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Minimum USD Salary: 64,620
Maximum USD Salary: 88,752

Industry: Gambling Commission; Regulation

Company: State of Washington

Salary : $64,620.00 – $88,752.00 Annually

Location : Multiple Locations Statewide, WA

Job Type: Exempt

Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid

Job Number: 24-EMS-04

Department: Gambling Commission

Division: Regulation

Opening Date: 05/24/2024

Closing Date: 11/24/2024 11:59 PM Pacific


Looking for a rewarding and challenging career? Don’t miss this opportunity!

We have three (3) Special Agent vacancies in our Regulation and Enforcement Unit.
These positions are located in various locations statewide.

Special Agents are sworn law enforcement officers and must meet the Although they are exempt from civil service, they have many of the same benefits as general service employees, including a generous insurance and leave package. They also belong to the Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS) and have a flexible work schedule of 160 hours within 28-day work periods.

If you do not currently hold a law enforcement certification, you will have the opportunity to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center.

Special Agents on the Regulatory and Enforcement team, work in partnership with other local, state, and federal regulatory or law enforcement agencies to regulate licensed gambling and enforce gambling rules and laws and investigate illegal gambling activities. The authorized forms of gambling that Special Agents regulate are Card Rooms, Pull Tabs, Raffles, Bingo, Fund Raising Events, and Amusement games. Special Agents investigate criminal cases for the prosecution of illegal gambling activities and gambling related crimes. They also provide technical assistance to gambling operations, respond to complaints submitted to the agency and provide education and training to both the public and licensees.

Some of what you will do:

  • Respond to complaints in a timely manner.
  • Know our licensees and build good working relationships with them.
  • Conduct compliance checks as needed to determine and mitigate risk areas with the licensee.
  • Work administrative and criminal investigations with a connection to gambling.
  • Conduct internet and criminal investigations in an undercover capacity.
  • Dismantle and disrupt criminal organizations and operations.
  • Participate on special projects and teams
  • Demonstrate a good working relationship with federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies by working cases jointly, sharing information, and by providing training.

Why Join Our Team

Our employees are our most important asset, and we are looking for highly talented individuals to join our team. We offer:

  • Interesting and challenging work, including a wide range of administrative and criminal investigations, and working with federal, state, and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
  • Paid law enforcement training and tuition reimbursement programs.
  • Flexible work schedules.
  • A working environment that supports diversity.
  • Agency furnished equipment, including a take home vehicle and firearm.

Of course, we offer EXCELLENT employment benefits including medical and dental, life insurance, paid leave, and several retirement options.

Special Agent starting salary ranges from $64,056 – $88,332 annually, depending upon your education and experience.

NOTE: 5% Premium Pay will be added to salary above for duty stations in King County.

Additional Compensation Incentives

  • Qualification for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Read more
  • Candidates entitled to G.I. Bill education benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may qualify for a supplemental monthly check while participating in an on-the-job training program. The Special Agent position with the Washington State Gambling Commission is a position that requires on-the-job training. Veterans may also qualify for other VA benefits entitled to them while training. To learn if you are eligible, please call the U.S. Department of Veterans

Required Qualifications

  • High school graduation, GED, or equivalent education.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at time of hire.

We may give preference to candidates with the following qualifications and experience:

  • Associate degree, or higher, involving study in criminal justice e, accounting or finance, public or business administration, computer science or closely related field.
  • Two or more years of related experience in business, auditing, accounting, law enforcement, regulatory, fraud, computer science, or investigations.
  • Graduate of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy or equivalent.
  • Current Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Active or Retired Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Documented fluency in Vietnamese, Chinese, Cambodian, Korean, Japanese, Russian or Spanish languages.


Applying to become a Special Agent can take up to six months or more. We value your time and interest and are committed to moving the process along as quickly as possible.
1. As a regulatory law enforcement agency, all our employees are required to meet the
2. Complete an online application on (“Apply” button at top of this announcement).
3. Take written exam, Physical Ability Test (PAT), and complete Personal History Statement (PHS) online through the Public Safety Testing (PST) website. Click on the Special Agent level that interests you to be taken to PST to begin the testing and exam process. NOTE: There are fees to take the written exam and PAT)

  • (No testing required. Completed PHS required)

4. Results and Personal History Statement forwarded to the Gambling Commission for review
5. Panel interview
6. Polygraph Exam
7. Background Investigation, Criminal History Check, Credit Check
8. Psychological Exam, Medical Exam, Drug Test

More information about the WSGC hiring process can be found
Supplemental Information

As a Washington State limited law enforcement officer, the Special Agent is required to complete a basic law enforcement academy or equivalency. If you do not hold a current law enforcement certification you may be required to attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center. Prior experience and/or training as a fully commissioned peace officer, limited jurisdiction law enforcement officer for the State of Washington, or a Federal Law Enforcement training program may substitute for this requirement.

The Washington State Gambling Commission is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals with disabilities needing assistance in the application process or needing this job announcement in an alternative format should provide contact information via email to Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

For questions regarding this recruitment announcement, email us at or call (360) 252-9964.

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career. Like everyone, your first priority is ensuring that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work (e.g. part-time); view the job posting for benefits details for job types other than full-time.

Note: If the position offers benefits which differ from the following, the job posting should include the specific benefits.

Insurance Benefits
Employees and their families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.

Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long-term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.

To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website. The Washington Wellness program from the Health Care Authority works with PEBB to support our workplace wellness programs.

Dependent care assistance allows the employee to save pre-tax dollars for a child or elder care expenses.

Other insurance coverage for auto, boat, home, and renter insurance is available through payroll deduction.

The Washington State Employee Assistance Program promotes the health and well-being of employees.

Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems’ web site.

Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness
If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, and meet the qualifying criteria, you may be eligible to receive student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Full-time and part-time employees are entitled to paid holidays and one paid personal holiday per calendar year.

Note: Employees who are members of certain Unions may be entitled to additional personal leave day(s), please refer to position specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Full-time employees who work full monthly schedules qualify for holiday compensation if they are employed before the holiday and are in pay status for at least 80 nonovertime hours during the month of the holiday; or for the entire work shift preceding the holiday.

Part-time employees who are in pay status during the month of the holiday qualify for the holiday on a pro-rata basis. Compensation for holidays (including personal holiday) will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status in the month to that required for full-time employment, excluding all holiday hours. Pay status includes hours worked and time on paid leave.

Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Overtime eligible employees who are in pay status for less than 80 hours per month, earn a monthly proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment. Overtime exempt employees who are in pay status for less than 80 hours per month do not earn a monthly accrual of sick leave.

Sick leave accruals for part-time employees will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment. Pay status includes hours worked, time on paid leave and paid holiday.

Vacation (Annual Leave)
Full-time employees accrue vacation leave at the rates specified in (1) or the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Full-time employees who are in pay status for less than 80 nonovertime hours in a month do not earn a monthly accrual of vacation leave.

Part-time employees accrue vacation leave hours in accordance with (1) or the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) on a pro rata basis. Vacation leave accrual will be proportionate to the number of hours in pay status, in the month to that required for full-time employment.

Pay status includes hours worked, time on paid leave and paid holiday.

As provided in , an employer may authorize a lump-sum accrual of vacation leave or accelerate the vacation leave accrual rate to support the recruitment and/or retention of a candidate or employee for a Washington Management Service position. Vacation leave accrual rates may only be accelerated using the rates established WAC 357-31-165.

Note: Most agencies follow the civil service rules covering leave and holidays for exempt employees even though there is no requirement for them to do so. However, agencies are required to adhere to the applicable RCWs pertaining holidays and leave.

Military Leave
Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year.

Bereavement Leave
Most employees whose family member or household member dies, are entitled to three (3) days of paid bereavement leave. In addition, the employer may approve other available leave types for the purpose of bereavement leave.

Additional Leave
Leave Sharing

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Leave Without Pay

Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information regarding benefits.

Updated 12-31-2022


Are you at least 21 years of age and possess a high school diploma, GED or equivalent education?

  • Yes
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Have you reviewed online and accept the Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment posted in the announcement?

  • Yes
  • No


What interests you about this opportunity and the Gambling Commission?


I hereby state, by selecting yes, that the information within this application and the supplemental questionnaire is correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or omission of any information will result in my disqualification from consideration for employment or, if employed, my dismissal. I understand that this application is not a contract, offer, or promise of employment. Also, I understand that I need to test for the position on Public Safety Testing by registering and completing my profile, Personal History Statement (PHS), Written Exam and PAT (only required for applicants without current Law Enforcement Certification).

  • Yes
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