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Police Officer Civil Service Examination

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:

  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to observe and remember details
  • Ability to problem solve and use logic
  • Ability to use situational judgment
  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary

Physical Ability Test

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 
  • Run 1.5 miles in 14 minutes and 36 seconds or less

Obtain an Application & Further Information

See link at top of page to download Application Packet.

To obtain a physical application packet, or for additional information, please contact the Fairmont City Clerk’s Office at 304-366-6212, ext. 329 or email the City Clerk.


The benefit package for a new hire Police Officer has a starting salary of $45,207 with a salary of $50,173 after one year probation. 

Each Officer will earn 2 weeks vacation after the first year; 12 to 14 paid holidays per year; and 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 $10,000 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.