City of Waterloo

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Chief of Police

City of Waterloo
Waterloo, IA Full-time
Posted on October 18, 2019

SALARY : $125,000-$142,000 annualized (negotiable based on experience)


Professional administrative and supervisory position responsible for providing overall leadership, philosophy, direction, planning, organization and goal development for the Police Department, and resources to upgrade law enforcement services, protection and safety of the community. Duties include but are not limited to the following: directs law enforcement and crime prevention activities of the department; ensures that law and order are maintained, laws and ordinances are enforced and measures are implemented to prevent crimes and protect life and property; enforces City personnel policies, rules and regulations and Police Department general orders and standard operating procedures; develops community and City government support for the Police Department; plans, organizes and directs the activities of professional, administrative and clerical personnel; with the assistance of the Chief Financial Officer, prepares and administers the department budget; cooperates with County, State and Federal officials where mutual law enforcement interests are concerned; with the assistance of the Human Resources Department, administers the City and State Civil Service rules and regulations and the collective bargaining agreements affecting Police Department personnel; establishes and maintains rapport with other law enforcement agencies, civic groups, news media and professional organizations to foster good police community relations; maintains knowledge of Federal and State laws and City ordinances as they relate to the responsibilities of the Police Department; continually reviews staff assignments and personnel problems with management staff and makes decisions and recommendations regarding disciplinary actions; interviews, selects and evaluates Police Department officers and staff; meets with individuals, community and civic groups and other agencies regarding municipal law enforcement issues; other duties as assigned. The work is performed under the general direction of the Mayor and City Council but considerable leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgement and initiative. Directly or indirectly supervises approximately one hundred thirty employees.


1. Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the work of all subordinates in implementing the expressed goals, policies, and directives of the Police Department.
2. With input from employees, develops policies and procedures designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of department operations and address emergency services needs within the City of Waterloo.
3. Assists in the development and manages the operating and capital budgets for the Police Department.
4. Confers with the Police Department management team to track implementation of policies and receive specific recommendations and suggestions ondepartment operations. 
5. Provides status reports to the Mayor on department operations, any major shift in policies or procedures and recommendations for future development.
6. Reviews and analyzes methods, equipment utilized and performance to increase program effectiveness and forecast long-term needs and commitments. 

7. Assists in various aspects of personnel administration within the Police Department, including hiring, termination, grievance procedures and coordinating employee training.
8. Serves as the chief spokesperson for the Police Department.
9. Performs special projects for the Mayor as requested.
10. Keeps Mayor fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and makes suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems.
11. Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas.
12. Responds to citizens’ questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner.
13. Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate department heads to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities.
14. Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies, procedures, and Police safety rules and regulations.
15. Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.
16. Assists the Police Department staff in the marketing of training programs to other entities.
17. Will have appointing authority over the Police Department (As per Iowa Code 400.14).


1. Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and methods of planning, organization, management and personnel supervision.
2. Comprehensive knowledge of current principles and practices of public administration.
3. Ability to provide administrative direction within a municipal department.
4. Ability to supervise, evaluate, and lead the work of others and maintain a high level of discipline and morale.
5. Ability to communicate effectively with others, orally and in writing, using technical and non-technical language.
6. Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions.
7. Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations.
8. Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks.
9. Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions.
10. Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines.
11. Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology.
12. Ability to develop community support for and promotion of department activities through speeches to civic, business and school groups.
13. Ability to administer collective bargaining agreements that cover Police Department employees.
14. Ability to work with people from a broad variety of social, economic, racial, ethnic and educational backgrounds.
15. Ability to react quickly and calmly and to direct the work of subordinates in emergency situations. 16. Ability to establish and maintain liaisons with Federal, State and other government subdivisions, businesses, civic and citizen groups and the media.
17. Ability to promote effective working relationships with other departments, staff, subordinates, elected officials and the public.


1. Bachelor's Degree, preferably in police science, criminology, sociology, business administration, political science, public administration or other management or law enforcement related field with minimum fourteen years of experience as a sworn law enforcement officer with minimum two of those years in police administration and management at the rank of lieutenant or higher in a law enforcement agency of comparable size OR Associate's Degree in police science, criminal justice or closely related with minimum sixteen years of experience as a sworn law enforcement officer with minimum five of those years in police administration and management at the rank of lieutenant or higher in a law enforcement agency of comparable size. Prefer experience in municipal law enforcement.
2. Certification by the State of Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) as a peace officer or the ability to be certified within one year of appointment and meet all ILEA required certification standards as governed by the Iowa Code and administrative rules.
3. Experience working with culturally and racially diverse communities.
4. Must possess a current driver's license from state of residence and good driving record based on City of Waterloo driver performance criteria. A candidate with any of the following will not be considered for employment: loss of license for any reason during the period of candidacy for employment, if the candidate remains without a valid, current license for the position when the City issues an offer of employment; loss of license, plea of guilty, plea of no contest or its equivalent or conviction for OWI, reckless driving or other major moving violation within the previous five years; four or more citations for moving violations within the previous three-year period, excluding speeding violations of 10 mph or less over the posted speed limit; three or more citations for moving violations within the previous oneyear period. After appointment to the position, disciplinary action or continuing employment status may be reviewed for the following: four or more moving violations within the previous three years, three or more moving violations within the previous one year or loss of license or conviction for OWI, reckless driving or other major moving violation within the previous five years; two or more at-fault accidents within a three-year period while driving on City business. An applicant's driving record will be reviewed at the time of application, prior to certification of the Civil Service List and prior to an offer of employment. After hire, driving record will be reviewed at least annually. Must obtain Iowa driver's license within thirty days of appointment to position.


Requires the following with or without reasonable accommodations:
1. Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities that permits the employee to communicate effectively.
2. Sufficient vision or other powers of observation that permits the employee to review a wide variety of written material in electronic or hard copy form.
3. Sufficient manual dexterity that permits the employee to operate a personal computer and related equipment.
4. Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes that permits the employee to have access to various work sites throughout the City and out of the area.
5. Must also possess the functions that are considered essential for the successful performance in this job classification and are derived from the performance objectives stated in the Medical Protocol for Police Officers as per the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa. 


1. Willing to comply with the City of Waterloo Residency Policy for department directors. Must establish residency within the city limits of Waterloo within one year of employment.
2. The City of Waterloo will conduct an extensive background investigation on any applicant being considered for this position including personal, professional and employment references.
3. Following a conditional offer of employment, the City of Waterloo requires a physical examination including a drug test based on the medical protocol developed by the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System by a physician of the City's choice to determine if an applicant is capable of performing the essential functions of the position. Failure to pass the physical exam and drug test will result in withdrawal of the employment offer.
4. Required to submit to Civil Service Examination testing procedures including oral interview testing.


Generally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with one hour unpaid lunch. Must also be available outside these hours for department or City activities or meetings that require the attendance of the Police Chief including Council Meetings and staff meetings.


Qualified applicants who apply by the deadline date will be preliminarily screened using a telephone interview. Those candidates who pass that screening are required to appear before an oral examination panel consisting of a minimum of three people who have expertise in the areas being tested. An individual must receive a minimum average score of sixty points out of one hundred to achieve a passing score on the oral examination. The top applicants, as ranked by their scores on the oral examination will be the individuals placed on the certified list. Applicants who qualify as outlined and are full time regular employees of the City of Waterloo shall have one additional point per full year of employment up to a maximum of five points added to their final score. Honorably discharged men and women from the military or naval forces of the United States who qualify per provisions of Chapter 35 of the Code of Iowa and who are citizens and residents of the United States shall have five additional points added to their final score upon submission of their DD214 or ten points added if they were awarded a Purple Heart or have a service connected disability.


Qualified applicants who apply by the deadline date will be notified of the time, place and date of the examination.

Submit resume by going to clicking on Career Opportunities, reviewing the Chief of Police description and following directions to submit cover letter, resume and any other documents relevant to this position. Resume must include salary history and salary expectations. We will not accept mailed, faxed, hand-delivered or directly emailed resumes. Do not send resume to Police Department or Mayor’s Office.

Deadline to submit resume is Noon on Friday, November 15, 2019.

A.A./E.E.O. Minority, female & disabled individuals are encouraged to apply.