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Public Safety Dispatcher II - Laterals From Other Public Agencies

(PAEL Application Process Information)
Recruitment #PAEL-FRENM-02

Job Type: Open
Date Opened:7/1/2010 12:00:00 PM
Filing Deadline:Continuous
Employment Type: Permanent/Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Work Location: Auburn Area (Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Meadow Vista, Penryn)
HR Analyst: Suzanne Holloway

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The Placer County Sheriff's Office dispatch center is located in beautiful Auburn, California, which is less than two hours away from Reno/Tahoe or San Francisco.  The dispatch center features full sit-to-stand ergonomic work stations, a locker room, a full kitchen, a quiet room, a balcony with BBQ, skylights, and second-story views from wall-to-wall windows.  Click here to view photos of the dispatch center.

Public Safety Dispatchers receive a competitive benefit package including 13 paid holidays per year, 12 paid sick days per year, generous contributions to CalPERS, and access to an employee assistance program.  Dispatchers who work on holidays receive overtime compensation for the actual number of hours worked in addition to holiday pay.  Shift differential pay of 7.5% is also paid to dispatchers who work swing and graveyard shifts.  Full benefit details can be found below in the Benefits section of this posting.


Lateral Transfer/Other Agency List (Public Agency Eligible List – PAEL)

Placer County now offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process.  Those hired from this process will typically be considered new employees for purposes of determining seniority, benefits, and other leave accruals. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:

To determine whether or not your current or most recent job classification is substantially similar to Placer County's Public Safety Dispatcher II, click the Classification and Salary Info link at the top of this page.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for placement on a Public Agency Eligible List an applicant must meet all of the following criteria (per Placer County Code Chapter 3, section 3.08.720):

  1. Applicant must have worked for a public agency (other than Placer County) that operates under a personnel civil service or merit system;

  2. The classification in which Placer County employment is contemplated must possess the same or lesser minimum qualifications and be substantially similar in job assignment and responsibility as the position in which the applicant is/was employed by the public agency;

  3. If classified, the applicant must have held permanent status in the service of that agency;

  4. If unclassified the applicant must have been employed by that agency, in that position, for a minimum of six (6) months;

  5. The applicant must have been employed by that public agency within one year prior to the date his/her completed application is received by the Placer County Personnel department;

  6. The applicant must submit a Placer County Public Agency Eligible Self Certification form, certifying:

    • His/Her employment record has been entirely satisfactory;
    • He/She has not been separated for cause;
    • He/She was appointed to the class as a result of a qualifying or competitive exam; and
    • If not currently employed by that public agency, the applicant is eligible for reinstatement to that agency.
To Apply

For more information or to submit a Lateral Transfer/Other Agency List (Public Agency Eligible List – PAEL)  application, click the Special Appointments (Transfers/Reinstatements) link on the Job Opportunities page.


Before date of hire, applicant must pass a medical examination which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. Citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  Applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background check, pass a CVSA exam, be bonded, and/or be fingerprinted.


All new permanent employees, with the exception of law enforcement and management, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program.  It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment and retaliation is prohibited and that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment.  All recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (Over 40), or marital status. Please contact the Personnel Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Personnel Department.


Click here to view benefits for the General Bargain Unit