Employment Opportunity

Senior (Supervising) Legal Property Technician

Orange County Sheriff's Department, Santa Ana, California

Salary: $49,462.40 - $66,227.20 Annually

Final Filing Date: On-line applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until the needs of the department are met.

This recruitment is being held to establish an Open Eligible List to fill a current vacancy within the Orange County Sheriff's Department. This list may also be utilized to fill positions of lower classifications within the same occupational series.

Under general supervision, the Senior (Supervising) Legal Property Technician operates, supervises and prioritizes the daily activities in the OC Crime Lab Division Evidence Control Section and controls the inventory of an exceptionally large and diverse number of items of property classified as legal evidence. They ensure the integrity of the evidence for legal purposes and ensure that property is accepted, released or disposed of only in accordance with Departmental procedures and legal requirements. The incumbent also maintains records of the evidence or property as authorized and according to legal time provisions. The position includes both supervisory and evidence management duties.

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  • Supervises and participates in the work of subordinates in storing and record keeping of property or evidence that may be used in a court of law.
  • Operates a diverse property storage room facility. Supervises and/or performs the documenting, identification, transporting, tracking and storing of property items classified as legal evidence; and conducts annual physical inventory. May operate a motor vehicle to transport various property items.
  • Plans, assigns, inspects and reviews the work of subordinates; assigns shifts and work stations; evaluates staff performance by conducting performance review interviews and composing performance evaluations of subordinates; and recommends staff merit increases.
  • Evaluates staff performance, conducts performance review interviews, prepares and signs performance reviews; conducts interviews of staff with performance problems, prepares interview/performance memos.
  • Prepares records and periodic reports relating to work in process and completed work.
  • Establishes and monitors quality assurance guidelines for the operation of legal evidence storage rooms. Maintains security and ensures condition of property or evidence.
  • Maintains and enforces safe work practices to ensure a safe facility and work environment including the health and safety of subordinate personnel.
  • Trains staff on policies and procedures; reviews work procedures and recommends or changes procedures to be more time/cost efficient or to be compliant with Department, legal and accreditation requirements.
  • Works closely with other law enforcement agencies, attorneys, or court personnel, on the status of property, evidence or case files in custody; ensures the proper chain of evidence; may be required to testify in a court of law.


  • Two years experience working in a Property/Evidence Room at the Orange County Sheriff's Department receiving, storing, tracking, and releasing evidence and other property items that may be used as evidence in a Court of Law.
  • OR
  • Two years of experience and/or education and training directly related to the required knowledge and abilities. Education or training directly related to the knowledge and ability requirements may be substituted for the one year of experience at the rate of three semester units for one month of experience, and one hour of job-related training for one hour of experience.
License Required:
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License by date of appointment may be required for some positions.
General Knowledge of:
  • Principles and methods of supervision, including motivation and development of personnel performing duties in a property/evidence environment; procedures for storing, documenting and controlling a variety of equipment and other items of evidence; techniques of lifting and moving heavy objects; provisions of the law and procedures related to handling, storing, and disposition of evidence; maintain detailed records and the chain of custody on property movement; recognize value of property as evidence and handle appropriately; maintain effective working relationships with officers of various law enforcement agencies, with officers of the Court, and with members of the public who make inquiries; techniques for gathering, compiling, analyzing and presenting information verbally and in writing; use of computers for entering information.
Ability to:
  • Train and supervise Legal Property Technicians; plan, assign, inspect and review the work of subordinates; assign shifts and work stations; handle disciplinary problems; compose performance evaluations of subordinates. Supervise the work of subordinates in storing and record keeping of property or evidence. Maintain detailed records on property movement; recognize value of property as evidence and handle appropriately.

In addition to the above, the ideal candidate should demonstrate the following key competencies:

Professional/Technical Competencies:
  • Prior experience in supervising staff.
  • Experience in customer service.
  • Experience working in law enforcement or for a legal agency.
  • Experience that includes collecting, handling, booking, or managing property, evidence, or inmate property.
  • Experience with inventory control systems and software.
  • Membership in professional organization such as CAPE (California Association of Property and Evidence).
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interact with various levels of management and staff within the agency and representatives from other agencies.
Leadership and Management:
  • Builds effective working relationships inside and outside the organization.
  • Leads confidently by taking personal responsibility for decisions and actions.
  • Exhibits courage to take action by tackling difficult challenges.
  • Displays Departmental and/or County perspective in dealing with issues.
  • Motivates people to reach their highest performance potential.
  • Within the scope of business limitations, provides resources and support to ensure that key strategies and results are achieved.
  • Administers discipline in a fair and consistent manner as required.
Effective Communication:
  • Presents ideas and complex material clearly, concisely, logically and persuasively, both orally and in writing.
  • Deals effectively with various levels of the organization.
  • Builds consensus among diverse groups for the purpose of meeting business objectives.
Problem Solving and Analysis:
  • Gathers, analyzes and applies information skillfully.
  • Develops alternative solutions.
  • Exhibits innovation and creativity in identifying and resolving problems as they occur.
Results Oriented:
  • Investigates and adopts best practices where possible.
  • Is accountable for personal performance and goal achievement and maintains sufficient content and knowledge to perform all aspects of the job effectively.

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How to apply: Apply online

Posted: August 17, 2020

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