security clearance interview

  1. I got a call at work today and a contractor from OPM said he was doing my security clearance and I had to have an interview (it is scheduled for monday 2:30pm at the local IHOP) has anyone had this before or am I special. About a year ago the city in this little tiny town I lived in gave me a ticket because I didnt pay the $5 dog tag fee for a dog tag. They said my little 3 lb chihuahua needed a missouri rabies tag this was last july, roxy had just had her rabies shot in january in florida. I took roxy to the VET and asked for a rabies shot , he refused because she was already current and she was pregnant with puppies. I told the city about this and they said ok fine let us know when she gets another shot and register her then. I thought everything was ok then the town marshal that works 2 hrs a month for 8 bucks an hr. came and arrested me for possession of an unlicensed chihuahua. they took me to the county jail and let me out on 50 dollar bail. I pleaded no contest and paid the 150 dollar fine. the arrest and the case dont show up on any case.net or any computerized record. I told them about this on my application in detail. would they decide to kick me out because of this arrest and conviction of a municipal charge (not a misdemeanor not a felony) of possession of an unlicensed chihuahua.
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  3. by   Skeletor
    :lghmky:Your story is incredible, Walt Disney couldn't have said it better!
  4. by   caliotter3
    An unlicensed chihuahua?! Oh, oh!!! I better take care of my chihuahua! I had to go through these interviews every time I had a Special Background Investigation. This would definitely be what would be discussed, and any other thing you've got under the rug or in the closet. Good luck.
  5. by   caliotter3
    Next thing we're going to find out that unlicensed chihuahuas cause nursing licenses to be revoked!
  6. by   pattyrn376
    guys, I am serious, not joking, I was arrested handcuffs and all. granted they were loose and in front of me. it was really about a property line dispute and I had a survey done like they requested and they didnt like what the surveyor found. so they had the mayor harass me that way. the town had only 200 people in it.
  7. by   caliotter3
    If the investigator who questions you is anything like any of the ones who interviewed me, he will write down your explanation in a way that is appropriate to the reality of the situation. Make sure you don't leave anything out that explains what and why. Don't worry about this. There is nothing you can do about it except to explain it. If they don't grant you a security clearance because of it, then you didn't have a chance anyway. Good luck.
  8. by   Cursed Irishman
    Remember: the guy doing the interview does not determine whether or not you get the clearance. The interviewer just gathers information, its the agency you work for that will decide if you get your clearance. Just stick with the facts, don't try to lay blame on anyone and relax. By the time the interviewer talks to you, they've already reviewed your police record and talked to all your neighbors. The interviewer will already know about your canine escapades, especially if its only a town of 200.
  9. by   ambermichelle
    At work I know several people with security clearances and prior arrests. Just be open and honest because this is extremely minor. But don't try to joke with the interviewer, they typically don't have much of a sense of humor. It is best to tell them everything about the arrest episode, but don't volunteer a lot of information about your whole life, just answer the questions.
  10. by   athena55
    Also do not volunteer any information.
    As amber said, "...just answer the questions"
    And I agree with Cursed, the investigator already knows a heck of a lot about you. When I had my security clearance interview for a position with the FBI the Lead Investigator was at my neighbors homes asking questions about me as soon as she was off my front stoop, or so it seemed!
  11. by   hopeful_army_NP
    Patty,

    Did you have the interview Monday? If so, how did everything go?
  12. by   pattyrn376
    I was worried about nothing he said the chihuahua stuff didn't come up on the search and it was just violation of a municipal ordinance. he asked about some credit issues when I got divorced in 96 and wanted to know why all of my bills were late in september and october of 2004 (I lived in st lucie county florida and we got hit by 2 category 3 hurricanes frances and jeanne direct hits 3 weeks apart he said that was good enough and welcome to the army.
  13. by   hopeful_army_NP
    Quote from pattyrn376
    I was worried about nothing he said the chihuahua stuff didn't come up on the search and it was just violation of a municipal ordinance. he asked about some credit issues when I got divorced in 96 and wanted to know why all of my bills were late in september and october of 2004 (I lived in st lucie county florida and we got hit by 2 category 3 hurricanes frances and jeanne direct hits 3 weeks apart he said that was good enough and welcome to the army.

    Great!!! Thanks for sharing...
  14. by   olderthandirt2
    Quote from pattyrn376
    I was worried about nothing he said the chihuahua stuff didn't come up on the search and it was just violation of a municipal ordinance. he asked about some credit issues when I got divorced in 96 and wanted to know why all of my bills were late in september and october of 2004 (I lived in st lucie county florida and we got hit by 2 category 3 hurricanes frances and jeanne direct hits 3 weeks apart he said that was good enough and welcome to the army.
    I was told these "searches" went back for 7 yrs only......(for a standard security clearance...not "top")??? At least, that is what they told me at FSH security office.....

    c.

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