POLICE CHIEF GRAFTON, WISCONSIN

 

Police Chief, Grafton, WI (pop. 11,700). Twenty miles north of downtown Milwaukee, Grafton is an attractive, growing suburban community with both a historic downtown and significant retail centers along Interstate 43. The Village seeks skilled public safety professionals with strong communication skills as candidates for its next Police Chief. 

Originally settled in the 1830s, the Village was incorporated in 1896. Today, Grafton is five square miles, with a mix of residential, manufacturing, retail and recreational uses. The Village’s population has been steadily  growing in the last several decades. 

The Village is a full-service municipality, and prides itself on providing excellent customer service. The department has 22 sworn officers and five civilian positions; vacancies exist and some retirements are likely in the next few years, providing the new Chief with staffing and organizational opportunities. Patrol officers and sergeants are unionized positions. The Chief manages a budget of approximately $3.5 million. In 2018, the Department responded to approximately 17,000 calls for service. Dispatch services are provided by Ozaukee County. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Be adept at combining a hands-on management style with strong leadership, and an ability to work with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Be strategic thinking and an exceptional communicator;
  • Be able to thoughtfully represent the interests of the Department and the Village, with a high level of community engagement; and
  • Be comfortable working in a collective bargaining environment. 

Candidates should also have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities, as outlined below:

  • Certification by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board or eligibility for such certification.
    • Ten years of service in law enforcement, including five years of supervisory and/or administrative experience in a full-time, paid police department.
    • B.A. in criminal justice or related fields is preferred; a master’s degree is desired.
    • Post college education, such as the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University School of Police  Staff and Command, or Southern Police Institute is preferred. 

The starting salary range is $95,000 - $105,000 +/- DOQ. The Village offers a competitive benefit package. 

Candidates should apply by February 10, 2020 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work- related references to www.GovHRjobs.comto the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3197. The Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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