Court Clerk

City of Tacoma, WA
November 15, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Position Description

Ready for an exciting opportunity at the City of Tacoma? Join our dynamic team as a full-time Court Clerk at the Municipal Court. Your exceptional oral and writing skills, along with adept multitasking abilities, will ensure smooth court operations. As an organized and innovative individual, you'll handle multiple priorities, assist the public with court-related inquiries, process cases, and manage documentation.

This highly challenging role requires astuteness, sensitivity to diverse issues, and inclusive communication. Expertly utilizing the Judicial Information System and Microsoft Office Suite, you'll maintain efficient court processes. Typical hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm but may vary.

Apply now to embark on this rigorous and rewarding opportunity to serve our diverse community with dedication and professionalism.

The City of Tacoma is nestled along the shores of Commencement Bay in Washington State and offers many community parks, miles of beautiful waterfront, hiking & biking trails, golf courses, museums, and a world-class zoo with an aquarium. Tacoma also serves as a gateway to some of the most magnificent natural wonders in the world, such as Puget Sound, Mount Rainier National Park, and the Olympic Peninsula.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family; paid holidays and personal time off; participation in Tacoma's Public Employees' Retirement System and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities. For more information on the City of Tacoma's benefit package feel free to explore City of Tacoma Benefits.

In order to be considered for this position you must have the following:

An equivalent combination of graduation from high school including or supplemented by courses in business or criminal justice AND two years of increasingly responsible court-related clerical experience.

Appointment is subject to passing a background check and fingerprinting.
Knowledge & Skills

  • Policies, procedures and practices of the Municipal Court
  • Community resource and referral programs and their application to the Court
  • City, County and State agencies and offices involved in court-related activities
  • City ordinances and State laws and regulations
  • Modern office practices, procedures and equipment
  • Record-keeping techniques
  • Operation of a computer terminal
  • Telephone techniques and etiquette
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary


  • Perform a wide variety of complex court-related clerical duties accurately
  • Deal effectively with defendants and the public in high-stress situations
  • Process arrest warrants accurately and in accordance with the law
  • Operate courtroom electronic recording equipment
  • Operate a variety of standard office machines and equipment
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Type 45WPM (a test may be given)
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide quickly and accurately

Selection Process & Supplemental Information
City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter describing your experience, training, and expertise as it relates to the responsibilities of this position. Applications received without the required resume and cover letter will not progress in the selection process. Those applicants that meet the minimum qualifications as stated above will move forward in the recruitment process.

This classification is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and the Local 483 IBEW Union. Appointment is subject to passing a background check and fingerprinting.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered; all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the application process or questions regarding this job announcement please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591-5400 by 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow us to assist you before the job announcement closes. ( For technical difficulties using the NeoGov system , call the applicant support line at 1-855-524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time.)

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Closing Date/Time: 11/27/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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