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Employer: City of South Hutchinson
Division: Police
Job Title: Police Chief
Salary: $0 Annually

Job Description:

HIRING RANGE: $53,788.30 - $66,153.44

First review of applications will be September 22, 2017. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted online through the HRePartners protal. 


Performs a variety of administrative, supervisory tasks, directing the activities of the South Hutchinson Police Department.


Works under the general supervision of the City Administrator; Appointed annually by the City Council


Exercises direct and indirect supervision of all police department personnel


In addition to the essential job duties and responsibilities assigned to a Police Officer, the Police 

Chief’s responsibilities include the following:

  • Plan, coordinate, supervise and evaluate Police Department operations, maintaining operational readiness for all major incidents
  • Develop policies and procedures for the Police Department mandated by law and to ensure safe, efficient operation of the Police Department.
  • Implement directives from the South Hutchinson City Council and City Administrator.
  • Supervise, prepare and present the annual budget for the South Hutchinson Police Department and South Hutchinson Municipal Court.  Direct the implementation of the department budget, and review specifications for all new equipment and replace all required equipment.
  • Direct the development and maintenance of all police records and department computer systems for criminal justice use.  Maintain required security access set forth by Federal and State governments.
  • Coordinate and supervise the training, assignment, and development of subordinate police officers.
  • Set an exceptional example of professionalism that is expected of all employees and officers of the South Hutchinson Police Department. Assess all employee grievances per the City of South Hutchinson Personnel Policy. 
  • Attend or designate personnel to attend conferences, meeting, and training to keep abreast of current trends in the field of law enforcement.  Represent the City of South Hutchinson Police Department in a variety of local, county, and state meetings and organizations.
  • Meet with elected and appointed officials, other law enforcement agencies, community business representatives, and the general public on all aspects of the Police Department’s activities.
  • Develop and maintain facility security and safety of department employees.
  • Ensure that all laws and city ordinances are enforced and that the public’s peace and safety is maintained.
  • Work with other local emergency service departments with the city and county to develop and maintain emergency operations plans for the City of South Hutchinson.  Insure that all city emergency response plans work within Reno Counties E.O.P. and are able to work within Incident Command framework (ICS certifications).


  • Direct investigations of any major crimes that occur in the City of South Hutchinson.
  • Perform the duties of subordinate personal as needed.
  • Analyze and recommend improvements to equipment and facilities, as needed.
  • Participate in various committees as appointed or recommended.
  • Provide assistance to other City departments as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the City Administrator


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required; Bachelors degree from an accredited institution in criminal justice, public administration, business administration, or related field is highly desired. 
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement; Minimum 5 years experience in supervisory position in a law enforcement setting.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • No felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history.
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Must have KLECT Certification and in good standing with CPOST.



Ability to operate basic law enforcement equipment such as radios, computers, fire arms, police vehicles, radar, etc.; Intoxilyzer certification is preferred.

Working knowledge of best practices in law enforcement and municipal court within the State of Kansas.

Knowledge of investigative and identification procedures and techniques.

Knowledge of the principals and practices of leadership, supervision, training techniques, personnel administration, and record keeping.

Must be able to qualify with department issued firearms.

Exceptional knowledge of the applicable laws, ordinances and department rules and regulations. Ability to interpret and enforce the prevailing city codes.

Exceptional knowledge of Federal and State laws, NIMS, ICS protocols, CPR, First Aid and Law Enforcement techniques.

Should possess excellent public relations, oral and written communication skills.     

Ability to collaborate, gain cooperation, and work with a wide variety of individuals and organizations to achieve Department, City, and community goals.

Enforce City and Department regulations and procedures, and administer discipline when necessary.

Capable of problem solving in a variety of public safety situations and addressing citizen concerns.

Ability to effectively manage a diverse group of employees in all types of situations.

Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within six months to one year of employment.


Must possess, or be able to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Kansas Driver’s License without record of suspension or revocation in any state.

Must possess KLECT Certification or reciprocal certification from an equivalent sanctioning body and in good standing with CPOST system.


Ability to pass a minimum physical fitness test set forth by the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.  Ability to pass and maintain all physical activities and requirements as deemed relevant and necessary to perform the job functions set forth herein. Periodic testing and training on physical standards will be provided at the discretion of the City Administrator or any designee of the administrator.

While performing the duties of this position, the Chief of Police is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, run, drive, see, hear, speak, use hands, climb, kneel, smell, and other similar types of functions.

The Chief of Police may occasionally be required to lift and/or move more than 110 pounds.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a Chief of Police encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Most work will be preformed outdoors, in a car and in an office.  Encountering all types of weather conditions, hazardous, strenuous and dangerous situations may arise in specific types of situations one may encounter.  The Chief of Police must be able to work or fill all shifts, and be on call for all major incidents.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Vacancy Number: SHPD1701

Open Date: 8/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 9/22/2017 11:59:59 PM