Public Safety Dispatcher

  • County of Colusa
  • Colusa, California
  • Feb 06, 2019
Full Time Dispatch and Telecommunications
  • Salary: $3,460 Monthly
  • Salary Top: $4,432
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Apply By: May 07, 2019



To participate in a variety of duties and responsibilities involved in receiving incoming calls for police, fire, emergency assistance and 911 calls covering other law enforcement services; to dispatch necessary units; and to perform a variety of general support duties related to dispatch activities including record keeping, typing and filing.

Job Description


Receive incoming calls from the public requesting public safety or emergency service; monitor calls for various fire departments within the county; dispatch law enforcement and emergency response units as necessary; relay information and assistance requests; maintain radio contact with units in the field; relay traffic to and from other stations or agencies as required; monitor alarms and report activity as necessary.

Use teletype computer terminal to record, modify and retrieve data including missing and wanted persons, stolen and recovered property, driver license and vehicle registration information; make CLETS and AMIS inquiries as required.

Record, type, and file records and other reports and materials including complaints, declarations, fingerprint cards and index cards on bookings, warrants, citations and crime reports; purge case files, warrants and bookings as necessary.

Sort, file, copy and distribute crime reports, domestic violence reports, traffic reports, citations, civil papers and petitions to the appropriate departments including the District Attorney, Probation Office, and the Court.

Monitor the jail for emergency and security problems.

Perform related duties as required.


A written exam will be administered to determine the candidate’s aptitude for work in dispatching.

Per POST requirements, applicants may only test once every 30 days for this exam. If you have tested anytime within

the last 12 months and wish to use such T-Score, please include with your application packet a copy of the

official score letter from the agency you tested with.

Job Requirements


  •  Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade
  •  One year of responsible clerical experience including frequent public contact and ability to type 35 wpm
  •  Ability to work irregular hours, holidays, and weekends
  •  Must successfully pass a thorough background investigation
  •  PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED Completion of the Dispatcher Core course

Special Instructions

Please mention you found this employment opportunity on the job board.

Applications may be obtained from and returned to:
Human Resources Department
250 5th Street
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone: 530-458-0420
Download application:

Scanned completed application packets may be emailed to:
A complete application packet will include:

  • A signed completed standard Colusa County Application REV.111317
  • A signed completed Conviction Records Supplemental Form (attached to PDF flyer available on the bottom of this web page)
  • Cover Letter
  • A valid keyboarding certificate dated within the last 12 months verifying a net typing/keyboard speed of 35 wpm. The certificate must be signed by the agency employee administering the test. Self-tested, computer-generated typing certificates will not be accepted.
  • Proof of completion of Dispatcher Core course, if applicable.

Submitting an incomplete packet may result in the disqualification of your application

The applications will be used to select the best-qualified applicant to participate in the selection process. A written examination and/or physical assessment may be administered to those candidates meeting the minimum qualifications. A qualifications appraisal interview will be used to assess the candidate's knowledge, skills and training experience. The top applicants will be ranked on a hiring list. The Sheriff will make the final selection and appointment.

Additional Information


CalPERS retirement plan, deferred compensation plans available with monthly matching employer contributions; paid holiday, vacation and sick leave; paid health insurance, vision and life insurance for employee; partially paid dental insurance for employee. Standby/Call-In pay, POST Incentive, Educational Incentive Pay, plus other incentives as applicable. This position is part of the Colusa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (CCDSA).

APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS. Resumes are encouraged but may not be substituted for any part of the official application. Application forms must be filled out completely and show clearly that all minimum requirements are met. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee selection in the examination process.

Note: The information contained in this flyer is general in nature and does not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Colusa County does not reimburse applicants for any travel or related expenses incurred in connection with applying for employment. Colusa County participates in E-Verify. To view the Notice of E-Verify Participation and the Right to Work posters, please visit the Employment Opportunities section of the Colusa County website.

Retirees: Colusa County invites all qualified candidates to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221 (h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees.


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