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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Fire and Police - Civil Service

City of Oak Harbor Public Safety Careers 


Testing for Public Safety Careers

Applications for careers in public safety are accepted at:



Candidates can select a testing date for public safety and physical ability examinations.


Interested in becoming a FIREFIGHTER?
Click here for information about Oak Harbor Fire Department programs

Click here for more information on becoming a City of Oak Harbor Police or Corrections Officer


Testing Process

City of Oak Harbor Police Officer, Corrections Officer and Career Firefighter positions test through National Testing Network, Inc. for Fire and Public Safety Testing for Police. 

These testing networks are a service provided to conduct  testing and Physical Ability Testing (PAT or CPAT) in a standardized, professional environment.  These  testing networks do not replace Oak Harbor Police, Corrections or Fire Department’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process.  All candidate results are provided to the City of Oak Harbor where the final decisions are made through a Civil Service process. 

To fill out an application and schedule a test, visit the above links, then select Law Enforcement, Corrections or Firefighter and sign up for a testing time.

What to expect at the testing network website:
  • Initial application process (Personal History Questionaire) 
  • Information related to the City of Oak Harbor position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
  • Detailed information about the testing process for both the entry level test and PAT testing.
  • Opportunity to take online practice tests at (for Fire).
  • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing environment.
Upon completion of the entry level exam and PAT testing, all candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the Civil Service Secretary/Chief Examiner at the City of Oak Harbor. When a position opens candidates who attain a passing score (75%) on the exam and pass the physical abilities test will be sent the City of Oak Harbor application process information. If applicants meet the required qualifications they will be placed on the Civil Service Commission’s eligibility list.  The Civil Service Commission will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to continue to participate in other stages of the selection process.

Lateral Entry Police, Corrections & Fire

We are always looking for quality lateral entry applicants who want to serve our unique community! 

Lateral-Entry (Experienced) Police or Corrections Officer Testing
Those persons interested in receiving notification of the next testing process for Lateral-Entry(Experienced) Police or Corrections Officer can contact our Civil Service Secretary at or 360-279-4518

Entry-Level Paid-On-Call firefighter positions are listed by the City of Oak Harbor Human Resources Department and filled through an annual open-recruiting period. No firefighting experience is necessary; candidates are sponsored through a firefighter training academy to obtain IFSAC Firefighter 1 certification. POCFF are not Civil Service positions. 

Lateral-Entry Paid-On-Call firefighter positions are listed by the City of Oak Harbor Human Resources Department  during periodic lateral application openings (as needed). Lateral-Entry applicants must meet basic minimum requirements and be IFSAC Firefighter I certified. POCFF are not Civil Service positions. 


Civil Service Commission

Francis Bagarella- Chair
Sandi Peterson- Co-Chair
Mary Anderson 

Kim Andrews- Civil Service Secretary/Chief Examiner 

Questions about Civil Service?



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