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Police Chief

City of Bloomington


Contact Information


City of Bloomington
109 E. Olive Street
Bloomington, IL 61701


  • 309-434-2602

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 07/05/21


  • $140,000.00 - $150,000.00


  • 100+


  • 76,610

Position Details

The Police Chief is an essential member of the City's leadership team and is responsible for leading a team of professionals with delivering quality professional services including protecting lives through emergency and non-emergency services. The Police Chief is appointed by and reports to the City Manager.

Examples of Duties:

  • Plans, organizes, and directs the programs and activities of the Police operation. Creates a long-term strategy for department employees to follow.
  • Oversees administration of departmental policies, procedures, operational reporting/metrics and Collective Bargaining Agreements, as applicable. Reports on departmental initiatives/results to the City Manager and other Department Heads.
  • Engages in active community policing practices. Participates in the activities of civic clubs, churches, and other public and private groups to promote the activities and functions of the Police Department and to establish support within these groups. Reviews, approves and monitors large-scale project implementations/efforts.
  • Provides leadership to and manages the overall efforts of employees to ensure appropriate support, as needed. Ensures that services provided by the department either meet or exceed established strategic goals and objectives. Formulates and directs, through subordinate supervising Officers, regulations governing activities of the Police employees. Supervises the enforcement of traffic and safety regulations and programs of crime prevention and detection.
  • Advises subordinates in highly complex criminal matters, formulates and prescribes work methods and procedures for the Department, consistently evaluates operations of the Department, and takes necessary steps to improve Police functions. Advises and assists Police Officers in nonroutine criminal investigations or other complex activities that require technical or administrative assistance, as needed.
  • Hires and retains a diverse staff. Provides career coaching, growth, and personal development for those within the department. Facilitates succession planning across the department. Authorizes Police training programs. Maintains discipline, integrity and professionalism of employees by reviewing allegations of misconduct and designating the appropriate disciplinary action. Handles employee performance and labor relations issues when they arise, including recommendations for termination as applicable. Supervises and evaluates the Assistant Chiefs of Administration and Operations.
  • Develops, owns and administers the annual departmental budget. Provides input and direction, as changes dictate. Seeks to streamline and find cost control opportunities, when available. Cooperates with county, state and federal officers, as well as officers of other municipal departments. Partners with the Bloomington Public Safety and Community Relations Board and other similar boards, commissions, and committees as applicable.
  • Proactively engages with the community to build trust while breaking down barriers and to encourage open and ongoing dialogue.
  • Understands the need to actively listen.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

Reasonable accommodations may be available to assist individuals with disabilities to perform the essentials functions of the position.



  • Bachelor's Degree required with emphasis in law enforcement or related field.
  • 10 years of progressive Police experience with minimum 5 years of experience in law enforcement command position. 


  • Illinois Driver's License required
  • Illinois Police Training Board Certificate – ability to acquire within 6 months of assuming position


  • Residency is desired with a high level of community involvement expected.

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