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Special Agent - Criminal Enforcement Unit

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

The Washington State Gambling Commission (WSGC) is recruiting for two (2) full-time Special Agents within our Criminal Enforcement Unit.  Special Agents are limited jurisdiction law enforcement officers and are exempt from state civil service rules.


The Criminal Enforcement Unit (CEU) is dedicated to investigating gambling connected criminal activity and dismantling criminal organizations engaged in gambling connected crime. As a CEU Special Agent, you will:


  • Join this statewide proactive law enforcement team investigating a variety of crimes including, but not limited to: Criminal profiteering, loansharking, extorsion, animal fighting, illegal gambling, sports wagering, money laundering, and the seizing of assets. 
  • You will regularly work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies providing your specialized skills. 
  • You will develop probable cause through all legally available means, including working in an undercover role and managing confidential informants. CEU Special Agents do not have a "desk job," working all aspects of the criminal case that allows you the freedom and flexibility to use your imagination and skills to investigate a variety of crimes. This includes field interviews, physical and electronic surveillance, drafting and serving search warrants, tactical entry and making custodial arrests.

CEU Special Agents have an industry reputation of excellence, specializing in unique areas of criminal law. Our Special Agents receive extensive training, internal and external, and attend conferences across the country. 


The positions may be assigned to our Federal Way field office or a home office located in close proximity to the assigned case load.

Special Agent starting salary ranges from $56,772 ($4,731 mo) - $72,696 ($6,058 mo) annually, depending upon your education and experience, with steady increases up to a maximum of $80,256 annually.


NOTE:  5% Premium Pay will be added to salary above for duty stations in King County

Who We Are

The Washington State Gambling Commission is a state accredited, limited-jurisdiction law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect the public by ensuring that gambling is legal and honest.  We are the second oldest gambling agency in the country and the only statewide agency that licenses and regulates an estimated $3.5 billion gambling industry comprised of Tribal, commercial, and nonprofit businesses.

Why join our team?

When asked to provide a few words to describe our agency, our employees used these:


  • Flexible         Supportive       Family Oriented       Variety             Teamwork
  •  Fun               Unique             Collaborative           Professional   Work-life Balance
  •  Strong Sense of Community   People First             Opportunities to learn        


Our employees are our most important asset and we are looking for highly talented individuals to join our team.  We offer:

  • Interesting and challenging work, including a wide range of criminal investigations and working with local, state and tribal agencies; 
  • Paid law enforcement training and tuition reimbursement programs; 
  • Flexible work schedules, 160 hours within a 28-day work period; 
  • A working environment that supports diversity; 
  • Agency furnished equipment, including a take home vehicle and firearm;

Of course, we offer EXCELLENT employment benefits including medical and dental, life insurance, paid leave, and several retirement options.


Our core values of Integrity, Professionalism, Respect and Diversity are integrated in all aspects of every position.  We are a tightknit agency of 119 employees when fully staffed.  If you are interested in working in an environment where employees matter, are recognized for their contributions, and wish to make a difference, this may be the Agency for you!


To learn more about our agency, we invite you to visit our website at http://www.wsgc.wa.gov/.See information at the beginning of this recruitment announcement.Three (3) years paid, full-time related work experience*


 One (1) year of college level coursework (30 semester credits or 45 quarter credits) in any major or discipline and two (2) years of related work experience*


Two (2) years college level coursework (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) in any major or discipline and one (1) year of related work experience* 


 Bachelor's degree involving major study in criminal justice, accounting, finance, political science, public or business administration, computer science, or closely related field. 


  • Related work experience is described as experience in any of the following areas:
  • Work experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer as a state, municipal, county, federal or tribal officer.
  • Work experience in complex criminal, financial, and/or digital/cyber/internet investigations. 
  • Work experience conducting complex investigations to include writing reports, conducting interviews, interpreting and applying complex policies, rules and laws.
  • Work experience in the gambling, accounting and or fraud prevention industries.

Required Competencies


We will be looking for evidence of the below in your application materials and as you proceed through the hiring process: 


  • Superior oral and written communication skills 
  • Relationship building and influence 
  • Ethics and integrity 
  • Diversity 
  • Accountability 
  • Good judgment 
  • Tact and diplomacy 
  • Conscientious 
  • Flexible/adaptable 
  • Self-management 
  • Assertiveness/confidence 
  • Use of information technology

We may give preference to the candidates with the following qualifications: 

  • Current Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Active or Retired Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certifications that are job related

Documented fluency in Vietnamese, Chinese, Cambodian, Korean, Japanese, Russian or Spanish languages.READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY* 

  • We recommend you carefully review your application before submitting. 
  • The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "Work Experience" section of your application in careers.wa.gov; the completeness of the application material submitted; and the responses to the supplemental questionnaire. 
  • A resume will NOT substitute for completing the "Work Experience" section of your application. 
  • Include in your application a minimum of three professional reference with current telephone numbers.
  • All information may be verified, and documentation may be required.

The act of submitting application material is considered affirmation that the information provided is complete and truthful.  If materials are submitted electronically, applicants do not need to sign the application.


We will conduct a background check, psychological and polygraph exams, medical examination and drug screening prior to any new Agent appointment into the Washington State Gambling Commission.




DO NOT apply for this position through careers.wa.gov until you are directed to do so.


The hiring process begins at Public Safety Testing Public Safety Testing.  


The WSGC has four phases to our hiring process:


Phase 1         Physical fitness test and written test (conducted by Public Safety Testing)

Phase 2         Panel interview

Phase 3         Background Investigation

Phase 4         Polygraph exam, Psychological Exam, Medical Exam, Drug test.


Phase 1 Hiring process for applicants without a Basic Law Enforcement certification:


  • Apply online with Public Safety Testingand schedule the Law Enforcement Written Exam and Physical Ability Test on your scheduled test date.
  • Complete on your scheduled test date.

 Phase 1 Hiring process for applicants with current Basic Law Enforcement certification OR equivalent:


  • Apply online with Public Safety Testing(be sure to choose the Lateral option) and schedule the Law Enforcement Written Exam.
  • Complete on your scheduled test date.

All Phase 1 applicants will need to complete your Personal History Statement (PHS) immediately after completing your initial test.  Once you have completed your initial test and PHS through Public Safety Testing, your name, score, and applicant profile will be forwarded to us.

Once you complete the Personal History Statement, the next step in the process is completing an online application through careers.wa.gov.  


When you have been directed to do so, you must submit via careers.wa.gov:

  • A completed online application.  You can create an application profile on Careers.
  • A completed Supplemental Questionnaire where all questions are fully answered. 
  • A copy of your Certification of Completion if you have successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission 720-hour Basic Law Enforcement Academy or its equivalent. 
  • An unofficial transcript if you have graduated with a degree.

If your PHS is not complete and available to us at the time we review candidates for a panel interview, you will not be considered for that hiring cycle.  There will be some time that lapses between completing your tests and the panel interview - you should spend that time preparing for the interview and hiring process.


Current Military - Please do not apply until you are within six (6) months of your ETS date.  Please contact the WSGC Human Resources Division (HRD) if you have any questions.


Physical Ability Testing (PAT) - All Gambling Special Agent applicants are required to take and pass the PAT unless you hold a current commissioned law enforcement certification.


If you have any questions, please contact Christie Harris, Human Resource Consultant @ recruitment@wsgc.wa.gov

Selection Process:


The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of:


  • Your application packet;
  • The "duties summary" section of your application in Careers.wa.gov;
  • Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire


The Washington State Gambling Commission is an equal opportunity employer.  Individuals with disabilities needing assistance in the application process or needing this job announcement in an alternative format should provide contact information via email to recruitment@wsgc.wa.gov .  Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.


 For questions regarding this recruitment announcement, email us at recruitment@wsgc.wa.gov or call (360) 486-3459

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