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City of Warren: Police Commissioner Closing Date: April 19, 2024

General Statement of Duties:
This employee serves as the Chief Law Enforcement officer and directs and administers the activities and the operations of a municipal police department; Provides administrative direction through supervisory and subordinate staff. Responsible for reviewing all staff, formulating policies, maintaining local, state and federal laws and regulations governing police department personnel. Develop, plan and direct police services that will enforce local, state and federal laws, local ordinances, protect the lives and property of the public and preserve peace within the City.

Supervision Received:
Works under the direction of the Mayor.

Supervision Exercised:
Exercises supervision over the Police Department staff including all full-time sworn officers, general clerical and part-time/temporary employees through the supervision of subordinates.  

Typical Examples of Work:

  • Directs the preparation of departmental budget and controlling the expenditures of departmental appropriations; forecast funding needs for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary
  • Oversees the activities of all employees through a tiered subordinate structure
  • Establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels
  • Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures
  • Allocate resources accordingly Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships
  • Identify opportunities for improvement
  • Direct and implement changes
  • On call for all police emergencies
  • Directs the investigation of major crimes or in situations where complex law enforcement problems may occur
  • Directs the development of in-service training programs to increase departmental efficiency
  • Develop short and long-range plans and objectives to improve departmental services
  • Explain, justify and defend departmental programs, policies and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues
  • Represent the Police Department and maintain a positive working relationship with other departments, elected officials, media, outside agencies and police unions
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Attend Council meetings as required
  • Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints
  • Acts as liaison between the Mayor and the Police Department
  • In conjunction with the Human Resources Department, administer labor contracts and grievances and discipline
  • Cooperate with State and Federal enforcement agencies and regional law enforcement agencies in the apprehension and detection of suspects and criminals
  • Maintain and mange State and Federal Forfeiture reporting requirements

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Thorough knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations and procedures governing the operations and activities of a municipal police department.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of law enforcement organization, administration and budgeting. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to plan, direct and evaluate employee performance through subordinate supervisors. 
  • Ability to identify critical operating problems and formulate realistic solutions.
  • Ability to make appropriate, effective and timely decision based on available information.
  • Integrity, stability, sound and mature judgement, tact, initiative, resourcefulness. 
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other police equipment.
  • Ability to prepare and effectively present information relating to the activities of the Police Department. 
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, assign, and supervise the work of a large number of subordinates engages in a variety of police and related activities.
  • Ability and willingness to respond twenty-four hours a day, seven (7) days a week.
  • Ability to drive to various municipal buildings, city locations, etc.
  • Ability to learn the City geography, demographic and population patterns.
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure with interruptions and within short timeframes 
  • Must have the ability to maintain professional composure and take reasonable action when confronted with difficult situations.
  • Ability to interact effectively with youth and adults from diverse social and economic backgrounds.

Preliminary Qualifications:

An employee in this class, upon appointment, should have the equivalent of the following training and experience:
Bachelors degree is Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Law Enforcement or related degree. Masters degree preferred.

Copy of diploma or official, sealed transcripts required with application.

Minimum of 10 (ten) years of progressively responsible experience in command positions in one or more phases of law enforcement work

Successful completion of a MCOLES certified Police Academy or successful completion of a MCOLES license within six (6) months of hire, as well as maintaining MCOLES licensure throughout the employment 

Leadership training such as FBI National Academy, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command or similar program highly preferred 

Obtain and maintain firearm certification and proficiency 

Valid drivers license to operate a vehicle in the state of Michigan 

Driving record must meet City standards for insurability

Pay rate: $142,125/year

Benefits includes health, dental and life insurance, paid vacation and sick time.

Warren City Hall-Human Resources #410
One City Square, Warren, MI  48093
Office is open weekdays 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

You may apply in person, by mail or by fax.
Our fax number is 586-574-0770.

To print the forms required for application, please either pick up a packet from Human Resources or visit and print the application, full-time release info. agreement form, EEO form, drug testing policy and procedure statement, drug free workplace policy. If you have any questions, please call our office at 586-574-4670.