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Chief of Police

Village of Sleepy Hollow


Contact Information


Village of Sleepy Hollow
One Thorobred Lane
Sleepy Hollow, IL 60118

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 03/22/19


  • Compensation is dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the individual selected.


  • 14


  • 3,500

Position Details

Chief of Police Search
Village of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois

The Village of Sleepy Hollow Illinois (population 3,500) is searching for an experienced police leader to serve as the community’s next Chief of Police. The incumbent is retiring after 47 years of police service and seven as the Sleepy Hollow Chief of Police.

Sleepy Hollow is located approximately 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The Village’s friendly and easy going atmosphere is showcased by its lively, forward-thinking residents who enjoy abundant parks and trails, close to shopping, transportation, and an excellent school system.

The Village is served by a sensible and broad-minded government, and its Police Department strives for every member to consistently seek and find ways to affirmatively promote, preserve, and deliver a feeling of security, safety, and quality services to all members of the community. The Sleepy Hollow Police Department consists of 14 sworn officers, 4 non-sworn staff. Police officers (both full-time and part-time) are organized into two bargaining units, both represented by the Illinois Council of Police.

The Chief of Police is appointed by the Village President with the approval of the Board of Trustees, and reports to the Village President. The next Chief will be successful by supporting the Village’s mission statement: “The Village of Sleepy Hollow provides vision, stewardship, and valued services, and fosters a vibrant community culture to enhance our quality of life."

Ideal candidates are those who:

  • Lead with strong command presence
  • Be a working Chief of Police (approximately 50% of the time).
  • Act with the utmost integrity. 
  • Possess well-developed interpersonal and refined communication skills.
  • Foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and partnership among the Department and other department heads and staff members.
  • Manage proactively, anticipate issues and trends, and participate in community dialogue.
  • Make themselves approachable and accessible to Village officials, residents and business leaders.
  • Act as coach and mentor to all staff and support professional development as well as innovative police practices and technologies.
  • Think beyond the walls of the Police Department, understanding the needs of the Village and the region’s public safety community as a whole.
  • Demonstrate sound financial decision making and a clear understanding of resources.

A Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field is required. Completion of a Master’s degree and leadership training such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, or similar programs is highly desirable.

Compensation is dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the individual selected. 

Interested professionals may submit a confidential resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references by March 22, 2019 to Village President Stephen Pickett at:

Electronic submissions are required.

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