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Buncombe County Employment

Our Mission

  • We promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life.
  • We provide effective and efficient government our citizens can trust.
  • We deliver needed service through a responsive work force committed to excellence, integrity, and teamwork.

To achieve this mission, Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee's unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

Job TitleDetention Officer I
AgencySheriffs Department
Salary Range$36,587.79
Job LocationSheriff's Department/Detention Facility
Closing Date7/6/2016
Job Details

General Statement of Duties
An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of duties pertaining to the safety, detention and security of inmates in the custody of the County Detention Facility. Considerable tact and firmness are required in frequent contacts with the general public, court personnel and law enforcement agencies. The employee is required to exercise alertness and some independent judgment in dealing with both critical situations. Work is performed in accordance with specific instructions and established detention operation policies and procedures. The employee is subject to the usual hazards of inmate management associated with the operation of a detention facility. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Shift Supervisor and on-the-job training is conducted by an assigned Detention Field Training Officer (DFTO) Position# 2233.  

Special Requirements
Certification as a jailer by the North Carolina Sheriff's Training and Standards Commission. Must be 21 years of age. 

Examples of Work
Admits inmates to the County Detention Facility; searches and processes inmates; secures personal belongings of inmates for safekeeping and advises inmates of all facility rules and regulations. Conducts supervision rounds and inspects their cells and common areas to ensure cleanliness and sanitation; supervises inmates engaged in daily cleaning of the housing unit and other activities such as meal service. Arranges for inmates to have weekly visits with family and friends; documents inmate movement as well as conducting searches of inmates and property for contraband; checks incoming and outgoing mail for contraband. Supervises inmates during the administering of medicines and sick call by medical staff; notifies medical of emergencies and oversees the general welfare of inmates. Patrols entire detention facility conducting intermittent supervision rounds to prevent escapes and maintain order. Maintains various forms and completes computer entries to update and document the inmates file while in custody.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Possess some knowledge of practices and procedures involved in inmate management. Some knowledge of local laws, ordinances and the North Carolina General Statutes pertaining to the commitment and confinement of inmates. Possess the ability to maintain discipline and order of inmates. Possess ability to maintain accurate records. Ability to maintain courteous and tactful relationships with families of inmates, attorneys, ministers and other persons concerned with the welfare of individual inmates. Must possess the ability to take prompt and effective action during detention facility emergencies.  

Minimum Education and Experience
Graduation from high school; or an equivalent combination of experience and training. 

Additional Information
MISSION STATEMENT: The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is a professional, service oriented law enforcement agency. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of everyone in Buncombe County by utilizing the highest degree of integrity and professionalism at every level, making certain that we lead by example, treat all persons with dignity, and hold ourselves accountable to the highest possible standards. GUIDING PRINCIPLES: Service, Accountability, Professionalism, Integrity, Dignity 

Buncombe County pools are now under the management of Swim Club Management.  Applicants interested in working at the pools should apply on their website at, or contact Sarah McKenzie at (828) 348-4770.

Buncombe County School Health Nurse service is now provided contractually by Mountain Area Health Education Center. To apply for current School Health Nurse positions please send your resumé to and visit their career page:

How can I apply for County Employment?

Applications are accepted for posted position vacancies only. Please apply online. Paper applications are not accepted.

The full application package contains the Buncombe County application for employment, work history continuation sheet, Buncombe County authorization for release of personal and confidential information and the Buncombe County drug screening through urinalysis applicant consent form.

A college transcript must accompany applications for Social Worker positions. Please attach a copy or have your college send one to:

Buncombe County Human Resources
200 College Street, Suite 403
Asheville, NC 28801

Should you require special assistance to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at 828-250-4166.


  • Resumes are not accepted in place of applications and will not be accepted via e-mail. A resume may accompany a completed application for a posted vacancy.
  • Drug screen consent & personal information release documents are required with all applications.
  • To apply for more than one position, you must submit a separate application for each position.
  • Be sure to indicate on the application the specific position for which you are applying.