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Communication Technician Lateral Transfers (Advance Step Hiring)

(Effective for new hires after 11/9/21)

  1. To be eligible for Advance Step Hiring, the individual must be currently employed with another law enforcement agency as a communication technician/911 dispatcher (can be any State in the United States).  Voluntary auxiliary time does not count and any current part-time employment needs to be the equivalent of 2,080 hours of work in order to qualify for one year of service.
  1. The placement into the initial Step for Advance Step Hiring shall be based upon the Advance Step Communication Technician’s overall years of experience as follows:
  Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
Communications Technician 1 years prior experience $58,926.40 3+ years prior experience $61,235.20 5+ years prior experience $65,956.80


What is the hiring process for a lateral transfer?

  • There is no deviation in the hiring process for lateral transfers vs. someone with no experience. 
  • For more information on all the steps, click here.

If I’m currently employed as a 911-Dispatcher or Communication Technician and I have experience at another agency, will my experience start me at a high rate of pay?

  • In most cases yes, your experience will determine if you start at Step 2, 3 or 4.

If I am already currently in the process, will I get counted as a lateral transfer?

  • Yes, if you are currently employed as a 911-Dispatcher or Communication Technician.

I was previously a 911-Dispatcher or Communication Technician and I am no longer one, will that experience count as a lateral transfer? (lateral transfer hiring and pay scale)

  • No, you must be currently employed as either a 911-Dispatcher or Communication Technician.

When will I begin accruing vacation leave if I am hired?

  • You will be credited with 80 hours vacation leave after the completion of one year of service and continue to accrue leave as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.  If you have prior service credit with the Sheriff or another Franklin County agency, you may be eligible to accrue sooner and at a higher rate. 

Can I transfer my sick time from the State of Ohio or county/local agency within the State of Ohio to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office?

  • Yes, your sick time can transfer but we will need notification from your previous employer.  This would occur after employment with FCSO. 

Can I transfer my vacation time from the State of Ohio or county/local agency within the State of Ohio to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office?

  • No, you cannot transfer vacation time.

What are your shift times and hours?

  • Our shifts are typically 8 hours; 1st shift is 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, 2nd shift is 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm, 3rd shift is 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.

 How soon will I be covered by health insurance?

  • Insurance takes effect the 1st of the month following 30 days from your date of hire, e.g., your date of hire is 12/10/2021, your insurance will start on 2/1/2022; or  your date of hire is 11/1/2021, your insurance will start on 12/1/2021.

Will my seniority time from another agency count towards anything besides compensation?

  • Your seniority will help you accrue more vacation time depending on how many years of continuous service you have only if previously employed by the FCSO or another Franklin County agency; however, previous employer seniority will not benefit you in any way as you start your career at the FCSO, i.e., the ability to bid to other shifts and days off.

Is there a residency requirement within Franklin County?

  • There are no residency requirements to work for the FCSO.

Will I have fixed days off or rotating days off?

  • You will have fixed days off consisting of two consecutive days.

Is there an age limit?

  • The only age limit is that you must be 18 years old at the time of hire.

Will I be compensated during training?

  • Yes, you are a full-time employee during training and will be compensated as such. 

 Do you have part-time 911-Dispatcher or Communication Technician positions?

  • We only hire full-time 911-Dispatcher or Communication Technicians.

For additional questions about the 911-Dispatcher or Communication Technician process, click here to go to our Frequently Asked Questions section.