Emergency Services Dispatcher

All positions are filled at this time; however, we are still accepting applications.

Our Communications Center is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and receives more than half a million calls annually. The Emergency Services Dispatcher (ESD) is the first voice someone in need hears when they call for help. The ESD must be able to professionally listen to the call, obtain critical information about the incident and dispatch the appropriate emergency responders as quickly and efficiently as possible.

General Qualifications and Overview

  • Must be able to communicate effectively in writing, in person and/or over the telephone and radio.
  • Must be able to type a minimum of 35 correct words a minute.
  • Must pass all pre-employment testing.
  • Must be willing to work any shift to which you are assigned.
  • Must be willing to remain on duty when activated for an emergency such as a hurricane.
  • There are a minimum of six dispatchers on duty at all times.
  • The initial training period is between 6 months and 9 months.
  • After the first five-week training period, the ESD is assigned to a shift and will work 12-hour shifts on what is commonly called a “2-2-3” work schedule.

How to Apply

Applicants can easily complete the online application HERE. Once you have completed your application, a member of the Recruitment and Staffing Office will contact you and ask you to provide copies of the following items as part of your application package:

  • Birth Certificate (Proof of U.S. Citizenship if not born in the United States)
  • High School or GED and College Diplomas
  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • Court-issued legal documentation supporting any legal name change (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.)
  • If you have prior military service, a copy of your DD214 with your separation code and the type of discharge you received.
  • A certified driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles from all states licensed over the past six years.
  • If you are a former law enforcement officer, provide all training certificates.

Applicant Documents

The documents can be submitted any of the following ways:

  • E-mail
  • United States Postal Service
  • Drop off in person to the Sheriff’s Office located at 2001 Duke Street in Beaufort, South Carolina

NOTE: The Recruitment Office offers free Notary services. If the applicant would like to use this service, the applicant may bring the completed form to the Recruitment Office located at 2001 Duke Street in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Have questions? Contact us!

Staff Sergeant Chelsea Seronka, Recruiting Officer

Physical Address

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office

2001 Duke Street

Beaufort, SC 29902

Mailing Address

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office

Attn: SSgt. Chelsea Seronka

P.O. Box 1758

Beaufort, SC 29901


Our agency is currently offering up to $2,500 in moving expenses to eligible applicants.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has a highly competitive pay plan.

The minimum starting salary is $42,640 per year with guaranteed overtime each pay period, as well as additional opportunities for overtime.

This position is eligible to receive an annual pay increase based on satisfactory performance evaluations.

Pay Incentives for Education and Spanish Fluency
Pay incentives are offered for higher education, prior experience and for those who can demonstrate fluency in reading, writing and speaking the Spanish language.

Cost of Living, Promotions and Overtime
There are periodic cost of living adjustments.

Beaufort County offers the following benefits to qualified full-time employees:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance (with affordable employee contributions)
  • Long-term disability
  • Basic life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment
  • Medical and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Ancillary products through Creative Worksite Solutions, which include:
    • Cancer, accidental, critical illness, whole life insurance with a long care term rider
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Short-term disability
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Sick leave
  • Paid leave time
  • Retirement through the South Carolina Retirement System (
  • Optional participation in South Carolina’s Deferred Compensation Programs, 401(k) and 457(b) / traditional and Roth (
The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office appreciate your partnership in the safety of our community.