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Central Control Operator

Pay Range: Starting Salary $15.38 per hour (31,990 annually)



NOW HIRING- The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the position of Central Control Operator.  This is a full time position inside the Detention Center starting October 1, 2013.  Rotating schedule includes nights, weekends and holidays. Applicant must be detail oriented with a strong ability to multi-task and have excellant communication skills.  Starting Salary $15.38 per hour ($31,990 annually). 

GOOD BENEFITS including medical, dental, vision, life and PERSI retirement.  Applicants must pass a computer skills test, background check, and oral interviews.  Good Character and clean background required. Must be a U.S. citizen, 19 years of age, possess or be able to obtain a valid Idaho driver’s license, and have a high school degree or equivalency. Please see main career page for additional minimum requirements



An Application for Employment and Personal History Questionnaire are available as printable download from the main Career Opportunities page. To apply submit both completed, signed and notarized hiring documents to:


Atten: Holly Carter

1650 Aviation Drive

Hailey, ID 83333

For additional questions please Contact our Hiring Coordinator, Holly Carter @ (208)788-5536 or


General Statement of Duties


A Control Operator is an entry level non-certified detention position whose primary responsibility it to assist the safety, security and movement of staff and incarcerated public offenders in the Blaine County Detention Center.


Control Operators provide Security for Detention Deputies and inmates via visual and camera monitoring of all movements of the Staff and Inmates within the Detention Center and PSF Facility. They Control all movement through doors within the Detention Center and PSF. dispatch Detention Center Personnel by radio and other communications equipment and performs a variety of duties related to the Safety and Security of the PSF.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

>Responds to and serves the public with courteous good will; 
>Provides security for Detention Deputies, inmates and staff via visual, radio and camera monitoring of all movements and activities within the Detention Center including access to the Public Safety Facility;
>Controls all movements through secure doors and operates all locks entering and exiting the Detention Center and the Public Safety Facility from within Central Control;
>Operates technical systems for security of the facility including but not limited to cameras, doors, and intercoms from Central Control within the facility;
>Assists Deputies in the computer entry of inmate movements throughout the Detention Center and daily logs of activities;
>Accepts calls from the public via the lobby or telephone and dispatches appropriate Detention Center personnel by radio, telephone and other communication systems to assist them if needed;
>Receives visitors in the lobby via phone intercom and enters visitor information into the computer system;
>Receives vendors, volunteers and other approved personnel to the Detention Center or Fitness Room via the Master Security Clearance List and Clearance Procedure Binder located in Control; Maintains current knowledge of PSF Security Clearance policies, procedures and approvals/rejections;
>Serves as secondary response to all requests for service and information on Detention Center incoming telephone lines;
>Assists agencies and public with information requests by computer searches or other approved methods;
>Thorough knowledge of department policies, procedures, emergency codes and Control equipment operations;
>Monitors Fire Alarm Panel and dispatches Detention personnel for appropriate response to audio alarms;
>Acting upon notification, stands prepared to perform all duties pertaining to riots, hostage situations, and fire alarms within the Detention Center and Public Safety Facility. Initiates Emergency Evacuation Plans, and Catastrophic Facility Lock Down and/or Catastrophic Failure Plans when applicable;
>Collects and disseminates information to the Blaine County Communication Center for dispatch of proper emergency assistance to the Detention Center;
>Receives and coordinates police, fire, ambulance, and other emergency responders in an emergency situation within the Detention Center;
>Ensures compliance with rules and regulations of Jail activities;
>Provides a safe environment for prisoners and employees of the Sheriff’s department;
>Ensures the jail facility is secure at all times;
>Engages in law enforcement detention functions that include such things as working in confined areas, interactions with prisoners and rotating shifts;
>Puts on and operates a self -contained breathing apparatus and extinguishes small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means; 
>Provides crisis intervention functions to include counseling, suicide prevention, recognizing abnormal behavior and taking appropriate action;
>Reads computer and camera screens, court and other legal and non-legal documents, distinguish colors, and exercise full field of vision while supervising inmates;
>Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of inmates and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment;
>Performs other related duties as required;


Job Specifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job responsibilities.

Education and Work Experience:
• A High School Diploma or GED Equivalent required;

Language Skills:
• Effectively communicates with inmates and the public, including minors, by giving information and directions;
• Reads and comprehends documents, including but not limited to policy and procedure manuals, staff directives and security clearance notifications;
• Communicates effectively and coherently with other officers, inmates and public in person, over radio or existing communication systems; 
• Creates and types a variety of reports including but not limited to specific inmate rule violations, complaints, accidents, fights, emergency service activities or other incidents occurring in the Detention Center using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations;
• Good hearing, diction and a clear voice;
Mathematical Skills:
• Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts and apply concepts to practical situations;
Reasoning Ability:
• Exercises independent judgment in assessing and responding to the needs of special populations;
• Evaluates efficiency and effectiveness of the Control operations;
• Ability to perform a high level of multiple tasks simultaneously under stress;
• Demonstrated ability to think clearly and take control in stressful emergency situations;
Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Possess a valid Idaho State Driving License;
• Must successfully complete Control JTO training;
• Ability to perform primary job duties with efficiency and accuracy;
• Meets all Minimum Standards, Hiring Qualifications and Training Standards;
• Ability to successfully pass hiring written examination and oral board interview;
• Typing skills (35 wpm)
• Good public relations skills;
 Essential Physical Abilities:
• Sitting with intermittent movement in office environment, reaching, lifting of office supplies, speaking and hearing (in person, by telephone and by radio), memorizing and seeing (i.e. documents, monitors, camera);
• Position involves standing, walking, climbing stairs, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, pushing or pulling doors, manual dexterity to perform office functions including but not limited to typing, computer operation, filing, collating, operation of various office and communications equipment;
• Ability to work in confined space with stressful/dangerous conditions;
• Performs cursory pat searches or urinalysis testing of female prisoners when female deputies are unavailable;
Working Environment
• Ability to perform duties under physical duress and (emotional/mental) stress;
• Violations of inmate rules including but not limited to visual exposure to unclothed inmates of either sex are possible;
• Visual exposure to deceased persons are possible;
• Potentially dangerous working environment;
Equal Opportunity Employer:
Blaine County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

This job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required. Employee may be asked to perform other duties as required.




Holly Carter, Hiring Coordinator

Application available on main careers page




Blaine County Sheriff’s Office

1650 Aviation Drive

Hailey, Idaho 83333

Phone: 208-788-5555

Fax: 208-788-3592