Police Chief

City of DeKalb


Contact Information


City of DeKalb
164 E. Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone Number:

  • 815-748-2398

Fax Number:

  • 815-748-2056

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 01/19/21
  • @ 5:00 PM


  • The starting salary for the position is $145,000 +/- commensurate with knowledge, skills and experience.

    The City of DeKalb provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

    • Medical, dental, vision and prescription benefits
    • Life insurance coverage
    • HSA & flexible spending accounts
    • Deferred compensation

Sworn Officers:

  • 61

City Population:

  • 44,000 approx

Position Details

The City of DeKalb, Illinois invites candidates for the position of Police Chief.

DeKalb is located 60 miles west of Downtown Chicago and home to Northern Illinois University.  The DeKalb Police Department provides police protection services to approximately 44,000 residents with an approximate land area of 15.5 square miles.

The Department is focused on serving and protecting residents, businesses, and visitors through proactive policing strategies, implementation of industry best practices, and community partnerships.  In 2021, the Police Chief will lead a staff of 61 sworn officers including 4 Commanders and 11 Sergeants and be comprised of three divisions: Patrol, Investigations, and Community Support Services.

The next Police Chief will be an experienced, innovative, and collaborative leader with extensive knowledge of all aspects of police operations.

This position will require:

A minimum of 10 years of law enforcement experience including drug investigation and enforcement activities, community relations, and multi-jurisdictional activities.
Must have demonstrated, progressive promotion and advancement in responsibilities and rank with a minimum of 3 years of law enforcement supervisory experience at the commander level or equivalent.
Experience working in a university community is strongly desired.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, law enforcement, public administration or closely related field.
Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Certified or able to be certified within 6 months of hire.
A master’s degree and/or leadership training such as FBI National Academy, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command or equivalent preferred.

The Police Chief is currently required to reside within the City limits or establish residency in an agreed upon time frame. A relocation package may be available.

Please visit our website to view the recruitment brochure, job description, hiring requirements and application instructions at:

City of DeKalb Police Chief Posting

Application Deadline:

5:00 PM on January 19, 2021

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