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Public Information Coordinator (Police Program Coordinator) - City of Redmond ( Job # 14-0027)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $4,653.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $5,908.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Police
Closes: April 15, 2014 at 11:30 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Under the direction of the Assistant Chief, this position serves as the Police Department’s Public Information Coordinator who works collaboratively to perform a variety of integrated news, media and public relations functions in support of Police Department initiatives and broad city wide priorities.  Duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Primary contact for media inquiries about the department regarding activities and cases occurring within the agency; preparing public information and media release bulletins; conducting on-camera media interviews; assisting with the development of community and business group partnerships.
  • Implementing and managing Police Department social media networks; develop and maintain content across media platforms.
  • Primary responsibility for proactive public relations for the Police Department outward to the community.
  • Creating content for publication in print, electronic, digital, web and social media platforms.
  • Producing radio sound bites for public service announcements.
  • Preparing reports; maintaining files and records; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


The successful incumbent will:  be a strategic thinker with a firm commitment to innovation within a city government structure; be adept at thinking and writing for public relations purposes; have the judgment and maturity to work effectively with members of the media and with online news outlets, civic and elected officials, managers and directors, and the public.  The incumbent must also have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Knowledge of:  communications, public relations and utilization of social media techniques and strategies, office practices, procedures and equipment; business English and composition.

Skill in:  public speaking techniques; use of personal computer equipment and software MS Office software including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint; web administration; database management and the proper use of social media in a public safety agency.

Ability to:  gather, translate and synthesize technical information into content of interest to the general public; ability to apply various communications techniques and strategies to achieve positive results; establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff, elected officials, and the public; work independently and as part of th team; handle stressful situations, streamline processes to increase production and efficiency; be flexible and adaptable in terms of timing and work projects; organize and work on multiple projects at once and meet deadlines; take direction and demonstrate initiative, attention to detail and strong organizational skills; and be social media savvy.

Education and Experience:

Any combination equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Relations, Communications, Digital Communications or related field with two (2) or more years of applicable experience.  Work experience within a public sector setting is desired. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Licenses/Other Requirements:

Must possess a valid Washington State driver's license by date of hire and maintain an insurable driving record by City standards.  Polygraph, drug screening and extensive background investigation will be required of selected candidates being considered for hire.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed primarily in an office environment.  May be required to occasionally lift boxes or files, usually not exceeding 30 pounds.  May involve travel to a variety of locations within the City and may occasionally be required to travel to conferences, etc.  Work schedule is flexible and includes some evenings, weekends and holidays as needed; rotating on-call status after hours. 

Union Affiliation:

Fulfillment of bargaining unit agreement membership is required within 30 days of hire.

Selection Process:

Final candidates will be notified of interview dates (tentatively scheduled for the week of May 5, 2014).

Background Investigation:  Polygraph, psychological, drug screening, medical exam and extensive on-site background investigation will also be required of selected candidates being considered for hire.

Veteran's Preference:  Those requesting "veteran's preference" may request the form at time of interview.


The City of Redmond offers an excellent benefit package including medical, dental and vision, retirement, sick leave, holidays and vacation.

Redmond Police Department Vision Statement:

The Redmond Police Department is an organization dedicated to customer service and problem solving through collaboration and communication. We work to ensure an environment which values trust, excellence and accountability through leadership.

Redmond Police Department Values:

Respect, Professionalism, Dedication, Leadership, Commitment to Service, Integrity, and Accountability

Automatic Disqualifiers:

The City of Redmond Police Department will automatically disqualify any individual who has at any time:

  • Been convicted of a felony (or pled nolo contendere to a felony charge) or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Washington State, or has been incarcerated for any crime.
  • Sold marijuana, narcotics or dangerous drugs.
  • All illegal drug use will be closely scrutinized on a case by case basis.
  • Had a pattern of abusing prescription medication.
  • Been dishonorably discharged from the United States armed forces.
  • Received more than two moving traffic violations within the preceding 3 years; or reckless driving violation within the preceding 5 years; or driving while license suspended within the preceding 5 years; or driving while intoxicated within the preceding five years.
  • Been involved in more than one motor vehicle accident within the preceding 3 years for which the applicant received a traffic or criminal citation and was convicted, forfeited bail, or entered a plea of "guilty" or "nolo contendere."
  • Been previously employed as a law enforcement agent and since has committed or violated federal, state or city laws pertaining to criminal activity.
  • Committed any serious violation of Federal, State, City or County laws.
  • Lied or falsified any documents or applications during any stage of the hiring process. This includes failure to disclose.
Discretionary Disqualifiers:

The following disqualifiers may, upon review by the Redmond Police Department, make you ineligible:

  • Any other conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession.
  • An inability to perform the essential functions of the position.


Police Department
8701 160th Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052