Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions - Human Resources

The City has 1,243 full-time employees.

No, the City only accepts applications for open positions.
All types – from entry level to professional. Employees are needed in all areas to provide essential services including police and fire protection, recreational and cultural opportunities, clean water, and properly maintained streets.
All available employment opportunities are posted on the City’s website at
You can apply online at If an ADA accommodation is needed contact, or 605-367-8740.

First of all, we are looking for candidates who meet or exceed the minimum qualifications of the job description so be sure to review that when applying for the job.

We’re also looking for strong customer service skills for all positions because that’s what we’re here to do – provide excellent service!

No, having a felony conviction is not an automatic disqualifier. We will consider the type of offense, the date of the offense, and the position applied for when making a decision.

Once the position has closed, it may take two to four weeks for all the applications to be reviewed – first by Human Resources and then by the hiring department. The length of time to review the applications is dependent upon how many applications are received – sometimes up to 300 applications for one open position! At the completion of the application review process, all applicants will receive notification as to whether or not they have been selected for an interview.

Some City departments have temporary and/or seasonal positions available on a fairly regular basis. In fact, the City hires approximately 500 such employees on an annual basis. View the Human Resources webpage to check out the temporary job opportunities available.

There is a specific hiring process, beginning with a Civil Service Exam, for these two positions. When you set up your account on the City’s website, select the Police and/or Fire Rescue categorie(s) so that you will be notified when the application process is open. The City continually accepts applications for Police Officer with monthly examinations. The City tests for Firefighter once every two years. Hiring for these positions is a multi-phase process and is described on the City’s website at on the Police and Fire Rescue home pages.

Fire Rescue Employment
Police Employment