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Why work for local government?

You see a job opening in city, county, or state government and you qualify. But you might be asking yourself, why should I work for local government in Washington?

Here are four great reasons to work in local government:

Serve your community. Local governments run closest to the people they serve. Fully functional, efficient and effective local governments are the foundation for vibrant communities and economic opportunities. Working in local government gives you the opportunity to serve your community directly.

Work with other bright minds. Local governments attract some of the brightest minds around. Governments are always striving to hire the best in their fields, so you can rest assured that you’ll work with the best.

Enjoy excellent benefits and pay. Many local government jobs offer great benefits. Health insurance, retirement plans, and paid leave benefits give government employees a good work-life balance. (Check individual job postings for details.)

Thrive in a great workplace culture. Local government employees in Washington enjoy a high quality of life. Washington State is an awesome place to live, learn, work and play. Washington’s public employees benefit from workplace environments that strive to keep employees happy, healthy, and satisfied.

Check out these facts and figures about employment opportunities with Washington’s cities and towns:

  • There are 281 cities and towns throughout the state of Washington.
  • Cities and towns in Washington employ more than 36,000 people, serving their community in positions like police officers and firefighters, planners, public works, parks and recreation, and administrative and management staff.
  • Cities and towns employ 2/3 of Washington’s public safety personnel.
  • The majority of Washington’s residents live in cities. In fact, more than 65% of the state’s population, a total of 4.8 million people live within city limits.

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