Becoming a Public Safety Dispatcher
The selection process begins with an online application. Candidates must pass a written test, oral interview, background investigation, medical evaluation and psychological evaluation. Recruits are required to complete a 6 week academy and field training program.
All applications are submitted though City of Lincoln's Human Resources Department. If you would like to be notified when the next application cycle begins, sign up for electronic notification.
The City of Lincoln provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous medical, dental, and vision plans, as well as life insurance and longevity pay.
- Public safety dispatcher: $38,034 per year, up to $48,570
- Senior public safety dispatcher: $44,112 per year, up to $56,329
- Public safety dispatch shift supervisor: $50,931 up to $65,035
In addition, employees are paid at the rate of time and one-half for all overtime hours. On-call pay is also a contract provision.
During the first five years of service, employees are given 88 hours of vacation per year. After
five years, 120 hours per year. After ten years, 136 hours per year. After 15 years, 168 hours per year. After 20 years, 195 hours per year. After 25 years, 200 hours per year.
An employee may be reimbursed up to $1,250 annually for approved college courses.
An employee will receive an additional $1,167 annually beginning with the tenth year of service. This longevity pay will increase at the completion of 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service with the top end longevity pay at $2,876 annually.
Shift employees may be paid for ten holidays each year. In addition, the City will provide 16 additional non-cumulative personal holiday hours each fiscal year.
Employees earn eight hours of sick leave for each full month of service. Sick leave is earned but cannot be taken during the first six months of employment.
The City shall provide each regular employee a $70,000 life insurance policy.
Public safety dispatchers are represented by the Lincoln City Employees Association (LCEA) union.
The City of Lincoln is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer who is committed to recruit, hire, promote or transfer employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, age (40-70), marital status, receipt of public assistance, or political affiliation, except that no person shall be employed who advocates or belongs to a group which advocates the violent overthrow of our government.
These benefits are currently provided and are subject to change due to collective bargaining sessions between the Lincoln City Employees Association Union and the City of Lincoln.