Human Resources Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to live in the City to apply for a position?
    No. You do not need to be a city resident to apply, but you must comply with the city's residency requirement at time of appointment.
  2. How do you find out about available City jobs?
    Most positions within the City are filled through the Civil Service competitive process. We have a Jobs Hot Line (513-352-CITY), which is updated on a weekly basis. All bulletins are posted throughout the City and in the Human Resources Department located at 805 Central Avenue, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
  3. If I am not considered for a position, but I believe that I do meet the qualifications, what can I do?
    The Civil Service Commission is the appellate body of the City of Cincinnati classified positions. They meet the second and fourth Thursday mornings of the month and hear appeals regarding testing, screening, minimum qualifications, etc. You must submit your letter of appeal in writing to the Civil Service Commission, 805 Central Avenue, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
  4. May I submit a resume and be called when something opens up in my field?
    The Human Resources Department does not keep resumes on file. We encourage applicants to check our Jobs Hot Line (513-352-CITY) on a weekly basis so that they are aware of all openings for which they are interested.
  5. Why are there upper age limits for Police and Fire positions?
    The State Civil Service Law requires that candidates not meet their 37th birthday by the date of appointment for Fire and the candidates must reach their 21st birthday by the date of appointment for Police. At this time, we must follow the dictates of the State Law.
  6. How can I obtain a description of work for a particular job?
    Job descriptions (class specs) and job salary information can be obtained from the Human Resources Department at 805 Central Avenue, Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH 45202 or call 513-352-2400.
  7. How many employees does the City have? How many police officers and fire fighters are on the City's payroll?
    There are approximately 6,000 full-time employees working for the City. Approximately 1,800 of the 6,000 employees are police officers or fire fighters. An additional 2,000 employees are hired in the summer to work in the Parks and Recreation Departments. This information is available in the Cincinnati Human Resource Information System (CHRIS). It is feasible to provide this information to the Customer Service Desk on a regular basis via e-mail to the CHRIS team or the Human Resources Director at 513-352-2400.
  8. How many employees live in the City?
    This information is available in CHRIS. It is feasible to provide this information to the Customer Service Desk on a regular basis via E-mail to the CHRIS team or the Human Resources Director.
  9. How do I file an EEO Complaint through the City?
    The City only takes EEO complaints involving city employees. City employees and citizens wishing to file a complaint involving a city employee may contact the Employee Relations /EEO/ADA section of the Human Resources Department. Citizens with a complaint involving private parties should be directed to:

EEOC
John W. Peck Federal Office Building
550 Main Street, 10th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
1-800-669-4000 (Voice)
1-800-669-6820 (TTY)

OCRC
40 W. 4th Center, Suite 1900
Dayton, OH 45402-1857
937-285-6500 (Voice/TTY)