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Employer: City of Clearwater
Job Title: Police Chief
Salary: $55000.00 Annually

Job Description:



This position is responsible for the overall effective and efficient operation of the police department and enforcement of laws and ordinances which protect the public peace, life and property of the citizens of Clearwater.  Supervising the management of the department, departmental budget preparation and administration, departmental personnel administration, law enforcement and public relations are primary responsibilities of this position.   The Chief has considerable independence in judgment and decision making in directing and supervising departmental activities and is held accountable for the quality of services provided and results achieved.


  • Enforces all federal, state and local laws and ordinances.
  • Protects the life and property of citizens in Clearwater.
  • Makes arrests of persons involved in crimes or misconduct.
  • Performs traffic control duties, issues traffic citations and investigates accidents.
  • Performs routine patrol duties of City streets, parks, commercial as well as residential areas and prepares reports.
  • Investigates crime scenes, seizes and preserves evidence; develops leads; interviews witnesses, suspects and victims.
  • Responds to emergency situations, performs CPR or First Aid and assists ambulance or fire crews as needed.
  • Responds to emergencies using own judgment in deciding course of action.
  • Operates and maintains law enforcement equipment including patrol vehicles, firearms and communication equipment.
  • Develops and administers department policies and procedures upon approval by the City Council.
  • Serves warrants, subpoenas and other legal documents.
  • Testifies in court, obtains advice from the City Attorney, Court Administrator and Municipal Prosecutor regarding cases.
  • Coordinates activities and assists other law enforcement agencies.
  • Fields questions, concerns and complaints from the general public.
  • Prepares the departmental annual budget and monitors department finances throughout the year.
  • Prepares, completes and compiles Federal, State and Local reports as necessary.
  • Supervises, evaluates and participates in the hiring, promotion, discipline and training of subordinate personnel.
  • Responsible for the overall management and supervision of the Police Department.
  • Reviews existing procedures, laws and ordinances for improvement and compliance.
  • Assist other departments as needed.
  • Conducts surveillance.
  • Coordinates security for various events as directed.
  • Oversees and coordinates animal control duties.
  • Serves as weather watcher as duties permit.
  • Transports prisoners.
  • Public relations officer for department.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Thorough knowledge of modern law enforcement principals, procedures, techniques and equipment.
  • Familiar with the applicable laws, ordinances and department rules and regulations. 
  • Ability to solve problem with minimal input.
  • Ability to make decisions involving personnel issues, citizen inquires and daily activities.
  • Should possess excellent public relation, oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to supervise subordinate personnel.
  • Understanding of municipal finances.
  • Ability to work with elected officials, governmental agencies, business owners and the general public.

Education/ Experience:

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in public safety/criminal justice or related field.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • No Felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history.
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience as a paid police officer and 5 years progressive supervisory experience in law enforcement required.
  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Certification to serve as a full-time law enforcement officer within the state of Kansas pursuant to the laws, rules and regulations of the state.

Licenses Required:

  • Valid Kansas driver’s license.

Special Requirements

  • Must reside within a 3-mile radius of the city limits. This may be considered a disqualifying requirement at the time of annual appointment.


Vacancy Number: 06-2019

Open Date: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 11/22/2019 11:59:59 PM