Detention Officer

Starting Rate
USD $16.28/Hr.


Team up with Lea County!

What do we do?

Our purpose is to make a difference in the community, to make Lea County a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to live. And it’s our employees who make that happen. Our employees serve in positions as diverse as clerk, administrative assistant, accountant, attorney, detention officer, engineer, IT professional, maintenance technician, mechanic, heavy equipment operator, law enforcement officer, supervisor, and manager, to name only a few.

What do we have to offer you?

Challenging opportunities to serve your community and make a difference, a diverse and dynamic work environment, plus a full range of benefits; including competitive pay, professional development opportunities, health, vision and dental insurance, vacation, holidays, sick, and military leave time, a retirement program, and more.

What can you bring to us?

In order to meet tomorrow’s changing realities, we are constantly seeking outstanding employees who can help us improve our systems, processes, and technologies - today. 

Essential Duties



  • Regular attendance is an essential function of this position.


  • Maintains a healthful and secure environment for the inmates housed in the Detention Center in accordance with established policies, regulations and procedures.


  • Performs duties specifically assigned and any post orders at the Lea County Detention Center; follows chain of command.


  • Maintains accurate records of inmate incarceration, property, cell assignments, movements, mail and visitations.


  • Assists in the movement of inmates throughout the Center.


  • Performs pat down and strip search of inmates in dorms and cells, shakedowns as directed.


  • Inspects locks, windows, bars, grills, doors and gates for tampering.


  • Observes conduct and behavior of inmates to prevent disturbances and escape or infraction of rules and regula­tions.


  • Employs reasonable force when necessary to maintain order among inmates or to remove an inmate from a specific area.


  • Patrols assigned area for evidence of forbidden activi­ties, infraction of rules and unsatisfactory attitudes or adjustment of inmates and reports such observations to supervisors.


  • Escorts inmates in transit for medical appointments or other appointments; maintains guard duty at a medical facility when an inmate is admitted to such by a physician.


  • Receives and records bonds and fines.


  • Must complete and pass all training requirements all in a specific period of time, including CPR, self-defense, defensive driving and other training as required by Warden.


  • Shift work is required; rotation of shifts, or transfer from one shift to another, may be required; irregu­lar hours and overtime may also be required.


  • An officer may be assigned to an adult section or juvenile section as needed. No officer is guaranteed work in just one section or for just one shift to the exclusion of the others.


  • Maintains confidentiality and security for special assignments.


  • Remains on-call 24 hours a day for emergencies.


  • Must maintain a telephone for 24 hour use.


  • Must attend all scheduled staff meetings, training, etc. as directed by supervisors.




  • High School diploma or GED required.


  • College course work preferred.


  • Specialized training in law enforcement or corrections highly recommended.




  • Must be at least 21 years of age.


  • Must demonstrate acceptable and stable work record.


  • Experience in law enforcement and correc­tions highly desirable.


 Certifications, Skills and Licenses:


  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in English. Bilingual (English/Spanish) helpful.


  • Must possess valid New Mexico driver's license.


  • Must be certified in CPR or become certified within one year of employment.


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