Classification Specialist (Sworn or Non-Sworn)

POSITION TITLE: Classification Specialist (Sworn or Non-sworn)

CLOSING DATE:   Friday, January 19, 2018

ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $23,774.40 – $45,448.00

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking qualified sworn or non-sworn applicants for the position of Classification Specialist.

Essential Duties:

Responsible for managing a caseload of inmates, including inmates in special status.

Evaluates information from reports, interviews, and correspondence for recommendations for inmate custody classification and work/program assignments and reviews inmates for special status recommendation.

Interviews inmates and prepares classification and progress reports both scheduled and unscheduled.

Supervises and evaluates inmate progress and identifies inmates’ needs.

Performs file audits to ensure the accuracy of an inmate’s file.

Ensures that all eligible inmates are awarded the appropriate amount of gain time by reviewing all relevant information and updating database.

Maintains inmate information on the department offender database.

Counsels and refers inmates to treatment and program services.

Observes and interacts with inmates at their work assignment, housing assignment and educational/vocational assignment.

Visits the specialized housing units (confinement, medical, etc.) as necessary.

Responds to inmate requests, correspondence and telephone inquiries.

Attends mandatory and other training as required.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

  • Ability to interview and counsel.
  • Ability to review and analyze data.
  • Ability to describe facts and events accurately.
  • Ability to apply laws, applicable rules and procedures.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to use office computer applications.
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.
  • Ability to deal with difficult individuals in a correctional setting.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma, Florida General Education Development Test (GED), or out-of-state GED, with transcript of test results. Must be able to operate computer, printer, fax machine, copier, and telephone. Applicant must be able to multi-task.

Preference will be given to applicants with previous Correction’s experience.

Preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree.


External Applicants: To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a Walton County Sheriff’s Office Employment Application. For applications and instructions, visit:

Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office may submit a memorandum of interest in lieu of an application.

For assistant, please call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources Office at 850-892-8186.


Applicants will be required to successfully complete:

  • Background investigation which includes, but is not limited to: criminal history, driving history, credit check, previous employment verification
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Pre-employment Drug Screen (including nicotine panel)

For assistant, please call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Human Resources Office at 850-892-8186.


As part of the selection process applicants for consideration will be required to participate in an oral interview process and complete a written report.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace.  If you need an accommodation because of a disability in order to participate in the application/selection process, please notify the Hiring Authority or Human Resources in advance.  Preference shall be given to certain veterans and spouses of veterans as provided by Chapter 295, Florida Statutes.  Applicants claiming preference must submit a Form DD-214.

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