What-Comm Dispatcher


Do you enjoy a fast-paced and dynamic work environment?  Would you like to serve your community in a unique and vital role?  Are you looking for a career with excellent benefits and the potential to earn overtime pay?  If so, we’d love to talk with you about becoming a Public Safety Dispatcher with What-Comm 911!

A Public Safety Dispatcher receives and processes telephone requests for police, fire, and medical emergency response.  The person in this position determines the nature, urgency, and jurisdiction of a 911 call and either dispatches public safety personnel and equipment to the scene of the emergency or transfers the call to the appropriate jurisdiction.  The Dispatcher enters information from the caller and responding units into a computer-aided dispatch software program and continually updates the status of those responding to the incident.  The What-Comm Dispatch center serves as the Public Safety Answering Point for Whatcom County.

Newly hired What-Comm Dispatchers are provided training on the job.  The training process is roughly one year long.  While in training, our Dispatchers are paid and receive full benefits.  After completing basic training and working for two years as a fully trained employee, our Dispatchers can pursue exciting specialty positions, such as Tactical Dispatch, Dispatch System Maintenance, and Training.

If you have any questions about the position or would like to come to visit us and see what the job entails, please reach out via email to: 911jobs@cob.org

What-Comm Dispatchers are represented by the What-Comm Dispatcher’s Guild.  You can view the collective bargaining agreement here: What-Comm Contract 2020-2022 (cob.org)  The collective bargaining agreement covers topics such as wages, hours, and benefits.

Date Posted
Minimum Age
Starting 2022 Wage
$25.69 / Hour + Benefits
Full 2022 Wage Range
$25.69 - $33.49 / Hour

All applicants must apply through the Public Safety Testing website. Public Safety Testing’s information can be found on What-Comm’s webpage at: https://cob.org/gov/dept/police/about-police/dispatch#join

Necessary Special Requirements:
– Must be able to pass a hearing evaluation prior to hiring.
– Must have a telephone at place of residence.
– Must be able and willing to work any shift and special shifts as assigned.
– Must pass a police criminal convictions records check, background investigation, psychological exam, polygraph exam, and medical screening prior to hire.


Application Process:

1.    Apply with Public Safety Testing (https://cob.org/gov/dept/police/about-police/dispatch#join)

2.    Candidates who pass the PST exam will be invited to apply with the City of Bellingham via email – make sure your contact information is accurate!

3.    Applicants may be required to complete additional skills-based testing.

4.    Upon testing completion, selected applicants may be scheduled for an interview.

5.    After the interview, a conditional offer of employment may be extended.  If you receive a conditional offer of employment, the background investigation and screening process will begin.

6.     Candidates will receive a start date upon successful completion of the pre-hire process (psychological evaluation, polygraph, medical exam, background investigation).

To apply for this job please visit cob.org.

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