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Columbia Township Police Department: Full-time Police Officer Closing Date: November 30, 2022

The Columbia Township Police Department, located in Jackson County, is currently accepting applications from qualified candidates for the position of full-time Police Officer

The starting salary for full-time (probationary) is $23.71 per hour plus generous benefits.  Non-probationary salary is currently $25.58 per hour as outlined by a collective bargaining agreement. 

Benefits include:

MERS (defined contribution) 457 & 401a plans with up to 10% salary match (20% total)
MERS Health Care Savings Plan
Competitive Health Insurance (10% cost share), payment-in-lieu of insurance is 45% of cost of plan, paid monthly
Dental/Optical Plan
$50,000 life Insurance
Long-term & short-term disability plan
96 hours of Paid Time Off (PTO) in the first year of employment, 136 of Paid Time Off hours in the second year of employment with continued scheduled increases annually
Bereavement leave (3 days) for immediate family
All uniforms and necessary equipment provided
Annual “cleaning allowance” of $400.00
10 recognized (paid) holidays
Extensive training opportunities
12 hours shifts

Columbia Township is in the southeast corner of Jackson County made up with a population as approximately 7,400 full-time residents.  During the warmer months the population increases as seasonal residents return and increased activity within the municipality and surrounding areas.  We also participate with contract police services with village of Cement City on our southern border and the Columbia School District. 

Columbia Township Police Department is a 24/7/365 agency.  We have three marked patrol vehicles that are properly maintained and replaced regularly.  Each officer is provided the necessary equipment needed to properly perform their duties. Columbia Township maintains its technology to a professional standard and provides the necessary training and improvements. 

We are budgeted for 6 full-time officers (one is a full-time school liaison officer), plus the Chief and secretary. Our Township (and Police Department) are in stable financial condition, with separate millages partially supporting both the Police Department and Fire Department that were just recently renewed.

Minimum Requirements:

Be a US Citizen
Pass comprehensive background investigation
Possess a valid operator’s license
Pass normal hearing/physical/vision drug tests as defined by MCOLES Standards
Must be MCOLES licensed or eligible for licensing at the time the application is filed

Interested applicants can contact Chief Jay Niles at 517-592-3122, extension 261, or via email at jniles@twp.columbia.mi.us.

Opening Date: 05/02/2022
Closing Date: 11/30/2022


Interested applicants can contact Chief Jay Niles at 517-592-3122, extension 261, or via email at jniles@twp.columbia.mi.us.