the general direction of the City Manager, the Chief of Police of the City of
West Des Moines provides leadership, management and oversight for the overall
operation and activities of the Police Department.
The minimum job requirements include
a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration or equivalent,
Master’s Degree preferred; at
least 10-12 years of related work experience in Police Operations with
considerable management experience; graduation from the FBI Academy, Southern Police Institute or
similar credential will be a plus; and Iowa Police Officer Certification,
within 120 days of hire.
The City of West Des Moines has
operated under the council-manager form of government since 1964 and has had
five City Managers during that time period. West Des Moines is a full service
municipal government providing a wide array of City services. The City is on a
July-June fiscal year and has a total budget of $141 million, $24.8 million
Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and 369 FTE staff.
to submit cover letter and resume is April 6, 2012. Those applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will
undergo the Civil Service process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications
for the position will be invited to complete a questionnaire. The Civil Service
process will consist of an Application Material Exam with a passing score of at
least 80 percent. All applicants
receiving a passing score will be invited to take part in a confidential
interview with the City Manager, Human Resources Director and Civil Service
Commission. Background checks will be conducted by The Mercer Group, which may
include a polygraph examination. Applicants passing the Application Material
Review will be invited to participate in the Oral Board Process. Applicants
receiving a score of at least 80 percent
will be certified and the top candidates will be invited to on-site
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cover letter with salary history and resume should be sent to James Mercer,
The Mercer Group, Inc., 551 West
Cordova Road, #726, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Voice: 505-466-9500; Fax: 505-466-4185. E-Mail: email@example.com; Website: