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Commercial Appraiser I
Salary starting at $21.85/hr 

Position Summary: 

           Under the supervision of the Deputy County Appraiser or County Appraiser, directs the listing, valuation and classification of all commercial real property in the county, in compliance with PVD guidelines and state statutes; the performance of technical and administrative duties involved in measuring, classifying, recording, reviewing, analyzing, and calculating property values and reviewing and making recommendations on taxpayer complaints of inequities. Requires considerable independent judgment and discretion in making decisions. This position will assist the Appraiser and Deputy with appraisal decisions that may impact the assignment of depreciation, quality of construction, statistical analysis in developing land values; and neighborhood analysis for commercial properties. The employee must have knowledge of the KSCAMA Orion system and how to integrate the analysis in the system for the listing and valuation of commercial real property.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Compiles and reviews records necessary for building and land appraisals, including building plans, plats, maps, aerial photographs, zoning and land use classifications, legislative resolutions, variances, deed restrictions, special folios, and records and factors as location, physical characteristics, schools, and community facilities. 
  • As assigned, plans, assigns, supervises, coordinates, and reviews the work of subordinates engaged in the collection of data for property appraisal purposes. 
  • Coordinates and reviews the work of administrative, technical, and clerical staff. 
  • Performs appraisal and assessment work particularly with commercial real property. 
  • Develops and maintains ratio study data. 
  • Maintains and updates computer assisted land pricing tables and other programs.
  • Develops market-based depreciation tables for commercial real property. 
  • Sizes lots; verifies sales and maintains sales records. 
  • Explains purposes and methods of assessment to interested citizens or groups. 
  • Represents Cowley County in upper level property value appeals to include Small Claims and Regular Division hearings at the State Board of Tax Appeals. Prepares exhibits, performs as an expert witness, make recommendations to the presiding board. 
  • Conducts market analysis relative to the valuation of commercial property; recognizing and appropriately implementing market derived results that are utilized in the cost, income and market approaches to value.
  • Prepares reports. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Marginal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Other related duties as deemed necessary or as required by Deputy Appraiser or Appraiser.


Position Requirements;



  • Minimum three years’ experience in ad valorem appraisal with emphasis in commercial real property; RMA, RES or CAE designation preferred; Bachelor or Associate Degree in related field preferred. Experience in data analysis a must.


           Any combination of training and education to meet demands of this position;  equivalent to graduation from high school, vocational school or college degree supplemented by special courses in real estate appraisal. RMA (Registered Mass Appraiser), IAAO RES (Residential Evaluation Specialist), IAAO CAE (Certified Evaluation Specialist) designation or equivalent credentials required within the first two years of employment. Completion of continuing education offered through Property Valuation (PVD), IAAO or other sources required.


  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of real and personal property appraisals.
  • Considerable knowledge of the laws and regulations governing the assessment of real and personal property in the State.
  • Knowledge of the different approaches to real property value and the methodology applicable to each approach.
  • Working knowledge of data processing related to appraising.
  • Ability to make fair and equitable appraisals of all types of property.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data relating to property values     
  • Ability to deal tactfully, firmly, and courteously with property owners and other employees.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, officials, property owners, and the public. 


          This position reports directly to the County Appraiser and/or Chief Deputy Appraiser. This employee is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of departmental equipment. Employee is not responsible for budgetary control of the department, but does have input into the annual budget process.



          Minimal indirect supervision provided in the routine day to day functions for staff providing clerical support or staff participating in commercial data collection which may include training, quality control, and work product evaluation. This position may have input into performance and disciplinary actions when necessary.


Working Conditions:

           High stress working conditions do exist in the position at times when dealing with disgruntled taxpayers or working under statutory deadlines. This position is approximately 60/40 split field to office work. Adverse weather conditions may be a factor when working in the field. Occasionally required to work near animals and often required to work on and around premises that are unkempt.


Physical Requirements:  

  • Considerable climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, handling, and walking for extensive periods of time; sitting at a desk or standing for extended periods
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions; Ability to traverse uneven terrain
  • Vision must be adequate for operating a motor vehicle, data entry, reading various documents, forms and letters
  • Hearing must be adequate for normal conversation and telephone communication
  • Occasional lifting of 50 pounds or less
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Community Corrections / Juvenile Services Director
Salary starting at $76,170/yrly

Position Summary:

           This position provides general oversight of Adult Community Corrections, Juvenile Services, and assistance to the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board (JCAB), Community Corrections Advisory Board (CCAB), District Court, County Administrator, and The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The Director serves the function of the administrative contact between the State of Kansas Department of Corrections (DOC) and the previously stated represented agencies related to Adult Community Corrections, Juvenile Services. Oversee the development and annual review of the Cowley County Comprehensive plan on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency prevention. Responsible for completing annual block grants and budgets for submission to JCAB, CCAB, BOCC and DOC. Prepare county budget recommendations for each county supported program and manage those program budgets. Performs responsible administrative work in directing Youth Services and Community Corrections programs.  Plans, organizes, and directs the work of personnel engaged in youth services and Community Corrections activities.  Supervise and conduct performance evaluations for all agency employees.  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a liaison between the BOCC, JCAB, CCAB and DOC.
  • Disseminates juvenile justice information, DOC correspondences, circulars, memos and other notifications regarding block grant and juvenile justice issues.
  • Ensures that reporting requirements with regards to block grants are met 
  • Oversees the day-to-day operations of youth services and community corrections; interviews and hires staff; plans, assigns work; instructs in proper methods; evaluates staff performance
  • Administers Operation of youth services and community corrections; plan, organize and direct operations; review statistic/reports to determine needs and purse fulfilling the needs of the department. Monitor case loads and numbers of clients.
  • Compiles and maintains statics for reporting; prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual reports
  • Prepares, monitors, manages and responsible for grants and budgets related to all agency funding.
  • Attends and conducts various meetings for youth services, and Community Correction.
  • Develops policy and agency strategic planning in cooperation with the county Administrator, the Board of County Commissioners, Community Correction Advisory board, and Juvenile Corrections Advisory board.
  • Confers with judges, court personnel, probation, schools, service providers, clients, and their families as necessary to address and resolve concerns.
  • Solicits input from the judges, department heads, attorneys, consultants, staff and citizen volunteers and groups regarding the implications, effects, and development of new policies and procedures and new programs.
  • Creates, interprets, implements, and monitors compliance with policy/procedures and standards.
  • Ensures that all staff are adequately trained and provide training both within the department and statewide.
  • Search out any additional funding opportunities and direct same to appropriate agencies/systems that may benefit
  • Prepare all necessary work for JCAB and CCAB meetings
  • Participate in local, state, and federal activities to further the improvement of local systems for juveniles and adult community services
  • Develops comprehensive local alternative punishment programs by working with the Department of Corrections and local Courts.
  • Monitors the U/A Drug Fund, and other community corrections services.

Marginal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Order parts and supplies
  • Fill in for any of the subordinate employees, supervising youth and adults or conducting assessments.
  • Other related duties as deemed necessary or as required


Position Requirements;


Experience: Five years experience in progressively responsible and varied administrator and/or social service organization including supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies. Grant Writing experience preferred.


Education: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, or a related field.



  • Knowledge of juvenile justice court system, state laws and procedures that pertain to the division and ability to interpret social laws           
  • Knowledge of county and departmental policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of the county budgeting system
  • Knowledge of supervisory and administrative techniques and practices
  • Knowledge of situational counseling techniques and the psychological and sociological factors influencing human behavior
  • Knowledge of investigative and interviewing techniques
  • Knowledge of local correctional, educations and human services
  • Knowledge of project planning and development
  • Skills in the use of a personal computer and related software
  • Skills in Accounting and budget management 
  • Ability to interpret and explain policies, procedures and regulations governing programs
  • Ability to coordinate, assign and supervise the activities of subordinates
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates’ other employees and county officials.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Skilled in grant writing


AccountabilityThis position is responsible to State JJA, Board of County Commissioners, JCAB and County Administrator for budgetary responsibility and reporting.  Responsible for overseeing all Juvenile Justice Programs and supervising adult and youth services staff.


Supervision: Supervise all full and part-time adult and youth services employees


Working Conditions: Duties are performed primarily in an office setting. Will operate a telephone, computer keyboard, copy machine, and adding machine.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. Performs work safely in accordance with County safety program and departmental safety procedures.


Physical Requirements: Continuous Sitting and typing for extended periods of time; occasional standing, stooping, lifting, carrying, reaching pulling; Driving; frequent speaking and listening.


Corrections Officer    (Part-time and Full-time)
Salary starting at $17.48/hr

Position Summary:
          Under general supervision, performs duties related to the enforcement of federal, state and county laws and ordinances in conjunction with processing and care of County prisoners. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Processes incoming inmates, to include searches, inventory of personal property, issuance of jail clothing, photographing, fingerprinting, and completion of the computer based booking program.  
  • conducts searches of inmates and their clothing 
  • searches for contraband;
  • prepares and maintains logs and reports 
  • oversees inmates
  • Maintains security, accountability and control of inmates.
  • performs periodic shakedowns;
  • periodically observes and monitors activities and well-being of inmates
  • inspects mail and personal property;
  • provides simple basic first aid and CPR 
  • calls for EMS and officer support in emergencies;
  • serves meals and insures proper feeding of inmates and inmate hygiene
  • issues items from commissary;
  • assists in the transportation of inmates
  • releases and logs out inmates for work release and checks them in on return;
  • Releases inmates with the approval of the Shift Supervisor after all checks required by facility policies and procedures are completed and are deemed accurate.
  • completes a variety of reports and documents;
  • receives and secures bonds;
  • maintains records;
  • performs other duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Kansas Driver’s license
  • Minimum of 18 years of age or older by hiring date.  
  • No Felony Convictions
  • No convictions for domestic Violence, Stalking or related offenses.
  • Must be able to perform the physical duties of the position of Corrections Officer.


  • Working knowledge of first aid.
  • Ability to learn regulations regarding jails and confinement of prisoners and of the principles, techniques and practices involved in prisoner care and maintenance.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to perform a high level of sustained physical activity.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and interact effectively with supervisors, co-workers, prisoners and the general public.

Experience and Training:

  • Any combination of experience and training equivalent to graduation from high school; some experience involving public contact is desirable.
Special Requirements:
  • Must possess good overall physical and mental condition consistent with the unassisted ability to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, all statutorily defined activities, duties and tasks of a Corrections Officer. These activities, duties and tasks are presumed to include the responsibilities set forth within this position description.

    • A Corrections Officer must be able to:
      • Perform the physical functions of a corrections officer.
      • Stand for long periods of time
      • Respond to emergencies, using physical force to subdue or restrain violent or combative inmates, as warranted by the inmate’s actions/aggression.
      • Manually operate gates and doors.
      • Lift/carry/assist with the evacuation of unconscious or unwilling inmates.
      • Crouch/climb/kneel/crawl/walk as necessary to conduct searches
      • Run up/down stairs, run distances, and deal effectively with inmates immediately upon arrival
      • Have correctable and peripheral vision to observe the activities of inmates.
      • Communicate effectively in verbal and written formats.
      • Take effective action to properly manage incarcerated adults

    • A Corrections Officer must possess:
      • The ability to attend training in order to develop the skills needed to be an effective Corrections Officer.
      • The ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written formats.
      • The ability to type/keyboard in order to write reports and enter data into a computer based inmate database.
      • The ability to interact in the adult correctional environment effectively and proactively.
      • The ability to follow the policies, procedures, General Orders and Post orders of the facility.
      • The ability to make decisions based upon the facts and circumstances present at the time of an incident or event and take action based upon the decision made

Sheriff Deputy
Salary starting at $18.88/hr

Position Summary:  Under supervision, performs duties related to the enforcement of federal, state, and county laws, protection of life and property, and assisting the public.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Patrols an assigned area within the County to deter illegal activities, to enforce Federal, State and County laws, to protect individuals and property; 
  • Responds to complaints, crimes, disturbances, accidents and other related situations; 
  • Performs missing persons searches; 
  • Communicates with other agencies; 
  • Performs criminal investigations; 
  • Obtains physical and other evidence and statements necessary for reporting facts and circumstances of incidents, for charging individuals with offenses, and for follow-up detailed investigations; 
  • Appears in court to offer testimony; 
  • Meets and confers with attorneys on legal questions; 
  • Obtains search warrants and arrest warrants; 
  • Makes arrests of individuals as required; 
  • May transport prisoners to and from courts and institutions; 
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of reports, records and logs necessary to report daily activities and specific incidents; 
  • May be assigned to serve civil processes and execute warrants; 
  • Utilizes a word processor; observes and controls vehicular traffic and enforces traffic laws; 
  • Deals with traffic accident situations;
  • Operates radar and breathalyzer;
  • Provides counseling to families and individuals in disturbance situations, offers assistance to citizens and visitors including providing directions and calling for vehicular roadside assistance; 
  • Conducts talks with individuals and groups on public safety and law enforcement issues; 
  • May work at special events representing the Department; 
  • Takes in-service training to attain and maintain State certification; 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Working knowledge, or ability to learn, State and Federal statutes and ordinances.
  • Working knowledge of first aid and medical procedures and practices.
  • Working knowledge of County geography and surrounding areas including roads, streets, landmarks, buildings and similar features.
  • Some knowledge of the principles and techniques of photography and fingerprinting.
  • Ability to learn proper law enforcement principles, procedures and practices.
  • Skill in the use of law enforcement vehicles, firearms, breathalyzer, typewriter, related law enforcement equipment principles and practices of self-defense.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations and to apply logical thinking in determining a proper course of action in a minimum of time.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions and to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to perform a high level of sustained physical activity.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to interact effectively with superiors, co-workers, prisoners, and the public. 


Experience and Training:

Any combination of experience and training equivalent to graduation from high school or GED; one year of experience involving public contact is preferred.


Special Requirements:

Must be certified as a law enforcement officer by the State within one (1) year of appointment; must possess or be able to obtain a valid driver's license.

Truancy Officer
Salary pay range $20.81 - $28.03/hr

Position Summary: The truancy officer works in cooperation with school districts policies and state laws.   The Truancy officer will focus on keeping youth in school and attending regularly.  The Truancy Officer ensures that all truancy referrals are investigated, and results documented.  The Truancy Officer evaluates the needs of the youth and the reasons for absenteeism, provides guidance, identifies community resources and monitors progress. The truancy officer reports to DCF, individual schools, the County Attorney’s office, and the Courts.  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assess clients needs and make referrals to community resources.
  • Attend school enrollment and other school functions.
  • Implements parent/family engagement techniques.
  • Investigate cases of truancy and attendance issues.
  • Complete assessments on youth that violate truancy laws.
  • Submit weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports to the agency Director.
  • Provide written reports to the County Attorney, DCF, schools and the Court as needed.
  • Testify in court.
  • Monitor truancy diversion and court ordered supervision clients and ensure all assigned clients are following their agreements.
  • Develop and implement case plan/goals by interviewing and analyzing appropriate persons.
  • Explain applicable laws, regulations, and standards of behavior to clients and family to elicit acceptable client behavior.
  • Create and maintain and individual file on each client per program standards and policy and procedures.
  • Perform liaison duties in coordinating client’s involvement with outside referral agencies; assist clients in securing employment, adequate housing, and any other necessary community-based services.
  • Conduct drug/alcohol screenings on clients.
  • Conduct home or community visits.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork and documentation.
  • Adheres to all county and agency policies and procedures.
  • Attends staff meetings unless excused by the Director.
  • Facilitates cognitive based groups as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, or as deemed necessary or as required.


Marginal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attends the Cowley County Protection team meetings and makes referrals to team as needed.
  • Attends training as needed or required.


Position Requirements:  


Experience:  One year experience in probation, parole, social casework or counseling or related work with juvenile offenders/children in need of care or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. 


Education A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, or a related field.



  • Knowledge of investigative and interviewing techniques.
  • Knowledge of the Juvenile Justice System.        
  • Knowledge of available community resources.
  • Knowledge of psychological and sociological factors influencing human behavior.
  • Knowledge of the geography of Cowley County.
  • Skill in the use of a personal computer and related software.
  • Skilled in time management and multi-tasking.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective professional working relationships with others.
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret and comply with rules and regulations.
  • Ability to prepare reports and maintain records.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to complete 40 hours of training per year for continuing education.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to make decisions and prioritize under high stress and during crisis situations.
  • Ability to pass random drug/alcohol-screening tests. 
  • Obtain and maintain a valid Kansas Driver’s license.


Accountability:  Problem solving, and decision making is a factor in this position.  Must have the ability to weigh information and support decisions by fact, document and testify in court.  Decisions range from what services a youth may need to recommending removal of youth from home.  The Truancy Officer will support the Cowley County School districts in their role of enforcing school attendance policies.  


Supervision:  Employee does not have supervisory responsibilities over subordinate personnel.


Working Conditions:  Duties are performed primarily in an office setting. Must be able to operate a telephone, computer keyboard, copy machine, and fax machine.  The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate. All employees are required to perform work safely in accordance with County safety program and departmental safety procedures.


Physical Requirements:  Continuous Sitting and typing for extended periods of time; occasional standing, stooping, lifting, carrying, reaching pulling; Driving; walking; frequent speaking and listening; ability to endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted by hostile views and opinions of clients and their families.  Requires sufficient strength and coordination to defend oneself from attack.  

Please e-mail all applications to: or submit an online application

You can mail or drop off an application to:

Administrative Services Manager
Mary Read

311 E. 9th Winfield Kansas 67156

Cowley County is an equal opportunity employer. 

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