Sunday, May 3, 2015

Police Chief, City of Oberlin Ohio



City of Oberlin, Ohio

Police Chief Recruitment Ad

Oberlin, Ohio is seeking a Police Chief who will demonstrate the highest level of integrity, be able to lead a department in a culturally rich and diverse community, and work effectively to continuously improve police operations and public safety. The Police Chief works under the supervision of the City Manager and directs the planning, organization and coordination of crime prevention and law enforcement activities including patrol, traffic, investigations, juvenile, and records. The new Police Chief will be skilled in all areas of police operations, especially crime prevention and education, patrol, investigations, and drug enforcement; he/she also will be an effective manager of department and City resources.  Oberlin’s Police Department has 24 full-time employees: 17 sworn officers, six dispatchers and one administrative coordinator. Specialized units include investigations, juvenile, crime prevention, drug education, drug enforcement, K-9 unit and bicycle patrol.

 Oberlin is a community of 4.92 square miles with 8,286 residents, just 35 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio. The City is conveniently located 10 miles south of Lake Erie, 23 miles southwest of the City of Cleveland and less than 10 miles from the cities of Elyria and Lorain. The community is home to Oberlin College, which is its top employer and is an independent coeducational institution.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the second largest employer in the City.   The Oberlin Industrial Park is home to high tech renewable energy and biomedical firms while its vibrant downtown district is home to unique shops and restaurants.  The downtown is immediately adjacent to Oberlin College's campus featuring acts and cultural amenities such as Allen Memorial Art Museum, Hall Auditorium, and the historic Apollo Theater.

Minimum requirements are ten (10) years’ experience as a police officer, including at least five (5) years progressively responsible experience in supervision and management at the sergeant rank or higher.  Requires a Bachelor's degree in law enforcement, police administration or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the skills and abilities necessary to perform the job.  Other preferred experience includes extensive knowledge of community oriented policing techniques, experience working in a college town and experience in multiracial, multicultural communities.   The successful applicant must pass a background investigation, medical, psychological and drug screening, CVSA or polygraph, and be a U.S. citizen.  The position requires a valid state of Ohio driver’s license.

The salary range is $66,359 –$107,527, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package.

 All applicant materials are subject to Ohio’s Sunshine Law and are subject to open records requests.
 Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Apply online at and include cover letter, resume with salary history, and 3-5 professional references. Apply Immediately.  Open until filled with first review of applications May 11.

posted cap May 3, 2015