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Spring Arbor Township Police Department: Chief of Police Closing Date: May 13, 2022

Spring Arbor Township is seeking qualified applicants for Chief of Police. This position is responsible for conducting the planning and assignment of programs and police activities, preparing and maintaining records and reports, managing subordinates and investigations, exercising good judgement on the day-to-day operations, developing policies and regulations, planning and monitoring a budget, and setting strategic goals for the department. The Chief works road patrol. 

Spring Arbor Township is located in Jackson County approximately 10 miles east of the city of Jackson. The jurisdiction covers 35 square miles with a population of approx. 9,000 residents. Spring Arbor University is located in Spring Arbor and is surrounded by a friendly, vibrant and welcoming community. Currently the department has (1) police chief, (1) full-time officer, (3) part-time officers and an annual budget of $259,000.00

Applicants are required to have a minimum of fifteen years of patrol experience at a mid-size police department, have administrative experience to meet position responsibilities. The chief may attend meetings and training as necessary and reports to the township Board of Trustees at their monthly board meeting. The applicant must be willing to work a flexible schedule to include various shifts, holidays, weekends, special details and to cover vacation time. 


  • Patrol township streets, neighborhoods and respond to citizen calls for service and other police duties.
  • Respond to criminal, civil and traffic complaints.
  • Enforce state law, local ordinances and traffic laws.
  • Assist other agencies as needed.
  • Write & review reports, investigate and process crime scenes and testify in court.
  • Work in cooperation with individual citizens and formal/informal citizen organizations to identify and resolve community problems.
  • Insure the department is in compliance with all IT (Information Technology) related functions in accordance with state and federal laws, policies and procedures.
  • Administrative IT duties also entail LEIN, TAC, LASO and evidence management coordinator.
  • Perform other work-related duties as requested by the township supervisor or board of trustees.


  • Citizen of the United States
  • Michigan resident.
  • Michigan licensed police officer and has completed all training in accordance with MCOLES guide lines.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is required.
  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Possess a valid/unrestricted Michigan driver license.
  • NO Felony or Domestic Violence arrest or convictions, misdemeanors will be screened on a case by case basis.
  • Pass an extensive background check, physical, drug screen and psychological examination.
  • Be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Must be able to adhere and conform to the current uniform, grooming and appearance standards of the department.
  • Must be in compliance with all State and Federal laws.
  • Must be of good moral character.
  • Jackson County resident preferred

Physical Demands: 

 The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, run, sit, use hands and finger, talk and hear, fire various firearms and drive a car. Specific vision ability required by this job include color vision, close vision, including small print peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee usually works outdoors in a variety of weather conditions throughout the Township but is occasionally required to be indoors. The noise level is usually quiet or moderate, but sometimes loud.

Salary Range:

  • $58,000.00 - $66,000.00
  • Health Insurance.
  • All uniforms, equipment and training provided.

Applications and resumes must be submitted in person by appointment to:

Chief Howard Noppe
107 E Main St.
Spring Arbor, MI 49283
Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm
517-750-2913 or email any questions you may have.

It is the policy of Spring Arbor Township to promote and encourage the recruitment, hiring, training and advancement of all persons and not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of religion, race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, marital status, source or level of income, height, weight, religious or political opinion, union affiliation, and physical or mental handicap unrelated to the individual's ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position.

Opening Date: 05/09/2022  
Closing Date: 05/13/2022  

Contact Person: Chief Howard Noppe  
Telephone: 517-750-2913