MAJOR FUNCTION Maintain safety and peaceful decorum of the courthouse and courtroom proceedings. Any appointee assigned to the Bailiff Unit is also a sworn Deputy Sheriff for Gadsden County and as such may be called to act in that capacity.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES (The duties listed below are for illustrative purposes only. The omission of specific work statements does not necessarily exclude them from being performed by the position). Ensure personal safety of judges and court personnel. Ensure the confidentiality of closed court proceedings by removing all unauthorized persons from the courthouse. Assists the judges and clerks as needed in court proceedings including, but not limited to; retrieval and sequestration of jurors and witnesses; Performs opening and closing ceremonies of the court. Inspect courtroom and conference rooms prior to hearings and conferences and ensure the rooms are secure. Bailiff shall also secure same at the close of all proceedings. Provide protection for all court personnel, jurors, witnesses and users of the courthouse. Screen all persons entering the courtroom for guns, knives, other weapons and prohibited chemicals. Enforce court orders regarding possession of weapons and other prohibited articles within the courthouse. Facilitate the flow of persons into and through the courthouse. Periodically check courthouse parking lots to keep unauthorized persons and vehicles from the area, and to check for potential security problems. Exercise all of the powers of a deputy sheriff, including but not limited to, the power to arrest and the authority to serve court process. Skilled in using security equipment such as metal detectors, surveillance cameras and various alarms. Must be trained in bomb detection and bomb situations procedures.
Must be able to confront disruptive persons in a professional manner and demonstrate the ability to quickly and safely diffuse volatile situations. Must exhibit a calm personality and have no history of excessive use of force or misconduct. Must be alert, personable, attentive to detail and have a good memory. Must be able to think clearly and perform well in stress-filled emergencies with or without supervision. Must be able to work cooperatively as a team with other Court Bailiff(s) 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms to type using personal computers and will be subject to some repetitive motion. The employee is required to sit for extended periods of time and to pay close attention to courtroom activity. The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may be required to physically restrain violent persons. Specific vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to cope with stressful emergency situations and may be required to operate a vehicle at night in severe weather conditions and at high speeds. The employee must be able to physically operate required equipment such as surveillance equipment, scanning devices, firearms, cameras, radios, telephones, handcuffs, baton, restraint devices, taser and chemical agents.
The employee must have hearing ability sufficient to understand radio transmissions, and conversations with others in person and over a telephone and a radio. The employee must also have speaking ability sufficient to communicate effectively with others in person, over a telephone and a radio. The employee must have visual ability sufficient to operate a vehicle day and night.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION AS REQUIRED BY FDLE High school diploma or GED; citizen of the United States; 19 years of age; law enforcement certified or certifiable in the State of Florida. Must not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, nor have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License. Must pass a physical examination with drug screening by a licensed physician. All applicants must submit to a through background investigation in accordance with FDLE standards.

SALARY:Starting Bailiff Salary is $24,000 annually.


Performs assigned law enforcement and general police duties including: patrolling road ways; answering criminal complaints; investigating crimes; serving civil papers, restraining orders, arrest warrants (including making forcible arrests when necessary), etc.; transporting prisoners; controlling civil disturbances; and a variety of other emergency and routine activities.

CLASSIFICATION DISTINCTIONS EXAMPLES OF DUTIES Respond to radio calls for emergency assistance and law enforcement such as result from crimes of violence, unruly crowds, auto accidents, child neglect, thefts and frauds, vandalism, and a variety of other misdemeanors and felonies. Takes necessary steps to restore the peace, and renders first aid and other emergency assistance; conducts investigations. Interview witnesses and suspects to crimes or auto accidents; arrests suspects; composes and submits written reports. Serves warrants, makes arrests, and transports prisoners. Administers tests for intoxication. Testifies in court as arresting officer. Serves civil processes and confiscates property by court order. Patrols assigned area in radio patrol car; cites traffic violators. Makes security checks of businesses and industrial districts. Maintain surveillance of public gathering places. Investigates and renders assistance at auto accidents. Subdues or restrains persons committing or believed to be about to commit acts of violence according to the urgency of the need in the judgment of the senior officer present. Performs other work as required.

QUALIFICATIONS High school diploma or a GED certification At least twenty-one (21) years of age United States' Citizenship Ability to read and write the English language Valid driver's license Have no prior felony convictions and/or recent or excessive drug usage history Have the ability to perform the essential mental and physical demands and functions of the position

KNOWLEDGE: Geographic area of employment, including major roads and traffic routes; basic aims and principles of crime prevention, law enforcement, and rehabilitation.

ABILITY: Learn and understand laws of arrest, search and seizure, and rules of evidence; respond quickly and exercise sound judgment under conditions of danger, confusion, and personal affront; physically restrain persons using proper and safe methods; use physical force to effect an arrest of resisting subjects; handle firearms safely and fire them accurately; maintain cooperative and responsible attitude toward co-workers and general public; use a personal computer; and speak and write effectively, using good grammar. Any combination of work experience and education which clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the class.

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS The work is performed in a variety of settings, including a patrol car and both indoor and outdoor commercial and residential settings. The majority of time is spent in a vehicle patrolling the Gadsden County area. Often work settings require exposure to varying and extreme weather conditions. When responding to emergencies risks of physical hazard will exist from various sources including violent people, a variety of weapons, noise, chemicals, bodily secretions, sharp objects, traffic, drugs and drug paraphernalia and crime scenes in general. Incumbents are expected to manage face-to-face interactions and confrontations with angry, hostile, depressed and/or other wise emotionally distraught members of the public. As a result of such threat, the work requires quick, independent action and alertness in emergency and possibly life threatening situations. Essential tasks of this positions include: operating motor vehicles; using car radios or cellular phones while patrolling; responding to emergency and routine calls; conducting investigations and/or interrogations; sustaining pursuits on a variety of terrain [on foot (running) and by vehicle (driving)], subduing, restraining and apprehending individuals suspected of criminal activity; making forcible arrests; carrying/dragging unconscious individuals; eye sight uncorrected not worse then 20/100, correctable to not worse then 20/30 OR correctable with soft contacts to 20/20-20/40; strong eye-hand coordination; handling firearms safely and firing them with consistency and accuracy; confiscating and documenting property and evidence; using personal computers to write police reports and document on going investigations; climbing stairs, walls and along ledges, hillsides or embankments; moving heavy objects via pushing, pulling, etc; crawling through small spaces; kneeling or crouching in small, confined areas and sitting for extended periods of time during surveillance; lifting materials, equipment and persons exceeding 100 lbs.; and disruption of sleep patterns as a result of rotation and/or irregular shift work. Work Hours 8 Hour shifts On-Call

Human Resources at (850) 875-8848 or e-mail gcso@tds.net.