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Tehama County Sheriff’s Department

Red Bluff, CA

Full-Time with Benefits

Please Note: Those currently attending a Basic Law Enforcement Academy are highly encouraged to apply; however, a letter of enrollment from the academy must be attached to your completed application.

(A-E Steps)

Deputy Sheriff I:
$25.23 – $30.73 Hourly / $2,018.40 – $2,458.40 Biweekly
Deputy Sheriff:
$26.51- $32.27 Hourly / $2,120.80 – $2,581.60 Biweekly

Under direction of the Sergeant, performs specific law enforcement duties on an assigned shift, which may include but is not limited to patrol, jail, court security, civil process, transportation, boating patrol, officer training, coroner, animal regulation, canine handling, etc.  Prepares and maintains required records and reports.

Performs patrol, jail and/or civil process duties, including enforcing local and state laws, enforcing boating laws and regulations, issuing citations, making arrests, administering first aid, transporting prisoners, serving civil papers, assisting with initial investigations, gathering evidence, questioning witnesses and suspects, responding to traffic incidents, responding to alarms, processing prisoners, maintaining discipline and security in jail, maintaining court security and assisting with court procedures, transporting prisoners. | May conduct routine death investigations and preliminary or follow-up investigations of incidents. | Performs general public service duties, including assisting stranded motorists, directing traffic, providing police escort, and providing crowd control at community events. | Assists with public education, juvenile delinquency, crime prevention, and other special teams and programs of the Department as assigned. | May perform duties in specialized areas as required, such as photographic and laboratory work, fingerprinting, mounted patrol, counseling, canine handling, animal regulation. | Assists in conducting effective training of new division personnel. | Prepares and maintains required records, reports, case documentation. | Receives and responds to public inquiries, complaints and requests for assistance. | Attends staff, professional and community meetings as required or appropriate. | Attends required periodic training sessions and seminars/ | Maintains required level of proficiency in the use of firearms. | Provides court testimony as necessary. | Performs other duties as may be assigned.

Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be: 

Deputy Sheriff I & Deputy Sheriff:

  • Equivalent to the completion of twelfth (12th) grade.
  • College level coursework in police science, administration of justice or a related field is desirable.
  • Graduation from the Basic California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy.

Deputy Sheriff I:  Two (2) years of experience in the law enforcement field performing duties such as Correctional Officer or Communications Dispatcher is desirable.
Deputy Sheriff:  Two (2) years of experience as a Deputy Sheriff I with Tehama County or the equivalent elsewhere.

Other combinations of education and experience may be considered.

• Must possess a Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (POST) basic law enforcement certificate.
• Must possess a valid Red Cross first aid and CPR certificate.
• Must possess a valid California driver’s license.
• Must be able to pass an extensive background investigation prior to employment

Mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment; maintain P.O.S.T. physical standards, including mobility and physical strength and stamina to respond to emergency situations and apprehend suspects.  Vision to maintain firearms qualification and to read printed materials and a computer screen. Hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone or radio.  The job involves fieldwork requiring frequent walking on uneven terrain, climbing and descending structures to access crime scene and to identify problems or hazards.  Finger dexterity to access, enter and retrieve data using a keyboard or calculator and to operate police services equipment.  Frequently bend, stoop, kneel, reach and climb to perform work and inspect work sites.   Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects, up to 100 pounds occasionally and up to 50 pounds frequently, as necessary to perform job functions.

Tasks may require occasional exposure to violent and stressful situations, adverse environmental conditions, extreme heat/cold, strong odors and/or smoke, strong and/or toxic chemicals, blood borne pathogens, dust and pollen.


The County offers a generous benefit package which includes:
  • Annual salary step increases based upon satisfactory performance and completion of 2,080 hours (Steps A to E).
  • Approximately 80% of the premium for medical, dental, and vision plan is paid by the County. Current employee rates, as January 1, 2022, are $188.95/mo. (EPO plan). The plan covers the employee and all eligible family members.
  • Approximately 80% of the premium for a $30,000 life insurance plan for the employee is paid for by the County.
  • A retirement plan through CalPERS.
  • A deferred compensation retirement savings plan is available to employees. For an employee who contributes a minimum of twenty five dollars ($25) per month into a County sponsored deferred compensation plan, the County will contribute a matching deposit ranging from twenty five dollars ($25) per month, up to a matching of sixty dollars ($60) per month, on behalf of the employee.
  • An Employee Assistance Program is provided to all employees and employees’ family members at no cost.

Benefits also include an annual paid leave plan of:

  • 96 hours of vacation (increases upon continuous years of service).
  • 96 hours of sick leave.
  • 13 paid holidays plus one 8 hour personal holiday.
Benefits above reflect what full time employees receive, benefits and salary for part time employees are based on the ratio of hours worked in the employee’s regular workweek compared to those paid
in a full time position.

How to Apply: Apply online by visiting and search for the job title.

The department currently has multiple vacancies.
In addition, Tehama County is establishing an eligibility list to fill future vacancies for a Deputy Sheriff I / Deputy Sheriff, as well as subsequent vacancies, which occur during the life of the eligibility list.
The following items MUST be submitted with your completed application to be considered for this position:
  • Cover Letter (A resume is NOT considered a cover letter)
  • Resume
  • Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certificate or letter from Academy verifying current enrollment
Please upload ALL required documents when applying such as, copies of all required degrees and/or certifications as outlined in the job description. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For questions about this recruitment contact: 
Karie Songer-Simons
530-529-7950 |
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of background, fingerprinting, drug test (including marijuana) and physical examination provided by the County.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None