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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
You must pass each phase in this process to continue in the process.
When a vacancy is to be filled, the top three names roster are given to the hiring authority. For each
additional vacancy, one additional name is forwarded.
Personal History Statement is completed through Public Safety Testing for entry-level candidates,
or available through the Chief Examiner for lateral candidates. This is used as part of the interview
and background process.
The hiring authority interviews the candidates. If selected for the next phase, conditional offers will
be given to candidates. Otherwise, the names will be returned to the employment eligibility register
to wait for next vacancy, or removed for cause.
After the interview, criminal, credit, and reference checks are initiated by detectives in the Sheriff's
Office. Once a conditional offer has been given, the polygraph and psychological exam may be scheduled.
Scheduled about two weeks after the interview.
Scheduled only upon successful completion of the polygraph.
You start a probation period on the day you report to work. The probation period is normally 12 months
in duration, subject to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.