Careers FAQ

When Will Applications For Sworn Positions Within The Police And Fire Departments Be Taken?
The Police Department accepts applications year-round. Applications are picked-up and returned to the Personnel Department.

The Fire Department accepts applications every two years. Typically this begins in January or February.

Due to the lengthy applicant review process, each Department draws off the candidate list for one year, or until all qualified applicants have been contacted with offers.

How Long Is My Application Held?
All applications are held for six months. All job openings require separate applications.

What Are City Employee Benefits?
Employee benefits are for full-time employees only. Benefits include:

  • Salary or Wages
  • Healthcare Insurance
  • PERF (Pension)
  • Social Security (FICA and Medicaid)
  • Overtime (Comp Time)
  • Vacation Time
  • Paid Holidays and Leaves
  • Sick Days
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Employee Assistance
  • Wellness and Health Programs

Is The City A "Drug Free" Environment?
The City of Columbus is a "Drug Free" environment.

All candidates for full-time employment are tested for drugs and alcohol. Public Safety and employees holding CDL licenses are randomly tested.

Additionally, City Hall is a Smoke Free environment.

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