POSITION:  Public Safety Communications Manager

EMPLOYER:  Whatcom County Sheriff's Office (Bellingham), WA

CLOSING DATE:  September 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.  Apply early for first consideration - First review of candidates scheduled for August 21st.  Applications will continue to be reviewed and interviews scheduled as applications are received.

COMPENSATION:  Full Salary Range: $6,211 - $8,365 per month. Hiring rate depends on qualifications. This position receives annual pay increases to the next step in the associated salary range.  Benefits: Employees receive medical, dental and vision coverage for themselves and their family. Employee cost for medical coverage ranges from $0.00 to $158.24 per month, depending on plan choice. Employees are also eligible for employer-provided life insurance and long-term disability coverage.  We offer attractive paid leave provisions, including vacation, sick leave, and 12 holidays per year. Employees participate in Washington State’s Retirement System through joint contributions with the County. Additionally, we provide an employee assistance program and tax-preferred options for employees to invest their money in deferred compensation and/or flexible spending plan for health care/dependent care.

TO APPLY:  Please visit our website  http://www.whatcomcounty.us/jobs or click here to apply  

DESCRIPTION:  The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office seeks an experienced proven leader and technical expert and to serve as Public Safety Communications Manager for the  Division of Emergency Management.  This critical position will be responsible for overseeing the design, implementation and operations of the Whatcom County Integrated Public Safety Radio System. 

Essential Job Duties Include:

Coordinating Public Safety communications including WhatComm Law Enforcement, Prospect Fire/EMS, Western Washington University, Whatcom Transportation Authority and all peripheral electronic and telecommunications equipment related to First Responder safety and deployment.

Providing project management to facilitate the design, implementation and reliable 24-hour secure operation of the public safety radio system including mobile radio and emergency data communication systems and networks.

Coordinating the bidding process.  Makes recommendations on the issuance of contracts. Negotiates and prepares contracts for service.  Monitors and updates project budgets to assure expenditures are within approved authority.  Manages grant requirements for any system purchased with grand funds, including equipment management, identification, and inventory.

Overseeing and coordinating the design and permit process and work of technical contractors and other personnel to assure compliance with bid or contract specifications, efficient and economical use of funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

Providing technical expertise, consultation, and team leadership to develop creative solutions for complex organization-wide issues.

Acting as the County representative to the Northwest  Regional Interoperability Consortium and Northwest LEARN.  Serves as the County and APCO Frequency Manager and ensure compliance to all FCC rules and regulations.  Serves as primary technical lead for implementation of national FirstNet program.  Acts as primary County Mobilization Coordinator for all emergency communications capabilities.

The ideal candidate must have seasoned knowledge of design, engineering and maintenance of complex radio and paging systems associated with public safety communications centers including knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) principals and best practices for Public Safety Emergency Communications.  They must also possess strong project management skills and have the ability to communicate and work effectively with both public and political stakeholders.  

Supervisor:  Deputy Director of the Division of Emergency Management

For more information please review the job description and the Division of Emergency Management website.


Requires a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, information technology, telecommunications or a closely related field AND 5 years of progressively responsible  experience in the management, design, installation, maintenance and repair of emergency communications infrastructure. 


An Associates degree in Electronic Engineering Technology or closely related field AND 7 years of progressively responsible experience as stated above. 

FCC General Class Commercial Radio Telephone license preferred.

Certification as a Project Management Professional preferred.

Application Special Instructions

REQUIRED SELF-EXAM QUESTIONNAIRE: A completed Self-Examination Questionnaire is a mandatory part of this job application. Click the link to download the form.  Please attach this completed form to your online application using the Document Upload area within the application. Applications without this completed form attached cannot be considered.   

RESUME/COVER LETTER: Please attach a resume and cover letter to your online application using the document upload area within the application.

Candidates must be willing to participate fully in the background checking process and complete a polygraph examination and psychological evaluation. 

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