Correctional Lieutenant (#MBDB04)
$50,108.22 Yearly Min / $55,893.00 Yearly Mid / $69,866.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

A class incumbent is responsible for supervising and participating in the maintenance of discipline and security within a correctional and/or detention facility for an assigned program.

Nature and Scope

A class incumbent reports to a technical superior, typically a Staff Lieutenant, and is responsible for directing and participating in the enforcement of all rules and regulations affecting discipline, security and housekeeping within a designated security location, for an assigned shift or an assigned program. An incumbent is responsible for overseeing one or more of the following posts depending upon specific assignment: inmate living quarters, dining hall, infirmary, transportation, visiting rooms, CERT, tower work detail, recreation, control room, mailroom, booking/receiving and perimeter patrol. A class incumbent is responsible for implementing and interpreting policies and procedures ensuring the redeployment of staff, and for the enforcement of rules, regulations and policies of the institution and the department. An incumbent directs and may participate in periodic counts of inmates to assure their location and custody and the searching of inmates, employees, visitors, cellblocks and/or other structures to detect prohibited contraband or defects in the security system. A class incumbent provides training and guidance to both newly hired and experienced employees. Incumbents conduct inspections of staff assigned to the shift/location to insure timely arrivals, proper uniforms and conduct. Incumbents counsel and conduct performance appraisals of assigned staff. In addition, a class incumbent works with counseling staff and institutional administration regarding inmate security classifications, parole eligibility and disciplinary proceedings. An incumbent conducts ongoing inspections of assigned areas to ensure institutional and departmental policies and procedures are enforced. Incumbents also work with the more difficult inmates concerning personal and behavior problems. An incumbent maintains records and prepares or oversees the preparation of various reports regarding activities, problems and/or incidents which occurred during the assigned shift or at assigned locations. A significant aspect of the work involves working  effectively with the inmates in order to obtain their confidence and cooperation.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Directs and participates in the maintenance of discipline, order, security and housekeeping of assigned locations or shift.
  • Directs and participates in periodic shakedowns of buildings, grounds and cell blocks to detect contraband or defects in the security system.
  • Implements prescribed policies and procedures, insures the enforcement of institutional/departmental rules and regulations and interprets for staff and inmates.
  • Reviews and evaluates the work of assigned staff.  Provides training to newly hired and experienced employees.
  • Works with institutional administration, counseling and classification staff in the determination of inmate security classifications, parole eligibility and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Prepares reports and maintains records.
  • May be responsible for scheduling of security staff.
  • Oversees inmate timekeeping and payroll activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the facility and department.
  • Knowledge of standard procedures for maintaining security.
  • Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of self defense, riot control and the use of firearms and other protective equipment.
  • Knowledge of federal/state laws governing the rights of inmates.
  • Knowledge of the techniques used in the detection of weapons and other contraband.
  • Knowledge of the attitudes, behaviors and group habits of persons in custody.
  • Skill in self defense techniques and the use of restraint procedures.
  • Skill in the use of assigned weapons and other protective equipment.
  • Skill in the motivating, directing, training and guiding assigned correctional staff.
  • Skill in the interpretation and application of institutional/departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to act quickly and calmly in an emergency.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and inmates or detainees.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Correctional Lieutenant
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. At least two years experience as a Correctional Sergeant or equivalent experience OR at least four years experience as a Correctional Officer or equivalent experience.
  2. Possession of a valid Driver’s License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).