City of Amherst, Ohio



Civil Service Commission

206 South Main Street

Amherst, Ohio   44001





The Civil Service Commission of Amherst, Ohio hereby gives notice for an open competitive examination for Patrol Officer. We are an equal opportunity employer.


  • Applications may be obtained from the Mayor’s office at Amherst City Hall, 206 S. Main Street, Amherst, Ohio:

    • On or after Monday September 26, 2016 M-F 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

  • Applications must be turned in to the same location by:

    • Friday October 14, 2016 no later than 4:00PM

    • A thirty-five dollar ($35.00) non-refundable filing fee must be submitted with each application returned.

  • When the application is turned in and complete, you will either be asked or assigned to a certain date and time slot in which you will take the Civil Service Entry-Level Police Officer Structured Assessment Exam. If you are not given a date/timeslot upon turning in your application, you will be given one within a few days.

  • Your application will be assigned a number. The Civil Service Entry-Level Police Officer Structured Assessment Exam panel and the grader of the exams will NOT know your name. The assessment panel will not ask your name during the exam. They will only know refer to your application number.

  • The Civil Service Entry-Level Police Officer Structured Assessment Exams is expected to be during the week of:

    • October 24, 2016 through October 28, 2016.

    • You will be provided an Amherst Police Candidate Structured Exam Orientation and Preparation Guide when you turn in your application.

  • Anyone may pick up the application for another individual.

  • Applications must be on forms provided by the Amherst Civil Service Commission. No other form will be accepted.

  • If notarized, anyone may return the application to Amherst City Hall.

  • If not notarized, the applicant must return the application in person to have it notarized.

  • No application will be accepted unless accompanied with a copy of:            

    • applicant’s birth certificate

    • applicants driver’s license

    • applicants high school diploma (or G.E.D. equivalency certificate)

    • applicants Honorable Discharge, or service record, if applicable.

    • Non-expired OPOTA certification or proof of current enrollment in OPOTA academy.

  • Applicants must be 19 years of age at time of exam and 21 at the time of employment.

  • Applicants must be a United States citizen or have legally declared intention of becoming a citizen. (Copy of Declaration must be attached to application.)



    Entrance examinations may include an evaluation of such factors as education, training, capacity, knowledge, manual dexterity, and physical or psychological fitness. An examination shall consist of one or more tests in any combination. Tests may be written, oral, physical, demonstration of skill or an evaluation of training and experiences and shall be designed to fairly test the relative capacity of the persons examined to discharge the particular duties of the position for which appointment is sought. Tests may include structured interviews, assessment centers, work simulations, examinations of knowledge, skills, and abilities, and any other acceptable testing methods. If minimum or maximum requirements are established for any examination, they shall be specified in the examination



    Upon a conditional offer of employment, any applicant will be required to submit to and pass an occupational health exam, psychological exam, drug screen, and a CVSA truth verification exam prior to appointment.


    Further information can be found at under the Employment Hiring tab, or contact the Amherst Police Department for the following:

  • Hiring policy

  • Agility Test

  • Job description

  • Rules and Regulations of the City of Amherst Civil Service Commission.



Determined per existing contract(s) and available upon request.


TATTOOS & BRANDINGS: All employees of the Amherst Police Department are prohibited from displaying any tattoo or brands while in uniform or in civilian clothes while representing the department. This restriction applies to employees who are on duty, off-duty in a department vehicle, or during any training events.

While in uniform, tattoos must be concealed by the uniform shirt. The use of neoprene sleeves, sweat bands, or other similar items is prohibited.   Band-Aids may be used to conceal small tattoos.


ADDITIONAL NOTIFICATIONS:   Please note, that pursuant to an Order of the Ohio State Personnel Board of Review in Lane v. City of Amherst, No. 11-INV-04-0112, any current City of Amherst Patrol Officer working less than full-time hours who wishes to be considered for a Patrol Officer position with full-time hours must be considered “in the same manner [the City] would consider any other qualified candidate.” Furthermore, pursuant to the Order of the State Personnel Board of Review, current City of Amherst Patrol Officers working less than full-time hours are not required to take and pass an Amherst Civil Service Examination as a perquisite to being considered eligible for a Patrol Officer position with full-time hours. Accordingly, while the City generally considers the candidates who score in the top twenty-five percent (25%) to fill a vacancy in the classification of Patrol Officer, the City must consider as eligible any current Amherst Patrol Officer working less than full-time hours for a vacant Patrol Officer position with full-time hours. The implications of the Order of the State Personnel Board of Review can be illuminated as follows: if two current Amherst Patrol Officers working less than full-time hours properly notify the Chief of Police that they are interested in a Patrol Officer position with full-time hours, those two individuals will be placed on the eligibility list and be considered for the vacancy.


All original appointments or movement from the part-time bargaining unit to the full-time bargaining unit will follow the established hiring policies of the Amherst Police Department