8312 Sheriff's Captain

Recruitment #CBT-8312-901235


The captain in the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department is a management position and may be assigned to the following: the Custody Operations Division, the Field Operations Division or the Administration and Programs Division. The captain reports to a chief deputy or above and is responsible and accountable for the overall command and administration of a facility or section, which may operate 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. As a member of command/management level staff, the captain is responsible for implementing department goals and objectives at the facility/section level.  The Sheriff’s Captain is responsible for all personnel, equipment and operations assigned to that facility/section and must be responsive to the needs of subordinates and supervisors.

The captain sets expectations, priorities and goals for subordinates, communicates such information and evaluates the work performance of employees, both formally and informally, and facilitates training. The captain conducts inspection of the assigned facility/section for security, physical integrity, cleanliness, health and safety issues and provisions of contracted services; oversees mandated state/local inspections and ensures appropriate readiness, deployment and allocation of all equipment.  The captain monitors both the operations and administration of the assigned facility/section and communicates information to a chief deputy or above. Administrative responsibilities include documentation of methodology and data collection.

The captain establishes and maintains communication with individuals from other criminal justice, legal, governmental or private agencies in order to exchange information and coordinate activities. The captain participates in government meetings, community meetings and community events, and oversees and/or responds to and mediates in-house subordinate and inmate complaints and grievances, and performs related duties as required.

The captain assists higher level command staff by reviewing department policies and procedures, completing research and analysis, feasibility studies, and other special projects.




This examination is open only to employees of the City & County of San Francisco Sheriff’s Department who have permanent status as a Sheriff’s Lieutenant.  Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as of the final filing date. 



Qualified applicants will be notified by email of the exact dates, times, and locations of the exam components, which are tentatively scheduled to be administered the week of May 15, 2017.  


Minimum Qualifications

Two (2) years [4,160 hours] of experience in class 8310 Sheriff’s Lieutenant (PERS) or 8510 Sheriff's Lieutenant (SFERS). 


How To Apply

The deadline to submit an application is 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017.


Applications for this recruitment will be accepted only through an online process starting at 8:00 a.m. (PST) Friday, March 17, 2017.  To apply, follow the instructions below.

  • Select an e-mail address you will maintain throughout the examination process to receive all official communications. 
  • Go to www.jobaps.com/sf  to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.
  • Scroll through the list of jobs and select “8312 Sheriff’s Captain”
  • Select “Apply;” read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow all of the instructions on the screen
  • When you are ready to submit your application and Supplemental Questionnaire, click on “Submit”
  • Upon successful submittal of your online application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail acknowledging the receipt of your application.  You should save this e-mail for your records.  If you do not receive this email, it means that your online application was not submitted or received.

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 Department of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.  The offices close at 5:00 p.m. so it is recommended that applicants arrive by at least 4:00 p.m. in order to allow time to complete the application.


IMPORTANT:  Applicants will be contacted by e-mail throughout this examination process.  Therefore, it is your responsibility to ensure that your e-mail address is accurate and kept up-to-date on the JobAps system.  To prevent blocking, you should set your e-mail to accept CCSF mail from “@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 e-mail means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility. For
questions regarding the online application process, applicants should send an e-mail to dhr-publicsafety@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will consist of three components: 1) a video-based human relations exercise; 2) an in-basket exercise including a writing component; and 3) a performance exercise.  Candidates must successfully complete all examination components to receive a final score.  A pass-point will be established, and only candidates scoring at or above the minimum passing score will be placed on the eligible list and considered for appointment.  In addition, the department may conduct final interviews before making final selections from the eligible list.

A Preparation Guide will be made available approximately 30 days prior to test administration. A description of the test components, including component weights, will be included. The Preparation Guide will also list the job-related task clusters and knowledge and abilities for the job classification. Qualified applicants will be notified via email when the Preparation Guide is made available.

The test will be designed to measure candidates’ relative knowledge and ability in job-related areas. Knowledge gained from the following sources (and the ability to apply that knowledge) may be measured in one or more of the test components. Candidates should be familiar with all Sheriff’s Department policies, manuals and other references listed below. This is a suggested reading list only. Test items may be drawn from the materials listed below, and may also be based on the collective experience of subject matter experts.


Applicants are responsible for obtaining all of the Suggested Reading Materials. Any changes made to the materials after March 1, 2017 will not be tested. Information regarding how to obtain the materials is set forth below, at the end of each item.

A) Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey (1989 or 2004 edition). Candidates must purchase this book at their own expense.

B) Selected materials from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Policy and Procedure Manual (as of March 1, 2017), 3 Division Manuals, California Penal Code (2017), California Welfare and Institutions Code (2017), California Government Code (2017) and California Labor Code (2017).

The SFSD Policy and Procedure Manual and the 3 Division Manuals are available on the CITRIX desktop under the following:

·       SHF Users Shared

·       SFSD P&P and All Division Manuals:

o   Select the appropriate yellow file folder for review

§  SFSD Policy and Procedure Manual

o   Division Manuals:

§  Administration & Programs Division Manual

§  Custody Division Policy and Procedure Manual
§  Field Operations Division Manual

NOTE: A list of selected materials from the California Penal Code, California Welfare and Institutions Code, California Government Code and California Labor Code will be issued via e-mail to candidates the week of April 3, 2017.

C) Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City & County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, Unit 12A (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017) Link:


D) Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City & County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Sheriffs’ Managers and Supervisors Association, Unit 12B (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017) Link:


E) Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations, Adult Detention Facilities - Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities, Division 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter 4 (2010 Regulations Effective September 19, 2012): Articles 1-7; Article 8 Section 1100-1101; Article 9 Section 1140-1144; Articles 11-15.  Link:


 F) Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations (v.8/2015), Adult Detention Facilities – Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilities: Part 1, Sections 13-102(A) and 13-102(C); Part 2, Section 1231.1.  Link:


Certification Rule

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three scores. Placement on the eligible list is not a guarantee of appointment. Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.




The eligible list resulting from this examination is 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 duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination processes will be twenty-four (24) months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.

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.


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

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.

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 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 http://sfgov.org/civilservice/rules



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


Exam Type:  Promotional Only
Issued:  March 17, 2017
Micki Callahan, Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-8312-901235
Human Resources/JO/415-557-4882



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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