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A Security Shift Briefing



Criminal Justice Services is one part of a 1,200 person team making up the many departments and offices of Mesa County. Together we are building the best place to live, work and play.  Mesa County is located in the heart of the Western Slope, a high desert oasis surrounded by mesas, rivers, mountains, and Colorado's wine country.

Whether you are wanting to begin an exciting career in the criminal justice field or you are excited to live and work in a beautiful area with wonderful amenities, we have positions available for you.

CJSD has a wide range of employment opportunities for anyone with a passion to serve and an interest in a career where you can have a daily positive impact on others.  If you are interested in making a difference in our community, we want you on our team.

If you have experience, a college degree, or veteran status you may be eligible for higher pay.

To apply for a position with Criminal Justice Services, visit Mesa County Job Openings for CJSD.

Highlighted positions

CJSD has a variety of positions (not all positions are listed). Below are positions that are suited for a wide range of people!

Criminal Justice Officer (CJO):  $48,595.87 - $66,819.37

CJO’s are dedicated to ensuring safety by providing onsite and offsite security and coaching people on positive behaviors. Every day is this position is different and rewarding.  Our CJO’s work three shifts: Days, Swings, and Graveyards to provide around the clock security and coaching. Shift work is not the typical “9 to 5” and provides a rewarding and challenging environment. Staff work with a team and are always ready to support each other.

The CJO position includes a shift differential for both swings and graves.

Criminal Justice Specialist (CJS):   $48,595.87 - $66,819.37

Criminal Justice Specialists excel at customer service and work in our diverse community based programs.  CJS’s work hand-in-hand with our criminal justice partners in a fast-paced environment.  Communicating with clients and criminal justice partners is an everyday occurrence.   

Relief Staff:  $21.53 an hour

Still in college and need flexible part time work while getting experience? Stepping out of the work force and wanting limited hours? Relief Staff may be for you.

This position helps to fill in for coverage needs or can be used to back up other positions with data entry, file management, and supervision. Relief staff dictate the hours they are available to work or fill in providing them flexibility with a part time schedule.

Case Manager I:  $52,479.85 - $73,277.77

Case managers in our community corrections program have an average caseload of around 20 clients and meet with their clients regularly. Some case managers work with clients struggling with specialized needs. Case managers create individualized plans for clients and help to change their criminal behaviors and produce positive results.

Substance Abuse Counselor: $55,268.52 - $78,835.92

In our Summit View Treatment program, we employ on site treatment counselors with a variety of credentials in inpatient and outpatient treatment. Interested in obtaining your clinical certification? You can get training, hours, and clinical supervision while working as a Criminal Justice officer or Case Manager. 

Application Process and Campus Tours

Application Process

  • Initial Application Review
  • An Interview
  • Physical and Drug Test
  • Polygraph
  • Background check


CJSD Campus Tours

CJSD encourages interested applicants to take a tour of the buildings on our campus. This provides a better understanding and insight into the various programs and positions within the Department. 

Questions? Give Us a Call!

Eileen Wygant
Phone: 970-244-3302

Why Mesa County?

Mesa County is home to the largest metropolitan city between Denver and Salt Lake City.

The beauty of Western Colorado is our office and your family’s playground! Mesa County is 3,300 square miles of mountains, lakes, rivers, deserts, National Forests, and home to the Colorado National Monument with its awe-inspiring natural beauty and the dramatic red rock landscape! Mesa County is also home to Colorado's wine country and the famous Palisade Peaches.

An Outdoor Paradise

Mesa County offers unparalleled access to outdoor recreation. The year-round dry, mild climate is perfect for hiking, camping, fishing, or skiing on the Grand Mesa. We've got hundreds of miles of world-class mountain biking, ATV, and jeep trails as well as whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. Like to golf? You'll find stunning golf courses whose green fairways are juxtaposed against the red rocks of the Colorado National Monument.

Ever want to ski and golf in the same day?

Thanks to Mesa County's unique landscape, you can start your day with a round of golf in the valley, then ski at 8,000 feet on the Grand Mesa! Don't take our word for it, Watch!