One of the things that I like about this blog software is that I get to see what search terms are leading readers here. Sometimes these search terms inspire a new posting, and this is one of those instances. I have gotten quite a few hits lately seeking information on the oath of office for Sheriffs and Deputies. Please note that the oath is the same for Sheriffs and Deputies alike:
STATE OF GEORGIA
OATH OF OFFICE FOR DEPUTY SHERIFF
I, ____________ do swear that I will faithfully execute all writs, precepts and processes directed to me as Deputy Sheriff of the County, or which are directed to all Sheriffs of this State, or to any other Sheriff specially, I can lawfully execute and true returns make, and in all things well and truly, without malice or partiality, perform the duties of the office of Deputy Sheriff of Oconee County, during my continuance therein, and take only my lawful fees.
I do further swear that I am not the holder of any unaccounted for public money due this State, political subdivision or authority thereof, that I am not the holder of any office of trust under the government of the United States (except Postmaster), nor either of the several States, nor any foreign State, and that I am otherwise qualified to hold said office according to the Constitution laws of Georgia, and that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of this State. So help me God.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this ___ day of _____________
Sheriff, Scott R. Berry
Oconee County Georgia
Jailers also take an oath of office; so, I have included it here as well. A Deputy Sheriff who is assigned to the jail takes the oath of office for both positions.
OATH AND BOND OF JAILERS
Oconee County Sheriff’s Office
I, _____________,do swear that I will, well and truly do and perform, all and singular, the duties of jailer for the County of Oconee; and that I will humanely treat prisoners who may be brought to the jail of which I am keeper and not suffer them to escape by any negligence or inattention of mine, so help me God.
Signed: _____________________ Date:______________
Scott R. Berry , Sheriff
Personnel who are hired initially to work in a jail have six months from their date of employment to complete an 80 hour Basic Jail School. In order to become a certified peace officer, those personnel must complete the 408 hour Basic Law Enforcement Training Course. If a person is already certified as a peace officer and gets assigned to a jail, they have six months to get certified as a Jailer.
Now, for one of life’s little injustices, Deputies are eligible for the Peace Officer’s Annuity Benefit Fund (POAB). Jailers are not. So, a Deputy assigned to the jail is eligible for POAB, but a Jailer doing the exact same job is not. Why? Because the State of Georgia says so, that’s why. It should be noted that the State has seen fit to include state correctional officers in POAB but not Jailers.