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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.  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:

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


Primary Job Responsibilities:

·         Respond 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

·         Receives visitors in the lobby via phone or 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

·         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

·         Extinguishes small fires inside Control 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

·         Performs cursory pat searches or urinalysis testing of female prisoners when female deputies are unavailable

·         Reads computer and camera screens, court and other legal and non-legal documents, distinguish colors, and exercise full field of vision while supervising inmates

·         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:

·         High School Diploma or GED equivalent required

·         Must successfully complete Control JTO training

·         Meets all Minimum Standards, Hiring Qualifications and Training Standards

·         Thorough knowledge of department policies, procedures, emergency codes and Control equipment operations


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 the public in person, over telephone, over radio or existing communication systems. Must have good hearing, diction and a clear voice

·         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


Mathematical Skills:

·         Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts and apply concepts to practical situations


Reasoning Ability:

·         Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situational variables

·         Exercises independent judgment in assessing and responding to the needs of special populations

·         Evaluates efficiency and effectiveness of the Control operations

·         Demonstrated ability to think clearly and take control in stressful emergency situations


Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·         Knowledge of personal computers, word processing applications, calculators, and general office equipment

·         Skills in prioritizing multiple tasks and managing projects; establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, the public, and representatives from other local, state, and Federal agencies; intermediate proficiency level utilizing Microsoft Office applications including Word and Outlook, and the ability to operate other standard office equipment, including telephones, calculators, copiers, FAX machines, etc. is required

·         Ability to compile data and information for reports and compose correspondence

·         Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

·         Ability to exercise good customer relations, written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to type 35 wpm, data entry experience required

·         Ability to perform primary job duties with efficiency and accuracy

·         Ability to perform a high level of multiple tasks simultaneously under stress

·         Ability to endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of inmates and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment

·         Ability to successfully pass hiring background, written, computer and/or typing examination(s) and interview(s)

·         Ability to work in confined space with stressful/dangerous conditions

·         Ability to meet deadlines

·         Ability to maintain confidentiality

·         Must possess a valid Idaho Driver’s License


      Essential Physical Abilities:

·         The physical demands 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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and drive; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear (in person, by telephone and by radio), memorizing and seeing (i.e. documents, monitors, camera); The employee occasionally is required to climb, balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and perform light lifting. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Working Environment

·         Work in a detention center can be stressful and dangerous. Because detention security must be provided 24 hours a day, central control operators must work rotating shifts including various hours of the day and night, weekends, and holidays. May be exposed to but not limited to visual exposure to unclothed inmates of either sex are possible and deceased persons.


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