Job Announcement

Jail Facilities Engineer

JOB SUMMARY:

The Jail Facility Engineer will assist the Sheriff’s Office with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, air conditioning and building maintenance functions within all Wichita County Detention facilities. The Jail Facility Engineer will assist the Sheriff’s Office with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, air conditioning and building maintenance functions within all Wichita County Detention facilities. This position reports to the Facility Maintenance Coordinator. This position receives daily supervision. The person may receive specific direction from the Jail Administrator, Chief Deputy, and/or Sheriff. This position has direct supervisory responsibilities over any inmate workers assigned to assist.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Performs general building maintenance duties to include air conditioning and electrical repairs.
  • Performs mechanical equipment maintenance to include boilers and heaters.
  • Performs building repair and small building construction projects.
  • Performs plumbing repairs.
  • Assists with the moving of equipment.
  • Performs other duties and projects as assigned by the Sheriff, Chief Deputy or WCSO Command Staff.

Note: The duties listed above are intended only as examples of some aspects of the work which may be required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position and is assigned by a supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Education – Must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED).
  • Technical training and/or specialized licenses (air-conditioning, electrical, plumbing, etc.) are preferred.
  • Technical training and knowledge of low voltage electronics, circuit boards, switches and relays are preferred.
  • Technical training and knowledge of 120V, 220V and 277V lights, ballasts, receptacles and breakers are preferred.
  • Must pass a Drivers’ License check conducted and paid by Wichita County.
  • Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License (Class C), a satisfactory driving record and be insurable to drive County-owned vehicles and equipment.
  • Must have a working knowledge of methods, procedures, equipment and materials used in building maintenance work.
  • Must have a working knowledge of basic building maintenance and repair.
  • Must be able to use hand and power tools, equipment and mechanical devices of the trade.
  • Must be available and able to work during irregular hours, emergencies and disasters.
  • Must be able to respond to work (report to the Wichita County Courthouse or other assigned location) within thirty (30) minutes after being notified of an emergency or disaster.
  • Must be able to work a flexible work schedule and be available to work hours other than 8a – 5p and days other than Monday through Friday (M-F).
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing.
  • Must be able to read, write and record information and maintain logs
  • Must be of good, moral character.
  • Must be able to conduct self in a professional manner and develop and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, department heads, County officials and the public.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical exam, drug test and WorkSteps test paid by Wichita County.
  • Must pass a reading comprehension exam.
  • Must pass a thorough criminal background investigation conducted by Wichita County.
  • Must never have been 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 10 years from the date of the order.
  • Must pass the Basic County Corrections Course (paid for by the County) within 12 months of hire.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Must consistently observe the established work schedule and regularly attend work.
  • Must be physically able to safely move and lift loads weighing up to 50 pounds and occasionally move and lift loads weighing up to 100 pounds, such as steel jail cell doors, equipment components and parts.
  • Must be physically able to perform various motor movements during the normal workday to include standing, sitting, kneeling, squatting, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, bending, turning, twisting, walking, climbing, grasping, squeezing, reaching and lifting to accomplish job tasks.
  • Must be physically able to work in various types of weather conditions with exposure to inclement and adverse weather and seasonal extremes of heat and cold.
  • Must be capable of working in confined spaces and environments for extended periods.
  • Must be capable of working in various environments to include restricted and potentially hostile/violent work areas such as the Wichita County Jail and Juvenile Justice Center.
  • Must wear required/appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by Wichita County.
  • Must comply with all safety requirements and safe practices and attend scheduled safety meetings.
  • Must observe and comply with Wichita County’s NO SMOKING policy in County-owned buildings, offices, vehicles and on property designated as NO SMOKING areas.

APPLY TO:

Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Wichita County Human Resources Office
2815 Central Fwy. E.                       900 7th Street, Room 132
Wichita Falls, TX 76302 Wichita Falls, TX 76301
(940) 766-8170 (940) 766-8108

Public Fingerprint Service Resuming

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office will resume fingerprint services to the public starting Monday, July 27th. You will need to make an appointment prior to arriving. There will be appointments for 9:30am, 10:30am, 3:30pm, and 4:00pm. No walk-ins will be seen. Call (940)766-8170 to schedule an appointment.

Sheriff’s Office Temporarily Closed to Public

      The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office in the Courthouse basement will be closed for 2 weeks due to 2 separate Deputy Sheriff’s contact with an individual who has tested POSITIVE for the Covid-19 virus. This was NOT an individual that the Deputies had arrested or had contact with on a call for service. Due to the fact that the Sheriff’s Office is in a confined area of the basement, the front office will be closed to public access during the 2 week period.  During this time the office will be properly cleaned and disinfected.

This closure WILL NOT affect emergency preparedness or emergency response.

Courthouse Security, Patrol Deputies, Civil Division, Training Division, Transport Division, and the Jail Division were not affected by this issue. These Divisions will continue mission essential duties.

Inmate Commissary Access Altered

In response to the Covid 19 emergency, the jail commissary kiosk at the Wichita County Courthouse, Jail Annex, and the Sheriff’s Office Front Office will no longer accept deposits. Please feel free to use any of the following deposit methods:

Effective at 8:00 am on Friday March 20.  You can also mail deposits (money order only)  to P.O. Box 8466, Wichita Falls, TX 76307 for the downtown facility or to P.O. Box 8526 for the annex facility, Wichita Falls, Texas 76307.

Texas Commission on Jail Standards Suspends Visitation for all Counties

The Wichita County Detention Center will cease all visitation at both the Downtown and Annex facilities immediately.


In accordance with the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor has granted TCJS’s request to suspend visitation plans.


This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires.


All efforts will be made to allow attorney visitation so as not to impact the court system.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may occur.

Large Meth Bust for Wichita County

On Monday October 28, at approximately 2:42 pm, a Wichita County Highway Interdiction Deputy made a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 287 and North 8th Street.  The 45-year-old male driver, Tracy Allen Alvarez, (01-08-74), and a 36-year-old male passenger, Kenny Louis Collazo, (08-26-83), were placed under arrest.  They were transported to the Wichita County Detention Center and were charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 1 over four hundred grams.

Fourteen pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine and three grams of black tar heroin was seized.  Street value of the narcotics was $500,000.00.

Sheriff’s Deputy Celebrating 50 Years in Law Enforcement

Wichita County Deputy Sheriff Ed Daniels is celebrating his 50th year in Law Enforcement today.  Deputy Daniels served in the U.S. Air Force for four years and was discharged on September 9, 1969.  He then began his career with the Texas Department of Public Safety on October 21, 1969.  He was promoted to Criminal Intelligence in 1978.  He retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety on April 30, 1995.

He became the Chief Deputy of the Archer County Sheriff’s Office on May 1, 1985 and served for eleven months.  He was appointed as a Special Texas Ranger in 1996.  He served as a Deputy at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office from 1996 to 1999.

He was elected Sheriff of Archer County in 2000.  He retired on December 31, 2008.  He was again appointed as a Special Texas Ranger in 2008.

He then began his career with the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office on November 19, 2010 as a transport officer.  He currently is assigned to the Court House Security Division. 

He has been married to his wife Patsy for 52 years.  They have one son, Shane and daughter in law Stephanie.  He has one grandson, Jacob and one granddaughter Zoe.He likes working on his antique pickup and hunting and fishing.  He also enjoys spending time with his wife.

Inmate Roster Software Update

Due to the Wichita County software changeover, Wichita County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Roster will not be accurate. The software changeover is expected to be complete on Monday, July 15th. We will post when the update is complete and the site is back up and running. Sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding.