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 Friday, May 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.  Once applications are received, this will allow the applicant to take the written examination on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Building.     

Once applications are submitted to the City Clerk’s Office, the applicant will have to 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.   The successful applicants that pass the written exam will then 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.  Once an applicant passes the written examination and physical agility, 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 a $5,000.00 additional monetary incentive for Certified WV Officers.  

Fairmont Police Department

The Fairmont Police Department is a 24-hour a day/7 days a week operating department. The department consists of 39 sworn officer positions and 7 civilian support staff. All officers receive law enforcement certification through the West Virginia State Police Academy and go through a 16 week Field Training Officer Program. The department answers a wide variety of calls for service, from parking complaints and barking dogs to domestic violence and homicide. We dedicate ourselves to work in partnership with the community to fight crime, reduce fear and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.