• Deputy Sheriff - Jailor

    Posted: 09/03/2023

    Sauk County wants you to be a part of our dedicated team of Deputy Jailors who protect, serve, and inspire. Join our team and make a difference in your community. Deputy Jailors are responsible for Jail and Huber security tasks for the Sauk County Sheriff's Office.

    Starting a career in the jail exposes deputies to many of the same job functions as patrol deputies and is great way to gain necessary knowledge when beginning a career in law enforcement.  Our jail deputies enjoy opportunities to further their career both within and outside the jail deputy position.  When staffing and need allow, we will sponsor a jail deputy to attend the law enforcement academy on a competitive, merit-based selection process.  We also offer jail deputies the opportunity to earn selection to serve on various department-wide special teams to include Dive Team, Project Lifesaver, Critical Incident Negotiations, Honor Guard, and more.  Jail deputies can also serve as unified tactics instructors or field training officers.

    Vacancies for female Jailors are priority and we will continue to interview female applicants as they are submitted.

    Vacancies for male Jailors are limited but we encourage you to apply to be added to our eligibility list for future opportunities. 

    Applications will be viewed daily. Candidates who pass the initial assessment will be invited to interviews based on the time of the application submission. The position will be posted until vacancies are filled. Timing is everything, do not hesitate to start your career today.


    This position pays out for overtime hours as well as holiday pay in addition to the annual salary. Candidates with prior corrections experience (Jail or WI DOC) may start above the hiring rate depending on prior years of service.


    Jail Deputies currently work 4 days on, 2 days off rotating scheduling working 8.5-hour shifts. Shifts are assigned by seniority bid and are 1st Shift (0630-1500), 2nd Shift (1430-2300), or 3rd Shift (2230-0700) with new hires being assigned to 2nd or 3rd shift.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    • Maintain jail security with regular patrols of housing units and through direct and indirect surveillance of inmate activities.
    • Detect and intercede to prevent inmate violations of state statutes, and/or municipal and county ordinances.
    • Investigate possible criminal activity and prepare reports for review by the District Attorney’s Office.
    • Investigate inmate violations of jail rules and administer discipline as outlined in written procedures.
    • Mediate inmate conflicts, separate and restrain inmates involved in either verbal or physical altercations.
    • Conduct searches of inmates and housing areas for contraband, drugs, and/or weapons.
    • Identify existing or potential inmate issues and initiates appropriate measures to address and resolve inmate problems.
    • Book inmates into jail, including fingerprinting, photographing, screening for medical and mental health, suicide ideation issues, body searches, inventory of personal belongings, and the issuance and explanation of jail rules.
    • Release inmates from custody after release conditions have been met.
    • Review and create daily briefing information and reports.
    Additional Duties and Responsibilities
    • Distribute inmate medications under the supervision of licensed medical professionals.
    • Supervise the serving of inmate meals, clothing, and linen exchanges.
    • Escort inmates to court, other correctional facilities, and medical and mental health treatment facilities.
    • Collect and record bond and fine payments.
    • Coordinate inmate work release by checking inmates in and out of the Huber Center, securing and maintaining employment, and verifying attendance at employment.
    • Supervise and log inmates’ visits from family, friends, clergy, attorneys, probation and parole staff, law enforcement personnel, and other applicable court officers.
    • Stock supplies needed to continue jail operations.
    • And other duties as assigned.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Maintain all relevant certifications, such as jailor certification and AED/CPR.
    • Maintain a working knowledge of applicable local, county, State, and Federal rules, laws, and regulations.
    • Advisory data and information such as reports, logbooks, requisitions, various manuals, local and county ordinances, State and Federal laws, court documents and legal opinions, and routine and non-routine correspondence.
    • Explain, demonstrate, and clarify to others established policies, procedures, and standards.
    • Calculating percentages, fractions, decimals, volume, ratios, and spatial relationships, and interpreting basic descriptive statistical reports.
    • Compare, count, differentiate, measure, sort, classify, compute, tabulate, and/or categorize data and/or information.
    • Assemble, copy, record, and transcribe data and/or information.
    • Analyze data and information using established criteria to define consequences and consider and select alternatives
    • Apply functional and situational reasoning by exercising judgement, decisiveness, and creativity in everyday routine and non-routine situations.
    • Use fine and gross motor skills to perform tasks such as operating essential items like a motor vehicle, restraint devices, two-way radios, computer keyboard, telephone, measuring devices, intoxylizer, baton, radar, camera, D.C. gas, air packs, and firearm.
    • Rapidly ascend and descend stairs throughout entire shift.
    • Exert effort in moderate to heavy work, such as lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, stooping, crouching, crawling, climbing, balancing, and standing for long periods of time.
    • Recognize and identify degrees of similarity and differences between characteristics of colors, forms, sounds, odors, textures, etc. associated with objects, materials, and ingredients.
    • Unsafe and uncomfortable in respects to temperature variations, odors, toxic agents, violence, noise, wetness, disease, and dust.
    Required Working Hours
    Standard working hours may vary between shifts and rotations. Please note these hours are subject to change and additional hours may be needed or required.  Emergency on call may be needed. Compensation beyond normal hours will be subject to applicable collective bargaining agreement, state and federal regulations.
    Education and Experience Requirements
    Required:                     At least 18 years of age
                                         U.S. Citizen
                                        Free of any Felony or Domestic Abuse convictions
    Preferred:                    Associate degree in Law Enforcement or another related field
    Current Certified Jail or Correctional Officer in the State of Wisconsin having been employed by another county jail or the Department of Corrections for a minimum of two (2) years full-time as a Jail/Correctional Officer within the last three (3) years and leaving employment voluntarily with a satisfactory record
    Four (4) years of full-time military service in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, honorably discharged
    Licenses/Certifications: Wisconsin State Jail Certification, or the ability to become certified within six months of start date
                                         State of Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Operator’s License
    Any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered.

    Sauk County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.