Community Service Officer / Dispatcher (19999408)

Public Safety Dispatch
Central Valley
$19.33-$24.74 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


130 S Second Street Chowchilla, 93610


“This is a continuous recruitment which can be closed at any time without notice.”


THE POSITION Under general supervision, this non-sworn, non-peace officer position performs assignments involving responsible public contact work in crime prevention and delivers non-emergency police services; also performs related duties as required.


Prerequisites / Qualifications 

This is the entry-level position.   Applicants must be 18 years old at time of application, have no felony convictions, have the ability to learn and understand radio and statue codes, understand policy and procedures written in English, function without close supervision, work a variety of shifts including weekends and holidays, and lift and transport various objects.  


Education / Experience

Any combination equivalent to graduation from high school plus one (1) year of experience in a clerical of similar position; college credits in criminal justice or communication preferred. 

Licenses / Registrations / Accreditation / Etc. 

Possession of a Valid Class C California Motor Vehicle Operator License; A 35 WPM Typing Certification (Needs to be attached to application); and achieve within one year of appointment the completion of a P.O.S.T. Dispatch Certificate, completion of D.O.J. training for full access operator, and standard CPR and First Aid Certificates issued by the American Red Cross. 

Ideal Candidate

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is an entry-level position, performing a variety of community and crime prevention police activities that do not require the authority of a sworn officer. The Community Service Officer may be part of a team with sworn officers and assist in many police related functions. Community Services Officers normally are found in assignments such as: community affairs, dispatch; assisting officers, court liaison, juvenile crime and drug prevention programs, clerical assistance, processing property and evidence, preparing and processing crime reports, and working with the public at the front window and counter.



  • Holidays: The City recognizes 11 days each calendar year plus 2 floating holidays.
  • Vacation: Employees earn 3.70 hours of vacation per pay period for the first three years and increases to the maximum of 9.23 hours per pay period.
  • Sick Leave: 3.70 hours earned per pay period with no maximum accrual cap.
  • Retirement: City participates in CalPERS. The City does not participate in Social Security. Part time employees may be subject to PARS (Public Agency Retirement Services).
  • Health Insurance: Employee pays a portion for employee and dependent coverage of medical, dental, health and life insurance.
  • Medicare: City pays 1.45% of salary; employee pays 1.45% of salary.
  • SDI: 1% of salary paid by employee.
  • Deferred Compensation: CalPERS 457 Deferred Compensation program is available.
  • Additional: Longevity pay based on years of service; City pays all state mandated training and licenses

Special Instructions

SELECTION PROCEDURE Candidates must submit application materials that include a complete and signed employment application with copies of the required certificates listed under the Pre-requisite / Qualifications; Education and Experience, and Licenses, Registration, Accreditations, Etc. in the Job Description. Candidate must complete a resume, and cover letter. (Must provide a copy of a your Typing Certification of 35WPM or more.) Applicants are recommended to apply and submit application materials online at Application materials can also be mailed or hand-delivered to Chowchilla City Hall, 130 S. Second St., Chowchilla, CA 93610; emailed to

An employment application can be

  • Downloaded from the City of Chowchilla web site at
  • A printed version can be obtained from Chowchilla City Hall, 130 S. Second St., Chowchilla, CA 93610,
  • Or by calling (559) 665-8615 Extension 102.

Candidates considered to be best qualified based on the information provided will move forward in the recruitment process. The applicant who is ultimately chosen for the position will be required to pass a background check, drug test and physical exam. The appraisal may be administered either by written examination, oral interview, performance test, or any combination as determined by the City of Chowchilla to be appropriate. Successful applicants from the appraisal will be placed on an eligibility list that is valid for one year. The final portion of the selection process includes an interview with the Chief of Police and may include the City Administrator.

Recruitment Contact

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