MLPD recruits officers


As a result of several actual and anticipated police officer vacancies, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department (MLPD) is initiating a recruitment drive for police officers.  Existing P.O.S.T. certified officers (lateral) are encouraged to apply.  Applications will also be accepted from entry level police officer candidates.

This is an opportunity for a challenging career in law enforcement in one of the most beautiful environments in the United States.

Anyone interested in being part of the future of the MLPD can obtain more information by contacting the Police Department Recruiter, Sergeant Marc Moscowitz, at (760) 934-2011 ext. 68.








Lateral Police Officer:  $67,266-$81,762 plus additional salary incentives

Recruit Officer:             $4,246/month during academy / $67,266 upon graduation




  • 21 years of age or older
  • U.S. Citizen
  • High School Diploma or equivalent/ A degree from an accredited college with major course work in police science, criminal justice, or a related field is highly desirable
  • Valid California driver’s license
  • Spanish language skills are highly desirable




The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is currently authorized for 17 sworn employees and 3 non-sworn employees).  The department consists of the Chief, 1 Lieutenant, 3 Sergeants, 1 Detective, 1 School Resource Officer, 10 patrol officers, 1 Records Supervisor, 1 Community Service Officer and 1 Executive Assistant.


There are currently several sworn vacancies.  However, the number of funded positions may be reduced in July 2013.  More information can be obtained by speaking to the Police Department Recruiter.  The salary and benefits are also subject to change following negotiations with the Police Officers Association.  




The Town of Mammoth Lakes is a year round resort community located in the southwestern region of Mono County along the Eastern Sierra mountain range.  The town is surrounded by over 2 million acres of forest and is bordered by the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness areas adjacent to Yosemite National Park.  Currently the town has a year-round resident population of approximately 8,000 which peaks to 40,000 during the busy tourism seasons.  The town offers an excellent lifestyle and abundant recreational opportunities (skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, camping, rock climbing and more).  




The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is looking for individuals who are motivated and dedicated to working in a growing resort community.  He or she must not only be team oriented, but be committed to the future direction of the department and community.  He or she must be flexible and have good interpersonal skills with co-workers and citizens.  Integrity and outstanding moral character is a must.  The individual must be willing to work irregular hours, rotating shifts, weekends, holidays, special events and on-call.




  • POST Certificate Pay:  2.5% Basic / 5% Intermediate / 10% Advanced / 12.5% Supervisory
  • 5% Special Assignment Pay
  • Up to 7.5% for Proficient Officer Pay
  • 5% Bilingual Officer Pay




  • PERS 3% @ 50
  • 4 / 10 work schedule
  • Paid Vacation / Paid Holidays
  • Term Life Insurance $50,000 plus AD&D
  • Paid Membership to Snowcreek Athletic Club
  • Tuition Reimbursement / Paid Uniforms and Cleaning / LTD  Plan
  • $500 Reimbursement toward the purchase of a duty weapon




This is an open application period and applications will be taken until the position(s) are filled,


A Town application is required.  Applications may be obtained from and must be submitted to the Personnel Department, Town Administrative Offices, Minaret Village Mall, Suite R; or by mail to P.O. Box 1609, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.  For an application and a copy of the job description (outlining the duties and required qualifications) by mail, call (760) 934-8989, ext. 263




An application screening committee will select applicants whose education, experience, training and knowledge most closely matches the requirements of the position and needs of the Department.  Those applicants selected will be invited to a panel interview.  The panel interview may include a written exercise.  The names of those persons who successfully complete the panel interview are entered on an eligible list in order of their final scores.  Selected candidates will be invited to a Chief’s interview, before continuing  the subsequent phases of the selection process.  Final selection of candidates is made by the Chief of Police.  


Appointment to the position is contingent upon passing a comprehensive background check, which includes a polygraph, psychological assessment and medical evaluation.






An application can be picked up at the Police Department at 568 Old Mammoth Road during regular business hours, or one will be mailed to you by calling (760) 934-2011.




Town of Mammoth Lakes 

Personnel Department

P.O. Box 1609

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546




19 Responses to MLPD recruits officers

  1. Roy December 24, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    If wasn’t way over the age limit, I would bring my 30 years law enforcement experience to Mammoth and work for one dollar a year with no benefits..

    • RobRoy December 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

      Yea right, Put your money where your mouth is…. 🙂

      • Benett Kessler December 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

        He said he was way over the age limit.

        • Rob Roy December 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

          That’s a Goood Excuse though….. eheheheh 🙂

      • Roy December 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

        I seriously doubt Mammoth would hire a 65 year old police officer, but if I could start my career over I would have been very happy to work there..

  2. Sean F December 24, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    Well said Charles O!

    Cheif Watson- thanks for taking the time to reply to blog comments and for fighting to keep the department alive. I realize you don’t have to be here and you could leave when you want. Thanks for continuing to fight!

  3. Reality Check December 24, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    Right on Charles!

  4. MJA December 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Keep the police and the parks and hold the town together Town Council, that is your duty.
    Give Ballas and his money acquisition group only what the town can truly afford.
    And don’t sign a long term payment plan with him and MLLA that cannot be guaranteed.
    What will the next law suit cost the community for surely they would sue again?
    Best wishes,


  5. Charles O. Jones December 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Now’s the chance for all those big mouthes in the community who claim MLPD is overpaid and their job is so easy virtually anyone could do it. Step right up and put in your applications.

  6. Dan Watson December 23, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Truth in Advertising – The flyer clearly indicates that the funded positions may be reduced as may the salary and benefits. Any applicant will be made aware of that when they apply. As previously commented, we may very well have fewer than 10 officers by July. This recruitment will allow us to fill vacancies quickly when the time comes. The benefit package is accurate as of today. There may very well be a two-tier system in the near future, but without knowing what that will be we can’t advertise future benefits that haven’t been agreed upon. Waiting for something that may happen will only delay filling positions.

  7. Big Rick OBrien December 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    For lateral hires, the very first step,other than filling out the 30 to 40+ page background BOOK, is an interview with (probably) the Chief, at which time he would lay out ALL the goods and the bads. Mammoth PD is not the only department facing huge cutbacks, so I’m sure that Chief Watson will have no problem hiring as many officers as the penny-pinching town council will allow him. 25 years ago, I would have been first in line.

  8. Truth in Advertising December 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Chief Watson,

    I believe that your credibility and that of your agency would best be served if you were completely truthful in your advertisement to hire new police officers.

    The flyer indicates that you are currently authorized to have 17 sworn personnel. While this is technically accurate I believe that you should be up front with potential new hires and tell them that on July 1, 2013 your department will be reduced to 10 sworn.

    Is the listed benefit package still accurate? Several agencies have gone to 3 @55 for new hires. Your advertisement should list the current package not the past package including any co-payments to CalPers, Health Insurance, etc.

    Lastly, in any government job listing, the salary range is listed. This should be part of your advertisement.

    Good luck in your efforts to maintain the Mammoth Lakes Police Department. I do not envy you and the position that you have been put in by our town council.

    • Jon Boyer December 24, 2012 at 9:34 am #

      Dear Truth,

      Did you actually read the press release?

  9. Shaun December 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Gee…I wonder why everybody is leaving? What a joke and good luck recruiting your mall cop rejects!

    • RobRoy December 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      A Mall-Cop can go a long ways on… $67,266-$81,762 plus additional salary incentives

  10. Dan Watson December 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    We will be down five positions by January with more departures after the first of the year. It takes time to hire police officers and we need to be prepared to fill vacancies quickly when the need arises. That’s why the recruitment process is beginning now.

  11. Reality Check December 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    “The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is currently authorized for 17 sworn employees”

    The operational word here is “currently”. Soooo, come to Mammoth, for a career, get hired by spring, then get laid off in July when the department is authorized to be 10 sworn.

    You really can’t make this stuff up. They should be standing in line at the front door on Monday to apply.

  12. Real Deal December 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Is this some kind of sick joke?

    • RobRoy December 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

      No, it’s a Good One… eheheh


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