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Port Angeles - Communication Officer/Dispatcher

  • Contact Information

    Port Angeles - Communication Officer/Dispatcher
    321 E 5th ST.
    Port Angeles, Washington 98362
    Phone: 360.417.4510
    Department Website

Agency Added: 09/20/2012 | Last updated: 01/24/2019

Community Information

Port Angeles is the largest city on the Olympic Peninsula and the county seat of Clallam County. The community adjoins Olympic National Park where multiple outdoor recreational activities abound. The community has a variety of educational facilities that include a public school system, private and parochial schools, and Peninsula Community College. Port Angeles is a two and one-half hour drive from the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area and a 90 minute ferry ride from Victoria, British Columbia. The community is located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and features a large natural harbor. The current population of Port Angeles is approx 19,256. The City is noted for excellent quality of life.

Department Information

The Port Angeles Police Department is a progressive, State-accredited, community policing oriented, professional agency currently consisting of 33 commissioned employees, and a civilian contingent of 27 who are primarily responsible for police records and the PENCOM 911 Communications Center. The Department has an assigned school resources officer in addition to other staffing including a downtown officer, Drug Task Force officer, two K-9 officers and a detective division.

PENCOM currently has one Communications Officer/Dispatcher vacancy.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 19,256
  • County: Clallam

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 18 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident U.S. citizen or legally eligible to work in the United States X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult Refer to Automatic and Discretionary Disqualifiers found at http://www.cityofpa.us/humanresourcesOpen.htm X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile Refer to Automatic and Discretionary Disqualifiers found at http://www.cityofpa.us/humanresourcesOpen.htm X  
Other Refer to Automatic and Discretionary Disqualifiers found at http://wa-portangeles.civicplus.com/jobs.aspx

Applicant must live within 30 minutes of the dispatch center.

Minimum Typing Speed of 45 WPM required.

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider all the scores from the same applicant    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in the last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Automatic3 or more moving violations in past 3 years.
Automatic2 or more at-fault accidents in past 3 years.
AutomaticBeen involved in more than one motor vehicle accident within the preceding 3 years for which the applicant received a traffic or criminal citation and was convicted, forfeited bail, or entered a plea of "guilty" or "nolo contendere".
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
AutomaticUsed (tried) illegally any narcotic or dangerous drugs by injection.
AutomaticUsed illegally, for any purpose, marijuana within the past 2 years.
AutomaticUsed illegally any other dangerous drugs or narcotics (marijuana included) other than for experimentation within the past 7 years. The use of an illegal drug is presumed to be not for experimentation by the Port Angeles Police Department if: The use of marijuana exceeds a total of 10 times or exceeds 5 times in the past 7 years. The use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, exceeds a total of 2 times in the past 7 years.
Criminal Activity
AutomaticAny adult felony conviction.
AutomaticAny misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
PotentialAdult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
PotentialJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statute.
AutomaticBeen convicted of stalking or unlawful sexual misconduct.
AutomaticBeen convicted of a felony (or pled nolo contendere to a felony charge), or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Washington State, or has been incarcerated after conviction for any crime.
AutomaticBeen previously employed as a law enforcement employee and since has committed or violated federal, state or city laws pertaining to criminal activity.
AutomaticCommitted any serious violation of Federal, State, City or County laws.
AutomaticBeen dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
AutomaticLied during any stage of the hiring process.
AutomaticFalsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
PotentialCurrent credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Current Hiring Status

The eligibility list is a continuous listing and maintained as scores are received from PST with oral board interviews conducted on an as-needed basis. Vacancies are filled per Civil Service rules.

Number of Current Vacancies: 4

Salary Information

$3,633/$4,634 month plus excellent benefits.

Benefit Information

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage for employee and dependents, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, PERS retirement and access to deferred compensation. Employee shares 11.5% of the medical premium.