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City of St. Ignace Police Department: Chief of Police Closing Date: November 18, 2022

The City of St. Ignace is located in one of the most beautiful places in Michigan, at the heart of the Great Lakes. Just north of the Mackinac Bridge and the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet, St. Ignace is the gateway to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The City has a population of 2,133 and spans 2.7 square miles.

As a waterfront community, located approximately 3 miles west of Mackinac Island, St. Ignace offers an array of outdoor recreational activities and attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year.

As the second oldest city in Michigan, St. Ignace offers a rich history that continues to be an important part of our culture and development. In 2021, we celebrated our 350th birthday as a city.

St. Ignace offers numerous community and regional parks, trails, and facilities. Our waterfront boardwalk through our downtown connects visitors to the North Country Trail, Straits State Park lies within St. Ignace and offers bridge-view camping opportunities, and the city contains multiple parks offering a variety of amenities.

Thanks to the dedicated involvement of local community organizations, the City of St. Ignace is able to host and participate in numerous community events throughout the year including our annual Car Show, Pond Hockey Tournament, Fall Fest, Labor Day Arts Dockside, and more.

The City of St. Ignace is seeking a highly visible, full-time police chief to lead a department of four full-time officers. The department has an annual operating budget of $620,086.00.

The Chief will be responsible for the daily operation of the department, annual budget preparation, and law enforcement activities. This position is an administrative/patrol position and requires experience with, and knowledge of, municipal and community policing. The ideal candidate will have experience with issues facing a rural community, strong leadership and supervisory skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, experience with large community events, and will enjoy being part of a local government team striving to provide exemplary service to the citizens of the community.

The City Charter of St. Ignace (section 4.6) provides that the police chief shall be appointed by the City Council after consultation with the 
City Manager. The chief will have the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in law enforcement with five (5) years in a progressively responsible supervisory/administrative capacity is required.
  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required. A Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field is preferred.
  • The selected candidate shall be licensed as a full-time Michigan police officer through Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) and must possess or have the ability to obtain a MI driver's license.

The City offers a competitive benefits package with a salary range of $56,000-$61,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
Resumes will be accepted no later than 4:00 p.m., November 18, 2022. Please direct a cover letter, resume, and at least three references to:

Stephanie Baar
Assistant to the City Manager
396 North State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
E-mail to: 

Opening Date: 10/18/2022  
Closing Date: 11/18/2022  

Contact Person: Stephanie Baar  
Telephone: 906-643-9671  
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