107 – Rank Structure

You are here:

Order of Ranks

Sheriff

The Sheriff is the chief executive officer of the Department. The Sheriff has final authority for determining HCSO policies together with full responsibility for the complete discharge of all duties imposed by law.

As chief executive officer, the Sheriff must officially sanction and approve any changes in structural organization of the HCSO before the changes may be put into effect. The detailed methods of directing and controlling specific functions of the HCSO, or of its commands, bureaus, and divisions may be developed by designated subordinate personnel, but the original direction and final approval and adoption of the guiding principles rests with the Sheriff.

The Sheriff shall designate any position of command or responsibility for the administration of the HCSO.

Chief Deputy

The position of chief deputy is appointed by the Sheriff and is subordinate in rank only to the Sheriff. The Sheriff may appoint a chief deputy to administer certain commands within the HCSO. For example, the Sheriff may appoint a person as chief deputy to administer the law enforcement; criminal justice; and administrative duties of the agency. Each chief deputy is the executive commander over the entirety of his or her designated operational area with complete authority superseded only by the authority of the Sheriff.

Special Assistant

The special assistant is appointed by the Sheriff and is subordinate in rank only to the Sheriff. The Sheriff may, at any time, detail or relate specific administrative and executive duties to the special assistant.

Assistant Chief Deputy

The position of assistant chief deputy is appointed by the Sheriff and is subordinate in rank only to the Sheriff and chief deputy. The Sheriff may appoint an assistant chief deputy to assist with the executive duties of the chief deputy and administer certain commands within the HCSO.

Major

Each major is appointed by the Sheriff and shall be responsible for, and exercise command over, the functions of the bureau over which he or she is assigned. A major is subordinate to the Sheriff, the chief deputy, and the assistant chief deputy and is charged with the responsibility to establish and enforce a manual of procedures for the designated bureau that is not in conflict with the Department policies and is limited to procedures involving only the designated bureau. A major is responsible for the planning and conduct of various programs to maintain competent levels of performance of personnel assigned to his or her bureau. It is his or her duty to aid, advise, and cooperate with the Sheriff or his or her designee in general administrative matters and in determining matters of policy. The major may prescribe rules and regulations for the conduct of employees under his or her command that do not conflict with the general rules and regulations prescribed by the Sheriff or his or her designee.

Captain

Each captain is selected by the promotions board and subject to the final approval of the Sheriff or his or her designee. A captain is the primary commander of a division and is designated as a secondary commander within his or her respective bureau. Captains supervise the activities of employees assigned to the bureau or division in accordance with the policies prescribed by the Sheriff, his or her designee, and major.

Field Operations Night Commander

The Field Operations night commander is a designee appointed by the Sheriff responsible for the effective management of law enforcement activities within all patrol districts during the night watch. The night commander reports directly to the Patrol Bureau major. For full scope of the night commander’s responsibilities, reference HCSO Policy #121.

Lieutenant

Each lieutenant is selected by the promotions board and subject to the final approval of the Sheriff or his or her designee. A lieutenant may be designated as a watch supervisor and is responsible for the entire operations of an assigned watch. The lieutenant shall be directly responsible for the actions of personnel assigned to a designated division. The lieutenant has a duty to aid, advise, and cooperate with the respective bureau captain and major in general administrative matters and in determining matters of policy.

Detention Lieutenant

Each detention lieutenant is selected by the promotions board and subject to the final approval of the Sheriff or his or her designee. A detention lieutenant is assigned to the Criminal Justice Command and manages daily operations of his or her designated division or watch. The detention lieutenant shall be directly responsible for the actions of personnel assigned to a designated division and has a duty to aid, advise, and cooperate with the respective bureau captain and major in general administrative matters and in determining matters of policy.

Sergeant

Each sergeant is selected by the promotions board and subject to the final approval of the Sheriff or his or her designee. A sergeant is designated as an assistant watch supervisor and is responsible for the direct supervision of personnel assigned to his or her watch in the performance of their duties. The sergeant also assists the watch supervisor in the implementation of, and adherence to, all HCSO and bureau rules and regulations.

Detention Sergeant

Each detention sergeant is selected by the promotions board and subject to the final approval of the Sheriff or his or her designee. A detention sergeant is assigned to the Criminal Justice Command and is designated as an assistant watch supervisor responsible for the direct supervision of personnel assigned to his or her watch in the performance of their duties. A detention sergeant also assists the watch supervisor in the implementation of, and adherence to, all HCSO and bureau rules and regulations.

Deputy

Each deputy is commissioned by the HCSO in compliance with applicable hiring policies and procedures and may be assigned to any command within the agency. Deputies are responsible for the enforcement of all local, state, and federal laws and ensuring compliance with all Departmental policies, bureau rules, and all other regulations.

Detention Officer

A detention officer is assigned to the jail facilities under the Criminal Justice Command. The detention officer’s responsibilities include: booking inmates into jail; conducting classification interviews; operating computer terminals to input, verify, and obtain information; fingerprinting and photographing inmates; counseling and advising inmates on jail rules and procedures; and preparing related documentation.

Special Positions

Acting Sheriff and / or Chief Deputy

During the temporary absence of the Sheriff, the chief deputy shall automatically assume all duties and responsibilities of the Sheriff. During the temporary absence of the chief deputy, an assistant chief deputy shall be designated to assume the duties and responsibilities of the chief deputy. During the temporary absence of both the Sheriff and the chief deputy, the Sheriff and / or chief deputy shall designate the assistant chief deputies to assume the duties and responsibilities of their respective positions. The Sheriff may specifically designate who will assume the duties and responsibilities of Sheriff in his or her absence at any time.

Acting Bureau Major

During the temporary absence of a bureau major, the assistant chief deputy over the command shall designate an alternate bureau commander to assume supervision of that bureau. The designee shall continue to administer those additional duties and responsibilities as instructed and / or otherwise designated by a higher authority.

Acting Authority

Deputies who are directed by the Sheriff or his or her designee to act in capacities above their existing rank shall, for the necessary time, possess the authority of the rank to which they are temporarily assigned.

Civilian Administrators

Certain administrative positions in the HCSO are filled by civilians appointed by the Sheriff. Any official authority attendant to a civilian position shall be determined by the Sheriff commensurate with the responsibilities inherent in the position. [CALEA Standard 12.1.2]

Division Heads

A person in charge of a division, regardless of rank, shall be responsible for the command and supervision of the functions of the division to which he or she is assigned.

References

Department Policy

105 – Definitions

217 – Overtime

229 – Transfers

240 – Dress Code

248 – Supervisor-Subordinate Relational Disclosure

Revision

This policy has been revised on the below listed dates:

April 21, 2009                       August 28, 2020

June 25, 2013

November 13, 2013

October 6, 2015

Was this policy helpful?
How can we improve this policy?
Previous 106 – Organization
Next 108 – Unity of Command
Categories
Table of Contents