The City of Wheeling, West Virginia


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Department Overview & Employment

The City of Wheeling’s Human Resources Department (HR) administers personnel services to the employees of the various departments. The goal of HR is to provide the array of services offered to the employees in the most efficient and effective manner as possible. The Codified Ordinances of the City governs and provides the framework for HR to: oversee personnel actions (hire, transfer, discharge) by assuring adherence to federal, state and local laws and regulations; administration of the classification and compensation plan; administration of the drug and alcohol testing program as per federal and state law; maintenance of the health, vision and dental plans; maintaining employee records; and to ensure a discrimination free workplace.

Employment Provisions and Benefits

The City of Wheeling has a residency requirement for Fire and Police personnel, which was updated in May 2017. All personnel employed by the City and pursuant to the Fire and Police civil service provisions must be bona-fide residents, living within a forty-five (45) mile geographic distance from the City of Wheeling Central Offices, located at 1500 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV. This residency requirement does not apply to employees in other departments outside of the Fire Department and Police Department. Please contact the Human Resources Department for a more specific description of the allowed area. 

This residency requirement is applicable for all Fire and Police Department employees, except at the time of appointment or employment when they need not be residents within said geographic area, but shall establish such residency within six (6) months of employment with the City of Wheeling.

All persons hired or appointed shall serve a probationary period. For employees in the non-uniform positions, the probation period is six (6) months of uninterrupted employment after assuming the position. For entry-level appointments in the Police and Fire Departments, the probation period is one (1) year of uninterrupted employment after assuming the position.

The City of Wheeling offers a variety of benefits to its full time employees. The current benefit package includes the following:

  • Paid Health Insurance
  • Paid Dental and Vision
  • Paid Term Life Insurance up to $20,000
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Paid Vacation (2-4 weeks per year based upon length of service.)
  • Paid Sick Leave (accrue 1 day per month)
  • One paid Personal Day per year
  • Longevity Pay after three years of service
  • Optional Benefits include payroll deductions for deferred compensation (457 plan), credit union, additional life insurance, savings bonds, and other insurance coverages.


From the region’s largest trail system, to national schools of excellence, to a reorganized municipal government, the City of Wheeling offers a dynamic environment for you, your family and your business. There are many features that are unique to this area and we are proud of them! Our businesses enjoy the business climate as well with our advanced, motivated work force. The work force also enjoys being active in our various professional organizations. The area boasts year-round entertainment, leisure, sports, music, festivals, dining, shopping, and much more.

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