Correctional Captain (#MBDB06)
$63,140.56 Yearly Min / $73,270.00 Yearly Mid / $91,588.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

A class incumbent is responsible for managing the total security operations of a large facility during an assigned shift or for managing a statewide program.

  • Supervises administrative, supervisory, and custody staff on an assigned shift of a large institution, all shifts of a medium institution or for a statewide program.

Nature and Scope

A class incumbent reports to an administrative superior. Specific responsibilities vary based on organizational need but typically an incumbent at this level is responsible for managing the total security operations of an assigned shift or for managing a statewide program such as CERT. The incumbents are primarily responsible for maintaining the security of the facility or program, ensuring safety of staff and inmates and effective coordination of program/facility operations. A significant aspect of the work involves coordinating operations with other program areas to ensure that an efficient/secure operation is maintained. Work includes developing and recommending procedures to improve operations. An incumbent directs the deployment and redeployment of staff to ensure post coverage meets minimum standards. An incumbent is in charge of all guard activities and makes periodic inspection tours of inmate dormitories, cell blocks, wards, buildings and grounds to ensure adherence to and enforcement of all rules, regulations, policies and procedures affecting discipline, security and housekeeping of a facility. An incumbent acts personally or directs, through subordinate supervisors, the control of inmate/detainee disturbances and disorders. An incumbent may be assigned to participate on the inmate classification committee, inmate grievance board or correctional officer interview panel. In addition, incumbents perform investigations of possible criminal activities and prepare reports of findings and recommendations. Incumbents are also responsible for preparing or overseeing the preparation of a variety of other reports critical to efficient operations, such as shift log of activities/events, incident reports, inspection reports, staffing reports to include performance evaluations, sick leave usage and time sheets, inmate disciplinary reports and head counts. Work at this level requires contact with superiors, department officials, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, other correctional facilities and the general public  Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and inspiring the confidence of custody staff and inmates/detainees are significant aspects of the work at this level.

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, supervises and is responsible for all lower level officers assigned to a shift/program. Ensures that work schedules and plans are developed in accordance with operational needs.
  • Makes periodic inspections of all areas of the facility grounds, staff and equipment to ensure enforcement of all rules, regulations, policies and procedures and to detect any potential security system defects.
  • Develops, recommends and upon approval oversees the implementation of new/revised operating procedures.
  • Acts personally or directs the control of inmate disturbances and disorders.
  • Oversees and directs the deployment of staff to meet operational needs or emergency situations.
  • May participate on the inmate classification committee or inmate grievance board.
  • Performs ongoing or special investigations of possible criminal activities.
  • Oversees the operation of statewide programs such as Transportation/Court and CERT.
  • Prepares and/or oversees the preparation of various reports.
  • May be responsible for the relief unit.

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 correctional facility administrative principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of problems associated with the extended confinement of inmates.
  • Knowledge of operational procedures, programs and controls necessary for maintaining a secure facility.
  • Knowledge of managerial principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of facility design principles as they relate to a secure facility.
  • Skill in the interpretation and application of rules, regulations, policies, procedures and administrative practices of the facility/department.
  • Skill in detecting potential security system defects.
  • Skill in the analysis of facts, application of applicable procedures and drawing of conclusions.
  • Skill in deployment/assignment of staff.
  • Skill in directing, motivating and training staff.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.
  • Skill in detecting unusual or prohibited inmate behavior which may threaten security.
  • Ability to act quickly, effectively and use independent judgement in emergency situations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and inmates/detainees.
  • Ability to meet with the public and make presentations to schools and community groups regarding departmental programs.

Job Requirements

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

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