Communications Technician

Portage County
Job Description

Portage County currently has a great opportunity as a Communication Technician within the Sheriff's Office. Our mission: As Portage County Communication Technicians, we are comprised of people dedicated to preserving the value of life of all citizens, our diverse community, their property, and environment; providing the best possible emergency and non-emergency communications in a caring, professional manner.

Job Duties Include:

The Communication Center answers 10 emergent 911 phone lines, 9 non-emergent phone lines, monitors over 20 radio channels, pages Fire, EMS, Medical Examiner, sets off weather sirens and creates and sends community alert emergent and non-emergent notifications. Dispatch services are provided for Portage County Sheriff's Office, Stevens Point and Plover Police Departments as well as 33 EMS and Fire Agencies and many other agencies in Portage County. Additional duties include; researching information for Deputies, Officers and Detectives for all three law enforcement agencies, along with UWSP Police, entering warrants for five law enforcements agencies, entering missing persons, stolen vehicles or properties for four law enforcement agencies, entering restraining orders.

Qualified candidates must have:
  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Must be 18 years old and a US Citizen
  • No felony convictions unless pardoned by the Governor
One or more of the following preferred:
  • Six months or more experience in emergency dispatch or related law enforcement 
  • One year work experience or four years of volunteer fire, ambulance, rescue experience 
  • Six months or more experience in customer service and/or in a call center environment
  • Public Safety Communications Dispatch diploma from an accredited Technical school 
  • One year military communications experience that primarily involved direct voice broadcasting to send and receive messages associated with military police and emergency equipment
  • Information technology experience
Critical skills to have to be successful in positions include:
  • Ability to multi-task and multi-listen, good active listening skills is a must
  • Quick decision making skills and ability to prioritize emergency situations
  • Computer skills with the ability to use multiple screens
  • Good customer service skills and the ability to work as a team
  • Ability to handle high stress situations; sometimes for hours at a time during high call volume situations
  • Ability to visualize the information given and to think outside the box
  • Must be detailed oriented
**1st candidate review date will be on September 17, 2019

Portage County offers a robust benefit package, which includes:
  • State of Wisconsin Retirement Plan
  • Health insurance- your choice of two health plans- (Health Savings Account associated with the High Deductible Health Plan with a County contribution or a PPO Co-pay plan)
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Plan)
  • Vacation
  • Paid holidays
  • Sick leave
  • Flexible spending account
  • Life insurance- premium paid by the County
  • Long term disability insurance- premium paid by the County
  • Dental insurance
  • 457B Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Fitness Reimbursements
Portage County is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
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