DEFINITION: Under direct supervision, provides a safe and healthy environment for inmates and visitors to the Hamilton County Jail including family members, parole board members, probation officers, and other members of the criminal justice system; and performs related duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this classification.)
TASKS: Tasks performed by Corrections Officers in the Hamilton County Jail vary by assignment and may be placed in any one of the many responsibilities and assignments based on department needs. However, each Corrections Officer is expected to meet a minimum standard of providing a stable, coherent, and predictable facility where inmates and visitors are relatively safe, conditions are humane and opportunities for meaningful work and/or programs are available.
Executes emergency and contingency plans; takes responsibility for safety, security and sanitation in the assigned area
This class description provides the basic requirements of the job of a Corrections Officer. An officer's responsibilities and assignment could be in Booking, Central Control, Commissary, Court Holding, Floors, Food Services, Maintenance, Medical, Property, Records, Recreation, Security, Sentence Management, Training, Transportation, Visitation, and Laundry as well as any other related duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Applicant must be at least twenty-one (21) years old (must be 21 in Tennessee to carry a weapon), be a citizen of the United States, be a high school graduate or possess its equivalency, which shall include a general educational development (GED), not have been convicted of, or pled guilty to, or entered into a nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state law or municipal ordinance relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances; not have been released or discharged under any other than honorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States; have the persons fingerprints on file with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; have passed a physical examination by a licensed physician; have a good moral character as determined by a thorough investigation conducted by the Sheriffs Office; and be free from an disorder as described in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association that would, in the professional judgment of the examiner, impair the subject's ability to perform any essential function of the job or would cause the subject to pose a direct threat to public safety. An applicant must be certified as meeting these criteria by a Tennessee licensed health care provider qualified in the psychiatric or psychological fields..
Physical Requirements; Knowledge, Skills and Other Characteristics
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work involves intense concentration on activities going on around one's location on a constant basis throughout the entire 12-hour shift. Employees and inmates are both subject to harm and danger with the possibility of airborne/blood borne pathogens. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of pre-employment and random drug testing.
7609 Standifer Gap Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
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