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City of Scottville: Police Chief Closing Date: October 21, 2022

General Description

The City of Scottville is seeking a full-time Police Chief. The minimum employment standards are stated in the City of Scottville Code of Ordinances, Chapter 32, Section 32.01. Under the general supervision of the City Manager, the Police Chief is responsible for enforcement of laws, ordinances and regulations, the protection of lives and property in the City and jurisdictions under agreement, through the management and direction of the police staff. This is a working chief’s position, and he/she will be required to work as an active officer on duty, including observation of the activities of the City though various times of day to assess law enforcement needs.  The department consists of the chief, full-time officers, and part-time officers. The City of Scottville has cooperative partnerships with Mason County Central schools and West Shore Community College to provide enhanced school resource and support services.

Applicant must be MCOLES certified and have at least 5 years law enforcement experience.  Starting salary is dependent on qualifications. Priority Health medical insurance, dental, MERS pension, short-term disability and life insurance are offered.  

To apply you will need to submit a letter of interest and current resume to the City Manager at the City of Scottville, 105 N. Main Street, Scottville, MI 49454.  Additional materials may be requested as needed to update your current personnel record.  The City of Scottville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Lead the day-to-day operations of the department by preparing reports, conducting investigations, taking complaints, responding to calls, and maintaining peace and order.
  • Supervise, direct, and evaluate staff, handling employee concerns and problems, assigning work, and recommending disciplinary and other personnel actions. 
  • Coordinate police department scheduling including shift, training, court appearances and duties. This will include both Police Department activities and coordinated activities with Mason County Central Schools and West Shore Community College as may be applicable.
  • Plan and direct the development and maintenance of police records and statistics such as records of daily activities and events, including all calls, complaints and files on all accident reports and court cases.
  • Conduct and maintain effective public relations for the Department. Respond to questions, complaints, and requests for information/assistance by telephone or in person from the general public, news media, court personnel, employees, officials or other persons. Interact with media on police related matters, special activities, public education, crime prevention, etc. 
  • Assisted by the City Attorney, interpret codes, laws, and ordinances and uphold them at all times. Works with the City Manager and staff regarding enforcement of local property codes and ordinances. 
  • Cooperate with Federal, State, and other local officers in the apprehension and detention of wanted persons and with other agencies where activities of the Police Department are involved. 
  • Conduct training of police officers whenever necessary. Determine need and opportunity for additional outside training. Establish and maintain a healthy working environment for all personnel.
  • Develop policies and procedures in line with the guidelines set by the City Commission. 
  • Work with the City Manager in planning and adhering to the budget of the Police Department. 
  • Attend and represent the Police Department at City Commission meetings. 
  • Other duties as required by City Ordinance or assigned by the City Manager. 

Requirements of Work: 

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, standards and practices of modern police administration and police methods.
  • Ability to plan, lay out, and supervise the work of subordinates performing varied operations connected with police activities. 
  • Ability to develop proper training and instructional procedures for employees, and to maintain a high level of disciple and morale.
  • Ability to analyze operational and administrative procedures and problems, to evaluate and balance community needs and expectations as to police activities, and to modify organizational procedures to meet changing conditions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other municipal officials, state and federal authorities and the general public. 
  • Ability to provide effective leadership and maintain harmonious relationships within the department.
  • Ability to prepare and present effective oral and written information related to the activities of the police department. 
  • Ability to meet physical requirements of the position, including the ability to lift at least 50 pounds. 
  • Working knowledge of the municipal budgeting process; ability to develop and administer a budget. 
  • Knowledge of state statutes, local codes and ordinances, policies, protocols, etc. 
  • Skill in the use of assigned police vehicles, equipment, apparatus, and other implements, including mobile data terminals, office equipment and personal computers.

Training and Experience Required: 

  • Must possess a valid State of Michigan driver’s license and satisfactory driving record. 
  • Must be MCOLES Licensed. 
  • Must have at least 5 years law enforcement experience, including progressively responsible experience in a variety of police functions, including related supervisory and administrative duties. 
  • Associate or higher degree in Criminal Justice or a related field is preferred but not required.   

Date of Posting:  10/6/2022
Closing Date: 10/21/2022