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Human Resources FAQs

How do I apply for a job with the City of Chattanooga?

If you are interested in a posted vacant position, you must submit an online application. Complete details about how to obtain information about job announcements and the application process appear on the Application Process page.

What if I want to apply for a job that is not posted?

Applications are accepted only for open recruiting announcements. Join the City's Talent Community to receive notifications for future new job openings and employment opportunities. Access the City’s Talent Community page then follow the onscreen prompt to join.

I currently live outside of Tennessee. Can I apply for jobs with the City?

You do not have to be a Tennessee resident to apply for a job, but you must be a Tennessee resident on your first day of work, if hired. This is a provision of the City's charter and is not negotiable.

Will you accept my resume in lieu of application?

A completed application is required for most positions to formally apply for a job. The additional information provided by an application is needed to verify your employment history and qualifications.

I applied for a job with the City a few months ago. Can I use that application to apply for another job?

No. We require a separate application for each position. However, with our new applicant tracking system, you can store your profile information and apply for new positions with your stored information.

I saw a job I wanted to apply for, but it is listed under "Internal Openings" and I don't work for the City. Can I apply for it?

No, this job is only offered to current City employees. The City encourages its employees to apply for promotional opportunities so that they may have a lifelong career with the City.

We invite you to join the City's Talent Community to receive job announcement notifications for new job openings and employment opportunity.

I have applied for a job. How can I find out what is happening with my application?

You can view your application status:

  • Go to the City of Chattanooga Career Center
  • Access your profile by clicking on the person icon 
  • Confirm your identity with the email address used when you applied 
  • Once your identity is confirmed, you will be able to manage your profile or view your application status.
  • You may contact the Human Resources Department during our business hours to inquire about your application and receive an update on how the job is progressing.

Where is the Human Resources Department located?

We are in downtown Chattanooga at the City Hall building, 101 East 11th Street, on the 2nd floor in Suite 201. If you need directions, please call us at 423.643.7200

How do I contact the Human Resources Department?

Contact information is listed below:

Human Resources Department
City of Chattanooga
101 East 11th Street, Suite 201
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Main Office: 423.643.7200
Fax: 423.643.226

What types of benefits does the City offer?

The City of Chattanooga is committed to the well-being of our employees. We combined our historical emphasis on a competitive benefits plan with contemporary features to meet the needs of today's workforce. Visit the City of Chattanooga Benefits Center for more information about our benefits.

More information?

If you have any additional questions, please call us at 423.643.7200 or email


For Firefighter and Police Officer Applicants:


Are there any additional documents I must submit with my application?

Yes, we require copies of the following documents: birth certificate, driver's license, DD214 (for applicants with military experience), and high school diploma or GED.

Does the Fire Department have a lateral entry program?

No, not at this time.

What does the background investigation consist of?

Test scores, preliminary interview results, polygraph exam, reference contacts, past employer contacts, credit history check, school verifications, military records check (if applicable), and neighborhood interviews.

Is a physical examination required?

A comprehensive medical exam, a 2-phase psychological evaluation, and a final interview are conducted after a job offer has been extended with the stipulation that the applicant must pass these three phases to be hired.

How long is the police academy?

20 weeks. Upon graduating from the academy, you will go through a three (3) months field training program.

How long is the fire academy?

Six months.

Human Resources
2nd Floor City Hall
101 E. 11th Street (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone (423) 643-7200
Fax (423) 643-7226

Wellness Division
2nd Floor City Hall
101 E. 11th Street (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone (423) 643-6441

Safety Division
620 E. 11th Street (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Phone (423) 643-7204

Employee Benefits
2nd Floor City Hall
101 E. 11th Street (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone (423) 643-7220


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