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Human Resources Mission Statement

“It is our mission to provide quality assistance, professional expertise, and consulting services to employees, managers, supervisors, and job applicants in all facets of human resource administration. We strive to employ and retain well-qualified, productive, and service-oriented employees through effective recruitment, selection, and employee performance and development programs. Further, we strive to ensure that the City has fair and equitable policies and practices, a diverse workforce, and that our interactions are guided by integrity and discretion.”


Human Resources and Safety is a division of the City Administration Department.

Program Goals

The Human Resources Division is responsible to advise operating departments on human resource and employee relation issues and implement all personnel transactions; efficiently provide for the employment of qualified personnel to meet the City’s staffing needs, attain a diverse, representative workforce, and advance its customer service philosophy; implement and administer a system, which provides for performance standards, an effective appraisal program, a career development planning, and a variety of training opportunities; provide for maximum attraction, retention, and motivation of personnel; meet and confer with employee organizations on wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment, and provide a reasonable method of resolving disputes and promoting communications between employee organizations and City representatives; and attain a Human Resource Information System, which provides for efficient, expedient, and accurate decision-making and comprehensive human resource communications.

Employee Benefits

The following benefits may vary and are subject to collective bargaining agreements:

  • Vacation: 10 days per year increasing with City service.
  • Management Leave: 6 to 8 days management leave for some positions.
  • Holidays: 11 Holidays are observed per year plus 1 floating Holiday.
  • Sick Leave: 12 days per year with unlimited accumulation.
  • Retirement: Retirement coverage is available for all employees under the California Public
  • Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). The City does not participate in Social Security.
  • Medicare: Employee must pay an amount equal to 1.45% of salary toward Medicare. The employer pays an equal amount.
  • Health Insurance: Health insurance, including medical, dental, and vision, is available. The
  • City contributes a substantial amount of the premium for employee and family coverage.
  • Uniforms: Uniform allowance or uniforms may be provided by the City.
  • Deferred Compensation: 2 deferred compensation plans.
  • Long-term Disability/Life Insurance: City paid Long-term Disability and Group Life
  • Insurance (eligibility begins after completion of 6 months employment). Supplemental
  • Life Insurance may be purchased at employee’s own expense.
  • Bilingual Pay: Bilingual Oral and Written Communication Skills Pay is available for some positions.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Reimbursement of tuition costs is available for job related college courses. Refer to Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Compensation Plan for eligibility.
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA): Flexible spending account is available which allows employees to set aside pre-taxed dollars for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical care expenses and childcare costs.

Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)

The Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) are written agreements or contracts between the City of Lompoc and each of the employees' bargaining associations or unions. These MOU include salary increases, benefits, and working conditions, which result from negotiations between the bargaining groups and City Administrative representatives. They are provided here on the website as public information. If you have any question regarding their content, please feel free to contact the Human Resources Department at (805) 875-8208.

Getting a Job With The City

Visit Employment Opportunities or the Information desk at City Hall maintains copies of current job bulletins. For comprehensive information visit the Human Resources Division or call (805) 875-8208.

The City will sometimes advertise in newspapers, trade magazines, internet sites and other sources.

If there are no positions available in the area for which you are seeking employment, you may obtain a virtual interest card, which asks for your name, email address, and field of interest. If there is a position opening, you will be sent email notification of the specific job category you showed interest.

How to Apply

You are required to apply online under employment opportunities. It is beneficial to set up a master profile and make updates as needed. The following link at government jobs ( will provide directions on how to create your master profile.

Applications for employment are accepted only during an announced period of time for specified jobs.

A separate application must be filed for each position for which you apply. You may upload a resume to your completed application form; however, a resume cannot be accepted in lieu of an official City application.

The application should be filled out completely and should show that the employment standards are met. All statements are subject to investigation and verification. Your application and attachments must be received by the Human Resources Division on or before the closing date. No paper applications are accepted. If you are unable to upload attachments you may email them to prior to the closing date. Once you submit your application you are no longer able to make changes. Contact the Human Resources Division at (805) 875-8208 or email at to make changes after submittal.

Your completed application will be reviewed to determine whether or not you meet the employment standards for the job for which you applied. If you do not appear to meet the requirements you will be notified by email.

What Kind of Test Will I Take

The City of Lompoc uses any one or a combination of examination methods to rate applicants.

These may include:

  • Written Test - May be comprised of multiple choice, matching, short-answer questions, or report/correspondence writing samples.
  • Supplemental Application Questionnaires - Require you to detail job-related experience and education in an essay or multiple choice format which is submitted in conjunction with your application. The questionnaire may be used to screen for the most highly qualified individuals who are then tested further.
  • Oral Board Interviews - Involve two or more interviewers who use standardized, semi-structured formats covering important job dimensions to assess you ability to perform the job.
  • Performance Tests - Assess your relative abilities to perform the necessary physical and/or job tasks, e.g., Police and Fire Physical Agility tests, typing tests, etc.
  • Assessment Centers - A set of group and individual exercises in job-related simulations in which a group of candidates participate while being observed by several trained raters (usually administered to candidates testing for Management positions).

For those applicants who fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Human Resources Division will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate applicants. Please contact the Human Resources Division at the time of applying so testing arrangements can be made.

City of Lompoc Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The City of Lompoc’s employment policies and practices are designed to be fair and impartial, based upon job-related merit factors. The City will take positive steps in its personnel actions and make reasonable accommodation, as needed, to ensure that appropriate equal employment opportunities are available to individuals without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religious creed, sex, medical condition, disability, age, sexual orientation, and marital status. The City also prohibits discrimination in the form of slurs or derogatory remarks. This policy will be applicable to all employment practices, including recruitment, examination, appointment, promotions, training, suspension, or dismissal.

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