9-1-1 Sheriff's Office Dispatcher

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Dispatch and Telecommunications Public Safety
  • Salary: $59,921.22 - $72,840.49 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Information

Join the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Family!
Become a 9-1-1 Dispatcher

What We Offer

A career with the Sheriff's Office is anything but monotonous. When you join the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, you become part of a strong work family that makes a difference in our community. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package* including:

  • A cash allowance of approximately $600 per month for full-time positions
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850
  • Bilingual premium pay of $1.15 per hour in addition to the hourly pay rate for bilingual assignments
  • Differential pay for evening and night shifts, ranging from 5.0% to 10.0%
  • Onsite workout facilities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 holidays per year, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a 5% salary increase after 1040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a 5% salary increase every year thereafter until reaching the top of the salary range for good work performance
  • With experience and good work performance, career advancement to Communications Dispatcher II, which includes a minimum 5% salary increase

Train to Become a 9-1-1 Sheriff's Office Dispatcher

Supporting safety and emergency situations is an exciting and challenging opportunity for people who thrive in a fast paced work environment and enjoy using complex communication systems. Although being a Dispatcher can be demanding, those with determination and a passion for public safety will be rewarded with camaraderie, the ability to help others when needed most, and the satisfaction of hearing colleagues confirm, "We have the suspect in custody."

In this entry-level position, you will receive significant training on how to effectively handle a variety of emergency situations. Once on-the-job training is complete, Dispatchers take emergency calls; dispatch, track, and monitor situations happening in the field; and assist deputies in the field who may be engaged in looking for a missing person to responding to a robbery in progress. The most successful Dispatcher's will:

  • Work swiftly, in stressful situations, to manage multiple things happening at once
  • Remain calm, clear, and in control
  • Demonstrate excellent communications skills
  • Have problem solving skills, empathy, and compassion
  • Type 45 wpm
In our 24/7 environment, overtime is required and Dispatchers must have the flexibility to work all shifts (days, swings, graves). As you gain experience and seniority, there is more flexibility in selecting shifts.

Please Note: Skills and abilities testing will be conducted by the Sheriff's Office for referred applicants using CritiCall . Top scoring applicants will be contacted for department selection interviews by the Sheriff's Office. As this is not a P.O.S.T. test, a T-Score or pass/fail letter will not be provided by the County of Sonoma Human Resources or the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Sonoma County Law Enforcement Association's Memorandum Of Understanding ( SCLEA MOU ) . Bilingual positions require English and Spanish skills at either the basic (conversational) or fluent (reading, writing, and conversational) level. A bilingual examination may be conducted prior to employment to confirm level of skill. The bilingual premium pay begins upon the assignment of a bilingual caseload. The Civil Service title of this position is Communications Dispatcher I.

This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment .

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience which would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, this would include graduation from high school or possession of a G.E.D. Some experience receiving information over the phone, radio, or communications system, and simultaneously entering data into a computer is desirable.
Special requirement: Within one year of employment, and as a condition of probation, employees in this classification shall complete a P.O.S.T. certified Public Safety Dispatcher's Basic Course.
Special skill requirement: This classification requires the ability to type at a corrected speed of 45 words per minute.
License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Some knowledge of: streets, roads, major buildings and geography of Sonoma County; the functions of the Sheriff's Office and other public safety agencies; communications equipment; data entry techniques and computer operations; techniques for effectively working with members of various ages, ethnicities and socio-economic groups; standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment.
Ability to: speak clearly and concisely in English; react quickly, efficiently and calmly in an emergency situation, and adopt an effective course of action; handle inquiries from the public in a courteous and effective manner; learn rules and regulations, including applicable Federal Communications Regulations and their application; understand and follow complex written and oral instructions; learn to operate communications equipment; keep records; type on a keyboard; and work a shift schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for invitation by the Sheriff's Office for online skills based testing using CritiCall .

Please Note: Skills and abilities testing will be conducted by the Sheriff's Office for referred applicants using CritiCall . Top scoring applicants will be contacted for department selection interviews by the Sheriff's Office. As this is not a P.O.S.T. test, a T-Score or pass/fail letter will not be provided by the County of Sonoma Human Resources or the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. https://criticall911.com/dispatcher-testing/applicants/


Being part of the Sheriff's Office and being expected to keep the public safe requires a thorough background investigation process. This process includes an assessment of prior work history, verifying educational experiences, court reports, public records searches, understanding past patterns relating to drug usage, financial patterns, etc. This entails gathering a significant amount of information from job candidates and speaking to former employers, friends, family members, etc. Polygraphs, drug tests, and medical, and physical examinations are also part of this process. Candidates must be honest and forthcoming about information that may arise during the background process. Deception during any portion of this process is grounds for disqualification, even after employment. This process can take anywhere from 3-5 months. Many factors are taken into consideration and one should not assume a credit issue or prior drug use is automatically disqualifying. Candidates will be given the opportunity to present mitigating information they feel should be considered. You are encouraged to be as responsive as possible while this process is taking place to help expedite the timeline, and we encourage you to stay patient and interested in this great career opportunity while this process is taking place.

Please read the Drug Standards for Sheriff's Office for further information.

You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION : Beginning in the Spring Term, 2022, Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) will require proof of full vaccination for anyone attending in person classes . Per the SRJC, there will be no option to submit to testing in lieu of proof of full vaccination. Possible exemptions to this requirement will be reviewed by SRJC, based solely on approved medical and religious reasons. New 9-1-1 Sheriff's Office Dispatchers will be expected to participate in the SRJC Public Safety Dispatcher Basic Course in person and must meet all attendance requirements, including providing proof of vaccination. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office is requiring applicants considered for the background investigation process have their vaccination by the point of conditional job offer.


Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: MN
HR Technician: RR

Closing Date:Continuous

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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