Recruitment #2010-6309-001


The Public Safety Communications Department is seeking dedicated leaders for the 9-1-1 Communications center. Successful candidates will have strong problems solving skills and experience in investigating and resolving citizen complaints in a public safety communications setting.

General Description

Supervises Police and Fire/EMS communications personnel involved in answering emergency and non-emergency 9-1-1 calls and dispatching Police and Fire/EMS units in response to requests for emergency assistance.  Investigates citizen complaints and identifies and resolves problems and issues arising from complaints.

Essential Functions

Uses independent judgment for the following:  

Supervises and coordinates the equivalent of two or more fulltime employees and all assigned work in a unit ensuring timely and quality activities to respond to the needs of the City, community, department, and unit.  

Assists with the implementation, evaluation and interpretation of department policies, projects and procedures.  

Manages, coordinates, and determines priorities of work load, monitoring levels of resources, establishing time lines, assigning work, monitoring progress, recommending changes and suggestions, writing, reviewing and editing reports prepared by staff, and approving completed projects and reports.  

Implements controls for appropriate unit staffing and effectiveness by participating in the recruitment and hiring of employees, making recommendations on employee discipline, and other human resources issues, evaluating and managing employee performance, discussing and identifying personnel issues and facilitating resolutions, promoting positive morale in the unit, ensuring staff is trained appropriately for maximum performance, and providing leadership and guidance.  

Contributes to the needs of the community and City by implementing and causing others to implement the organization’s values and strategies by leading through example, competency, and accountabilities.  

Provides customer service by responding to information requests, conducting research, providing solutions to problems, and correcting errors.  

Ensures that unit work conforms to local, state, and federal governmental regulations, and other applicable rules and requirements.  

Monitors telephone lines, acting as a liaison between the call taker and the dispatcher, advising personnel, and coordinating phone requests.  

Participates in training review boards, reading and critiquing evaluations, maintaining training logs, updating training materials and syllabi, writing reports, planning and making recommendations for future training.  

Functions as the initial point of contact  for citizen complaints about unit personnel.  

Ensures  communication equipment is operational by troubleshooting malfunctions, and  initiating repair orders.  

Functions as a department liaison for field operations and command staff.  

Provides public education by representing the department at job fairs, speaking to community groups, training volunteers and conducting tours of facilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 4 years’ experience within a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP); answering police, fire, and medical emergency 911 calls and radio dispatching police, fire, and medical units to requests for emergency assistance.

Preferred Qualifications

Supervisory Experience

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a telephone interview:

  • Telephone Interviews: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Applicants who successfully complete the telephone interview will be invited to the following:
  • TEAMS Practical Skill Evaluation: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Applicants who successfully complete the TEAMS Practical Skill Evaluation will be invited to the following:
  • TEAMS Oral Board Interviews: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List to be used to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

· 10% Education and Experience

· 45% Practical Skill Evaluation

· 45% Oral Board Interview

Candidates placed on the Employment List may be invited to attend the following:

  • TEAMS Hiring Interview: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 

 The candidate selected for hire from the Employment List will be subject to the following:

· An extensive background investigation, including local, state and national criminal and fingerprint checks, personal and professional references, medical pre-employment testing, polygraph, and psychological evaluation.


Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for Veteran or Native American preference points as outlined in your Employment Profile, you must submit your documentation at the time of the Written Examination. Copies of DD 214s must reflect a characterization of service.

Applicants requiring an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for any of the applicant evaluations must contact the individuals listed below at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.  

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Non-NIDA Drug Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.