Corrections Position

Oak Harbor Police Department - Corrections Officer



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Oak Harbor Police Department - Corrections Officer

Last updated on May 04, 2021
PST Partner Agency since February 24, 2017

Testing Deadline: June 30, 2021.

Important Information

We are continually testing for Corrections position. When a position becomes available we will email an application to candidates on our PST list. 

In order to qualify for an open position, you must complete the PHS and pass the written test and PAT at the time of application for employment. When an opening occurs and you are on our list with PST and have met the minimum qualifications, you will be sent an application for employment with the City of Oak Harbor. The top applicants will be invited to an oral board interview which must be attended in person. 

PLEASE NOTE:   If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Human Resource Department at 360-279-4518 and ask to speak to Kim Andrews

Community Information

The Community

The City of Oak Harbor (population 22,000 plus) is situated on the northern portion of Whidbey Island, approximately two-hours drive north of Seattle, and is accessible by both land and ferry. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Whidbey Island experiences half the annual rainfall of Seattle.

Whidbey Island is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and with the presence of several nearby state parks, and nearby San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker recreational areas, and easy access to the Cascade and Olympic Mountains there is a host of recreational activities for an active outdoor lifestyle. You can enjoy boating, whale watching, hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, camping, sport fishing, bird watching, beach combing, and much more.

Oak Harbor also offers excellent small town ambiance, a local play house, outstanding dining, antique shopping, and within minutes of Oak Harbor, the opportunity to visit unique garden and vineyard settings, or simply enjoy the quietness of watching eagles soar.

Oak Harbor has a vibrant downtown, an expanding commercial and retail base, and growing secondary education opportunities. In summary, the lifestyle, convenience of services and location make Oak Harbor an outstanding place to live, work and raise a family.

The City

The City of Oak Harbor was incorporated in 1915 and operates under the Mayor-Council form of government. The Mayor and City Council are elected at-large for four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the development of budgets and related financial plans, and the overall operation of the City. The Mayor directly supervises the City Administrator, City Attorney, Police Chief and Fire Chief. The City Administrator directly supervises the Development Services Director, Finance Director, Human Resources Director and Public Works Director.

The City of Oak Harbor employs approximately 130 full-time personnel and operates with an overall budget of $138 million ($16.4 million General Fund).

For more information on the City of Oak Harbor, please visit our website at

Department Information

The Oak Harbor Police Department is comprised: Administration, Patrol, Detectives and Special Operations. The authorized force consists of 26 Commissioned Personnel and 12 Non-Commissioned Personnel. The department is known for its successful community involvement and problem solving approach to law enforcement. Additionally, the Police Department has a city jail as part of its responsibility, which is staffed by City Correctional staff.

The department is proud of its increased commitment to training, including an internal bi-monthly training program, inter-agency training, as well as outside training opportunities for staff. Other areas the department participates in include; a Community Advisory Board, Reserve Officer Unit, Explorer Post and Citizens Volunteers.

The Department has strong cooperative relationships with local agencies and participates in regional law enforcement, communications and emergency management task forces and organizations. The department enjoys continued quality relationships with the U.S. Navy and the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station located in and adjacent to the City of Oak Harbor. We take pride in providing services for our community and the variety of events which occur in the City each year, including; Holland Happenings, 4th of July, National Night Out and the Whidbey Island Marathon.

Officers work on a 3/12 schedule, rotating two months on days and two months on nights schedule.

We also offer education and longevity pay and great benefits!

We are a progressive department, anticipating department and community needs now and for the future!

Area Information

County: Island
Population: 22,200
# of Staff: 36

Hiring Status

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is June 30, 2021.

We are continually testing for Corrections position. When a position becomes available we will email an application to candidates on our PST list. 

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 interviews, background investigation & selection as vacancies occur.

Number of Current Vacancies: 0

Salary Information


• Starting wage- $4507 per month

• Education incentive pay 1.5% - 6% depending on education level

• Longevity pay 3%-5%  starting at 10 years of service

Benefit Information


• Washington State LEOFF Retirement

• Accrue one day vacation per month, with longevity increases.

• Education and longevity increases.

• Accrue one day of sick leave per month

• Ten paid holidays plus two floating holidays 

• 100% employer paid medical, dental and vision for employee

• 75% employer paid medical, dental and vision for employee’s dependents

• Health Savings Account fully funded by the City with HDHP ($3,500 individual, $7,000 family per year)

• Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

• 100% employer paid group life insurance and long-term disability for employee

• Opportunity to participate in two Deferred Compensation Plans, optional health care and insurance plans

Oak Harbor Police Department - Corrections Officer Requirements

Category Requirement Required at time of...
    Test Hire
Written Examination Yes, required
LEO/CO Physical Ability Test (PAT) Yes, required

Your physical ability test must be completed 90 days (~3 months) before or after your passing written exam.

Minimum Age 21
US Citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.
High School Grad/ GED Yes
Driver's License Required Yes: Washington State
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No Felony Convictions
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No Felony Convictions
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Yes
Vision Requirements Must meet LEOFF II minimum medical and health standards.
College Requirement No
Basic Corrections Academy Certification WCJTC - Corrections Officer Academy (COA) must be completed within 6 months of hire date.
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

Oak Harbor Police Department - Corrections Officer Disqualifiers

The following are automatic and potential disqualifiers. Applicants should not apply to our agency if they indicate any of the automatic disqualifiers. Potential disqualifiers will be considered on a case by case basis.

Category Disqualifier
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Illegal opiate use.
Potential Other drug use outside these standards will be considered on case by case basis.
Automatic No illegal sale of ANY drug, including marijuana.
Automatic Pattern of illegal use of prescription medication.
Criminal Activity
Automatic Any adult felony conviction.
Automatic Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Potential Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
Potential Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Unlawful sexual misconduct.
Automatic Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
Automatic Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
Automatic Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
Automatic Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current (CJTC/POST) certified status
Automatic Failure to pay income tax or child support.
Potential Current credit accounts, or unresolved accounts in collection will be carefully reviewed.

Contact Information

Oak Harbor Police Department - Corrections Officer

860 SE Barrington Dr.
Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Island County


Agency Test Requirements
Written Examination: Yes, required
PAT: Yes, required

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