Lake County Government
 Leadville, CO

FLSA Status: Exempt

Hiring Range: $85,000-$90,000

Position Summary

Under the Sheriff's general direction, performs higher complexity in decision-making, establishing operational actions, investigative processes, supervisory competences, and leadership in personnel management. Acts in the role of sheriff when directed to do so.

General Duties & Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Functions

  • Confers with the Sheriff on matters pertaining to departmental operations and provides the Sheriff with a briefing of department operations; establishes standards of work and operating procedures; submits operational reports.
  • Able to respond to any situation and provide sound judgement.
  • Assist in all situations and be able to take responsibility as “Incident Commander” on all critical situations that require a tactical response. Must be able to assess the situation and determine a response or tactical plan.
  • Able to assess the complexities of crime scenes and manage and direct personnel and resources for calls for service.
  • Supervises and directs, through subordinate supervisors’ major functions of custody, public safety, and operational support.
  • Consults, coordinates, and advises the Sheriff and sheriff’s office staff on personnel issues and the evaluation of the supervisors on-going operations; confers with and assists the Sheriff with analysis of agency actions
  • Assists in the development, revision, review and implementation of departmental and general law enforcement policies, procedures, and operations.
  • Participates in selecting personnel for promotion and the hiring of new employees; reviews applications and conducts interviews; makes recommendations regarding disciplinary investigations and actions.
  • Participates in the personnel and labor relation activities of the department, including negotiations, grievances, and other personnel actions.
  • Directs research and planning regarding department organization, facilities, training, organizational systems, analysis of existing programs, and grant management and other projects as directed
  • Coordinates investigative work with the county, city, state, federal, and other law enforcement agencies; maintains liaison with County departments and appropriate public and private groups.
  • Perform daily duties, such as viewing reports, corresponding with the Lake County District Attorney’s Office, and ensuring all authorized paperwork is complete.
  • Ensure reports are complete, accurate, and prepared for distribution to the Court, Clerks, and District Attorney.
  • Maintain strong time management skills to complete supervisory reports, budget reviews and allocation, personnel scheduling, team training, reviewing reports, patrolling, and meetings.
  • Represents the Sheriff at various official and civic meetings; makes public appearances to describe departmental policies and procedures and to promote public relations; answers correspondence, prepares detailed analyses and reports, and conducts special studies.
  • Follows the Lake County Sheriff’s Office policy and procedure guidelines and the Lake County Employee Handbook.
  • Perform complete research regarding citizen complaints and appropriate follow though
  • Perform a range of duties, ranging from sitting for extended periods in a patrol vehicle to standing or walking for long periods.
  • Able to work in adverse weather conditions, including rain, sleet, hail, and snow – and under extreme time constraints.
  • Able to work alone and with minimal guidance or supervision. Be self-motivated, possess and exhibit leadership characteristics and display an elevated level of self-initiative.
  • Responsible for the daily enforcement of Colorado Statutes and Lake County Ordinances.
  • Maintain a proactive approach to law enforcement and adhere to patrol deputy duties and responsibilities.
  • Responsible for all required documentation for government contracts and operations.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises Deputy Sheriffs, Detentions Officers, Dispatch, and Sheriff’s Office Staff as directed by the Sheriff.


  • Colorado State peace officer certification or ability to gain the certification within one month of date of hire.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Criminal Studies, preferred.
  • One (1) year of supervisory experience in the field of Law Enforcement or related field
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid Colorado driver’s license.
  • Criminal history and driving record shall be law enforcement appropriate and applicable to agency standards.
  • Ability to pass all required examinations within the testing process, including a physical ability exam, psychological exam, Polygraph exam, background exam, written and oral exams, and final Sheriff’s interview.
  • Ability to possess a firearm and pass the Colorado POST firearms qualification.
  • Ability to pass defensive tactics & arrest control (DTAC).
  • Ability to pass TASER qualification.
  • Ability to see with or without corrective lenses (well enough to read letters and reports).
  • Ability to hear with or without hearing aids and speak well enough to converse on phone or radio.
  • Ability to climb, stoop, kneel, bend, crouch, twist, reach, and lift to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to write, type, and perform other office duties.
  • Read and write the English language with conciseness and understandable vocabulary.
  • Preferred bilingual in English and Spanish.

Hazard Notice

Employees may be exposed to and be required to work with escalated individuals.

Lake County Benefits - Full-Time Employees

As a reflection of the value we place on the contributions of our employees, the County offers a competitive benefits package for full-time employees. Please review the 2023 Benefits Guide for full details. The Guide provides information on Lake County Government's benefit offerings, including:

  • Employer-Sponsored Medical and Dental Insurance Plans
  • 100% Employer Paid Vision Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Reimbursement Account
  • Employer-Sponsored Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • 100% Employer Paid Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 100% Employer Paid Term Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
  • 401(a) and 457(b) Employer Matched Retirement Plans
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Leave, Personal Days and Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Public Health Emergency Leave
  • Discounts on concerts, major sporting events, electronics, travel, cars and more!

Lake County Benefits - Part-Time Employees

Lake County is also proud to offer paid sick time off, Public Health Emergency Leave, and flexible work schedules for our part-time employees.

EOE Statement

Lake County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Assistance or accommodation during the application process due to a disability is available upon request.

Notice of Emergency/Disaster Responsibilities

All Lake County Employees may be required to work as a Disaster Service Worker when a local declaration of emergency or disaster is declared by the Board of County Commissioners.

Other Duties

Please note that this job description does not intend to cover or contain a full comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.