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Chief of Police

City of Midland

c/o GovHR USA


Contact Information


City of Midland
Attn: c/o GovHR USA

Midland, MI 48640


  • 847-380-3240

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 11/08/19


  • The annual salary range for this position is:

    • Minimum: $106,123
    • Midpoint: $124,346
    • Maximum: $137,210 

    The starting salary for this position will fall between the minimum and midpoint commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and experience.

    In addition to salary, the candidate also receives a highly-competitive benefits package including:

    • Health insurance
    • Defined benefit retirement program
    • Life and disability insurance
    • Paid time off 


  • 48


  • 42,000

Position Details

GovHR USA is pleased to announce that the City of MIDLAND MICHIGAN, resident population of approximately 42,000, seeks experienced police leaders as applicants to serve as this community's next Chief of Police.

Midland is centrally located in the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Midland provides ready access to major highways, rail transportation and the Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw (MBS) International Airport. The City Council and staff strive to provide smart fiscal policies and cutting-edge initiatives, while offering high-quality, friendly services.

Midland includes a wide range of housing, excellent public schools, and 72 community parks. Recently, the average single family detached home price was $142,000. Midland covers 36 square miles, making it the state's fifth largest city in terms of land size.

The City of Midland operates under the Council-Manager system and is governed by an elected 5 member City Council. The Mayor is chosen from the elected Council by a vote of its members and the City Council appoints the City Manager and City Attorney. Responsibilities of day to day operations and management of resources are delegated to the City Manager. The City Council determines the policies that affect the City's present and future well-being and provides leadership for planning and community development.

The Midland Police Department is staffed by an authorized 48 sworn Police Officers and 2 non-sworn individuals. Sworn positions include 35 Police Officers, 8 Sergeants, 3 Lieutenants, a Deputy Chief, and the Chief of Police. Police Officers are represented by the Police Officers Association of Michigan. Lieutenants and Sergeants are represented by Police Officers Labor Council. The Chief of Police is appointed by and reports to the Midland City Manager. The City of Midland experiences a very low rate of criminal activity and is an excellent and safe place to live and work. The Department responded to 561 Part 1 Crimes in 2017, the largest number of which were property crimes. The Police Department budget for 2019/2020 is $9,843,871.


The City is seeking a dynamic and collaborative professional with proven law enforcement leadership and managerial experience and strong interpersonal and customer service skills.

The ideal background and qualifications for the Chief of Police position include:

  • Minimum of Ten (10) years experience as a police officer of which five (5) years show progressively responsible experience in supervision and management at a command level position or higher.
  • Certification by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards Board (MCOLES) or eligibility for such certification within six (6) months of employment.
  • A bachelor's degree in Police Science, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience sufficient to demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of Midland's Chief of Police.
  • Master's degree and Command/Leadership level training such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command or similar training experience is preferred.
  • Outgoing, positive and approachable personality to encourage accessibility with residents, business and governmental leaders.
  • Open and available to Police Department staff and City employees by using an effective communicating philosophy, seeking input, and being welcoming of and encouraging racial and gender diversity.
  • Commitment to continued training, professional development and community engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience building successful partnerships with community stakeholders.
  • Proven history of practicing the principles of community policing and building community problem solving partnerships. Demonstrated experience receiving positive outcomes applying problem solving approaches within the community.
  • Labor relations experience.
  • Knowledge, and experience with media relations, including experience and support of the use of social media as an opportunity to engage Police Department stakeholders and promote the mission and goals of the Department.
  • History of intergovernmental cooperation and relationship building.
  • Experience interacting and collaborating with other law enforcement agencies and mutual aid groups.
  • Knowledge of current best practices and policies in policing.
  • Sufficient experience to review organizational structure, staffing, and personnel assignments and make changes when appropriate, to ensure departmental capability to carry out its mission and responsibilities.
  • Experience in addressing internal organizational and personnel issues present in most police agencies as well as having demonstrated ability in addressing these problems in a positive, professional, timely and impartial manner.
  • Strategic thinker, anticipating issues or trends and must be open to new approaches and technologies while also thinking beyond the walls of the Police Department, understanding the needs of the City as a whole and of the region's public safety community.
  • Excellent financial management skills, knowledge of capital planning and organizational management and a clear understanding of resource and budgetary limitations while avoiding micromanagement.
  • Well-developed writing and public speaking skills and the ability to adjust one's approach based upon the audience.
  • Excellent reputation and a high level of honesty and integrity. 

Interested professionals may submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references by November 08, 2019 to consultants Joe De Lopez and Lee McCann at:

Electronic submissions are required.

Telephone inquiries:




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