Sheriffs' Association of Texas


Victoria County Sheriff's Office (Mental Health Officer Position)


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assigned to the Mental Health Task Force within the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission Council of Governments. (Victoria, Dewitt, Lavaca, Refugio, Jackson, Calhoun, and Goliad Counties)
  • Prepares and submits case investigations, monthly reports, and other reports required by VCSO and Gulf Bend Center.
  • Provides assistance to area law enforcement agencies in contacting individuals with mental health problems.
  • Responds to calls for service for emergency and non-emergency matters from law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical service regarding mental health patients.
  • Responds to calls from family and friends of mentally or emotionally disturbed individuals.
  • Assists Gulf Bend Center (local MHMR), local hospitals, and doctors with evaluations for mental health patients in need of assistance.
  • Transports involuntary individuals to local and in-care facilities when meeting the Mental Health Code criteria.
  • Transports voluntary individuals who are requesting assistance to local facilities.
  • Provides documentation for Emergency Detention to facilities when requested by doctors.
  • Performs other related duties as required by the VCSO.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Knowledge of Texas Occupational and Health and Safety Code.
  • Skills in oral and written communication.
  • TCOLE basic Peace Officer certification
  • TCOLE certification as Mental Health Officer or ability to complete the required training within one year.
  • Ability to work and coordinate with supervisors, case workers, crisis counselors, and other appropriate employees of Gulf Bend Center. (local MHMR)
  • Ability and willingness to work shift work, holidays, and weekends
  • Ability to respond and work within the seven (7) county Council of Government.
  • Ability to utilize resources available within the community for mental health patients.
  • Knowledge of procedures for restraining and transporting individuals.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and court procedures.
  • Skill in the use of firearms, restraint equipment, and other standard and specialized equipment.
  • Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Experience:  preference will be given to applicants with law enforcement experience in dealing with mental health patients.                       

Applications can be obtained at the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office or at the following website:

Victoria County SO Employment Application

Applicants will be required to complete and pass a physical agility test.  

Salary Rate:   $21.57 to $22.66 per hour
Positions will remain open till filled.   

Submit applications to:
Chris Garcia, Training Lieutenant
Victoria County Sheriff’s Office
101 N Glass
Victoria, Texas 77901
Desk: 361-574-8088