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Applicant Information

Applications must be filled out accurately, completely and show clearly that the employment requirements listed on the job announcement are met. Information provided is subject to verification. Applicants are responsible for the truth of all statements. Misrepresentation, incomplete or inaccurate entries may result in applicant disqualification, removal from the eligible list or discharge from City service.



You will be notified at each step of the process including meeting minimum qualification requirements, testing schedules and results, interviews, and placement on eligible list.


Eligible List

Contains the names of all qualified candidates for classified positions according to scores received in the examination or supplemental questionnaire process. When an eligible list is established, the top names are shared with the department when they have a hiring need.


Employment Requirements 

Employment requirements may include satisfactory completion of a City-paid medical exam by a City designated physician based upon job-related physical standards; fingerprints; police record check; psychological evaluation; polygraph test; drug screen; background investigation; or Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug & Alcohol Testing Program.


Probationary Period

Must be satisfactorily completed for all classified positions. The probationary period is regarded as a continuation of the testing process, during which time an employee may be rejected at any time without cause and without the right of appeal.


Veteran's Scoring Criteria

Pursuant to state law, special credit will be added to passing scores of qualified veterans who have submitted the appropriate documentation at the time of application (DD Form 214, Member copy 4).


Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state and local laws.


Persons with a disability who need assistance in the application process, or those needing a job announcement in another format may call (800) 833-6384 or TTY Relay 711 or (800) 833-6388. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the City of Tacoma will provide reasonable accommodations for testing to applicants with disabilities, if requested. A written request that includes the accommodation needed is required at time of application.