Human Resources Department

Frequently Asked Questions

Claims/Risk Management


  • How does a citizen file a claim with the City?
    • If you believe that the City is responsible for damages to you or your property, you must file a written claim within six months of the incident. In order to meet legal requirements you must supply specific information. To assist you in meeting those requirements, the City has prepared a claim form for your use. Click here for the claim form. Claim forms are also available from the City Clerk's Office or the Risk Management Division. Completed claims should be mailed or hand delivered to the City Clerk's Office.

  • What happens when I file a claim?
    • A copy of your claim is sent to the Risk Management Division. This Division is responsible for investigating and settling your claim. Generally, a claims adjuster will contact you and the department you believe is responsible for your damange to obtain additional information. The adjuster will then determine if the City is legally responsible for your damages, and if so, for how much. Generally, the City will only pay for damages when it can be shown that the City was negligent in its operations. If the adjuster determines that the City is not responsible, you will receive a written denial of your claim 45 days after it was filed.

  • Why doesn't the City pay for damages caused by falling limbs from City trees?
    • The Forestry Division has established an excellent maintenance and pruning program for City trees. The courts have consistently ruled that this program shows that the City provides reasonable care. Consequently, when tree limbs do fall it is considered an act of God and the City is not responsible.

Employment Verification


  • How can I verify employment?
    • Call the Human Resources Department at (209) 577-5402 for employment verification information. Be sure to have the signed authorization of the employee so that it can be faxed to the Human Resources Department upon request.

Job Applicants


  • What benefits do you offer new employees?
    • Complete benefit and salary information is available on the City's website. For specific benefits click on the job description of your choice and select the benefits tab.

  • Can I apply for a job online?

  • How can I apply for a job with the City of Modesto?
    • Each recruitment is open for a certain filing period during which employment applications are accepted. A separate City of Modesto employment application is required for each job. Employment applications may be:
      • Submitted online at the City's website
      • Dropped off at the Human Resources Department, Suite 2200, 1010 Tenth Street, Modesto
      • Mailed to the Human Resources Department, P. O. Box 642 Modesto, CA 95353
      Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Postmarks are not accepted.

  • Can I fill out one application for several jobs?
    • Each job requires a separate employment application. You may create an application that can be saved and used to apply for more than one job opening by clicking on the "Build Job Application" link.
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  • What happens after I apply for a job?
    • Applications are screened and all candidates are notified via email or US mail of the status of their application. For those who are invited to continue in the testing process, the notification will outline the next step, which may include a written exam, performance test, or oral board, etc.

Salary Inquiry


  • What benefits do you offer new employees?
    • Complete benefit and salary information is available on the City's website. For specific benefits click on the job description of your choice and select the benefits tab.