Jail Administrator (Cowley County, KS)


The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Jail Administrator. The Jail Administrator, under the direction of the Undersheriff and Sheriff, plans, organizes and performs duties related to the daily operation of the Cowley County Jail. This is an Administrative Exempt position with a salary range of approximately $43,000 to $46,000 annually, depending on Qualifications.

The Cowley County Jail is the responsibility of the Cowley County Sheriff and houses approximately 100 to 120 inmates per day with a current staffing of 21 Corrections Officers. The Jail Administrator is responsible for all aspects of the jail and the employees working there.

Jail Administrator Applicant Letter

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in the screening and hiring of applicants to work as Corrections Officers in the facility.
  • Develops and maintains scheduling of personnel for efficient & effective operation of the jail.
  • Assists in the preparation and administration of the department’s annual budget. Maintains and monitors assigned budgets.
  • As assigned by the County Sheriff; plans, develops and evaluates department goals, objectives, policies and procedures; assesses and evaluates departmental operations and activities and makes recommendations for improvement. Monitors and reviews trends in Corrections and criminal justice and recommends operational and policy improvements. Assures effective communications of Corrections issues and any changes in procedures and protocols.
  • Provides support, direction and coaching to subordinate employees in the areas of performance management, problem resolution, planning and work assignments; listens and responds to employee problems, concerns, and complaints and suggests solutions that may rectify the situation; prepares performance evaluations, discusses performance with assigned staff, and counsels employees concerning performance improvements.
  • Performs a variety of specialized functions in areas of expertise as assigned, including field training, professional standards, administrative services, court security, jail and detention facility duties, and related functions.
  • Maintains jail records, handles inmate grievances; on rare occasions; transports prisoners to and from courts and other jurisdictions or facilities as required. Completes a variety of reports and documents required for prisoner incarceration and release, receives and secures bonds on an occasional and temporary basis.
  • Completes detailed reports and required paperwork; and performs follow-up investigations as required.
  • Monitors telephone calls and visitors of prisoners including families, conducts and/or supervises the conduct of internal investigations in the jail or involving correctional staff transporting inmates.
  • Other related duties as deemed necessary or as required by the Sheriff or Undersheriff.
  • Oversees the transport of inmates; to and from court appearances, to medical facilities and other jurisdictions.

Marginal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assures the effective cleaning and maintenance of the correctional facility, vehicles and equipment as assigned.
  • Oversees correctional department computers as assigned and instructs employees in the operation of computer software.
  • Operates and supervises the operation of a NCIC terminal.
  • Other related duties as deemed necessary or as required.

Experience: Four years of experience as a Corrections Officer, including two years in a supervisory role.

Education: High School Diploma/GED required. Prefer completion of a certified course in Jail management. Associates degree preferred.

Must possess a valid Kansas driver’s license with the ability to be on call 24 hours a day. Thorough knowledge of the laws and statues of the State of Kansas; along with all principles and practices of detention management. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of photography and finger-printing. Ability to apply and train others in regulations regarding jails and confinement of prisoners and of the principles, techniques and practices involved in prisoner care and maintenance. Remain calm in stressful situations and to apply logical thinking in determining a proper course of action in a minimum amount of time. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with and interact with supervisors, prisoners, other law enforcement agencies, and the public.

Accountability: Assure that the jail is operated in accordance with modern correctional procedures, and in accordance with all local, state and federal laws and regulations related to corrections and jail operations, including housing, feeding, clothing, medical care, recreation, safety and education of inmates.

Supervision: Supervision of a staff of 20-30 full time employees. Responsible for transportation of inmates. Plans and supervises the inmate work release program.

Working Conditions: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The applicant will need to complete an application by either going to cowleycounty.org or coming to the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office at 911 Fuller, Winfield, Kansas. The applicant will be able to pass a polygraph examination, psychological testing, background interview, physical and drug screen. Successful applicants will then be scheduled to meet with the Sheriff and his designee for an interview.

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer