Emergency Communication Specialist-911 Dispatcher

Communication Authority
Starting Rate
USD $22.00/Hr.


Team up with Lea County!

What do we do?

Our purpose is to make a difference in the community, to make Lea County a better, safer, and more enjoyable place to live. And it’s our employees who make that happen. Our employees serve in positions as diverse as clerk, administrative assistant, accountant, attorney, detention officer, engineer, IT professional, maintenance technician, mechanic, heavy equipment operator, law enforcement officer, supervisor, and manager, to name only a few.

What do we have to offer you?

Challenging opportunities to serve your community and make a difference, a diverse and dynamic work environment, plus a full range of benefits; including competitive pay, professional development opportunities, health, vision and dental insurance, vacation, holidays, sick, and military leave time, a retirement program, and more.

What can you bring to us?

In order to meet tomorrow’s changing realities, we are constantly seeking outstanding employees who can help us improve our systems, processes, and technologies - today. 

Essential Duties



  • Regular attendance is an essential function of this position.


  • Answers all emergency 911 calls.


  • Determines what type of emergency help is needed.


  • Maintains contact with caller if necessary to relay information to responding emergency personnel and to assist caller in coping with the emergency.


  • Interacts with caller in the event of an emergency to obtain medical information that can be relayed to responding personnel and to give caller emergency medical dispatch instructions until emergency medical personnel arrive on the scene.


  • Dispatchers law enforcement personnel, fire and emergency medical personnel/units and keeps track of their location and all radio traffic to ensure their safety.


  • Responds to officers’ radio inquiries by accessing information from state and federal databases related to criminal history, vehicle identification and other related information.


  • Must enter and provide accurate information (including proper identifiers) to law enforcement personnel on warrant inquiries from NCIC and other local files.


  • Communicates with other law enforcement agencies within and outside of Lea County.


  • Maintains permanent record of all radio traffic for all law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services incidents by entering information into computer as incidents occur.


  • Answers all non-emergency calls when relevant city and county offices are closed. Interacts with callers to obtain information related to their concerns and either refers them to appropriate agencies or dispatches appropriate personnel from on-call lists.


  • Answers administrative lines during normal working hours. Responds to requests for service at the customer service window.


  • Monitors the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) for messages and communicates necessary information to law enforcement officers or other personnel as indicated. Also responds to NCIC messages as needed.


  • Inputs NCIC information regarding all wanted persons, missing persons, stolen property, etc.


  • Answers alarm lines: medical, intrusion and fire.


  • Maintains proper working order of all equipment necessary in the performance of essential duties.


  • Will keep work area clean and orderly to maintain a safe and professional work environment.


  • Processes all records in accordance with policy, procedures and directives.


  • Must be able to receive and transmit information accurately and calmly, even during emergency or stressful situations.


  • Employee will be required to perform shift work, attend job-related meetings and training, and may be required to work irregular hours or overtime.




  • High school diploma or GED required.




  • One year in law enforcement, EMS or fire telecommunications preferred, but not required.


Certifications, Skills and. Licenses:


  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in English; bilingual (English/Spanish) helpful.


  • Computer literacy required, including the ability to use or learn to use telecommunications-specific systems such as NCIC, CAD, etc.


  • Ability to type relatively error-free preferred.


  • Must complete and be certified in CPR and first aid prior to admittance to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy for emergency telecommunications certification.


  • Must be New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy certified within one year of employment.


  • Must show ability to obtain NCIC and Emergency Medical Dispatching Certification as well.


  • Valid New Mexico Driver’s license.


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