Civil Service Hiring Process

Per Chapter 41.12 RCW, certain positions in the Police Department are covered by Civil Service. The City's Civil Service Commission oversees the selection, appointment and employment of police officers, as well the positions of senior police clerk, evidence technician, parking enforcement officer and harbormaster. 

Police Officer Testing

Entry Level Applicants
Interested entry level applicants should complete a written and physical examination with Public Safety Testing to be considered for an oral examination. Top scoring applicants will be invited to an oral interview.

Lateral Applicants
Lateral applicants should complete and return the City's application form. Qualified applicants will be invited to an oral interview.

Oral Interviews 
The oral interviews are conducted by a panel of four - one representative from the Bainbridge Island Police Department, one representative from another jurisdiction's police department and two members of the Bainbridge Island community.

The panel will ask set questions and will rate applicants on their answers, utilizing scoring information provided during pre-interview training. Scores are then tallied, weighted and combined with weighted written scores to produce the applicants' overall scores. This information is compiled for the purposes of producing an eligibility list from which to hire.

Scores for the written and oral portions of the examination process are weighted and, depending on the overall scores, candidates will be entered on an eligibility list.

Basic Qualifications - Police Officer

To be considered as an entry level police officer with the City of Bainbridge Island, you must:
  • Have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of application;
  • Have a valid Washington State Driver’s License at the time of hire; and
  • Take a written general skills test with Public Safety Testing and a physical exam; 
  • Complete the City of Bainbridge Island employment application;
  • Successfully complete a polygraph examination, a physical agility test and a criminal and personal background investigation prior to hire 
  • Successfully pass both psychological and medical examinations as a condition of employment 
  • Qualify to possess a firearm in accordance with Federal or State regulations (a condition of continuing employment)
To be considered as a lateral police officer with the City of Bainbridge Island, in addition to you must:
  • Have 12 months' or more active law enforcement experience, and must not have been separated from law enforcement for more than 24 months; and
  • Have successfully completed the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy or be a graduate of a Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy or equivalent, as accepted by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Read the police officer job description and background disqualifiers and guidelines for more information. In addition, the City has compiled a list of key traits and characteristics sought in police officers.

Current Eligibility Lists

We keep our entry level and lateral eligibility lists updated through the Civil Service Commission page.

Contact Us

  1. Amber Richards
    Secretary/Chief Examiner

    280 Madison Ave N
    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


    Ph: 206-842-2545
    Fax: 206-780-8600


  1. Trennon Bird, Chair
    Term Expires: December 2017

    Dan Reisfeld, Vice Chair
    Term Expires: December 2019

    Rich Daniels,
    Term Expires: December 2019

    Julie Hersum
    Term Expires: December 2019


    Jo Vander Stoep
    Term Expires: December 2017