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City of Corning

Full-Time with Benefits

Under general supervision, a Dispatcher/Clerk will: receive all incoming calls for police assistance; operate two way radio using standard broadcasting procedures and rules; operate local, state and national computer systems; learn the geographic layout and street locations of Corning and the surrounding area; effectively communicate with the public in the police business office; provide information and referrals to the appropriate agency or City department; handle telephonic inquiries of both emergency and non-emergency nature; prepare complaints and report submissions to the District Attorney, Courts, Probation, County and State offices in a timely manner; maintain police records and confidential criminal history files; be able to exercise judgement and work with minimum supervision; process applications for special licensing and other related work; search prisoners and assist with interviews and statements, when necessary.

The Corning Police Department is currently authorized a staffing level of a Chief of Police, one Administrative Services Manager, one Administrative Secretary, four Patrol Sergeants, one Task Force Officer, one School Resource Officer, eight Police Officers, five full-time Dispatcher/Clerks, and one full-time Community Service Officer.

Corning is a rural community with a population of 7763. It is situated in the Sacramento Valley in Tehama County, 112 miles north of Sacramento on Interstate 5, and 25 miles northwest of Chico. The area offers ample opportunity for those interested in hiking, hunting, fishing, and all phases of recreation. Additional community facilities include excellent schools, a modern library and 21 churches. Advanced educational opportunities at Shasta and Butte Community Colleges and the California State University, Chico are all available and within an hour drive. We offer an excellent environment for the growth and development of individuals and families.


  • Possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  • Possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record
  • Be a minimum of 18 years old at the time of appointment
  • Be a US citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible, and has applied for, US citizenship
  • Possess physical characteristics that include proportional height/weight, normal hearing and visual acuity
    (correctable to 20/30)
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively, solve problems, make sound judgments under pressure,
    have excellent observational skills, have a willingness to confront problems, have an interest in people,
    have a desire for self-improvement, have appropriate grooming standards, be dependable, have integrity,
    be able to operate a motor vehicle, have credibility as a witness in court
  • Meet background investigation, medical and psychological standards
  • Ability to complete DOJ-certified CLETS training
  • Must be able to assume rotating shift assignments, to include weekends and holidays
  • Possess a working knowledge of computers and associated technology
  • Must be physically able to stand and/or sit for long periods of time; operate keyboard and/or typewriter for
    long periods of time; reach for and lift file boxes; stoop; bend, and squat to obtain files, etc. from cabinets;
    lift and carry boxes of office supplies, typewriters and computers; stretch to retrieve various resources.
  • Ability to complete a POST-certified dispatch course within one year of appointment
  • Be familiar with general office filing procedures
  • Spanish speaking ability is desirable, but not required
  • Type forty (40) words per minute net. Typing certificate dated within the past six months required at time of
    application. Internet tests are not accepted.

Salary: $3936 to $4832 monthly
Incentive Pay: 2.5% Intermediate Certificate
5% Advanced Certificate
5.0% Bilingual (Spanish)
Holiday Pay: 134 hours, currently paid in one lump sum on the pay period prior to Thanksgiving Day.
Vacation Pay: Employees receive 80 hours paid vacation after 1 year of service, 120 hours after 5 years of service, 160 hours after 10 years of service and 200 hours after 15 years of service.
Compensatory Time Off: Employees can accrue up to 200 hours of compensatory time off.
Sick Leave: Employees receive 8 hours of sick leave per month accumulative, with a cap of 1920 hours.
Retirement: Retirement is as defined by CalPERS. Further information available upon request.
Insurance: The City currently offers three health insurance plans and contributes a maximum of $1800 monthly toward the employee’s health plan. A $100,000 term life insurance policy is provided for the employee by the City.
Uniform Allowance: The City provides $625.00/year, paid in one lump sum on the employee’s anniversary date.

*Note: The information provided herein is not all-inclusive.
Please refer to the most current and approved Memorandum of Understanding available at

APPLICATION REVIEW BOARD: All applicants must submit a complete City of Corning application with clear, concise and complete information regarding their qualifications for the position. Those candidates whose qualifications best meet the City’s requirements will be invited to participate further.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION: This examination shall include the POST Written/Practical Exam. This Exam is a three hour test and consists of eleven areas that test verbal ability, reasoning, memory and perceptual ability.

ORAL APPRAISAL INTERVIEW: This interview is to evaluate training, experience and personal qualifications.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Candidates successfully completing all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation. This investigation is used to determine a candidate’s moral character and suitability for employment with law enforcement. The investigation may include (but not be limited to): a computerized voice-stress analysis, criminal and military record check, driving and credit history, and previous employer(s) and references.

PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION: Candidates will be evaluated for their suitability for employment as a Corning Police Dispatcher/Clerk.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Prior to appointment, candidates must successfully complete a medical examination, including a drug screen, to determine if they meet the City’s medical standards for this position.

An application may be obtained from our website at Please submit your completed application and any necessary documentation in a sealed envelope addressed to:

Chief of Police – “CONFIDENTIAL”
774 Third Street
Corning, CA 96021

If you have any questions, call 530-824-7015. When a sufficient number of applicants have been preliminarily qualified, they will be invited to participate in the selection process. Resumés may be attached but are not accepted in lieu of the City application. Faxed applications are not accepted. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if special accommodations are necessary at any stage in the testing process, please provide advanced notice and your request will be considered.

The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None