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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 390H
Category: Protective Services

Class Series Concept

Within the Liquor and Cannabis Board, positions in this series exercise discretionary authority in the enforcement of criminal and administrative law; initiates investigations of violations to state liquor, marijuana, and tobacco related laws and regulations; arrests violators, execute warrants, files administrative and criminal charges; serves subpoenas and other legal documents; coordinates and work with local State and Federal law enforcement agencies and supervise investigators on undercover assignments; conducts investigations of suspected illegal activities in liquor, marijuana and tobacco licensed locations. Duties related to “marijuana” throughout this series are those resulting from the passage of Initiative 502.


Within the Liquor and Cannabis Board, serves as a Field Training Officer (FTO); trains new employees through the Field Training Officer (FTO) Program and is responsible for training other division officers in selected topics as identified by division command.

Independently, or as part of a specialized team, enforces state liquor, marijuana and tobacco laws by conducting investigations, financial audits, on premise inspections, citing and arresting violators; and provides education.

Typical Work

As a field training officer is responsible for providing training on liquor, marijuana and tobacco laws and enforcement methods to new employees of the agency; assists in the development of methods, materials and classes sponsored by the department; gives presentations on enforcement efforts, methods and accomplishments to Board staff, local, state and federal law enforcement and the public;

Investigates complaints from citizens and police and coordinates investigations with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies;

Examines violations of liquor, marijuana and tobacco laws; arrests violators, executes warrants and files administrative and criminal charges; appears and testifies in court; seizes and preserves evidence utilizing the chain of custody methods;

Carries out routine inspections of licensed premises and authorized special events for compliance with liquor, marijuana and tobacco laws and regulations. These checks can include but are not limited to retail sales location of alcohol such as grocery stores, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, large sports and entertainment facilities, casinos and location of special events. Marijuana inspections can also include growing operations and processing operations. Tobacco inspection can further include licensed distribution locations, and tobacco only store;

Runs compliance checks for youth access utilizing underage minor investigative aides in license and unlicensed locations related to liquor, marijuana, and tobacco;

Participates in undercover investigations related to licensed operation and unlicensed activities associated with liquor, tobacco, and marijuana sales and production;

Establishes and maintains effective relationships with members of the public, law enforcement agencies, and local businesses;

Handles financial audits to determine true parties of interest and sources of funds; analyzes corporate structures, partnerships and other information relevant to determine all parties are legally involved with the business;

Partakes in vehicles stops and felony arrests, primarily for tobacco tax and marijuana enforcement;

Prepares and completes comprehensive, administrative and criminal case reports, data analysis for assigned area, time accounting and scheduling, and time and activity tracking;

May act as LCB Enforcement Officer 4 in the absence of the supervisor;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: State liquor, marijuana and tobacco laws; laws of arrest; search and seizure; criminal procedure, rules of evidence; constitutional law; division procedures; firearms and safety.

Ability to: Secure and maintain evidence and testify in administrative hearings and courts of law; interact with diverse groups; remain calm/rational when communicating with irate/intoxicated people; maintain documentation regarding work activities; write concise, accurate and timely reports; successfully complete the criminal justice training center field training officer requirements.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of experience as a LCB Enforcement Officer 2. 

Class Specification History

New class: 9-11-92.
Revised definition: 12-97 effective 7-1-98 as part of the 6767 legislative process.
Revised definition: 11-19-1998.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 42162); adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007; general revision revises minimum qualifications effective July 1, 2007.
Salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2015, effective 7/1/2015.
Revised title and definition; adopted August 13, 2015; effective August 14, 2015.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.