Employment Opportunity

Evidence Clerk I

Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Iowa City, Iowa

Salary: $15.65 - $17.23 Hourly

Final Filing Date: May 25, 2018

Under general supervision, provide the physical handling, clerical support and the maintenance for the processing, storage and disposition of evidence and other property in cooperation with other personnel. Fulfil the departmental functions of tracking property and evidence, case development, criminal prosecution, and restoring seized, lost, or stolen property to its rightful owner. Keep records of all inventory and property issued to department personnel. Issue inventoried items to departmental personnel upon request. Property/evidence may include: large sums of money; illegal drugs; jewelry, weapons, bicycles, electronics equipment, other valuables, and items with potential contamination hazards.

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  • Tracks and keeps records on all found property and evidence brought under the jurisdiction of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. Receives, preserves, and documents property/evidence from authorized personnel;
  • Preserves and safeguards all items from contamination, degradation or theft to ensure proper chain of custody and successful prosecution in court, i.e. drying, refrigerating, etc.
  • Maintains the chain of custody and disposes of a wide variety of property and/or health damaging properties.
  • Conducts the physical storage and the appropriate checking in and out of all found property and physical evidence brought under the responsibility of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.
  • Assures all found property and physical evidence being turned in to evidence has been appropriately packaged, labeled, and documented.
  • Monitors the additions, deletions, corrections and inquiries to the local, state and national computerized information systems for stolen and missing property. Follows up appropriately.
  • Cooperates with the judicial system on due process and documentation issues along with testifying in court when required.
  • Provides information, assistance and referrals on property and evidence related inquiries from internal or external requests.
  • Maintains in a thorough, accurate and timely manner the various departmental administrative filing systems and record system and provides informational reports as requested.
  • Maintains the cleanliness and order of the evidence storage and processing facilities.
  • Participates in training/educational opportunities and work-related meetings as required.
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with County policies, procedures, collective bargaining agreement, and safety practices.
  • Attends work regularly at the designated place and time.


Minimum Education, Training and Experience:
  • High school graduate (or equivalent) with six (6) months varied and responsible clerical work experience and previous law enforcement academy graduation
  • OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • One (1) year of additional training beyond high school in law enforcement preferred.
Special requirements:
  • Must attend Marijuana Analysis School and pass proficiency testing within six (6) months of employment.
  • Valid driver's license and insurable under county liability coverage.
  • May require use of private vehicle for official business.
Knowledge of & Ability to:
  • Inventory systems, data storage and retrieval systems
  • Current office procedures and practices
  • Familiarity with police work, police training and the criminal justice system
  • Basic mathematical computations
  • Standard weapons and equipment used in modern law enforcement agencies
  • English language to include grammar, sentence structure, spelling and punctuation
Ability to:
  • Learn, apply, and articulate division policies and procedures
  • Represent Johnson County and perform duties in a professional, responsible and trustworthy manner
  • Follow all applicable laws of evidence strictly
  • Work well independently and with groups
  • Become functional in the application of federal, state and local ordinances as they apply to processing quality control of packaging and the storage of evidence
  • Maintain inventories on a personal computer
  • Perform clerical tasks with a moderate degree of speed and accuracy
  • Maintain confidentiality and security of information as appropriate
  • Make decisions requiring interpretation and judgment
  • Provide customer service that is courteous and responsive
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, appointed and elected officials, and members of the public
  • Interact effectively with persons representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view
  • Follow oral and written instructions
  • Be detail-oriented when working with documents and information
  • Collect data, keep accurate records, and prepare reports
  • Operate common office equipment such as computers calculators, fax and postage machines, photocopiers, multi-line telephones, scanners, and microfiche printers/readers
  • Use a computer for the purposes of data entry, spreadsheets, word processing, e-mail and the Internet
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Organize and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Handle low to moderate levels of stress, meet deadlines and solve problems appropriate to the position
  • Organize and present factual information, ideas or opinions clearly and concisely, in oral or written form
  • Have clarity of speech and hearing which permits effective communication
  • Have sufficient manual dexterity to make handwritten notations, which permits moderate use of a keyboard and mouse
  • Have sufficient vision which permits moderate production and review of a wide variety of materials in both electronic and hardcopy forms
  • Lift and/or move up to 75-100 pounds as needed
  • Stand, sit, squat, kneel, bend, twist, reach, and use a step stool as needed
  • Occasionally work flexible schedule and overtime as needed

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Posted: May 14, 2018

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