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St. Johns Police Department: Deputy Chief of Police Closing Date: April 3, 2023

General Summary:

Under the supervision of the Police Chief, performs professional police administration and patrol work.  This includes strategic planning as well as coordinating and supervising the daily work of police personnel.  The Deputy Chief will also be responsible for assisting in the formulation of department policies and procedures, be actively involved in the annual budgeting process and oversee matters related to professional standards.  This position assumes command of the Police Department in the absence of the Chief of Police.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. 6-8 Employees are supervised directly or indirectly by the incumbent.
  2. Assume command of investigations and emergency situations.  Also assume command in the absence of a superior officer.
  3. Assist in coordinating, assigning and supervising the work of subordinate police personnel.
  4. Supervise and train departmental personnel as assigned.
  5. Coordinate criminal investigations.
  6. Review and evaluate records and reports prepared by departmental personnel.
  7. Review, recommend and assure enforcement of departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  8. Specific past experience in performing investigations in instances of allegations of misconduct including both criminal and administrative internal investigations.
  9. Recommend departmental purchases.
  10. Assist in development of the departmental budget.
  11. Perform planning and research as assigned.
  12. Detective/investigator.
  13. Patrol supervisor.
  14. Developing and assessing policies and procedures including activity metrics. 
  15. Team building. 
  16. Act as case officer/provide oversight and coordination for major investigations as deemed necessary.

Other duties:

  1. May perform other duties as assigned.

The above responsibilities describe the general nature of the work to be performed by staff in this job classification.  Duties outlined in this document are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties to be performed by personnel so classified.


Minimum of an Associate's degree from an accredited college or university.  Bachelor or advanced degree preferred.  Prior second line supervisory and/or law enforcement administrative experience required.  Minimum of three years experience as a lieutenant or equivalent.  Thorough understanding of the development of departmental policies, procedures, rules and regulations.  Demonstrated knowledge of state statutes and local ordinances and internal investigative procedures.  

Past supervisory experience as a detective/investigator.  Past supervisory experience as a patrol supervisor.  Past experience developing and assessing policies and procedures including activity metrics. Proven record of team building ideology preferred. Demonstrated skill in direction and supervision of subordinate staff.  Ability to effectively intervene with staff, the general public and civic groups.  Ability to assume command in emergency situations.  Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.  Must have valid Michigan driver's license.  Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions, as well as in public safety emergency situations.

Must be State licensed Officer (MCOLES).

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Skills

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.   

Physical Demands

Required to talk and hear.  Frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, feel.  Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, taste or smell.

Frequently required to left up to 10 pounds, occasionally up to 50 pounds.  Sometimes lifts more than 100 pounds.

Vision requirements include physical, close, distance, color, peripheral, depth and ability to focus.

Work Environment

The noise level is very quiet.

The Officer is required to carry firearms on duty.  Exposed to outside weather conditions 1/3 to 2/3rd of the time.  May work near mechanical moving parts, be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock.

The qualifications listed above are guidelines.  Other combinations of education and experience which could provide the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job should be considered.

Salary Range

$75,454.00 to $93,319 DOQ

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and the City of St. Johns application for employment which can be found at Cover letter and resume may be returned electronically with application or submitted by mail directed to:

Chief David Kirk
409 S. Whittemore St.
St. Johns, MI 48879

Opening Date: 03/01/2023  
Closing Date: 04/03/2023  

Contact Person: Chief David Kirk  
Telephone: 989-224-6721  
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