Detention Officer

The Detention Officer is assigned as a civilian jailer assigned to the Montgomery County Jail. This position requires the applicant to accurately conduct inmate head counts, door checks, strip searches and cell inspections. The Detention Officer will be involved with the process of booking and releasing inmates and must be able to restrain inmates if necessary. The Detention Officer will also be involved in monitoring contraband, suicide attempts or escape attempts as well as supervising the feeding of inmates and inmate workers. The applicant for this position will be performing these and any other job related duties requested by the supervisor.

Applicant Minimum Standards for Detention Officer

Applicants for Detention Officer positions must be at least 19 years of age on the date of employment.

Applicants must be a high school graduate or have passed a General Education Development (GED) test indicating high school graduation level.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the contiguous United States for a period of time sufficient to conduct a comprehensive background investigation. Consideration will be given for military overseas assignments. If a military veteran, applicant must not have been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions and must not have been convicted of any court-martial higher than a summary.

Applicant must pass all phases of testing required for the position being sought.

Applicant must possess a current valid Texas driver's license and proof of liability insurance (before the date of employment) if the position being sought requires operation of a county-owned vehicle. No more than three (3) moving violations in the past three (3) years.

No conviction above a Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years nor have been on or currently on court-ordered community supervision or probation for any criminal offense above the grade of Class B misdemeanor or a Class B misdemeanor within the last ten years. Not currently under indictment for any criminal offense and never had a family violence conviction.

Applicant must have a stable credit history. A consumer credit report is required and must be submitted during the application process. Applicants rejected due to their credit history will be advised.

Applicants must have a favorable employment history. All information given regarding past employment will be thoroughly checked. An unfavorable record may be grounds for rejection of the applicant’s employment application.

Applicants must be eligible for licensing by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) if not presently licensed. The applicant must attend a 96 hour Jailer Certification course in order to receive their Jailer License. The course must be taken within one year of employment with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

Applicants should have good communication and computer skills and also demonstrate comprehensive reading and comprehension skills.

Most positions will require working a 12 hour shift, with shifts being 7 AM to 7 PM or 7 PM to 7 AM. The applicant will have a 3 day weekend and every other week a 4 day weekend.

After receiving a conditional offer of employment, all applicants must pass a drug screen and physical examination before they become employees of Montgomery County. Half of the cost of these tests is the responsibility of the applicant.


Applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital or veteran status, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability.

(Information updated April 27, 2006)





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