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Putnam County Jail
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Distinguishing Features of the Jailor


The principal function of an employee in this class is to oversee inmate activity and ensure the security and safety of inmates. The work is performed under the direct supervision of the Jail Supervisor but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgement and initiative. An employee in this class performs the duties of other employees in the Sheriff's Office as required or as assigned by the Sheriff. The principal duties of the jailor are performed in a work environment in which the employee is subject to potential personal danger.
Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)


  • Provides direct supervision of inmates incarcerated at the Putnam County Jail;
  • Completes all booking and release procedures, including fingerprinting, holding and documenting of possessions, conducing breath tests, collecting urine samples, administering medications and performing strip searches as needed;
  • Assigns inmates to cells;
  • Performs inspections of inmates based on set routines and emergency needs, including monitoring for possible mental and physical health related problems;
  • Serves inmate meals, processes special requests, prepares inmates for court appearances and attends to related inmate needs according to prescribed guidelines;
  • Performs cell inspections as necessary;
  • Maintains detailed and accurate records of jail and inmate activities;
  • Supervises and participates in the cleaning and maintenance of the jail facility;
  • Supervises all persons visiting the jail, including inmate visitors and maintenance personnel;
  • Transports inmates to court appearances, medical examinations, other facilities, the airport or other locations as needed;
  • Performs dispatch and records collection duties as necessary;
  • Performs specific duties of Deputy Sheriff's as necessary and assigned;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with other Department and City employees, and the public.
  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good knowledge of current practices, principles and procedures involved in jail facilities;
  • Good knowledge of the procedures for safely and lawfully restraining inmates as necessary;
  • Good knowledge of the methods for identifying the physical and mental problems of inmates;
  • Ability to quickly learn jail procedures;
  • Ability to follow prescribed guidelines for inmate security;
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion;
  • Ability to restrain inmates as necessary following prescribed guidelines;
  • Ability to command authority and promote security within a jail facility;
  • Ability to function within a corrections environment which may involve dangerous situations involving inmate violence, suicide and/or riots;
  • Ability to determine dangerous behavior within an inmate for the purpose of seclusion and additional monitoring;
  • Ability to communicate well with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions;
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;
  • Ability to operate or quickly learn to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks.