Angelina County District Courts are currently accepting applications for two (2) positions:

COURT BAILIFF
for
159th District Court

COURT BAILIFF
for
217th District Court


All applicants must hold and maintain a Peace Officer License issued pursuant to Chapter 1701, Occupations Code, with commission acceptance by a local law enforcement agency, and competent to perform the essential functions of the Bailiff Job Description. A more detailed Job Description with explanation of essential duties and responsibilities may be obtained from the Office of the Angelina County Auditor.

Salary Range: $35,000 – $39,312 annually, plus additional employee benefits, including TCOLE Certificate Pay, to the extent authorized in the annual budget approved by the Angelina County Commissioners’ Court

Application Forms may be obtained at http://www.angelinacounty.net/employment/ or from the Office of the County Auditor at the Angelina County Courthouse Annex, 606 E. Lufkin Avenue, Suite 206, P.O. Box 727, Lufkin, Texas 75902, and must be fully completed and delivered no later than 5:00PM on February 9, 2019, to the Office of the District Judges, P.O. Box 908, Lufkin, Texas 75902-0908. Please no telephone calls or personal visits unless contacted for an interview.

Angelina County is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Angelina County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages prospective employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

An individual hired for the District Court Bailiff position serves as the pleasure of the elected official.

DISTRICT COURT BAILIFF
Job Description

Department: District Courts
Reports To: District Judge
Prepared Date: January 2019

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Hold and maintain a valid Peace Officer License issued pursuant to Chapter 1701, Texas Occupations Code, with commission acceptance by a local law enforcement agency
• Proficiently reads, writes, comprehends and communicates the English language.
• Proficient in the use of a computer as necessary to access the internet, case records and criminal records to the extent permitted by law.
• General familiarity with procedures of both civil and criminal courts.
• Interpersonal skills necessary for courteous, but firm dealing with the public, other law enforcement agencies, offenders, attorneys and county officials.

PHYSICAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL DEMANDS:
The bailiff must be physically and psychologically capable of performing the essential tasks of a Peace Officer licensed pursuant to Chapter 1701, Texas Occupations Code, meeting the employment criteria of the local law enforcement agency carrying the bailiff’s commission, including but not limited to standing, sitting, walking, bending, and running, as well as the ability to speak, hear and see as necessary to perform the essential duties and responsibilities described below. In particular, the bailiff must be physically capable of performing the essential tasks of Court Security described below, including physical restraint or apprehension of persons.

WORK LOCATION:
Courthouse premises, including exterior grounds and interior corridors, Courtroom, and offices.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
In addition to specific instructions from the 159th or 217th District Court Judge, or their duly appointed Visiting Judge, the Bailiff shall perform the following duties and responsibilities:

Court Proceedings:

• Bailiff shall attend all Court hearings (including Specialty Court evening/night sessions) and obey all lawful orders and directions of the Judge.

• Bailiff acts as court crier, proclaiming the opening and adjournment of court sessions, and calling for appearance of parties and witnesses and all other persons bound to appear before the court as instructed by the Judge.

• Bailiff shall maintain court decorum and ensure spectators remain standing upon entry and exit of the Judge and the jury.

• Bailiff shall, except as otherwise approved by the Judge, shall enforce the dress code for the various courts.

• Bailiff shall be alert to anticipate the needs of the court, such as the location of equipment needed for the proceeding.

• Bailiff shall take note of any minor children present in the courtroom and guard against interruption of the court.

• Bailiff shall see that all witnesses are present and that none are chewing gum or tobacco before they begin testifying.

• When witness are called to testify the bailiff shall direct that person to come forward and be sworn, at which time bailiff shall direct the witness to the witness stand, ensuring that none is chewing gum or tobacco before they begin testifying.

• When witnesses are excluded from the courtroom pursuant to the Sequestration Rule, the bailiff shall be responsible for summoning the witness when called to testify, as well as monitor public gallery to prevent violation the Rule.

• When a closed court session is ordered, the bailiff shall clear the courtroom in a courteous and orderly manner. Bailiff shall then stand at the courtroom door and secure the court proceedings.

• Bailiff shall ensure safety of all weapons tendered as exhibits prior to admission as evidence. When such exhibits are to be passed to the jury for review, the bailiff shall pass them to the jury and receive them when inspection is completed.

• Bailiff shall assist the Clerk and Court Reporter in seating Jury Panels, submitting any juror questions to the Court as intermediary.

• During court recesses of a trial, oversee their sequestration until court resumes. Bailiff shall also notify counsel, witnesses, and other interested parties of the resumption of trial.

• Bailiff shall maintain custody of jurors outside the courtroom for purposes of viewing crime scenes, material evidence, or for any other reason. Bailiff shall monitor compliance instructions to jurors regarding communications between themselves and other parties while outside the courtroom or while court is in adjournment.

• Bailiff shall not answer any questions from the jury on any matter pertaining to merits of the case on trial, but shall advise jurors to address questions to the court in writing.

• When a juror or a jury brings something to bailiff s attention, even if trivial, notification shall be given the court.

• Bailiff shall be responsible for providing meals, sanitary facilities, and any other needs of juries.

• Bailiff shall deliver the Court’s Charge and Verdict Form, and any exhibits the jury is permitted to take to the jury room.

• Bailiff shall direct the jury to the jury room and shall see that the necessary articles are furnished to the jurors, such as pencils, paper, drinking water, etc.

• When summoned to the jury room by signal, the Bailiff shall knock and when granted permission may enter and inquire the reason for being summoned.

• When the jury has retired for deliberation and needs additional information from the court, bailiff must immediately notify the court. Bailiff shall maintain security of the jury during deliberation and assist the jury in its communication with the court in writing.

Court Security:

• Bailiff shall establish and maintain order at all times while the court is in session, enforcing Federal and State laws as well as all rules established by the individual courts.

• Bailiff shall protect all persons in the courtroom when necessary from harm and take into custody those persons, if any, who shall commit an offense against the Peace and Dignity of the State of Texas while in the courtroom.

• Bailiff shall be responsible for the personal security of not only court personnel, but all persons appearing in the courtroom, including the search of individuals entering or leaving the courtroom if necessary.

• Bailiff shall be responsible for the physical facilities of the courtroom, locking and unlocking of doors, and perform daily security checks.

• At the request of the Court Coordinator or District Judge, Bailiff shall provide additional security to any persons present in a matter before the court, especially in cases involving Family Violence.

• Bailiff will assist in the transport of prisoners from the County Transfer Officer to the District Courtrooms, the District Attorney’s office, the County Court-at-Law or any other county official, as requested by the District Judges.

• Bailiff shall direct the flow of the prisoners to/from the Transport Officer to the courtroom and may designate other persons qualified to assist in the security of prisoners.

• If a defendant is in custody during a trial, the bailiff will ensure the defendant’s presence, prevention of escape, and compliance with Court rules of conduct.

• Bailiff may allow access to the prisoners under his/her charge by attorneys and probation officers, but positioning himself in an appropriate location to prevent escape.

• Bailiff shall consult the court docket and note if any prisoners are considered dangerous or a security risk; if so, he/she will take necessary precautions and may request additional personnel from the Sheriff’s department.

• Bailiff shall immediately notify area law enforcement agencies in the event of a prisoner escape and shall provide the necessary information to aid in recapture.

• When emergency or critical situations occur, Bailiff shall notify the court and oversee the evacuation of the courtroom. Emergency situations include but are not limited to fires, earthquakes, bomb threats, rioting or unlawful civil commotions.
Administrative & Specialized Bailiff Activities:

• Bailiff will assist the Court, Court Coordinator, and Reporter with handling of the daily court docket as necessary to ensure the most prompt, yet orderly processing of cases, including notification to the Judge when attorneys and parties are present and ready to proceed.

• Bailiff will serve citations, subpoenas, and arrest warrants in the Courtroom as requested by the Court, Counsel or Law Enforcement Agency.

• Bailiff will receive, open and inspect all packages deemed a security risk upon request of the Court, Court Coordinator or Reporter.

• Bailiff shall act as a liaison with any law enforcement agencies that have matters before the Court.

• Bailiff will comply with Office of Court Administration regulations for reporting of Courtroom Security Incidents.

• Bailiff will schedule and complete any mandatory continuing education to maintain a Peace Officer’s License of compliance with standards of the Office of Court Administration.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Bailiff shall be responsible for supervising any additional security officer required when court is in session.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPERATOR

Angelina County Sheriff’s Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Telecommunications Operator.  This posting will remain open until position is filled.

The Angelina County Sheriff’s Department is looking for positive, proactive, energetic, enthusiastic individuals that support our core principles of professionalism, community, safety and service to fill the position of Telecommunications Operator.

This position will be responsible for a full range of radio and telephone operational duties in a 24-hour facility. Telecommunications Operators are required to process and prioritize incoming emergency calls for Sheriff’s Office, police, fire, and EMS assistance.  The position will be a permanent, full-time position and normally consist of twelve (12) hour shifts.  Certain situations and assignments may arise and require extended duty hours as well as a thorough training program.  Reports to the assigned supervisor and Lieutenant and follows chain of command.  All new hires must successfully complete a twelve (12) month probationary period.

The Angelina County Sheriff’s Department has an obligation to employ persons of good integrity who will maintain the security and high standards of its services, and whose conduct will maintain public confidence.  To achieve these objectives, the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a thorough background investigation on candidates who pass the initial application review, to include but not limited to the following:

  • Educational review
  • Work history review
  • Driving record review
  • Criminal record review
  • Family history review
  • Personal reference review
  • Initial interview
  • Pre-employment physical examination
  • Pre-employment drug screening
  • Pre-employment psychological screening
  • Any other requirement determined necessary by the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department

Applicants are required to successfully pass a complete background investigation check and successfully complete a pre-employment interview board.  It is critical that all questions on the History Statement and the additional application questions are answered and answered truthfully.  The completion of the history statement and the additional application questions represent your ability to provide written communication and follow directions.  Incomplete history statements and the additional application questions will not be processed.

Eligibility Requirements (partial list):

  • Complete a Personal History Statement (Application) Required by TCOLE.
  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a High School Diploma or general education degree (GED).
  • Must possess a valid and eligible Texas Driver’s License.
  • Must not have ever been convicted of an offense above a Class B Misdemeanor and must not have any convictions for a Class B misdemeanor within the past 10 years.
  • Must not have any convictions of any family violence.
  • Must not have pending litigations – criminal or civil.
  • Must not have been discharged from any military service under less than honorable conditions.
  • Be subjected to a thorough comprehensive background investigation and interview.
  • All applicants must pass medical, mental and drug testing requirements.
  • Must be willing to work shift work, holidays and weekends.
  • Must be of good moral character.
  • Must be able to type at or above 35 net words per minute, (corrected), proof of passing score required and provided by the local Texas Work Force Center.
  • Must qualify for and obtain TLETS Terminal Operator certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education within Twelve (12) months of employment. Previous law enforcement experience is not necessary, but, helpful.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Law Enforcement experience strongly desired but not required.
  • Bilingual skills strongly desired but not required.
  • Exercises sound judgment.
  • Able to relay emergency information.
  • Ability to tolerate, react and maintain composure in highly stressful emergencies situations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to make sound decisions using all available information.
  • Skills to accomplish tasks in a controlled, effective manner while working under stress.
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers and the general public.
  • Ability to operate computer systems.
  • Ability to speak clearly and concisely over the radio and telephone.
  • Ability to perform multiple duties simultaneously.
  • Ability to read maps and coordinates.
  • Ability to resolve conflict in a professional and efficient manner.

 Salary and Benefits:

  • Telecommunications Operator Annual Salary $32,760.00
  • Certificate Pay
  • Texas County & District Retirement System
  • County paid Insurance for Employees who participates in the Wellness Program
  • Thirteen Paid Holidays a Year
  • Accumulating Eight Hours of Sick Time Month
  • Longevity Pay, $8.00 per month for each full year, paid in one lump sum each December
  • Paid Vacations days starting at five days for first year of service, ten days for second year of service and fifteen
  • days after five years of service

Special Instructions:

  • Personal History Statement (Application) can be obtained at www.angelinacounty.net/employment/ on the right hand side of the page under links under Sheriff’s Department Job Application or picked up at the:

Angelina County Sheriff’s Department

2311 E. Lufkin Ave. Lufkin, Texas

  • To apply at angelinacounty.net click on Visitors tab then Employment Opportunity, on the right side of the page is a link to the 32 page Sheriff’s Department Job Application.

Angelina County is an Equal Opportunity Employer