OPENING: Police Chief

Village of Yellow Springs
Employment Opportunity for Police Chief
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Hiring Range: Salary (Range 75K-85K) Classification:  Non-Classified
Reports To: Village Manager FLSA:  Exempt
Appointed By:  Village Manager - Charter Sec. 31(2) Status:  Full-Time Regular
Department:  Public Safety Posted: 09/08/2021


  1. Minimum 10 years of experience as a sworn police officer and 3 years in command or supervision position

  2. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen

  3. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age at time of appointment

  4. Certification as a Peace Officer by. The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission

  5. LEADS Practitioner Certification

  6. CPR/AED Certification

  7. Applicants must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license by time of appointment, have a good

    driving record, and live within thirty (30) minutes driving time of the village limits;

  8. Officers are required to qualify annually with on- and off-duty weapons, as well as additional

    training annually on an electronic firearms system that focuses on prudent decision making in

    the use of force.

  9. Must pass a criminal background check (condition of offer) and fitness for duty physical exam

    (both must be up-to-date and on file).

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Manages all police programs and operations to ensure protection of Village residents’ life and property;

  • Establishes departmental policies and procedures, directs and supervises all police personnel;

  • Ensures laws are enforced and maintains public peace and safety.

  • Directs investigations of major crime scenes, performs duties of subordinate personnel as


  • Cooperates with federal, state, local, and county law enforcement officers as necessary.

  • Attends training seminars, conferences, and meetings to maintain administrative skills necessary

    for position.

  • Plans, schedules, and directs operations of the police department in accordance with

    professional standards.

  • Develops and maintains record systems, and legal documents that provide for proper

    evaluation, control, and documentation of department operations.

  • Develops, implements and ensures compliance with department policies and procedures by all


  • Assures rules and discipline are administered consistently and uniformly.

  • Oversees investigations, patrol activities, and crime prevention programs.

  • Manages and makes recommendations to Village Manager regarding selection, hiring, and

    termination, grievance process, disciplinary action, staffing needs, and employee training.

  • Develops, manages, and monitors departmental budget.

  • Delegates duties to subordinates to accomplish goals and objectives of the police department;

  • Maintains a liaison with other law enforcement agencies, courts, local businesses, and local

    public officials, and public speaking engagements.

  • Responds to and resolves citizen complaints involving department personnel.

  • Maintains and reviews all reports and records prepared by officers for completeness and


  • Prepares daily reports; advises subordinates on policy;

  • Interprets the Ohio Revised Code and the Ordinances of Yellow Springs;

  • Assists officers or dispatchers as necessary.

  • Renders first aid and /or CPR at scenes of medical emergencies.


  • Collects complete and accurate evidence of criminal activity including processing crime scenes to collect and preserve evidence, submitting investigative reports to expedite review and follow- up investigations, assisting investigators at crime scenes.

  • Maintains clear and accurate personnel records;

  • Ensures that all subordinates meet physical and mental standards and are able to perform their

    job functions.

  • Attends training sessions, seminars, and workshops to remain knowledgeable of current law

    enforcement practices.

  • Conducts in-service training for subordinates.

  • Evaluates subordinate's performance and assists other supervisors in performance evaluations.

  • Represents the Village in the community including organizing and conducting community

    meetings and crime prevention programs.

  • Works closely with residents and community management to resolve problems in assigned area.

  • Speaks to community groups, schools, and other organizations on law enforcement issues.

  • Educates the public in law enforcement practices and application of the law.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Village Manager.

    Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • A Police Chief must display good knowledge of approved principles, practices, and methodologies of modern police work with a full understanding of Village Values

  • Must fully understand the Community Policing concept, and apply this to the day to day operation of the Police Department

  • Ability to have a positive working relationship with the Village Manager, Village Staff, and Subordinates

  • Ability to provide supervision, training, and guidance to patrol officers

  • Ability to have knowledge of the Village Charter, Ordinances, Personnel Policy Manual, other Village

    and Department policies relevant to police work and management of employees

  • Continue certification and knowledge of first aid methods

  • Maintain confidentiality of information

  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear and

    comprehensive written reports

  • Prepare and deliver speeches and respond to inquires from the public

  • Ability to recognize and identify areas in which training is needed, and to take steps to insure this

    training is given, understood, and put into practice

  • Must maintain competency in yearly firearms qualifications as required by the Ohio Revised Code

    and departmental policy

  • Must be able to comprehend, remember, and apply legal concepts involved in the administration of due process of law

  • Must be able to understand, interpret, and apply principles of police procedure in a variety of situations including but not limited to investigative techniques, arrest procedures, techniques in collection and preservation of evidence

  • Ability to apply management principles to set department goals and objectives, solve departmental problems, define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions, exercise independent judgment and discretion

Hold exceptional communication skills by demonstrating the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; as well as read, write, and speak professionally and effectively


Must have a high degree of skill in interpersonal relations and integrity. Yellow Springs Police Officers interact with the public on a daily basis for various reasons

  • Be able to cope with situations firmly, courteously, and tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others

  • Able to effectively evaluate the performance of persons assigned to his/her command.

  • Ability to learn the geography of the Village and its physical and social characteristics

  • Be able to analyze situations quickly and objectively along with being able to determine the appropriate course of action required

  • Must have the ability to understand, interpret, and apply principles of police procedure in a variety of situations

Must be able to speak clearly and audibly into a radio microphone in order to call for assistance in an emergency situation, and must be able to speak clearly and audibly to the officers with whom

he/she is working

  • Must be able to engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating 10 hour shifts, car, bicycle or foot patrol, as well as working outside in various weather conditions, and stressful conditions

  • The Police Officer encounters with regularity situations requiring varied and unpredictable physical movements, must be able to walk and run over uneven ground since the officer is frequently called upon to pursue a fleeing violator of inspect or investigate accident scenes which are off the pavement, and frequently arrives at accident scenes before emergency medical personnel and is required to lift, carry, and pull materials of varying types and wrights which are entrapping victims

  • Be able to safely engage in emergency driving situations without hesitation according to policy

  • Must be able to successfully operate all electronic devices required by the department

Nothing in this job description and no oral statements made to me in connection with this job description can be construed as a contract of employment.

In accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law, the Yellow Springs Police Department provides equal opportunities for applicants and employees, regardless of race, gender expression, age, pregnancy, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental handicap, genetic information, veteran status, military status, marital status, sex or any other protected class or status. The Department does not show partiality or grant any special status to any applicant, employee, or group of employees unless otherwise required by law. The Department will recruit and hire only those individuals who demonstrate a commitment to service and who possess the traits and characteristics that reflect personal integrity and high ethical standards.



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