This page offers a list of frequently asked questions about applying to work for the City of Sumner and the Sumner Police Department.

General Employment Questions

Visit our employment website to view open positions and to apply online. Go to www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sumnerwa

We only accept applications for open positions. If the job you are interested in isn’t posted on our employment website, check back later. 

As with any position, once a closing date has passed, no applications will be accepted or considered. To avoid missing a deadline, we encourage you to apply early for positions, as we are unable to make exceptions for technology-related delays or computer difficulties.

Please continue to visit our Current Job Openings and apply for new jobs as they become available.

Resumes and attachments sent in via e-mail will not be accepted or opened. Applications for open positions must be submitted through our employment website: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sumnerwa

The selection process and timelines will vary by position. Only applicants that meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the hiring department for evaluation. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an oral panel interview. All candidates participating in the interview process will be notified via email of the outcome. All offers of employment are conditional upon an applicant’s successful completion of pre-employment screenings.

After you submit your application online, you will recieve an email confirmation. Applications are typically reviewed after the submission deadline. All candidates are notified of their progress via email. If you haven’t heard back about your application, please be patient, we will sometimes be reviewing hundreds of applications and we give each and every one careful consideration. 

Your application submission needs to include all of the required documents as outlined in the job announcement. If you aren’t sure what you are missing, carefully review the job announcement again. The required documents are listed in the Supplemental Information section of the job description, and the requirements vary by position. 

If you can no longer find the job announcement on the employment website, then you may have missed the deadline. Please do not send any missing documents by email, we will not open or view them.

Police Department Employment Questions

We are always accepting applications for Police Officers, however we might not have a vacancy. Visit our employment website to view the police job announcements for vacancy information and to apply online. Go to: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sumnerwa

Ride alongs are offered as part of the screening process after a candidate passes the oral board. 

Yes. In order for us to streamline the background process, we require the waivers to be notarized before you submit them. If you do not submit your waivers with your application or if you submit waivers that are not notarized, your application will be considered incomplete and you will not move forward in the hiring process. 

You must re-apply and attach all required documents to your application for it to be considered. 

Sure! The notary can just cross out the reference to the state of Washington. 

Police Officer Position Hiring Levels:
Entry Level Police Officer: 0 years’ experience as a fully commissioned law officer.
Exceptional Entry Police Officer: Less than 2 years’ experience as a fully commissioned law officer, with no more than a 24 month break in service.
Lateral Police Officer: 2 or more years’ experience as a fully commissioned law officer, with no more than a 24 month break in service.

  1. Go to the Public Safety Testing website to sign up to take the written and physical tests. 
  2. Select the City of Sumner to receive your test scores from Public Safety Testing. 
  3. After you pass your tests, go to our employment website, view the job announcement and print off the required documents to complete and have notarized. 
  4. After you have all of your documents in order, go back to our employment website to apply. 

  1. Determine what position you qualify for and make sure to apply to that specific job. If you apply for a position that you do not qualify for, your application will be rejected. We cannot “move” your application to a different position, you must reapply for the job you qualify for.
    Entry Level Police Officer: 0 years’ experience as a fully commissioned law officer.
    Exceptional Entry Police Officer: Less than 2 years’ experience as a fully commissioned law officer, with no more than a 24 month break in service.
    Lateral Police Officer: 2 or more years’ experience as a fully commissioned law officer, with no more than a 24 month break in service.
  2. View the job announcement to see what documents must be submitted with your application. 
  3. After you have your required documents, go back to the job announcement to apply.

If the Police Department has a vacancy, you will be notified via email if you are invited to an oral board. 

Entry level candidates are invited to participate in oral boards by rank order, based off of your scores from Public Safety Testing. 

Lateral and Exceptional Entry candidate applications are reviewed and will be invited to the oral board if approved by the Chief of Police. 

If you are invited to an oral board, the panel will explain the next steps to you at that time. Candidates who pass the oral board will go through a thorough background check. This process can sometimes take more than a month to complete and the department will be in touch with you constantly through the process. 

Automatic Disqualifiers:

  • Illegal use of ANY controlled substance while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
  • Any adult felony conviction.
  • Any misdemeanor, or felony conviction while employed in a criminal justice capacity.
  • Been convicted of any crime under a domestic violence statue.
  • Unlawful sexual misconduct.
  • Lied during any stage of the hiring process.
  • Falsified his or her application, personal history questionnaire, or any other forms during hiring process.
  • Previous revocation or denial of (CJTC/POST) certified status, or suspension of current CJTC/POST certified status.

Potential Disqualifiers:

  • Drug use will be considered on case by case basis.          
  • Adult misdemeanor convictions will be carefully reviewed.
  • Juvenile felony conviction will be carefully reviewed.

             

Still have a question? 

You can email Human Resources. Emails are typically responded to within one business day.