Become a Police Officer

The City of Fairmont is now accepting applications for the position of Police Officers.  The City Clerk’s Office will be accepting applications until Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  Once applications are received, this will allow the applicant to take the physical agility exam and Police Officer written examination on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center.    

Once applications are submitted to the City Clerk’s Office, the applicant will have to complete and pass a physical examination whereas each applicant must do 28 sit-ups in one minute; 18 push-ups in one minute and run 1.5 miles in 14 minutes and 36 seconds or less.   After passing the physical agility exam, the applicant will take the Police Officer Civil Service Examination which is a two-hour exam that deals with basic knowledge of the ability to observe and remember details, vocabulary, reading comprehension, ability to follow directions, ability to problem solve and use logic, and ability to use situational judgment.  Once an applicant passes the physical agility and written examination, he or she will then be ranked by their test score on a list of applicants eligible to be hired as a Probationary Police Officer. 

To obtain an application, contact the Fairmont City Clerk’s Office at (304) 366-6212, ext. 329 or email the City Clerk at jkeller@fairmontwv.gov.   For additional information, please contact the City Clerk at the above listed phone number or email address.   

The benefit package for a new hire Police Officer has a starting salary of $35,869.00 with a salary of $39,000.00 after one year probation.  Each Officer will earn 2 weeks vacation after the first year; 12–14 paid holidays per year; and six (6) personal days per year after the completion of the probationary period.  Each Officer is offered PEIA health Insurance.   The City of Fairmont offers $3,000.00 additional monetary incentive for Certified WV Officers.    

You may also click here to download the application

Fairmont Police Department
The Fairmont Police Department is a 24-hour a day/7 days a week operating department. The department consists of 36 sworn civil service officers and 6 civilian support staff. All of the officers are members of the Fraternal Order of Police through FOP Lodge 69. All of our officers are certified through the State of West Virginia, which includes training through the Basic Academy classes at the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute, West Virginia. The department answers a wide variety of calls for service, from parking complaints and barking dogs to domestic violence and homicide.
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