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The City of Wenatchee’s Civil Service Commission is responsible for establishing and administering the City’s civil service rules. These rules govern the processes for personnel testing, hiring, promotions, discipline and employment status, as well as records maintenance. These rules apply to City employee positions governed by the Commission, primarily the Police and Fire Departments.

The Wenatchee Police Department utilizes Public Safety Testing to perform entry-level candidate testing. They can be reached at www.publicsafetytesting.com. This testing process, combined with a follow-up civil service testing process, is used to establish eligibility lists for hiring.

Minimum qualifications to become an officer are determined by the City of Wenatchee Civil Service Commission. Current minimum qualifications include:

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to read and write the English language
  • Must possess at least an AA degree from an accredited college or university
    or three years of uninterrupted service as a commissioned officer in a United States law enforcement agency
    or be a First Class Reserve Officer with the Wenatchee Police Department.

Lateral Entry Police Officer:  If certified in Washington State, an applicant must have by date of hire a minimum of three years continuous full time commissioned law enforcement employment within the last eight years or have at least one continuous year of commissioned full-time employment within the last 24 months and either possess a minimum of an AA/AS/AAS degree from an accredited institution or have fluency in the Spanish language. In lieu of a degree, documentation of course work completed at an accredited four-year college or university equivalent to a two-year transfer degree may be accepted. This is meant to mirror the lapse in service requirements set forth in WAC 139-05-210. 

If certified in a state other than Washington, an applicant must have a minimum of three years continuous full time commissioned law enforcement employment within the last five years or have at least one continuous year of commissioned full-time employment within the last 24 months and either possess a minimum of an AA/AS/AAS degree from an accredited institution by the date of hire or have fluency in the Spanish language.  In lieu of a degree, documentation of course work completed at an accredited four-year college or university equivalent to a two-year transfer degree may be accepted. 

By date of hire, all lateral entry applicants must have successfully completed their agency’s required probationary period and have successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Basic Law Enforcement Academy or an equivalent state certified law enforcement basic academy.  An applicant must pass a background investigation, polygraph examination, psychological examination and physical examination.  Other examinations may be required as part of the hiring process, including a proficiency exam in Spanish if applicable.

Applicants must also be in excellent physical condition and of good moral character. A criminal record may disqualify an applicant. Questions regarding qualifications or the application process can be directed to Captain Edgar Reinfeld at (509) 888-4202 or ereinfeld@wenatcheewa.gov

Click on this link to view our Equal Opportunity Employment Plan (EEOP).

Additional employment information can be found on the Employment Opportunities page.

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