Civil Service Testing-Telecommunicator

The City of Ottawa Civil Service Commission is accepting applications to establish a telecommunicator eligibility register. The hours of work are 12 hours per shift on an average 40 hour work week, continuous operation, including weekends and holidays. Applicants are subject to an extensive background check. The job description is as follows:

TELECOMMUNICATOR: The job includes, but is not limited to answering incoming calls for police and fire issues, dispatching calls for service to police and fire personnel, maintaining radio contact with medics, firemen and police officers and operating the LEAD system and in-house software.

Residency within twenty (20) miles of the City of Ottawa corporate limits must be established and maintained within fifteen (15) months of employment.

Applications are available at Human Resources, first floor, City Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or at under Departments/Human Resources/Employment Opportunities.

Completed applications must be returned by close of business on or before Monday, March 2, 2020 to be eligible to take the exam. No applications will be accepted after this date.

This exam will be given at City Hall, 301 West Madison Street, Ottawa, Illinois on Monday, March 9, 2020 beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m.

The City of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer, not discriminating on basis of age, country of national origin, creed, race, religion or sex.


Lead / Copper Notification

The City of Ottawa found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings in our community. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger. Please read the following notice closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water and learn what the City of Ottawa is doing to address this problem. For more information please call Dave Erwin Asst. Superintendent Water/Wastewater @ 815-433-0161 Ext. 312 or visit

Lead in Drinking Water Information