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Zillah Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Zillah Police Department
    111 7th St
    PO Box 388
    Zillah, Washington 98953
    Phone: 509-829-6100
    Department Website

Agency Added: 12/04/2015 | Last updated: 02/21/2018

Community Information

Zillah is a city in Yakima County, Washington, located on Interstate 82 about 15 miles southeast of Yakima. Zillah is a bedroom community located in the heart of the Yakima Valley Wine Country. The surrounding areas provide ample outdoor activities, including fishing, hunting, and hiking. Zillah’s close proximity to Yakima and the Tri-Cities provides its residents with the comforts of a small community and the benefits of access to larger commerce. Zillah Community Days is an annual event held during the 2nd full weekend in May. We host a 4th of July celebration, complete with a fireworks show, as well as a Bluegrass Festival in August. Zillah is a very close-knit community that takes pride in school sports and other extracurricular activities.

Department Information

The Zillah Police Department employs a staff of nine. Staffing includes the Chief of Police, one Sergeant, 6 Officers, and one support staff. One officer is designated as the School Resource Officer. Officers currently work 10-hour shifts, with shift change occurring every 3 months. We also have a Reserve Officer program.

Area Information

  • County: Yakima County
  • Population: 3,140
  • # of staff: 9

Agency Requirements:

Category Requirement Required at time of..
Test Hire
Minimum Age 21   X
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident. X  
High School Grad/ GED Yes X  
Driver's License Required Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a Washington State driver’s license with no record of revocation or suspension within seven (7) years.   X
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony convictions, disqualifying misdemeanor criminal histories within the past seven (7) years. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No felony convictions, disqualifying misdemeanor criminal histories within the past seven (7) years. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Must be able to read and write the English language. X  
Vision Requirements Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. X  
College Requirement No    
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Ability to successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Police Academy or equivalent.   X
Other Candidates must successfully pass the Physical Fitness and Abilities Test for this agency.

This agency allows out of state testing.
Multiple Scores from Same Applicant We consider the highest score received within the past one year    
Request/ Access Scores On an as-needed basis as vacancies occur    

Agency Disqualifiers:


Category Disqualifier
Automatic1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
AutomaticSuspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Drug Usage
AutomaticIllegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
AutomaticIllegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
AutomaticHallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 2 uses total.
PotentialOther drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
AutomaticNo illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
AutomaticIllegal use of dangerous drugs or narcotics, other than marijuana, for any purpose more than 5 time(s) in lifetime, and no use within the past 10 years.
AutomaticPattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
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.
AutomaticJuvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
AutomaticBeen convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
AutomaticUnlawful sexual misconduct.
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.
AutomaticPrevious revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status.

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 by Civil Service “rule of five” with the top five candidates forwarded to the appointing authority for background investigation and selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 0

Salary Information

As of January 2016, monthly salary ranges from $3542.87 - $4451.11, with Master Patrol Officers receiving a 1.5% increase on base salary. Union contract includes a 3% increase in 2017.

Benefit Information

City employees are provided medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage for the full family. The City contributes to the LEOF retirement system, as well as the Teamsters retirement fund. Employees are also eligible for the Deferred Compensation program. Vacation is accrued on a step system, with the first step being 9.33 hours per month. Sick time is accrued at a rate of 8 hours per month. Short-term and long-term disability benefits are provided. Employees are eligible for longevity pay after five years of continuous service and receive 10 paid holidays per year.