Mount Vernon Police Dept. Patrolman Position Available

Mount Vernon Police Dept. Patrolman – Lateral Hire

City of Mount Vernon



Lateral Hire Police Officer Requirements

Lateral-hire candidates for initial appointment shall be exempt from competitive examination, but shall complete the following requirements prior to selection:

  • At the time of application possess and provide for inspection, a current Ohio Peace Officer Training Association (OPOTA) certificate.
  • Prior law enforcement experience of no less than two (2) years of full-time (i.e. working not less than thirty-five hours per week) or no less than five (5) years of part-time (i.e. working not less than an average of sixty hours per month in paid status) or the equivalent combination as determined by the Safety-Service Director.
  • Successfully pass a background investigation that includes, but is not limited to:
  • Pre-employment Physical (in accordance with OP&F)
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Polygraph/CVSA
  • Drug Screen
  • Successfully pass or complete any other criteria established by the Safety-Service Director (in consultation with the Civil Service/Merit Administrator and the Chief of Police).
  • A laterally hired officer shall be required to provide written documentation of prior service as a law enforcement/certified peace officer from any and all employers.

Where to find an Application Package

Lateral hire applications are located at:

If you are unable to download the application, please contact the Civil Service Administrator.

Where to return your Applications

You may submit your candidate application packet in one of three ways:

1. Submit your application packet in person to the Civil Service Office at City Hall, located at 40 Public Square, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.

2. Mail your application packet to the City of Mount Vernon, Attn: Civil Service Office, located at 40 Public Square, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. 3. Contact the Civil Service Office at
Work Location:

3. Call the Civil Service Office at 740.392.0775 to obtain email address to sent information to.

  • One location

Work Remotely

  • No

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $25.75 – $28.58 per hour


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan


  • 12-hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Holidays
  • Night shift
  • Overtime
  • Weekend availability

Work Location: One location