Make-Up Visitation

Female visitation on March 14, 2017 was cancelled due to a technical issue. This visitation period has been rescheduled for March 16, 2017 for the normal hours. Individuals turned away on Tuesday (the 14th) may return and complete their visit on Thursday (the 16th).

Changes to Jail Visitation Hours

The Wichita County Jail will be changing visitation hours on January 30, 2017. Effective that date, both jail facilities will offer visitation from 8 AM until 8 PM. Sign-up for visitation will end at 7:00 PM.

  • Last names starting with A through L visitation is on Tuesday.
  • Last names starting with M through Z visitation is on Wednesday.
  • Inmates in Solitary or on Keep Separate List visitation is on Thursday.

There will be NO VISITATION on January 30th, 2017. The first visitation period under the new policy will be on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

March 8, 2016 Jail Update

If you have a family member, friend, or client currently incarcerated in the Wichita County Jail, please call the Sheriff’s Office (766-8170) before showing up for visitation. Several inmates have been moved to nearby counties due to the closure of housing areas. These housing areas are likely to remain closed until the chances for rain pass this weekend.

Due to the increased attention on issues facing in the Wichita County Jail, and in light of the above, this short video taken today is a sample of another difficulty the county faces in housing prisoners in the Wichita County Jail Annex.

Jail Update

Due to the increased attention on issues facing in the Wichita County Jail, this is the first in a series of short updates to help inform Wichita County citizens about their jail.

This video from February 21, 2016, shows just one of the problems the jail faces when it comes to plumbing.

Hiring Patrol Deputies

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking to fill Deputy Sheriff positions.

Interested applicants are invited to apply by submission of an application and completed personal history statement, by mail or in person, to:

David Duke, Sheriff
c/o Derrald Choate, Deputy Chief
900 7th St. Room 100
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Positions will remain open until filled.

Patrol Deputy Position Description

SALARY

$3,046.95 – $3,346.93/monthly

FLSA STATUS

Non-Exempt.

HOURS

Various shifts. Specific shift not determined until after hiring and completion of all initial training requirements.

JOB SUMMARY

The successful patrol deputy will maintain a good working relationship with the general public while enforcing law to promote the general safety and welfare of the public. The wide-ranging activities of a patrol deputy will include, but not be limited to: enforcing traffic laws, serving search warrants/subpoenas/civil papers, apprehending felons and misdemeanants, taking reports, providing traffic control and basic first aid among others. This position requires the deputy to be self-motivated and possess independent decision making skills.

The position involves frequent interaction with suspects, inmates, attorneys, other law enforcement officers, and the public. This position has been identified with possible risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens and/or other various hazards that require immunization against such exposure. Employees are frequently required to stand, walk, sit, run, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and smell. Deputies may find themselves in dangerous, life-threatening, or unusual situations at any time.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

This position receives daily supervision from either a Corporal, Sergeant, or Lieutenant. This position is responsible for following any order or direction from the chain of command as follows:

  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Deputy Chief
  • Chief Deputy
  • Sheriff

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  1. Provide preventative patrol in the unincorporated areas of Wichita County and enforce the law
  2. Respond to calls for service, assistance and law enforcement emergencies
  3. Take information on incidents and criminal actions and effectively disseminate that information
  4. Serve criminal and civil warrants, arrest law violators
  5. Perform any duties associated with being a licensed Texas Peace Officer
  6. Respond to crime scenes, secure the scene to protect life and prevent further criminal acts
  7. Take calls on demand, walk in reports, and telephone reports
  8. Additional duties as assigned

MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must have a minimum Basic Law Enforcement Certificate as dictated by the State of Texas
  • Must have a valid Texas Driver’s License with a good driving record
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be ready for 24 hour call out and be able to work extended hours under adverse conditions in extremely dangerous life threatening situations
  • Must be able to work any of the three shifts that cover WCSO operations 24 hours per day
  • Available for out of town trips at a moments notice for prisoner transportation
  • Must maintain a degree of physical fitness
  • Must maintain 40 hours minimum of training every two years

SELECTION GUIDELINES

Candidates for employment will be considered based upon: a formal application (current Wichita County Sheriff’s Office employees may submit a memorandum for consideration), rating of education and experience, prior work history, oral interview, and a reference check. The applicant may be required to take job related tests prior to selection. The final decision for this position is made by the Sheriff.

Job Announcement

The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking to fill the position of Jail Administrator (Captain).

Interested applicants are invited to apply by submission of an application, résumé, and completed personal history statement, by mail or in person, to:

David Duke, Sheriff
c/o Derek Meador, Chief Deputy
900 7th St. Room 100
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Applicants may submit application materials via email if desired by making arrangements. To do so call the WCSO Front Desk (940) 766-8170 and ask to speak with the Chief Deputy.

This position will remain open until filled.

Jail Administrator

SALARY

$4,964.72 – $5,564.72 monthly

FLSA STATUS

Exempt

WORK HOURS

Forty hour work-week. Normally, Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM. May require work on nights, weekends, and/or holidays.

SUMMARY

Be the assistant to the Sheriff and act on behalf of the Sheriff in relation to detention operations. Oversee the routine daily operations of the Detention Bureau of the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office. Perform administrative, management, and operational duties as required by the position.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

This position reports to the Chief Deputy.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

This position has supervisory responsibility over the entire Detention Bureau.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

To perform this job successfully, the individual will be able to:

  • Ensure that the Wichita County Jail complies with the rules of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards;
  • Represent the Sheriff’s Office on occasion;
  • Possess and continually demonstrate the ability to influence others to accomplish the detention bureau mission by providing purpose, direction, and motivation;
  • Oversee all Sheriff’s Office activity related to the detention bureau;
  • Research, suggest, and draft Detention Bureau policy and procedures;
  • Oversee Detention Bureau discipline;
  • Review citizen, employee, and inmate complaints;
  • Monitor vendor activity related to contracted jail services to ensure compliance and acceptable performance; and
  • Additional duties as assigned.

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.

MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ten years of jail related experience,
  • Management experience,
  • A sound working knowledge of detention/corrections principles and techniques,
  • Knowledge or familiarity with court and/or other legal processes,
  • Available for call-out and to work extended hours when necessary,
  • People oriented,
  • Possess above average communication and writing skills,
  • Possess supervisory, management, and decision-making skills,
  • The individual must be able to demonstrate above average familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
  • Ability to perform additional duties as assigned.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATION

For this position, an individual must:

  • Have a valid Texas Driver’s License
  • Be currently licensed by TCLEOSE as a jailer

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

LANGUAGE SKILLS

This individual must possess the ability to communicate in the English language both orally and in writing. This individual must be able to read and comprehend complex instructions, correspondence, and memos. This individual must possess the ability to write complex correspondence and communicate complex, detailed ideas within the WCSO and to other local governmental agencies.

REASONING ABILITY

This person must be able to apply common sense and understanding in carrying out complex instructions. They must possess the ability to identify problems and independently develop solutions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Physical demands of the position vary. The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, and use fingers to handle and feel, reach with hands and arms; and to talk or hear. The individual may be required to climb or balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, run, and climb. The individual will be regularly required to lift and/or move up to twenty (20) pounds and may occasionally lift and/or move up to 150 pounds. In order to meet the physical demands of the job the individual must have full use of extremities. The individual must be able to ascend and descend five flights of stairs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment for this position varies. Typically the environment will be an office setting. The individual will be required to occasionally be in an environment where the risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens, and other health hazards require immunization against such exposure. This individual will be required to occasionally be in an environment with elevated levels of noise, fumes, and airborne particles.

SELECTION GUIDELINES

Candidates for employment will be considered based upon: a formal application (current Wichita County Sheriff’s Office employees may submit a memorandum for record and a resumé), rating of education and experience, prior work history, oral interview, and a reference check. The applicant may be required to take job related tests prior to selection. The final decision for this position is made by the Sheriff.