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Under general direction, plan, organize, and direct the operations of the County's medical services in all County adult correctional facilities; and perform other duties as required.


This single position class reports to the Sheriff’s Chief Deputy (Correctional Division) and is responsible for the administration, operation, and quality compliance accreditation of the County's multi-site correctional facility medical services. This position directs through the subordinate level managers, Corrections Medical Director and Director of Nursing. While the Chief of Corrections Medical Services is responsible for the overall direction and administrative operations of correctional medical services, the Correctional Medical Director directs the medical quality assurance and medical management of a variety of clinicians.

The Chief of Corrections Medical Services differs from the classification of Corrections Medical Director in that the latter is a physician class that provides medical supervision and direction for corrections medical staff, while the Chief of Corrections Medical Services directs the overall administrative operations of correctional facility health care programs.


Plans, organizes, and directs through subordinates, the work of staff engaged in providing medical services, ancillary services (such as the laboratory, x-ray, and pharmacy), and support services (such as the business office, medical records, and clerical services) in the County's detention medical facilities; insures that programs comply with state, federal, and local regulations; evaluates correctional facility medical policies, procedures, operations and programs, formulates improvements and implements changes as needed; works with staff of other divisions, departments, and agencies in the development of joint procedures, program planning, and resolution of administrative problems; works with department staff to develop, monitor and control the corrections medical budgets; works with department and other County staff to develop and implement medical services policies and protocols for the correctional facilities; monitors changes in rules and regulations of funding revenue resources;  informs supervisor of changes and problems pertaining to various correctional facility medical operations and services; cooperates with Sheriff’s Office management staff to provide quality medical services while still maintaining safety and security within the facilities; directs collections and analysis of program data; analyzes workloads and develops criteria for determining personnel needs; selects, assigns and evaluates the performance of subordinate staff; develops position statements for presentation to the Board of Supervisors and other agencies; promotes desirable community health actions based on departmental objectives; provides technical advice and consultation to other County Departments, partner agencies, committees and groups; collaborates with various community health programs relevant to the jail; attends meetings and conferences; and prepares reports and correspondence.


Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of correctional facility medical or medical clinic administration.
  • Federal, state, and private sources of correctional facility medical or clinic revenues and funding sources.
  • Federal and state laws and regulations concerning medical clinic services and medical services in a detention facility.
  • Principles of supervision and personnel management.

Working knowledge of:

  • Medical business office and billing procedures.
  • Budgetary procedures and finance.
  • Interrelationships of service among local, public and private medical care service providers.

Some knowledge of:

  • Federal and state laws and regulations governing physician and nursing practice standards in correctional facilities.
  • Communicable disease issues in correctional facilities.
  • Economic and sociological issues involved in correctional medical service delivery.
  • Application and use of computer-based information systems.

Ability to:

  • Plan, implement and direct a broad range of medical service programs in corrections settings.
  • Resolve difficult administrative, technical and personnel related problems.
  • Coordinate activities with other divisions, departments, agencies and organizations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Prepare and present clear, concise and effective oral and written reports and presentations.
  • Develop, analyze, and monitor budgets and funding sources.
  • Analyze, evaluate, plan and implement a variety of medical service programs.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Five years of progressively responsible administrative experience in medical services, including one year of health program development and evaluation, and two years of supervisory experience, which does not need to be in a corrections setting. A Master's degree in business or public administration may be substituted for one of the five years of required administrative experience.

Special Requirements/Conditions:

  • License: Possession of a valid class C driver license.
  • Background Investigation: Fingerprinting and a background investigation are required.

PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: Chief of Clinic Services
Bargaining Unit: 08
EEOC Job Category: 01
Occupational Grouping: 85
Workers' Comp Code: 0053