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Correctional Services Director


Employment Status: Full-Time – Contract – At-will

FLSA Status: Exempt

Experience Required: Five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in corrections, criminal justice, public administration, or a related field, including two (2) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.

Minimum Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in corrections, criminal justice, public administration, or a related field.

Department: Corrections

Direct Supervisor: County Manager

Supervisory Responsibility: Direct & Indirect

Primary Work Location: Works inside in an office setting/detention facility.

Certification: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license;

possession of or ability to obtain, an advanced Detention Officer training certification; possession of or ability to obtain, a Firearms license.


Job Summary:  To plan, direct, manage, and oversee the activities and operations of the County Detention Facility; to coordinate assigned activities with other County departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the County Manager.



Essential Job Functions


An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential duties:


  • Assume full management responsibility of all services and activities of the County Detention Facility; recommend and administer policies and procedures. 
  • Manage the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area. 
  • Establish, within County policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly. 
  • Develop and administer the Detention Budget.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level managers, the County Detention’s work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems. 
  • Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate Detention personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; schedule rotating shift assignments; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures. 
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the Detention budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary. 
  • Explain, justify and defend Detention Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues. 
  • Coordinate Detention activities with those of other departments and outside agencies, organizations, and criminal justice agencies; establish and maintain cooperative relationships. 
  • Oversee the inspection of the jail for security and maintenance requirements; analyze needs and schedule maintenance activities as appropriate. 
  • Schedule prisoners for transport to the courts; provide required security to the court system. 
  • Supervise and direct the discipline of prisoners; prepare answers to appeals; maintain comprehensive prisoner records. 
  • Oversee the prisoner work program; coordinate, oversee and authorize the prisoner early release program. 
  • Provide staff assistance to the County Manager and the County Commission; participate on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence. 
  • Provide staff support to assigned boards and commissions. 
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the fields of detention and correction. 
  • Remain on-call to respond to emergency situations as required. 
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints. 
  • Perform facility inspections.
  • Submit contracts for MOUs approval.
  • Other duties as required.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) for Position

An employee in this class must have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities upon application:



  • Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive detention program.
  • Management skills to analyze programs, policies and operation needs.
  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Theories and practices of modern detention and correction.
  • Management of inmates and institutional security.
  • Results of court cases and their impact on correctional standards.
  • Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Thorough understanding of the County’s functions, policies, and procedures.



  • Strong written and oral communications and relational skills.
  • Public relations and customer service. 
  • Follow and relay complex oral and written instructions, policies, and procedures.
  • Operate a variety of office equipment, including computer terminal, related software programs, printer, calculator, fax, and copier.



  • Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Lead and direct the operations, services and activities of the Detention Facility.
  • Identify and respond to community and County Commission issues, concerns and needs.
  • Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Prepare and administer large and complex budgets.
  • Maintain order, discipline and security in the County Jail.
  • Assure the development and implementation of appropriate detention services and programs.
  • Review and respond to legal inquiries from the courts.
  • Review and respond to legal inquiries from the courts.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Physical Demands

The following physical abilities are required: 

  1. The work is heavy work which requires moving equipment and injured/deceased persons in weights, 30 lbs. to excess of 100 lbs.
  2. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. 
  3. The employee may be required to subdue a resisting individual, chase a fleeing subject; run, walk, crouch, or crawl during emergency operations.
  4. Clear speech abilities are required to assist in handling emergency situations.
  5. Perform life-saving and rescue procedure; operate assigned police equipment and vehicles; effectively deal with personal danger which may include exposure to: armed/dangerous persons; communicable diseases.
  6. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

Office/detention facility environment; exposure to dangerous persons, firearms, and body fluids, and noise; may be exposed to emergency situations; may work in stressful situations.


Safety Requirements

The employee is expected to follow all safety procedures as required.


**This position description is a general guideline for work behavior and is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all job duties.  Therefore, it is also not, nor can it be implied to be, a contract of employment.   The contents of this position description may be changed without notice, and employment may be terminated by either party, at will.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks. 

How to Apply:

Sheriff/Detention Application - Complete application and return it and resume to the Otero County Administration Office at 1101 New York Ave Alamogordo, NM 88310.

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