Welfare Fraud Investigator II

Next Application Review TBA

Recruitment #15-413130-01


Come join a team to help eliminate welfare fraud!  

The Special Investigations Bureau is responsible for conducting investigations of alleged fraud in various public assistance programs, detecting fraud in those programs, and conducting verification inquiries in an effort to prevent fraud before it occurs. The Bureau is also responsible for collecting criminal and administrative overpayments, as well as court-ordered restitution stemming from criminal convictions for welfare fraud.  To learn more about Solano County, the Department of Health and Social Services,and the Special Investigations Bureau, please visit our website at www.solanocounty.com

The Position

Under direction, conducts routine and complex investigations, regarding public assistance eligibility, theft, and fraud, as well as other investigations such as threats against department employees and theft of and damage to public property; prepares cases substantiated for administrative and/or formal legal action; testifies in both judicial and non-judicial proceedings; and performs related duties as required

To review the full job description which includes essential duties and the required knowledge, skills and abilities, please visit:   http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=16046

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill part-time and full-time regular, limited-term or extra-help positions as vacancies occur or the need arises.


Education:  Thirty (30) semester units or 45 quarter units from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Law Enforcement, Police Science, or a closely related field which addresses prevention, discovery, control and treatment of crimes, criminals and criminality.         

Experience:  Three years of full-time paid law enforcement experience working primarily in criminal investigations in a government agency.

Note:  While an Associate’s degree is not required, the possession of a Associate’s degree or higher in criminal justice, police science, law enforcement, criminology, sociology, or a closely related field is desired and may be a factor considered during the rating and/or selection process.

LICENSING, CERTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants are required to possess a valid California Driver’s License, Class C. Note:  All licenses must be kept current while employed in this class.


Candidates for Welfare Fraud Investigator II will be required to pass an extensive (P.O.S.T.) background investigation, physical examination, and psychological evaluation in accordance with applicable law, regulation and/or policy.

Peace Officer Requirements:  Employees must meet requirements to possess and carry firearms and therefore  must meet training requirements in accordance with Penal Code, Section 832 which includes the successful completion of a P.O.S.T. approved firearms training program  prior to appointment.  In addition, continuing on-the-job weapons familiarization and qualification and situational training and demonstrated proficiency in the use of firearms is required.        

Applicants must meet minimum peace officer standards concerning citizenship, age, character, education and physical/mental condition as set forth in Section 1029 and 1031 of the California Government Code.

Investigator Requirement:  In accordance with Section 832.25 (a) of the California Penal Code, all Welfare Fraud Investigator IIs shall attend and complete a California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved Specialized Investigator Basic Course (SIBC) or Regular Basic Course (RBC) within one year of being hired as a Welfare Fraud Investigator II.  Possession of a Basic Course Waiver (BCW) or possession of a POST Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced Certificate fulfills this requirement.   All training must be in compliance with the POST three year rule.

Child Abuse Reporting:  Selectees for employment must, as a condition of employment, sign a statement agreeing to comply with Section 11166 of the California Penal Code relating to child abuse reporting.

Language Proficiency:  Some positions allocated to this class will require the applicant to speak, read and write in a language in addition to English.

Independent Travel:  Incumbents are required to travel independently, for example, to perform investigative work such as interviewing witnesses, conducting surveillance, etc.; to attend meetings with other County employees; to attend meetings with employees in other law enforcement agencies; etc.

Hours of Work:  Incumbents may be required to work weekends, holidays, irregular hours, on-call, and after normal business hours.

Note:  Incumbents are peace officers pursuant to Section 830.35 of the California Penal Code, however, this is not considered an active law enforcement classification for such personnel administrative matters as retirement, industrial or workers' compensation.


Solano County offers a comprehensive benefit package to full and part-time employees which includes a cafeteria-style medical package with health benefits offered through CalPERS. The County contributes 75% of the Kaiser family rate for the Bay area for coverage that begins the first of the month following date of hire. The County offers a cash back provision for those who choose employee-only medical coverage or those who waive medical insurance coverage. Dental and vision insurances for the employee and eligible dependents are paid 100% by the County.

Solano County participates in CalPERS retirement, and contributes to Social Security. Vacation is accrued at approximately 10 days per year for the first 78 full time pay periods (approximately 3 years). Sick leave accrues at approximately 12 days per year. Additionally, the County observes 12 fixed, paid holidays per year.

To review complete benefits information, please visit: http://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=16473

Selection Process

Based on the information provided in the application documents and answers to the supplemental questions, the best qualified applicants will be invited for further examination. All applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination.  

RETIREES - Solano County invites all to apply for positions; however pursuant to Government Code Section 21221(h) and 21224, hiring restrictions may apply to California Public Sector Pension Plan Retirees. Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract. All potential new hires and employees considered for promotion to management, confidential or unrepresented positions will be subject to a background and reference check after contingent job offer is accepted.  These provisions are subject to change.

A minimum score of 70% is required to continue in the selection process. Scores will be determined based on answers to the supplemental questions.

How to Apply

Please visit the County of Solano website, www.jobsatsolanocounty.com, to apply. All additional application materials as requested in the job announcement (e.g. copies of diploma and/or transcripts, P.O.S.T. and SIBC certificates, DD-214) must be submitted with a document cover sheet, available on the County's employment website: http://www.jobaps.com/Solano/sup/doccover.pdf or at the of Human Resources’ office, and are due within 5 days of application submittal.

Previously submitted application materials for prior recruitments will not be applied for this recruitment but must be re-submitted for this recruitment.   

Questions can be directed to the Human Resources Department at (707) 784-6170 or at 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800 Fairfield. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EOE/AA    

Document Submittal Requirements

All applicants must submit a copy of their college diploma (verifying the degree, date earned and area of specialization) or official/unofficial transcripts (verifying the courses and units completed) and P.O.S.T. certificate or SBIC within 5 days of application submittal. Candidates who fail to submit their diploma or transcripts (if required) and certificates will be disqualified from the recruitment.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates who attended a college or university that is accredited by a foreign or non-U.S. accrediting agency must have their educational units evaluated by an educational evaluation service. The result must be submitted to the Human Resources Department no later than the close of the recruitment. Please contact the local college or university to learn where this service can be obtained.

In addition to uploading attachments when applying online, candidates may submit documents in-person, by mail at Solano County Department of Human Resources 675 Texas Street, Suite 1800, Fairfield CA 94533, by fax to (707) 784-3424, or by email at recruitment@solanocounty.com.  When submitting documents in-person, by mail or by fax, include the recruitment title (e.g., Office Assistant II) and the recruitment number (e.g., 12-123456-01).

Supplemental Questionnaire

This Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to determine applicants’ qualifications for this position and will be a determining factor in whether they will continue in the recruitment process; therefore, applicants are encouraged to answer all questions thoroughly and completely. Omitted information will not be considered or assumed. Applicants who have no experience in a specific area are recommended to state "no experience in this area" instead of leaving the space blank.  

1. Do you have a P.O.S.T. certificate or have completed a Specialized Investigator Basic Course (SIBC) or a Regular Basic Course (RBC)? _______Yes _______No

2. Describe your experience in investigating fraud. Include the interviewing techniques you have used, evidence needed to substantiate charges of fraud, and the typical outcome of your investigations.

3. Describe your most complex criminal (non-traffic related) investigation, include the tools used to complete the investigation and the outcome.  

Selection Plan

07/15/15 - Deadline to submit application and all required documents for application review.  

07/16/15 - Application review

TBD - Best qualified applicants, as based on answers to the supplemental questions, referred to Department for background and hiring interview.


Veterans Preference Points

To be eligible, applicant must have served at least 181 consecutive days of active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and have received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.  A copy of the DD214, showing discharge type, must be received in the Human Resources Department by the final filing date. Applicants who have a service connected disability must submit a recent award letter from the VA stating they are receiving disability benefits for service connected reasons.  Disability must be rated at least 10% to be eligible for disabled veteran's points.  Veteran applicants for initial County employment with an honorable or general under honorable conditions shall have five (5) points added to their combined score.  Disabled veterans shall have ten (10) points added to their combined score.  Veteran preference points will only be added to passing scores in competitive open examinations.

Americans With Disabilities Act

It is the policy of Solano County that all employment decisions and personnel policies will be applied equally to all County employees and applicants and be based upon the needs of County service, job related merit, and ability to perform the job.

APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Qualified individuals with a disability, who are able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, and need special testing arrangements, must complete the following Request for Testing Accommodation by Applicants with Disabilities Form: http://webstartadmin/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=6664. This form must be received in the Human Resources Department by the final filing date of the recruitment.  Applicants will be contacted to discuss the specifics of the request.

Solano County

Located 45 miles northeast of San Francisco and 45 miles southwest of Sacramento, Solano County is home to rolling hills, waterfronts and fertile farmland. The County Administration Center is accessible by train.

Solano offers a blend of agriculture, corporate business, cultural venues, festivals and events, and provides residents with many recreation and entertainment choices. The County is also home to Travis Air Force Base.  

With its strategic location, affordable housing, natural resources, responsible land use planning, and attractive quality of life, Solano County is a great place to live, learn, work and play.

County Population (January 2012): 413,786

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice.