PART-TIME: These individuals are on a on call basis as needed. They are required to be certified by the Sheriff’s Standards Commission. They must be 21 years of age, have basic computer knowledge and good typing skills. The applicants must also obtain additional certifications and have the ability to learn new skills and adapt in a stressful fast paced environment.
FULL-TIME: These individuals are usually hired from the part-time staff. They receive county benefits and work a regular schedule.
Application for Rutherford County 911 Communications Center
Thank you for your interest in becoming a 911
Call Taker and/or Telecommunicator
Part of our application process is for each applicant to complete a computerized CritiCall assessment that measures underlying skills and abilities a person needs to become a public-safety dispatcher and/or call-taker. An applicant does NOT need any specialized dispatcher/call-taker knowledge or training to be able to read, understand, and answer the questions within the CritiCall assessment.
- During the computerized process you will be required to listen to spoken information heard over a headset and then use that information to answer questions or input data.
- One of the most important skills needed by a public safety communication’s employee is the ability to make decisions based upon structured rules. During the assessment you will be asked to quickly and accurately indicate which type of agency (i.e., Sheriff, Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Service, etc.) will be needed to respond to the emergency!
Before completing the attached application packet contact Debbie Lattimore for an appointment to complete this assessment which is administered at the:
911 Communications Center
240 N. Washington Street,
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Allow 1-2 hours to complete the assessment
(This must be done before filling out application
Application for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office
911 Communications Center
- Application Coversheet / Checklist
- Authorization for Release of Personal Information (printed out, and notarized)
- Application (filled out completely and printed out)
- F3 (filled out completely and printed out)
- Credit History (Free copy – does not require credit score)
- High School Diploma or High School Transcript (Home School See Sheriff's Office Administrative Asst.)
- Two or Four year Degree or Certificate
- Valid NC Driver’s License
- Social Security Card
- Birth Certificate
- BLET Certificate if Applicable
- DD214 Form if you were in the military (Member 4 Copy)
- If you list a work number you must also list cell number or home phone number
- A Brief Handwritten Paragraph explaining why you are seeking employment with this agency must be submitted with completed application.
-A Certified Criminal Records check will be obtained/required from the county in which you attended High School (if not Rutherford County) and must include all names (alias/nicknames, etc.).
-When listing references you must have valid telephone numbers.
-Copies of your license, social security card, birth certificate and high school diploma/transcript can be copied at the Sheriff’s Office/or Communications Center when your application is submitted. Also, a Notary Public is available at the Sheriff’s Office or Communication Center to notarize your application packet if necessary.