Walton County Sheriff's Office - Control Room Operator

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Job Overview

Department Walton County Sheriff's Office
Job TitleControl Room Operator
Salary$31,200 to $44,600 annually annually (based on experience)
Location Defuniak Springs , FL

Job Announcement


General Statement of Job

This position is responsible for observing inmate activity and behavior, monitoring officer movement, and communication, operating control panels to control cell ingress and egress, facilitating communication between officers and inmates, facilitating visitation for inmates, maintaining and updating control room logs, and testing emergency systems.


  • High school diploma, Florida General Education Development Test (GED), or out-of-state GED, with transcript of test results.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age with good communications skills.
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Essential Job Functions

  • Monitors the movement of jail personnel, inmates, and visitors within the jail utilizing closed circuit television, radios, and intercom system.
  • Controls the movement of jail personnel, inmates, and visitors within the jail by controlling all electric doors under specified guidelines.
  • Reports unauthorized movements, emergency situations, or unusual activities to designated
  • personnel for response. Summons deputies, fire, and medical assistance as necessary.
  • Maintains radio communications with deputies in housing modules. Communicates with inmates via intercom. Answers telephone calls and relates information to authorized persons.
  • Operates computerized management information system to retrieve or enter information.
  • Prepares and updates dormitory logs to reflect inmate movement.
  • Controls/issues keys and maintains log of activity.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of the facility layout, including location of sally port controls, cell locks, control panels, secure perimeters, and emergency and safety equipment commonly used in a secure facility.
  • Knowledge of various computer systems to include UCJIS/NCIC/FCIC and JMS.
  • Skill in the use of computers, two-way radio communications, intercom system, and a variety of detention devices used to perform daily functions of position.
  • Skill in multitasking and coordinating several activities at once.
  • Skill in preparing work reports and logs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to remain calms in crisis or emergency situations.
  • Ability to maintain concentrated visual attention to detail for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to provide accurate documentation evaluating the performance of the Jail operations.
  • Ability to provide inmate communication effectively, tactfully, and firmly.
  • Exemplify professional, courteous, and timely work processes.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, supervisors, elected officials, and public.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to interpret and abide by all state, federal and local laws governing aspects of the job.
  • Ability to interpret and carry out instructions and assignments as warranted.
  • Ability to impart information to others when necessary and as required by law


Standards to Perform Job Functions

Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; sit;  walk; talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls;  and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.


Applicants will be required to successfully complete:

  • Background investigation which includes, but is not limited to: criminal check, driving check, credit check, previous employment check.
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Panel Interview
  • Drug Screen including nicotine panel


The Walton County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Walton County Sheriff's Office will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.  Preference shall be given to certain veterans and spouses of veterans as provided by Chapter 295, Florida Statutes.  Applicants claiming preference must submit a Form DD-214.







Please direct questions regarding this position to hr@waltonso.org

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified, or when the position capacity has been met, or unless otherwise specified in the announcement. If the deadline date is not specified in the announcement, the agency has sole discretion on setting the deadline and jobs may close without notice. It is the applicant's responsibility to thoroughly read and understand the deadline requirements and capacity limits as outlined by the agency.

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