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Communications Dispatcher I

Recruitment #0123-RP0101-AC


This position is represented by the SEIU bargaining unit and will receive salary increases based on the following schedule:
Effective July 2024 - 4% Cost of Living Adjustment increase
Effective July 2025 - 3% Cost of Living Adjustment increase

The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Office is seeking highly motivated individuals who are interested in a career as a Communications Dispatcher. Communications Dispatchers are responsible for receiving emergency and service request telephone calls throughout San Joaquin County.  

Pre-Employment Physical, Drug Screen and Background: Potential new hires into this classification are required to successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination, a pre-employment drug screen and a background investigation as a condition of employment.  Final appointment cannot be made unless the eligible candidate has passed the drug screen, physical and successfully completed the background process. The County pays for the initial drug screen and physical.

Written Exam: First administration held the week of February 21, 2023
Written Exam: Next administration will be held Thursday, March 30, 2023
Written Exam: Next administration will be held Friday, May 5, 2023
Written Exam: Next administration will be held Thursday, June 15, 2023
Written Exam: Next administration will be held Thursday, July 27, 2023
Written Exam: Next administration will be held Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Written Exam: Next administration will be held Thursday, October 19, 2023 at the Sheriff's Office
Written Exam: Next administration will be held Friday, December 1, 2023 at the Sheriff's Office
Final Exam Date: Friday, December 8, 2023 at the Sheriff's Office

Candidates may provide a POST Entry-Level Dispatcher Selection Test T-scores from other agencies in lieu of taking the written examination. T-Scores must be provided on agency letterhead for an exam administered within the last 12 months. A T-Score of 44 or higher is qualifying with San Joaquin County. E-mail T-score letters to

Study guide/material may be found at the CA POST website: Entry-level Dispatcher Examinee Guide

Please click on the link below to view details about the position.  

              Communications Dispatcher I

Hiring Incentive Program: 

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office is offering a hiring incentive in the amount of $10,000.00. The department will award the cash incentive to any person who is hired for any of the following job classifications; within the timeframes this program is active and so approved by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors:

·        Deputy Sheriff Trainee/AC/I/II

·        Correctional Officer Trainee/Correctional Officer

·        Communications Dispatcher I/II/III

Additionally, a moving stipend reimbursement is available for those new hires within the qualified classifications. A qualified hire may receive up to $2,000.00 for any cost directly associated with relocating their primary residence as a result of gaining employment with this office.

The following incentives may also be available for eligible new hires, subject to approval by Human Resources:

·        Vacation Accrual Rate: San Joaquin County vacation accrual rate consistent with the candidate's total years of public service. 

·        Sick Leave: Candidates leaving other employment may receive credit for actual non-reimbursable sick leave hours (up to 160 hours) from their last agency. Hours shall be subject to San Joaquin County's minimum sick leave cash out provisions.

San Joaquin County is dedicated to providing its employees with a great benefit package and is interested in their overall well-being. Through our SJC Engage wellness program, San Joaquin County employees and eligible dependents are offered support in the way of various workshops, courses, and programs in areas such as Physical and Mental Wellness, Professional Wellness, and Financial Wellness. Employees also enjoy special employee pricing through Perks at Work.

For additional information regarding the wellness program, please click to visit the SJC Engage website

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.

Amended on November 9, 2023


Apply Online:

By mail or in person:  

San Joaquin County Human Resources

44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

Stockton, CA 95202                                  


Office hours:               
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

Phone:  (209) 468-3370 


Job Line:

For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377. 

When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).  

San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  For more information go to

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San Joaquin County
Human Resources Division  Stockton, CA 95202
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