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Police Chief

City of DeKalb


Contact Information


City of DeKalb
200 S. Fourth Street
DeKalb, IL 60115


  • 815-748-2398


  • 815-748-2056

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 03/08/20


  • 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


  • 65


  • 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 Chicago and 30 miles southeast of Rockford.  We are home to Northern Illinois University.  The Department provides police protection services to approximately 44,000 residents with an approximate land area of 15.5 square miles.

The position of Police Chief is a sworn, department head level position and key member of the Executive Team, who reports directly to the City Manager.  The Police Chief plans, coordinates, and directs the activities of the Police Department, manages resources and establishes departmental goals and objectives while delivering efficient and effective public safety services to the community.  The Police Chief oversees the administration and operations of the Police Department consisting of the Patrol, Investigations, and Support Services Divisions.


  • 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.
  • A minimum of 10 years of law enforcement experience including drug investigation and enforcement activities, community relations, multi-jurisdictional activities, and university community experience.
  • Demonstrated progressive promotion and advancement in responsibilities and rank.
  • Minimum of 3 years of law enforcement supervisory experience required at the commander level or equivalent.
  • Experience working in a university community is strongly desired.

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:

Application Deadline:

Sunday, March 8, 2020

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