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Spokane County Sheriff's Office Communications

  • Contact Information

    Spokane County Sheriff's Office Communications
    Spokane County Civil Service Commission
    6011 N Chase Rd.
    Newman Lake, Washington 99025
    Phone: 509-477-4711
    Department Website

Agency Added: 08/14/2014 | Last updated: 02/04/2019

Community Information

Spokane County is the most eastern county in Washington State, bordering Idaho and 92 miles south of the Canadian border. The county offers a unique vibrant urban setting but retains the rural feel for those who desire it. The area serves as a business, medical, transportation, and cultural hub of the Inland Northwest. In a March 2018 article by Realtor.com, “Cost Conscious Buyers Are Flocking to These 10 Affordable, Midsize Cities”, March, 1, 2018, Spokane was rated as the top city.” https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/10-midsized-cities-home-buyers-eyeing/.

The area has been inhabited by humans for many thousands of years and was named for the Spokane Indians, whose name in Salishan means “children of the sun” or “sun people”.

The region provides an ideal balance for work, education, and recreation. Residents enjoy all four seasons especially the long warm dry summer months that are ideal for camping, water sports, and out-door activities. There are 78 lakes, 4 major rivers, 5 ski/snowboard areas and over 100 parks within a 50 mile radius. With over 12 affordable public and private golf courses and several new aquatic facilities, there is something for everyone.

Spokane County is proud to have Fairchild Air Force Base, home of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing located in Airway Heights, as the largest employer in the county. Other large employers include medical and health sciences, educational, transportation, and business.

Higher educational institutions, both public and private, surround Spokane County. The following are located within a 100-mile radius of the county: Community Colleges of Spokane, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, Northern Idaho College, University of Idaho, and Lewis Clark State College. Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine accepted it’s inaugural class of medical students in 2017.

Department Information

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office employs 18 dispatchers. The patrol division contains 143 sworn deputies, 42 detectives, 26 sergeants, 8 lieutenants, along with 2 Chiefs, a Captain, a Chief/Inspector, Under-sheriff and the Sheriff. The dispatch, patrol and jail facilities provide 24-hour coverage.
The dispatch center receives emergency and non-emergency requests for law enforcement via the Spokane 911 Center and relays those request and information utilizing radio, telephone and computer equipment. The dispatch center works closely with other police, fire, records and dispatch agencies within and outside of Spokane County.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office consistently invests available resources towards community wide safety, security and the positive, nationwide reputation of the County. We do this by providing a highly trained, dedicated team of professionals, working in partnership with the community, in conjunction with new technology and researched based criminal justice training. Employees of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Dispatch hold positions of high public trust and therefore are held to high integrity standards both on and off duty.

Area Information

  • County: Spokane
  • Population: 484,318 (2014)

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21 X  
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident Yes X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Yes X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult None X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes X  
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20 in the good eye and 20/30 in the lesser eye. Normal color vision.   X
College Requirement No    
Current Hiring Status This is a continuous list maintained as scores are received from PST. After passing this test, additional in-house testing is required before an eligibility list is established.    
Other Must be able to type 45 WPM

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We only consider the most recent score    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Current Hiring Status

This is a continuous list maintained as scores are received from PST. After passing this test, additional in-house testing is required before an eligibility list is established.

Number of current vacancies - 4 (updated 1/30/19)

Salary Information

$21.80 - $29.41/Hour
$3,778.38 - $5,098.34/Month
$45,340.56 - $61,180.08/Year

Benefit Information

Employee Benefits

When employees are asked why they like working for Spokane County, they often refer to excellent working conditions and comprehensive benefits. The following is a brief description of the benefits currently offered to employees of Spokane County (in regular status). Benefits are subject to change and may differ according to collective bargaining agreements. Further information is available through the Human Resources Department.

Paid Leave: A generous paid leave program is provided. Spokane County Observed Holidays Ten paid holidays are observed by County employees. Non-represented employees have an additional "Personal Holiday". Represented employees should consult their contract.

Medical Insurance

Two plans are currently available: PREMERA BLUECROSS, GROUP HEALTH. Medical insurance is provided to the employee, cost varies depending on plan and contract. Additional premium cost to the employee may incur for spouse and family members coverage.

Dental Insurance

Two plans are currently available; WILLAMETTE DENTAL, WASHINGTON DENTAL SERVICE. Dental insurance is provided to the employee, cost varies depending on plan and contract. Additional premium cost to the employee may incur for spouse and family members coverage.

Long Term Disability Coverage

All employees are automatically enrolled for Long Term Disability. STANDARD - LTD CERTIFICATION

Retirement Plan

Spokane County employees are automatically included in the WASHINGTON STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (PERS). Both the employer and the employee contribute to the plan.

Life Insurance

The County provides a $25,000 employee group life insurance policy to employees in this position. This benefit is paid in full by Spokane County. In addition to the $10,000 group life insurance policy, additional voluntary life insurance may be purchased by the employee for self, spouse and dependents. STANDARD - BASIC $10,000 and AD/D CERTIFICATION and STANDARD - VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATION.

Tax Deferred Compensation

Employees may supplement their retirement income and save money on taxes by participating in this optional County program through NATIONWIDE.

Employee Assistance Program

Employees and their family members are eligible to receive free confidential assistance from an outside agency www.deeroaks.com to assist with problems related to: marriage, family, alcohol, drugs, personal and work. These services are available up to 8 sessions per year.

In addition, Spokane County offers its employees access to credit union membership, a variety of on-going training programs, an Employee Suggestion Award program, a Commute Trip Reduction program, direct payroll deposit, etc.