POSTED: 12/01/23


After successfully passing a paid, hands-on six-month training program, you will join a dedicated team of public safety communications professionals working in a state-of-the-art Emergency Communications Center, using cutting edge computer and radio technologies to serve as the vital link between the citizens of Boone County and the emergency services they may need. In your role as a call-taker, you will answer 911 (emergency) and 311 (non-emergency) telephone calls. You will communicate professionally with callers, use structured protocols to obtain important information, and properly document and prioritize calls for dispatch, while providing over-the-telephone life-impacting instructions to callers. In your role as a dispatcher, you will quickly and accurately dispatch calls for service to sheriff's deputies, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics in the field. You will use a computer-aided dispatch system to maintain accurate up-to-the-minute status of available resources to provide fast and effective response to emergencies. You will manage computer-based radio communications to ensure responder safety and provide critical logistical support, while networking with other public safety resources such as the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). You will have other related duties as needed or assigned.


Full-time, non-exempt, benefited

Working hours: 

Varying shifts. 24/7 Operation. Successful candidates must be able to work any assigned shift at the department's discretion (7am-3pm, 11am-7pm, 3pm-11pm, 7pm-3am, and 11pm-7am).


Columbia, Missouri


Successful applicants will be at least 18 years old when hired; have a high school diploma or GED; have a valid driver's license; be able and willing to work any assigned shift, scheduled and unscheduled overtime, weekends and holidays; will not have pled guilty to or been convicted of a felony; have no criminal convictions within the last two years (excluding traffic violations); meet minimum qualifications set forth by FBI and MSHP CJIS Security policy; pass a pre-employment selection examination and drug screening; pass a background investigation, and obtain and maintain certifications required for the position.

Starting Hourly Pay Rate: 

$20.64/hour with incremental pay increases to $23.94/hour upon successful completion of training benchmarks in first year. Potential for shift differential. Additional pay for overtime and holidays worked.

Additional Forms Required: 

Joint Communications Authorization

Deadline for Application: 

Applications will be accepted until the posting is removed.

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Benefit-eligible employees receive paid vacation, 14 paid holidays, enrollment in the County Employees Retirement Fund, and two matching deferred compensation plans. Other benefits include 100% County paid or low-cost employee health insurance premium options, 100% County paid employee dental premiums, subsidized dependent premiums, and County paid long-term disability and life insurance.

An Equal Opportunity Employer