Job Openings Detention Officer

About the job Detention Officer

LYON COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE has an opening for Detention Officer:

Part-Time and Full Time Detention Officer

Starting Wage: $22.04 

Basic Requirements:

-Must be at least 18 years old

-Must have a High School Diploma or G.E.D.

-Valid Driver's License

-Great interpersonal and problem-solving skills

-Ability to lift 50lbs or more


-Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

-Paid time off

-On the job training

-KPERS Retirement Plan

-Life Insurance

Day shifts and night shifts available. Primary responsibilities would include processing prisoners, transport inmates, maintain daily logs, maintain the safety of staff and the residents of the facility, and multi-agency communication.

The Lyon County Sheriffs Office is now accepting applications for part-time non-exempt Detention Officer Positions with overtime paid. Starting Pay $21.00 or determined by the Sheriff with prior experience.
The detention officer position works in the Correctional Institution environment, where security is always a priority and there is regular contact with inmates and inmate trustees. It does require regular entry into the secure areas of the jail. Appointment of this position requires successful completion of pre-employment background, physical and polygraph examinations and participates in the random drug and alcohol screening program. This position allows you to learn our inventory and systems and helps qualify you for advancement. You will work with a team to ensure that all daily, weekly and monthly goals are met. Solid base pay and benefits including, paid time off (accounts credited at 10 hours vacation and 8 hours sick per month worked), vendor discounts, health, dental and vision insurance and much more! We equip and promote exceptional Detention Officers!

This position will remain open until filled.

Application and complete job description may be obtained at the HR Department at the Lyon County Courthouse, 430 Commercial, Emporia, KS 66801 or online at . E.O.E. LYON COUNTY strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings.
Lyon County EOE | Women | Minorities | Disabled | Veteran
Disclaimer: The above information on this announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employee assigned to this job.







This is a full time non-exempt position. Performs assigned duties to assure efficient and lawful operation of the Detention Center.

The roles, responsibilities, job functions, knowledge, skills and abilities set forth herein may be revised from time-to-time in order to comply with federal and state laws, departmental needs and the changing requirements for this position.


1. The officers will process incoming and outgoing prisoners.

2. The officers will transport inmates to court, medical appointments and other law enforcement facilities. Transport will be on foot, by auto or if necessary by ambulance. The officers are also responsible for moving inmates to other assigned areas to meet with attorneys, law enforcement officers, and for religious services or Alcoholics Anonymous groups. Officers are responsible for applying appropriate restraints during transport and for maintaining proper supervision.

3. The officers will allow prisoners access to the telephone at specified times to make out-going calls. Prisoners will be allowed access to the Centers library including requested legal materials. This includes accepting written requests for legal assistance and delivering to the Clerk for distribution to attorneys.

4. Maintain a daily log of all activities within the Center including visits by the public, relatives of inmates, attorneys and Court Services personnel.

5. Maintain the safety of the staff and the residents of the facility. All incoming property will be searched for the presence of weapons and contraband. Inspect cells as necessary to search for weapons and contraband.

6. Supervise all inmate visitations from professionals or authorized visitors and conduct searches and log all incoming property intended for prisoners.

7. Contact medical personnel as needed following observation of prisoner health complaints. EMTs or an ambulance may be summoned for emergency situations. Appointments will be made for non-emergency situations. Assure proper medication for prisoner prescribed medications, disperse as directed and keep a log.

8. Distribute prisoner requested writing material and stamp according to policy. Pick up outgoing mail and deliver to the Clerk for mailing or pickup.

9. Maintain cleanliness and order in the facility. Collect trash following meals. Wash laundry from the facility and inmates personal laundry. Disperse personal hygiene items to the prisoners.

10. Maintain personal knowledge of all inmates and assure that they are accounted for and in their proper location.

11. Advise the Food Supervisor of the prisoner count and serve three meals each day. Note any special dietary needs of any prisoner.

12. Act as Deputy Clerk for the District Court by completing bond forms. Serve warrants as needed on prisoners in court or at the Center. Assist Deputies, Dispatchers and Juvenile Attenders with the fulfillment of their duties.

1. May be required to attend training sessions or seminars.

2. May be assigned additional duties on a temporary or emergency basis.

3. May be assigned as a shift leader.

4. May be required to participate for 2-3 years in the WorkWellKS training seminars and the Lyon County, Kansas Wellness Team roles as: Convener, Facilitator, Secretary, Communications/Promotion, Liaison to the Executive, Meaningful Employee Engager, Event Planner, Benefits Liaison, Data Liaison, and/or Facilities.


1. Experience: None.

2. Education: High school diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent required. Two years post-secondary education leading to an Associate Degree preferred.

3. Knowledge: Acquire knowledge of statutory requirements pertaining to this job. Must have ability to receive, interpret and follow verbal and written instructions.

4. Skills: Operate motor vehicle (requires valid class C drivers license), two-way radio, calculator and other law enforcement equipment.

5. Problem Solving: Frequent situations arise in this job.

6. Decision Making: Frequent situations arise ranging from following established policies and procedures to life threatening.

7. Supervisory: Moderate when assigned to back up Supervisor or perform as a shift leader.

8. Financial/Budgetary Accountability: Moderate. Handles inmate funds and property. Budgetary None.

9. Interpersonal: Intense level of contact with inmates, moderate contact with department personnel and other County offices. Frequent public and professional contacts.

10. Language Skills: Must be able to read write and speak English fluently, ability to speak second language helpful.

11. Working Conditions: Facilities are current State of the Art. May be exposed to some weather elements and life threatening situations.

12. Physical Requirements: Must be able to experience short periods off very high intensity of physical exertion. Must be able to pass physical and psychological examination. Requires sufficient visual acuity to read and write and operate office equipment. Requires sufficient hearing level to be able to deal with the public and communicate with others directly or by telephone.

DISCLAIMER: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.

Employees hired after October 1, 2017:

Lyon County/City of Emporia (Company) understands that a job analysis is being completed in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One of the outcomes of the job analysis is the determination of one or more job specific tests that will either qualify or disqualify the post-offer or post-employment (fit for duty) candidate for the position.


The Company representative hereby acknowledges the following as valid physical requirements:

1. Employee lifts/carries 130 maximum pounds occasionally (less than 33% of the time or 1-100 times per day).

2. Employee lifts/carries 86 maximum pounds frequently (34%-66% of the time or 100-500 times per day).

3. Employee lifts/carries 43 maximum pounds constantly (67%-100% of the time or over 500 times per day).

4. Employees position requires pushing a maximum force of 107.

5. Employees position requires pulling a maximum force of 107.

SAFE LIFTING CRITERIA: Floor to knuckle: 100 lbs

12 to knuckle: 117.5 lbs

Knuckle to shoulder: N/A

Shoulder to overhead: N/A

Carry: 100

Push: 100 lbs force (sled + 235 lbs)

Pull: 100 lbs force (sled + 235 lbs)

This job description has been examined for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA).

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing 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.

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time

Salary: $21.00 - $22.04 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 12 hour shift
  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday
  • Overtime
  • Weekends as needed

Ability to Relocate:

  • Emporia, KS 66801: Relocate before starting work (Preferred)

Work Location: In person