MAJOR FUNCTION Maintain safety and peaceful decorum of the courthouse and courtroom proceedings. Any appointee assigned to the Bailiff Unit is also a sworn Deputy Sheriff for Gadsden County and as such may be called to act in that capacity.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES (The duties listed below are for illustrative purposes only. The omission of specific work statements does not necessarily exclude them from being performed by the position). Ensure personal safety of judges and court personnel. Ensure the confidentiality of closed court proceedings by removing all unauthorized persons from the courthouse. Assists the judges and clerks as needed in court proceedings including, but not limited to; retrieval and sequestration of jurors and witnesses; Performs opening and closing ceremonies of the court. Inspect courtroom and conference rooms prior to hearings and conferences and ensure the rooms are secure. Bailiff shall also secure same at the close of all proceedings. Provide protection for all court personnel, jurors, witnesses and users of the courthouse. Screen all persons entering the courtroom for guns, knives, other weapons and prohibited chemicals. Enforce court orders regarding possession of weapons and other prohibited articles within the courthouse. Facilitate the flow of persons into and through the courthouse. Periodically check courthouse parking lots to keep unauthorized persons and vehicles from the area, and to check for potential security problems. Exercise all of the powers of a deputy sheriff, including but not limited to, the power to arrest and the authority to serve court process. Skilled in using security equipment such as metal detectors, surveillance cameras and various alarms. Must be trained in bomb detection and bomb situations procedures.
Must be able to confront disruptive persons in a professional manner and demonstrate the ability to quickly and safely diffuse volatile situations. Must exhibit a calm personality and have no history of excessive use of force or misconduct. Must be alert, personable, attentive to detail and have a good memory. Must be able to think clearly and perform well in stress-filled emergencies with or without supervision. Must be able to work cooperatively as a team with other Court Bailiff(s) The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms to type using personal computers and will be subject to some repetitive motion. The employee is required to sit for extended periods of time and to pay close attention to courtroom activity. The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may be required to physically restrain violent persons. Specific vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must be able to cope with stressful emergency situations and may be required to operate a vehicle at night in severe weather conditions and at high speeds. The employee must be able to physically operate required equipment such as surveillance equipment, scanning devices, firearms, cameras, radios, telephones, handcuffs, baton, restraint devices, taser and chemical agents.
The employee must have hearing ability sufficient to understand radio transmissions, and conversations with others in person and over a telephone and a radio. The employee must also have speaking ability sufficient to communicate effectively with others in person, over a telephone and a radio. The employee must have visual ability sufficient to operate a vehicle day and night.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION AS REQUIRED BY FDLE High school diploma or GED; citizen of the United States; 19 years of age; law enforcement certified or certifiable in the State of Florida. Must not have been convicted of any felony or of a misdemeanor involving perjury or false statement, nor have received a dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License. Must pass a physical examination with drug screening by a licensed physician. All applicants must submit to a through background investigation in accordance with FDLE standards.

SALARY:Starting Bailiff Salary is $24,000 annually.

Please call our Human Resources office for additional information. Human Resources at (850) 875-8848 or e-mail gcso@tds.net.