Human Resources | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Human Resources

Lakewood is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in applying for one of the current job openings below,  fill out an application online or download this pdf, fill it out and return it by email to  or mail it to Human Resources, City of Lakewood, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH, 44107.

The Office of Human Resources provides high quality professional services in the areas of human resources management, recruitment, labor relations, employee training and development, benefits administration, regulatory compliance, performance management, Workers Compensation risk management and licensure oversight and regulatory compliance. All efforts undertaken by the Office of Human Resources will ensure that employees and citizens are treated with respect and dignity.

Still have questions?  Email the HR department at or  call 216-529-6611.

Human Resources FAQs

Current Job Openings

  • Accounting Specialist+-

    The City of Lakewood is currently seeking An Accounting Specialist in its Finance Department. This is a full‐time AFSCME Bargaining Unit position, salary $42,935 ‐ $47,633, normal working hours are Monday – Friday,
    8:00am – 4:30pm.

    Performs various complex accounting functions, verifying, preparing, and recording deposits, develops various reports by researching and gathering information and statistics. Must have the knowledge to adjust journal entries in computer systems and be able to process payroll information. Must possess the knowledge of the principles and practices of governmental accounts maintenance and operations, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, auditing procedures and laws. Must have a good working knowledge of the basic principles and practices of accounting. Must possess an overall knowledge of general office procedures, policies, and practices, as well as knowledge of computer and other general office equipment. Must be able to research, compile, and summarize a variety of informational and statistical data and materials. Must possess an understanding of English usage, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary. Must have the ability to read and comprehend instructions, routine correspondence, and memos, and to understand and carry out oral and written instruction. Must possess the skills necessary for timely and accurate data entry, and good typewriter skills.

    Calculator, computer, and general office equipment

    High School Diploma or GED, three years of experience performing general office duties with accounting functions or any combination of education training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate of Applied Business in Accounting or closely related field is preferred.

    Employee may be required to work overtime pursuant to the provisions of Article 5 and Article 15 of the current negotiated agreement.

    Applicants may be required to submit to knowledge‐based testing, including hands‐on testing.

    ONLY QUALIFIED interested applicants should submit a resume AND an application on‐line at or to the City of Lakewood, Office of Human Resources, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.

    Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Interviews will be conducted on a date to be determined.

    Posting Date May 1, 2023

  • Entry-Level Patrol Officer Examination+-

    The Lakewood Civil Service Commission is conducting an examination for Entry-Level Patrol Officer through the National Testing Network. Go to, click on Law Enforcement > Ohio > City of Lakewood.

    What to expect at the website:

    • Completion of the application
    • Review all information related to the City of Lakewood police officer position, including minimum requirements, salary and benefits.
    • Detailed information about the testing process for the entry level
    • Opportunity to take online practice
    • Schedule your own convenient test time. Tests are offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays at a testing site convenient for NTN now offers virtual testing. If you would like to test virtually, you will need to check that option when scheduling your exam.
    • Take high quality job simulation tests in a standardized, fair testing

    Applicants are required to complete the exam, personal history questionnaire (PHQ) and work attitudes questionnaire (WAQ), as well as upload copies of their high school diploma or GED, valid driver’s license, and any documentation needed for military, college, employment, or residency credits. Deadline to complete the examination and submit required documents is Monday, June 12, 2023. 

    Upon completion of the entry level exam the candidate scores are automatically forwarded to the City of Lakewood Civil Service Commission. Candidates who attain a minimum passing score of 70% or more on the entry level exam and have uploaded required documentation will be placed on the eligible list. The City of Lakewood will contact candidates on the list and will invite them to continue to participate in other stages of the department selection process.

    National Testing Network is a service provided to conduct entry level testing in a standardized, professional environment. National Testing Network does not replace the City of Lakewood’s Civil Service Commission’s responsibility and decision making in the testing process. For further information about the examination process, please contact the City of Lakewood Civil Service Commission at (216) 529-6040 or

    Additionally, the City of Lakewood is accepting applications for Lateral Entry Patrol Officer. Applicants must have been employed as a police officer in the State of Ohio AND have been previously hired as part of a competitive civil service examination. Lateral applicants only should go to for more information on lateral entry and to apply directly for this position.

    Salary: $65,682.83 current starting annual salary in 2023 plus benefits.  Click here for more information.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Entry Level Mechanic+-


    The City of Lakewood is currently seeking one (1) Entry Level Mechanics in its Fleet Division. This is a full time AFSCME Bargaining Unit position with an hourly rate of $26.66 – $27.05. Normal working hours are 6:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. (M-F); shift hours will vary by season and need per the negotiated contract.


    Must have the ability to lift and/or pull 50 to 150 lbs. with or without mechanical or other assistance frequently throughout the work day; must have the ability to climb in and out of vehicles or equipment, and work from ladders and platforms; must be able to perform physical demands (i.e., bending, reaching, climbing, squatting, standing and extensive use of hands, arms, fingers, and legs); must be able to work in all weather conditions; must be able to work around chemicals, dust, heat, fumes and pungent odors, using prescribed safety equipment and procedures.  Must have a mechanical aptitude and gain a working knowledge to perform all maintenance aspects of vehicles, equipment, machinery and specialty items of motor vehicle fleet to the Department’s established standards; must be able to properly evaluate damage and/or failures to determine necessary repair or replacement of parts on automotive, trucks and various equipment of all Departments of the City of Lakewood, including but not limited to salt trucks, dump trucks, plows, front-end loaders, back-hoes, sweepers, Vac-All and refuse vehicles; must be able to use all other mechanical equipment; must possess a working knowledge of hydraulics and small engines, air brakes, pneumatics, 12-volt and 24-volt electrical systems for diesel and gas powered engines; must be able to read and understand electrical schematics and diagnostics trees; must be competent in the use of testing equipment, OTC diagnostics and software; must gain working knowledge of all automatic transmissions and repair of manual transmissions; must display expertise, capacity and extensive field experience to make repairs on all types of City vehicles and equipment on and off site; may be required to do repairs on the road; Must be able to order necessary parts and/or supplies to complete repairs; must have the aptitude to diagnose and correct problems; must gain preventative maintenance experience and ability to maintain a regular PM service maintenance for all equipment; must be able to work as a team employee among the work group; must have the ability to maintain records, open work orders and use lap top and desk station computers; Must be able to use software programs to perform diagnostics and repairs; must have the knowledge of safe work practice and gain the knowledge of best service repair practices in Fleet industry; must be able to prioritize and complete vehicle repairs in a controlled cost environment and work within established standards; must be able to follow repairs from any working shift or mechanic when needed;  must have the ability to communicate clearly via telephone, radio and email.


    • Able to work independently.
    • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
    • A valid Ohio Driver’s License with less than eight (8) points.
    • Class A Commercial Driver License preferred or must be able to obtain at the next CDL training offered by the City.
    • Must possess tanker and passenger endorsements or must be able to obtain at the next CDL training offered by the City.
    • Must obtain a certification for Heating and Air Conditioning recirculation, recycling and recovery as required by Section 609 of the amended Clean Air Act and filed with the EPA within two (2) years.
    • Must obtain a minimum of four (4) ASE certifications within two (2) years of hire* (Master level preferred) and maintain same throughout employment.
    • Diesel experience preferred.
    • Must have mechanic aptitude and previous experience maintaining and repairing motor vehicles and equipment.
    • Must be able to problem solve and proficient in computer use.
    • Must satisfactorily complete a physical examination, drug screen and police background investigation.
    • Will be able to successfully interview for the position, which may include technical and/or hands on demonstration questions.


    Employee may be required to work overtime pursuant to the provisions of Article 5 and Article 15 of the current negotiated agreement. Applicants may be reassigned as required. Overtime call-ins for breakdowns or road service may be assigned to another mechanic when needed. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    ONLY QUALIFIED interested applicants should submit a resume AND an application either on-line (available at or to the City of Lakewood, Office of Human Resources, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.

    Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Posting date: February 6, 2023

  • Lateral Entry Level Police Officer+-

    The City of Lakewood is accepting applications for an entry level Police Officer position. This appointment is being made through a lateral entry process open to candidates who are currently Police Officers or who have been employed as Police Officers in the State of Ohio within the past year.

    Qualified candidates must provide proof of current or past appointment through a competitive Civil Service examination process.

    To apply, candidates must:

      • Complete an application for employment,
      • Show proof of High School Diploma or GED,
      • Have a valid Ohio Driver’s license with a good driving record (six or more violation points may be disqualifying),
      • Provide proof of OPOTC Certification

    To be considered, applicants must:

      • Have current or previous peace officer employment as a result of a civil service examination process,
      • Have no more than a one year break in service from previous employment as a peace officer,
      • Possess adequate physical ability to perform all duties and utilize all issued equipment,
      • Be United States Citizens or must have legally declared their intention of becoming a United States Citizen,
      • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at time of appointment, and
      • Have the requisite health and requisite mental and physical fitness, ability, and capacity necessary to perform all the established and anticipated tasks and duties.
        • Extensive medical and mental testing including drug testing, as well as an extensive Police background check with polygraph will be conducted.  Candidates must also complete a physical agility examination to be conducted at the Cuyahoga Community College Police Academy or similar examination site after a conditional offer is extended.

    Starting salary: $65,682.83 – $76,050.01, based on prior experience, plus benefits, including:

    • Competitive health insurance plan
    • 144 annual holiday hours that be used as time off or pay in addition to vacation
    • Annual $2,400 firearms proficiency/body worn camera bonus
    • Annual $2,000 uniform allowance
    • Quarterly and annual perfect attendance bonuses

    Qualified candidates must apply on-line at the City of Lakewood website by clicking here or applications may be printed and submitted via e-mail to:

    Or via USPS mail to:
    City of Lakewood
    Department of Human Resources
    12650 Detroit Avenue
    Lakewood, OH 44107
    Attn: Police

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • School Crossing Guard+-

    The City of Lakewood is seeking applicants for the part-time (approximately 2 hours per day) position of School Crossing Guard. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED and be able to satisfactorily complete a physical examination, including drug screening, and police background check. Salary $17.22 per hour.

    Interested applicants should apply online by clicking here or download and complete a job application and either email to or mail to the City of Lakewood, Office of Human Resources, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107.

    The City of Lakewood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • No Surprise Act Information+-

     This link leads to the machine readable files that are made available in response to the federal Transparency in Coverage Rule and includes negotiated service rates and out-of-network allowed amounts between health plans and healthcare providers. The machine-readable files are formatted to allow researchers, regulators, and application developers to more easily access and analyze data.