The City of West Columbia appreciates your interest in our organization. The City provides a comprehensive benefits package to all full-time city employees, which includes health and life insurance, annual leave and sick leave. In addition, the City participates in the SC Retirement System.

Please download and complete the following City application, as it is required for all applicants. You may also submit a resume with your application.

City Employment Opportunities


Water System Maintenance Worker - Water Plants

Position hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, generally. Position is subject to 24-hour on call status as well as other hours including early morning and nighttime hours before or after normal commuting hours when hydrant flushing may create unsafe driving conditions for motorists.

Job Duties including, but not limited to:
• Performs preventive maintenance and repairs on fire hydrants such as flushing, cleaning, painting repairing and replacing parts.
• Performs hydraulic testing on fire hydrants to establish flow capabilities ort detect flow deficiencies.
• Operates distribution and transmission valves to ensure proper position and operation. Locates valves and water mains in the field using electronic detection devises.
• Collects pertinent hydrant data through office and field investigation for the GIS database.
• Prepares and verifies and/or updates various reports relative to hydrant maintenance and operation.
• Performs water quality testing in accordance with SC DHEC regulations.

Qualifications: High school education or GED plus one year of general work experience to include record keeping and/or hydrant operation/maintenance, or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job duties. Must possess a valid S.C. Driver’s License. Must be physically able to perform manual labor required. Must be able to pass the Operator “D” water distribution license exam within 24 months of hire.

Salary: Salary range $33,416.52 to $46,785.12 with excellent benefits package including 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Application is available on line at and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed, signed applications may be mailed to Mardi Valentino, Director of Human Resources, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, faxed to (803) 939-8634, or emailed to Resumes and cover letters are optional.

The position will remain open until filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Public Defender

Municipal Public Defender for the City of West Columbia

The City of West Columbia invites qualified attorneys to apply for a part-time position as the appointed Municipal Public Defender for the city’s municipal court. Under limited supervision, the Municipal Public Defender will provide legal services (including representation at trial) to indigent defendants charged with municipal-level criminal/traffic offenses in the city’s municipal court.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school, be a member in good standing of the South Carolina Bar, and meet all requirements for practice in the Courts of this State. Experience in the practice of criminal law is preferred. Applicants must provide an active certificate of liability.

Send resumes with references to Cindy Webber, Clerk of Court, West Columbia Municipal Court, P.O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or email to

The position will remain open until filled.

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

West Columbia Fire Department WCFD Physical Ability Test:
 and video WCFD PAT

Firefighter I

The City of West Columbia has an immediate opening for the position of Firefighter. Work is performed under the regular supervision of a company officer or senior fire station personnel. This position engages directly in fire suppression, rescue, fire prevention, equipment operation and maintenance, fire station maintenance, community service, and training activities; does related work as required. Salary: $31,780.87 or higher DOQ.
Excellent benefits package includes:

• Paid city holidays
• SC Police Officers Retirement System
• SC Deferred Compensation Plan
• Employee’s health & basic dental premiums paid by the City of West Columbia
• Merit raises & Cost-of-Living increases as budgeted

Minimum education and experience: High School Diploma or possess a GED.
Additional requirements: Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the state of South Carolina within (90) days of employment, and pass a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen. Candidates must successfully pass a written general aptitude test as well as a physical ability test. Firefighter candidates must possess minimum of NFPA Firefighter I. Preference could be given to candidates who are certified through NFPA Firefighter II and Emergency First Responder.
Applications are available at Applications also can be obtained in person at the Customer Service area in West Columbia City Hall, located at 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Applications may be submitted via e-mail: or via postal mail: P.O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171, Attention: Marquis Solomon, Deputy Chief. (Please note, submitted application must have an inked signature)

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Police Employment Opportunities


Patrol Officer I


• Must be 21 years of age
• Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• Must have basic computer skills
• Must have a valid S.C. driver’s license and be able to safely operate a motor vehicle under normal and emergency situations, sometimes at high speeds, in fair and inclement weather
• Must not have a disqualifying incident on driving record such as driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter or leaving the scene of an accident, etc.
• Must be able to physically restrain another individual
• Must be able to physically defend oneself
• Must be able to maintain focus and mental preparedness of shifts of 12-14 hours
• Must be able to load a weapon as well as safely and accurately fire a semi-automatic weapon
• Must be able to successfully pass a medical exam to include vision, hearing, and color blindness to S.C. Criminal Justice Academy standards
• Must be able to see well in a low light environment
• Must be able to pass a drug test
• Must be able to pass a polygraph exam
• Must be able to pass a psychological test to establish suitability for the demands and stresses of law enforcement employment
• Must have a satisfactory credit history
• Must be of good moral character as determined by a background investigation
• Must be able to successfully pass a physical agility test that includes the ability to run, climb, jump, lift, and drag heavy weight (over 100 lbs.) within standards and times established by the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
• Must have good communication skills
• Must have no convictions for crimes of moral turpitude as defined in law
• Must be able to tolerate exposure to extreme heat, cold, humidity and inclement weather

Pay info: $39,964.09 – $55,950.21 salary range with budgeted merit and cost of living increases.

Incentive Program

Deadline: Position open until filled.

The City of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

City Employee

Employment Application

Fire Department Employee

Employment Application

Police Employee

Employment Application

Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

The City of West Columbia, South Carolina has received numerous grants through the US Department of Justice in recent years. Because of these grants, the City is required by the US Office for Civil Rights to maintain an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP). The plan must be updated every two (2) years. In September 2015, the City updated its EEOP through a review of its employment and personnel policies and by conducting an analysis of current employee data.

View Updated Plan