Law Enforcement Officer Position

Zillah Police Department - Police Officer



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Zillah Police Department - Police Officer

Last updated on October 12, 2021
PST Partner Agency since December 05, 2015

Vacancy: 1 Expected

Testing Deadline: December 31, 2021.

Important Information

Testing is an ongoing, as-needed process.      

PLEASE NOTE:   If you have any questions or concerns regarding the disqualifiers, please contact the Zillah Police Department at 509-829-6100.

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 currently employs a staff of nine. Staffing includes the Chief of Police, 2 Sergeants, 5 Officers, and one support staff. One officer is designated as the School Resource Officer. Officers currently work 11-hour shifts 4 on 4 off with one 6 hour training/admin day per month. Shift changes occurring every 3 months. We also have a Reserve Officer program.

Area Information

County: Yakima County
Population: 3,140
# of Staff: 9

Hiring Status

Zillah Police Department - Police Officer has 1 Expected vacancy.

The deadline to test for the next hiring cycle is December 31, 2021.

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 expected vacancies: 1

Salary Information

As of January 2021, monthly salary ranges from $3988.40 - $5009.33, with Master Patrol Officers receiving a 1.5% increase on base salary, current MPO pay $5085.60. Union contract includes a 2% increase in 2022 and 2% in 2023.

Benefit Information

Zillah Police Department Officers and Sergeants are a union represented bargaining unit (Teamsters Local 760.) Officers are provided full medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage for the full family, currently the city pays 100% of premium costs. The City contributes to the Washington State LEOFF 2 retirement system, as well as the WCTPT Teamsters Pension fund.

Additionally, the city pays full monthly premiums to the Teamsters RWT-Plus retirement medical plan for full-time commissioned officers. Beginning January 1, 2022, the city will pay full monthly premiums to the upgraded Teamsters RWT-Plus XL plan which will provide for an 80/20 medical insurance plan for eligible retirement aged officers at a cost of $150 per month upon separation from service. This plan also provides the same 80/20 plan benefits for the retired officer's dependents for an additional $150 monthly premium after separation from service. (A minimum of 30 months of premium payments must be made by the employer prior to a retirement eligible employees being able to participate in the retirement medical program.)

Employees are eligible for a Deferred Compensation Program. Vacation is accrued on a step system, with the first step being 9.33 hours per month, maxing out at 15.33 hours per month. However, once an employee banks a maximum sick leave bank of 480 hours, a 2 hour monthly vacation time bonus is granted to the employee for a potential monthly vacation earning rate of 17.33 hours.

Sick time is accrued at a rate of 8 hours per month. Sick time hours not used will be cashed out upon retirement at a rate of 50%. (eg. 480 hours in bank, cash out 240 hours.) Short-term and long-term disability benefits are provided.

Employees are eligible for longevity pay after five years of continuous service, based on the following schedule: (Rates based on the employee's base hourly rate X 2080 hours.)

Years of Service/ Longevity Pay Rate

5 years / 1%

years / 1.5%

12 years / 2.5%

15 years / 3%

20 years / 4%

25 years / 5%

Officers also receive 10 paid holidays per year, with the first 5 being front loaded annually as a 40 hour bank. There is also an 80 hour comp time bank availability with cash out ability 2 times a year. Finally, a take-home vehicle program for officers living within 20 miles of city limits.

Zillah Police Department - Police 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 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.
Felony Conviction(s) as an Adult No felony convictions, disqualifying misdemeanor criminal histories within the past seven (7) years.
Felony Conviction(s) as a Juvenile No felony convictions, disqualifying misdemeanor criminal histories within the past seven (7) years.
Ability to Read & Write the English Language Must be able to read and write the English language.
Vision Requirements Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
College Requirement No
Basic Law Enforcement Academy Certification Ability to successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Police Academy or equivalent. Must be able to meet WACJTC Peace Officer Certification requirements
Veterans Preference Points Yes
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

Zillah Police Department - Police 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
Automatic 1 or more traffic crime convictions in last 5 years (DWI, Suspended, Reckless, etc.).
Automatic Suspension of driver's license within past 5 years.
Drug Usage
Automatic Illegal drug substance usage or exposure within past 3 years.
Automatic Illegal use of illegal drugs in the last 3 years.
Automatic Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
Automatic Hallucinogen use within past 10 years. No more than 2 uses total.
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 Illegal 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.
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.
Automatic Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.
Automatic Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
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.

Contact Information

Zillah Police Department - Police Officer

111 7th St
PO Box 388
Zillah, WA 98953 Yakima County County


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

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