Washington State Exempt Gambling Special Agent in Washington


The Washington State Gambling Commission (WSGC) is seeking qualified candidates to fill Gambling Special Agent positions as vacancies occur in various divisions throughout Washington.

Education and experience are used to determine starting salary.

Note: If you applied for this recruitment previously, you will not need to reapply.

ABOUT WSGC Created by the state Legislature in 1973, the Washington State Gambling Commission is a law enforcement, licensing and regulatory agency. The WSGC is a non-appropriated agency funded through licensing and regulatory fees paid by licensees and tribal governments. OUR MISSION – Protect the public by ensuring gambling is legal and honest. OUR VISION – We will maintain confidence by:

  • Conducting a fair and effective gambling regulatory and enforcement program
  • Investigating illegal activities
  • Building positive partnerships and relationships
  • Providing a workplace that allows employees to excel at their jobs
  • Anticipating and responding to the evolving gambling industry OUR VALUES – Integrity, Professionalism, Respect and Diversity. To learn more about our agency, we invite you to visit our website at http://www.wsgc.wa.gov.


This full-time, civil service exempt position is a commissioned, limited-jurisdiction law enforcement officer and is responsible for conducting regulatory and law enforcement investigations to ensure gambling laws and rules are followed. As a Special Agent, you will also conduct onsite visits to licensed or tribal gambling facilities, perform in-depth evaluation of gambling and financial records, analyze accounting controls, investigate complaints and criminal activity involving and relating to gambling and take appropriate criminal and administrative actions. Some of the premises you visit may be in high crime areas. You will work primarily alone and occasionally in teams.

You may be assigned to any one of the agency units. The Licensing Unit is headquartered in Lacey. The Regulation Unit, Criminal Enforcement Unit, and the Tribal Gaming Unit have locations throughout the state. Each unit may have specific residence requirements within their assigned coverage areas. Below is a brief description of each unit:

Licensing Unit– Agents assigned to this unit are based out of our Headquarters office in Lacey. Agents conduct pre-licensing financial investigations, financial reviews and source of funds investigations, criminal history investigations, post licensing investigations and charitable/nonprofit reviews and works in coordination with Tribal Gaming Agency licensing representatives. Work in this unit requires out-of-state and out-of-country travel.

Regulation Unit – Agents assigned to this unit are based throughout the state. Agents regulate licensed gambling and provide technical assistance to gambling operations, and work with numerous licensee groups and law enforcement agencies. Agents also investigate criminal cases for the prosecution of illegal gambling activities and gambling related crimes.

Criminal Enforcement Unit – Agents assigned to this unit are based throughout the state. Agents are responsible for investigating illegal gambling activities that occur at licensed and unlicensed facilities and individuals or organizations involved in crimes involving gambling or have a gambling nexus. Agents are also responsible for cybercrimes involving gambling or cybercrimes related to gambling. In addition, agents assist the Regulation Unit and the Tribal Gaming Unit with investigations and enforcement of gambling laws and gambling related crimes. Agents in this unit also assist local, state, federal and tribal law enforcement with criminal investigations involving gambling related crimes or crimes connected to gambling.

Tribal Gaming Unit – Agents assigned to this unit are based throughout the state and partner with Tribal representatives. Agents work cooperatively with each tribe's Tribal Gaming Agency to monitor Class III (Nevada/casino style) tribal gaming activities, conduct criminal investigations, and ensure compact compliance. Agents also provide training to regulators from within the state and across the country.


Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree involving major study in criminal justice, accounting or finance, public or business administration, computer science or closely related field, OR
  • Four or more years of related experience in business, auditing, accounting, law enforcement, regulatory, fraud, or investigations. OR
  • Associates degree involving study in criminal justice, accounting or finance, public or business administration, or closely related field, ANDa minimum of two years related experience in business, auditing, accounting, law enforcement, regulatory, fraud or investigations.
  • The core competencies for all Gambling Commission employees are Communication, Relationship Building and Influence, Customer Focus, Ethics and Integrity, Diversity, Accountability, and Initiative.
  • Gambling Special Agents must also have the following competencies: Analysis and Judgment, Adaptability and Flexibility, and Tact and Diplomacy. Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in conducting regulatory or criminal investigations with other local, state, and federal agencies, and tribal governments.

  • Successful completion of Basic Law Enforcement Academy
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Experience reviewing financial statements from nonprofit and commercial entities.
  • Experience in obtaining, reviewing and understanding court documents from all court levels to include federal, superior, and district courts. Supplemental Information


Carefully review your application before submitting.

You may NOT reapply to this posting for 365 days (one year).

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "Work Experience" section of your application in careers.wa.gov; the completeness of the application material submitted; and the responses to the supplemental questionnaire.

A resume will NOT substitute for completing the "Work Experience"section of your application.

Include in your application a minimum of three professional reference with current telephone numbers.

All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

The act of submitting application material is considered affirmation that the information provided is complete and truthful. If materials are submitted electronically, applicants do not need to sign the application.

**We will conduct a background check, psychological and polygraph exams, and drug screening prior to any new Agent appointment into the Washington State Gambling Commission.

Conditions of Employment**

A Gambling Special Agent is a commissioned law enforcement officer of the state of Washington and must have the highest level of integrity and ethical conduct. Gambling Special Agents must meet ALL of the following conditions of employment:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Possess a driver's license valid in Washington State and be able to drive a motor vehicle
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions related to controlled substances, theft, moral turpitude, fraud, larceny, or crimes of violence within the last five years
  • Have no convictions for any crime associated with domestic violence
  • Have no DUI convictions within the last three years, or a substantial accumulation of driving violations which indicates a disregard for rules and regulations
  • Not use or possess illegal narcotics or controlled substances:
  • Drug Free – No use of any drugs within the three year period immediately preceding appointment
  • Marijuana – No use within the three year period immediately preceding appointment and use limited to experimentation
  • Amphetamines, Cocaine, and Opiates – No use within the five year period immediately preceding appointment and use limited to experimentation
  • Hallucinogens – No use within the ten year period immediately preceding appointment and use limited to experimentation
  • Refrain from excessive alcohol consumption
  • Adhere to agency policy of prohibiting employees from serving as officers or managers of any corporation or organization that conducts a lottery or gambling activity, including tribal gambling activities. Employees may not gamble in tribal gambling activities or any gambling licensed activities.
  • Be willing to undergo and able to pass an extensive background investigation, which includes a criminal records check, credit check, drug screening, and fingerprinting
  • Be willing to undergo a post offer polygraph examination and psychological evaluation
  • Be willing to accept assignments that may include occasional overnight travel, work in the evenings and on weekends and holidays For agents assigned to any unit, the following additional conditions of employment apply:

  • Be able to legally acquire and possess firearms and ammunition

  • Be willing and able to make an arrest and handle suspected violators
  • Be willing and able to carry and use a firearm in a safe and appropriate manner, and maintain firearm qualification standards
  • Successfully complete the Gambling Commission's Use of Force training program within the first 45 days of employment
  • Pass a pre-hire Physical Ability Test
  • Successfully complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy (CJTC BLEA) within the first 18 months of employment*

*Note: The requirement for the Washington State CJTC BLEA must be met either prior to employment or within 18 months after beginning employment. If commissioned before employment, applicant must not have had a break in law enforcement employment for more than two years at the time of appointment. Applicants requesting equivalency based upon attaining basic law enforcement certification through another state's academy will be reviewed by the Washington State CJTC. Upon approval, the applicant will be required to successfully complete the Equivalency Academy within 18 months. Reserve academies will not substitute for either above.

Physical Ability Testing (PAT) - All Gambling Special Agent applicants are required to take and pass the PAT unless you hold a current commissioned law enforcement certification.


In addition to the benefits listed on the "Benefits" tab, Gambling Special Agents have the following benefits:

  • Agency furnished equipment, including a vehicle and firearm. Licensing Unit agents will not be assigned a vehicle.
  • Flexible work schedule of 160 hours within a 28-day work period.
  • Paid law enforcement training and broad developmental opportunities, including a tuition reimbursement program and veteran's on-the-job training program.


  • A completed online application that includes at least three professional references (*www.careers.wa.gov*)
  • A completed Supplemental Questionnaire
  • A copy of your Certification of Completion if you have successfully completed the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission 720 hour Basic Law Enforcement Academy or its equivalent. Application Review Process:
  1. Review for required qualifications
  2. Invitations to Physical Ability Test (PAT)
  3. Hiring manager application review
  4. Invitation to participate in selection processes that may include interviews, written tests, or other practical exams
  5. Reference and Background Check
  6. Polygraph, Psychological, and Drug Testing

For any questions regarding this recruitment, email us at Recruitment@wsgc.wa.gov or call (360) 486-3459.

Job Type: Exempt

Job Number: 2016-06194

Department: Gambling Commission

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA