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Mount Vernon Police Department

  • Contact Information

    Mount Vernon Police Department
    1805 Continental Place
    Mount Vernon, Washington 98273-5625
    Phone: 360-336-6271
    Department Website

Agency Added: 11/07/2011 | Last updated: 09/19/2018

Community Information

Mount Vernon, cited as the best small city in America in 1997, is situated on the I-5 corridor midway between Seattle and Vancouver, BC. It is the largest city and county seat in Skagit County. We are a 20-minute drive from Anacortes- the beginning point of the State ferry system ride to Sydney, BC and the San Juan Islands. Skagit County is home to the popular Tulip Festival, Highland Games, and the largest wintering bird population in the lower 48 states. Mount Vernon hosts an excellent school system (including Skagit Valley College), medical facilities, and cultural and recreational opportunities.

Department Information

The Mount Vernon Police Department is a full service policing agency. It is a progressive, State accredited, professional agency currently consisting of 45 Police Officers, 2 Community Service Officer, and 10 records/clerical personnel. All personnel are well-trained and equipped. There is a one year probation period for all new employees. The Department shares a participative management style with all ranks and supports the multilevel career certification from the Training Commission. Career opportunities after two years of patrol service include: K-9; Motorcycle/Traffic Unit; Priority Policing Team; Public Education; Investigation Unit; Interlocal Drug Task Force; Tactical Team; Crisis Negotiator; Field Training Program; Crime Prevention; Neighborhood Resource Officer; School Resource Officer, and a variety of Training Instructor Positions.

Area Information

  • Population Size: 34,590
  • # of Staff: 60 FT and 1 PT
  • County: Skagit

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 Valid Washington State Driver's License X  
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony convictions or domestic violence conviction. X  
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No felony convictions or domestic violence conviction. X  
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes    
Vision Requirements Correctable to 20/20 X  
College Requirement 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours from an accredited college or university. X  
Other Successfully complete a thorough background investigation, polygraph, psychological, and medical examination and pre-employment drug & alcohol screening.

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    

Current Hiring Status

Number of current vacancies: 2

Salary Information

                                           2017          2018

0-1 year                             $5,813       $5,958/mo

1-2 years:                          $6,090       $6,242/mo

2-3 years:                          $6,368       $6,528/mo

3-5 years:                          $6,642       $6,808/mo

5+ years:                           $6,920       $7,093/mo

City matches 1% employee contributions to a 457 deferred compensation account.

Benefit Information

Educational costs (continued education): $1,500 per calendar year.
Sick leave: earn 8 hours per month - maximum of 120 days.
Sick leave bonus: use no sick time in a year - earn an additional 8 hours of vacation.
Disability leave: earn 8 hours per month - maximum 120 hours.
LEOFF II state retirement plan.
11 paid holidays per year.
Paid vacation: 10-25 days per year.
Funeral leave: up to 6 days.
Health, dental, vision and prescription drug plan.
Local health club membership provided.
Police professional liability insurance.
Union security: Police Services Guild.
Quartermaster: provide all required uniforms, associated equipment and accessories.
Clothing allowance: $800 initial year; $750 second year; $450 per year for investigators.
Dry cleaning provided.
Minimum 24 hours annual training.
Education incentive - 2%-4% of base salary.
Four day work week - 8.5 hour work day (4on/2off).
Bilingual pay - 4% of base salary.
Sick leave cashout - max of 25%
Compensatory time available.
Longevity incentive - 2%-6% of base salary.
Shift differential - up to .55 per hour.
Special duty pay - 3%-4% of base salary.