically amended on 11/13/2019

Under direction, the Sheriff’s Sergeant serves as a line-level supervisor, Unit/Watch Commander, Assistant Unit/Watch Commander and/or Acting Unit/Watch Commander in the Department’s Administration and Programs, Custody Operations, Field Operation, Planning and Projects Divisions. Sheriff’s Sergeants may also be assigned to other units as required, including the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU).

Examples of essential duties include, but are not limited to: supervises sworn staff in the care and control of inmates; supervises and coordinates transportation of inmates; supervises maintenance of order and security in and around jail facilities; supervises bailiffs in civil, criminal, and juvenile courts; supervises operations in receipt and enforcement of civil processes; supervises the field training officer program; supervises field operation and building security units; supervises other sworn (includes investigators to conduct investigations, background checks, and training officers) or civilian staff in the performance of specialized law enforcement and administrative duties related to investigations, training, technical services, warrants service, personnel management, fiscal administration, general law enforcement, public building, grounds security and patrol (includes supervision of security of buildings and/or campuses); interprets, enforces and carries out existing methods and procedures related to the processing, transportation and security of inmates; assures adherences to Title 15 and Title 24 standards; trains deputies in techniques necessary to fulfill the requirements of their assignments; maintains contact with court, hospital, and other law enforcement personnel as it pertains to the custody of inmates; or the constructive custody of individuals released to alternatives to incarcerations; receives, interprets and executes legal directives and procedures as directed by the courts; supervises pre-trail criminal defendants and sentenced in the community; supervises accurate maintenance of records; acts as Rangemaster and supervises K9 Unit and performs other related duties as required. 

Working conditions: Appointees must be available to work shifts covering any 24-hour period, including holidays and weekends, at any assigned Sheriff’s location. This position requires overtime as directed by the Sheriff. Duties may involve a continuous risk of physical violence. Appointees must have the ability to work in closely confined, noisy, and crowded areas for sustained periods of time, and must be able to be on call in case of emergency.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Four (4) years of experience in the Sheriff's Department in classes 8302 Deputy Sheriff I, 8304/8504 Deputy Sheriff, 8306/8506 Senior Deputy Sheriff; or any combination; AND

2. Possession of a POST Basic Certificate; AND

3. Possession of a valid California Driver License.

This examination is open only to employees of the City and County of San Francisco Sheriff’s Department who meet the Minimum Qualifications as of November 22, 2019.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the 8308/8508 Sheriff’s Sergeant job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following address @sfgov.org.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received. All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility or disqualification.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Deana Kwan, by telephone at 415-557-4882 or by email at Deana.Kwan@sfgov.org.

Selection Plan

The examination process will consist of two components. A pass-point will be established for each component. Candidates must pass both components to be placed on the eligible list and considered for appointment. 

A description of the examination components, including component weights, will be included in the Preparation Guide. The Preparation Guide will also list the job-related task clusters from which examination tasks will be simulated. It will also identify knowledge and abilities that may be evaluated by each test component. The Preparation Guide will be available at least 30 days prior to the administration of the examination. Qualified applicants will be notified via email when the Preparation Guide becomes available.

Qualified applicants will be notified by e-mail of the exact date, time and location of the examination. The examination components are tentatively scheduled to be administered the week of February 10, 2020. 


Two confidential eligible lists of applicant names will be created from this recruitment, one for 8508  Sheriff’s Sergeant (SFERS) and one for 8308 Sheriff’s Sergeant (PERS). Candidates that successfully achieve passing scores on all of the selection procedures listed above will be placed on both eligible lists. An examination score report will be established, so applicants can view the ranks, final scores and number of eligible candidates. Applicant information, including names of applicants on the eligible list, shall not be made public unless required by law. However, an eligible list shall be made available for public inspection, upon request, once the eligible list is exhausted or expired and referrals resolved.


The eligible lists resulting from this examination are subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The resulting eligible lists will have an initial duration of 24 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.


Upon approval of the Human Resource Director (see Civil Service Rule 111A.26.5), the eligible lists resulting from this announcement may be used by other departments that also use these classifications or similar classifications.  To find other Departments which use these Sheriff Sergeant’s classifications, please see http://www.sfdhr.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=21246. Search that document by title or job code to see which departments use the Sheriff’s Sergeant classification. 

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores. The hiring department may administer additional selection procedures at the time of certification before making a final hiring decision. 


Knowledge gained from the following sources (and also the ability to apply that knowledge) may be measured in one or more of the examination components. Please note, however, that the test content may also be based on additional sources such as experience expected to have been gained on the job, etc. 

A) Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City & County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Unit 12A (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022) 

Link: https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/MOUs/DSA-2019-MOU.pdf

B) Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City & County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Sheriffs’ Managers and Supervisors Association, Unit 12B (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022)

Link: https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/MOUs/Sheriffs-Managers-and-Supervisors-Association-MOU-2019-2022.pdf

C) Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City & County of San Francisco and the Service Employee International Union (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022)

Link:  https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/MOUs/SEIU-Local-1021-MOU-2019-2022.pdf

D) Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations, Adult Detention Facilities - Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities, Division 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter 4:  Articles 1-7; Article 8 Section 1100-1101; Article 9 Section 1140-1144; Articles 11-15.  (Effective 10/01/19) 

Link:  http://www.bscc.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/Adult-Title-15-Regulations-Effective-10.1.2019.pdf

E) Selected materials from the California Penal Code, Code of Civil Procedures, Family Code, Government Code, Labor Code, Welfare and Institution Code 

F) Selected materials from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Division Manuals and Policies & Procedures

G) Book:  Social Intelligence Skills for Sheriff’s Department Supervisors/Managers, Stephen J. Sampson, Ph.D.  ISBN 0-87425-931-2. Candidates must purchase this book at their own expense.

Applicants are responsible for obtaining reference material A, B, C, D & E (listed above) online, F (listed above) on Citrix. Specific code sections will be provided to candidates via e-mail at a later date and G must be purchased at own expense. Candidates will not be tested on any changes made to the above-listed sources after January 1, 2020. 

Qualified candidates with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this examination process must contact the examination analyst as soon as possible by e-mailing Deana.Kwan@sfgov.org, by calling 415-551-4882 (voice) or if hearing impaired, 415-557-4810 (TDD), or by sending a fax to 415-557-4967. 

Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found at: 

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


CBT Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights:

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. [Note: The correction of clerical errors in an announcement may be posted on the Department of Human Resources website at http://www.jobaps.com/sf.] The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 110.4. Such appeals must be submitted in writing to the Department of Human Resources, 1 S Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5413 by close of business on the 5th business day following the issuance date of this examination announcement. Information concerning other Civil Service Commission Rules involving announcements, applications and examination policies, including applicant appeal rights, can be found on the Civil Service Commission website at https://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules.

Requests for an alternate test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst listed in this announcement within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the test date.

Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:  http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20#applicantswithdisabilities

This is a standardized examination. In accordance with Civil Services Rule 111.11.4, inspection privileges do not apply to the questions and answers in this examination.

Important employment information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at https://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

After appointment to a permanent position, the employee must serve a probationary period during which the employee must demonstrate the ability to perform the work assigned to the position.

Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Veteran’s Preference:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:


Exam Type: Promotive

Issued:  November 8, 2019

Clerically Amended: November 13, 2019

Micki Callahan

Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: CBT-8308-903776



All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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