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Jail Officer -- all training provided

Burke County Government
Morganton, NC
$16.40 per hour first 40 hours per week; $24.60 p
July 22, 2021


Benefits: 96 hours vacation annually; 96 hours sick leave annually; premium-free health and dental insurance for our employees; free medical clinic; matching 401(k); much more.

Job Description

Burke County opened its new, state-of-the-art Detention Facility/Jail January 2020. Burke County provides the training. Must be 21 years old with a clean criminal record.


Employees in this class perform inmate intake, detention, care, and release work in accordance with established policies and procedures. Work includes the observation and accompaniment of inmates internal to and external of the detention center, insurance of proper care and completion of record-keeping requirements. Employees may be assigned to any work area within the facility and are subject to rotation of work areas and shifts. Patience and firmness are required in frequent contacts with violent, suicidal, and mentally unstable inmates. . Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Detention Center Sergeant.

* Receives inmates and conducts searches for contraband.

* Completes required intake forms.

• Secures personal property of inmates.

• Makes rounds to assure security of inmates and facility.

• Acts as a Processing Officer by maintaining inmate information, verifying the completion of necessary forms.

• Assigns appropriate cell location.

• Determines inmate classification.

• Maintains inmate count and cell locations.

• Oversees the security and activities of inmates.

• Supervises meals and distributes food trays.

• Distributes personal property.

• Checks that all items are turned back in after mealtime.

• Monitors inmates' medical status and takes actions when inmates are ill or injured.

• Distributes prescribed medications.

• Provides non-confidential inmate information to the public, attorney, and bond personnel.

• Maintains files on inmates.

• Searches incoming property delivered to inmates.

• Verifies visitor acceptance by inmates.

• Releases inmates on bond due to court order or time served.

• Ensures release papers are proper and complete.

• Returns personal property to individuals.

• Completes forms providing required documentation of release.

• Supervises cleaning and maintenance of center facilities and fixtures by trustees.

• Maintains records and performs related clerical work.

• Escorts inmates from jail to court system.

* May assist in training other officers.

* May transport inmates to other correctional facilities, doctor, or other locations.

* Performs related work as required.


* GED/High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Ability to exercise sound judgment in routine and emergency situations.

• Ability to work in a hazardous and confining work environment.

• Ability to deal tactfully and firmly with inmates and the public.

• Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records.

• Ability to maintain effective working relationships with supervisor, other employees, and the public.

• Ability to actively listen to inmate conversations and sounds in the facility and exercise judgment in determining potential security problems.

• Ability to quickly and clearly communicate with/to inmates or County personnel, in a manner easily understood by all, in the event of emergency or threatening situations.


• Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, standing, walking, talking, hearing, and perform repetitive motions.

• Must be able to quickly and clearly communicate with/to inmates or County personnel, in a manner easily understood by all, in the event of emergency or threatening situations.

• Must be able to perform work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, 50 pounds of force frequently, and 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

• Must possess the visual acuity to determine accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned.


* Meet the minimum standards set by the State of North Carolina for detention personnel:

* Must be 21 years old by date of hire.

* Must have a clean criminal history per State of NC requirements.

* Must be willing and able to attend required training for Detention Officers in order to gain a

working knowledge of Federal/State/Local laws pertaining to inmate sentencing, pre-trial

conditions, and release, procedures covering inmate security, classification, care, and discipline.

HOW TO APPLY: Local candidates should come to Burke County Sheriff’s Office located at 150 Government Drive off Enola Road. Application packets for Deputy Sheriff and Detention Officer can be obtained at the Records Department in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. The application packet will contain a Burke County application, an application to the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission, and a list of required material to be returned with the completed applications. The checklist also has a contact name and number to set up an appointment once the packet is fully completed or should you have any questions about the process. Out-of-area candidates who cannot apply in person, may email: and request an electronic application packet; a face-to-face interview will be required if selected for an interview.