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COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTION
44200
Unclassified




The work involves responsibility for managing the Onondaga County Department of Correction; providing for the safe, secure, and orderly operation of the correctional facility for staff and inmates; and protecting the public from criminal offenders. The Commissioner of Correction has the general powers and duties specified in Correction Law. The work involves planning, organizing, controlling and directing the activities of all divisions of the Onondaga County Department of Correction. The Commissioner is allowed considerable latitude to manage the Department of Correction, under the direction of the County Executive and within established federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations and standards. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:

Establishes, implements and administers policies and procedures necessary for the efficient, effective, safe, secure and orderly operation of the Department of Correction.

Coordinates all functions of and services provided by divisions within the Department of Correction.

Coordinates and supervises the preparation and control of the annual budget and expenditure of funds.

Coordinates and supervises personnel administration within the Department of Correction, including appointments, terminations, promotions, probationary terms, disciplinary actions, performance evaluations, awards and recognition, requests for special leave, and requests for reinstatement.

Maintains liaison with the Executive Branch, Legislative Branch and other county departments in matters concerning the Department of Correction and public safety.

Reviews needs of the facility as they relate to facility planning, equipment, major purchases, renovations, etc.

Participates in professional conferences and training programs and ensures that staffing training needs are met.

Speaks before groups and organizations regarding the functions and activities of the Department of Correction.

Participates in countywide criminal justice planning efforts and provides information and advice to others who make decisions about offenders.

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Comprehensive knowledge of modern correctional management and practices.

Comprehensive knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations and standards as they relate to the management of a correctional facility.

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of administrative supervision.

Thorough knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Ability to plan, direct and review rehabilitation, education, and training programs for offenders.

Ability to supervise and evaluate the work of department administrators.

Ability to communicate with staff at all levels, other public officials, and the public at large.

Ability to provide comprehensive training to all staff as mandated and appropriate.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.



PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a master's degree in criminal justice, business administration, or a closely related field and six (6) years of work experience, or its part time equivalent, in a law enforcement agency or a correctional facility, four (4) years of which must have been in a high level management or administrative capacity; or,

B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, business administration, or closely related field and seven (7) years of experience in a law enforcement agency or a correctional facility, five (5) years of which must have been in a high level management or administrative capacity; or,

C) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an associate's degree in criminal justice, business administration or closely related area, and ten (10) years of experience in a law enforcement agency or a correctional facility, six (6) years of which must have been in a high level management or administrative capacity; or

D) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A), (B), or (C).

NOTE:

Each year of high level management or administrative experience beyond the six (6) years may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year for year basis.