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Grand Ledge Police Department: Chief of Police Closing Date: October 16, 2023 @ 12pm

Interviews anticipated to be held November 1-2, 2023.

General Summary:

Under the general direction of the City Manager, plans, develops and directs a complete program of police services to protect the lives and property of the public and to preserve peace in the City. Establishes and administers departmental policies, procedures and regulations pertaining to police activities, department personnel, and overall department administration. Enforces all laws, ordinances, and codes of the City.

Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions.  These examples do not include all of the duties which the employee may be expected to perform.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  • Plans, organizes, and directs the day-to-day operations and all other aspects of the police department. Plans and coordinates the work schedules of police officers.  Hires, supervises, trains, evaluates, and disciplines all department employees accordingly.
  • Develops long term plans to improve public safety operations, law enforcement, and crime prevention efforts.
  • Provides overall command of police operations, utilizing and maintaining a well-defined command structure.
  • Advises and assists subordinates in emergency and/or unusual work situations.  Reviews and follows up on reports completed by police officers.  Investigates complaints related to law enforcement activities.
  • Participates in labor negotiations, contract administration, the grievance process and other labor relations issues as necessary.
  • Promotes community policing concepts by conducting meetings with neighborhood groups and individuals as well as implementing policies and procedures which strengthen community relations.
  • Acts as department spokesperson, establishing and maintaining effective relationships with citizens, news media, community groups, City officials, employees, GLAESA, Eaton County Emergency Management, and others. Serves on special committees and participates in civic and professional organizations as appropriate. Responds to public inquiries and investigates complaints.
  • Attends City Council and other meetings as necessary. Prepares regular status reports, completes special projects, and submits forms and reports required by the state, federal government, or other entities.
  • Coordinates the purchase and maintenance of police equipment, vehicles, and supplies.
  • Prepares the annual police department budget request. Maintains records and compiles statistics.  Prepares progress and activity reports as needed.
  • Advises and assists the City Manager regarding law enforcement and crime prevention; and strategies to address those issues.
  • Plans and directs crime prevention and public safety education programs in the community.
  • Acts as the Emergency Services Coordinator.
  • Issues traffic control orders for the purpose of regulating motor vehicle traffic and the placement of traffic control devices as necessary for the regulating, warning, or guiding of traffic within the city.
  • Coordinates with the Michigan Department of Transportation for permits and state highway closures.
  • Participates in, and represents the City at meetings, seminars and lectures related to law enforcement. 
  • Coordinates the activities of the police department with those of other agencies including Federal, State, County, and other local law enforcement departments.
  • Evaluates pending legislation and statutes; responds to changing regulations and technology regarding law enforcement through review of technical materials and professional education.
  • Enforces all applicable laws, ordinances, and codes of the City. Performs all duties of a police officer; patrols streets, responds to calls for service, and works varied shifts as needed.
  • Performs related duties and special projects as needed.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

  • Educational requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in criminal justice, public administration and/or business administration. (Graduate Degree preferred)
  • Experience requirements include ten years of progressively more responsible experience as a police officer and five years of police administration/supervisory experience.
  • FBI National Academy, MSU Staff and Command School, or equivalent level of training.
  • Certification by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards
  • A State of Michigan Vehicle Operator’s license.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of modern police science to establish and maintain effective law enforcement operations.
  • Knowledge of Federal and State laws and local ordinances and the limitations on police authority to effectively advise subordinates and meet public safety needs.
  • Knowledge of scientific methods of crime detection and prevention.
  • Knowledge of personnel management techniques to plan, coordinate, assign and supervise the work of department staff.
  • Skill in the operation of police vehicles, surveillance and communication equipment, firearms, and other implements used in the line of duty.
  • Skill in assembling information, analyzing data, preparing comprehensive and accurate reports, and formulating policy and service recommendations.
  • Skill in supervising the work of others in routine and emergency situations.
  • Ability to assess law enforcement needs and develop and implement appropriate actions.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement, initiative, and resourcefulness in dealing with the public, elected officials, community leaders, subordinate staff, and other professionals.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and present ideas and concepts verbally and in writing, and in making presentations in public forums.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including computers and related software, and the ability to master new technologies.
  • Ability to work effectively under stress and in emergency and confrontational situations.