Chief of Police – City of Waukesha, Wisconsin (72,173). An award-winning, growing, and historic community located west of Milwaukee in southeast Wisconsin, Waukesha has experienced considerable residential, commercial and employment growth. Nationally recognized as one of the “100 Best Places to Live” in the U.S., Waukesha’s downtown includes a thriving arts district, a popular farmers’ market, and a river walk. The City seeks highly-skilled public safety professionals with strong communication skills as candidates for its next Chief of Police. 

The City, at 27 square miles, is a full-service municipality and prides itself on excellent customer service. The department enjoys strong working relationships with the city’s elected officials, business community, community leaders and other stakeholder groups. 

The Chief of Police is responsible for providing executive leadership for the effective organization and supervision of all phases and operations of a robust and well-resourced police department. The Chief oversees a department of 156 full and part-time personnel including 119 sworn officers, and a budget of more than $18.4 million. In 2018 the department responded to approximately 27,000 calls for service. Dispatch services are handled in-house. Patrol officers are unionized positions. 

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a strong leader, and possess an ability to work with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Be forward-thinking and an exceptional communicator;
  • Possess a passion for public service;
  • Be able to thoughtfully represent the interests of the department and the city, with a high level of community engagement; and
  • Be comfortable working in a collective bargaining environment. 

Candidates should also have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, or related fields.
  • Command leadership training such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, Southern Police Institute Command training or similar programs is a plus; and
  • Have at least ten years of service in law enforcement, including five years of supervisory experience in a full-time, paid police department; or equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. 
The Chief of Police is appointed by the Waukesha Police and Fire Commission, reports to the Mayor, and works closely with the City Administrator. Starting salary $130,000 +/- DOQ, plus exceptional benefits. Candidates should apply by November 18, 2019 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel:  847-380-3240. The City of Waukesha is an Equal Opportunity Employer.