JOBS: Psst…Wanna Make $109-$132K? Be Des Moines’ New Police Chief

The City of Des Moines officially posted a job listing for a new Police Chief on Monday, Jan. 23.

The gig pays an annual salary between $109,128 to $132,636 depending on qualifications, and has an “Excellent Benefit Package,” according to a recruitment brochure (PDF file).

The Police Chief position oversees the Des Moines Police Department, which consists of 49 dedicated employees, according to the brochure. The Department has 37 full-time commissioned personnel, which includes two Commanders, seven Sergeants, five Detectives and 22 Police Officers. The 12 civilian members of the Department include Senior Secretary, Office Manager, Evidence Specialist, and six Records Specialists. The Police Department’s 2012 budget is approximately $7.7 million.

John O’Leary previously served as Interim Police Chief, replacing Roger Baker, who retired last March.

Here’s the full job listing (PDF file):

The City of Des Moines, Washington, seeks an experienced law enforcement executive who is as comfortable and effective dealing with administrative tasks as he/she is working the street. An energetic and motivational individual with the ability to make things happen, Des Moines’ next Chief should possess a history of community involvement, preferably in leadership roles, be approachable and personable. The Police Chief should demonstrate a genuine respect for a diverse community and be highly visible and active within the community and with the City’s management team. The Chief should lead by example, demonstrate personal and professional integrity beyond reproach, and communicate a sense of vision backed by specific goals and objectives with a plan to achieve these goals through measured success. He/She will serve as a visible, approachable ambassador of the community, while remaining cognizant and sensitive to the needs of all members of the Police Department. The competitive candidate will exhibit an open, straight-forward communication style and will be a good listener who deals with all employees and citizens in a consistent manner.

Candidates should have ten years of increasingly responsible experience in the field of law enforcement administration, including at least five years as a Chief, Assistant/Deputy Chief or Commander. Must have or be able to obtain within one year of appointment, a Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Certification or equivalency. The ideal candidate will have experience with labor relations and be able to interact successfully and positively in a suburban environment. Experience in a Council-Manager form of government and strong public relations skills are desired. A track record of forming collaborative partnerships with neighboring agencies is also desired.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement, Police or Public Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, or a closely related subject is required. Master’s Degree or other advanced training is desirable.

A recruitment brochure can be found on the City of Des Moines website at To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume by February 21, 2012, via email to [email protected] or the mailing address below:

City Manager’s Office
City of Des Moines
21630 11th Ave. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198

The City of Des Moines is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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