From the Fauquier Times-Democrat:
Tim McMenamin is accepting applications for one 9-1-1 dispatcher.
'We are getting applications from a lot of Realtors and loan officers,' the director of the Communications Division of the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office said.
Earlier this year, McMenamin hired three people after advertising openings on the county Web site for three months. He received a substantial number of applications, mostly from people who had no experience or training in emergency communications. Most, McMenamin said, came from people who had worked in construction.
'Easily one-third of [of the applicants] didn't read the job description,' he said. 'When we contacted them, they were surprised that [the job] involved rotating shift work and working weekends and holidays.'
Approximately a third of the applicants failed the entrance exam, which tests a number of skills, including a prospective candidate's ability to do several things at once.
'The multi-tasking aspect is where most people were failing in the exam," McMenamin said. "It's not a skill that can be taught.'"