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Chief of Police

Carthage, Missouri



City of Carthage

326 Grant Street

Carthage, MO 64836

Phone: 417-237-7000







$41,756 - $57,021


Population: 13,000

Sworn Officers: 29


Application Deadline: 12/31/07






To plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of the Police Department including field operations and patrol, criminal investigations, communications, jail, animal control, training programs, taxi program, parking enforcement, school crossing, city court clerk and records, management services and records management; to coordinate assigned activities with other City Departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Mayor.





Receives general administrative direction from the Mayor.  Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical and clerical staff.





Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. The Chief of Police shall be the Executive Head of the Police Department and shall be responsible for and have authority to establish such rules of control over all personnel as he shall deem necessary to conserve the peace and preserve good order within the City.

  2. Assume full management responsibility for Police Department services and activities including patrol, maintenance of law and order, protection of life and property, regulation of traffic, apprehension, arrest and detention of law violators, and maintenance of police records; recommend and administer policies and procedures.

  3. Establish, with City Policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly. 

  4. Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level managers, the Police Departmentís work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with Management staff to identify and resolve problems.

  5. Select, train, motivate and evaluate Police Department personnel; provide or coordinate staff training, work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.

  6. Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the Police Department budget; direct the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, material and supplies, approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustment as necessary.

  7. Provide staff assistance to the City Administrator and City Council; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

  8. Provide staff support to assigned Committees and Council.

  9. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.

  10. Carries out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as directed by the supervisor or Department Head.






Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive municipal law enforcement program.  Management skills to analyze programs, policies and operational needs.  Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.  Law enforcement theory, principles and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs. Principles of supervisor, training and performance evaluation.  Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.




Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the work of lower level staff. Select, supervise, train and evaluate staff. Delegate authority and responsibility. Lead and direct the operations, services and activities of the Police Department.  Identify and respond to community and City Council issues, concerns, and needs.  Prepare and administer municipal budgets. Interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, laws and regulations. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Experience, Education and Training:


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities  is qualifying.   A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience:  Six (6) years of broad and extensive law enforcement experience including three (3) years of administrative and supervisory experience.


Physical Requirements:


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, stoop, or sit at a desk. The employee must occasionally exert or lift objects weighing 25 pounds or more. Successful performance requires specific vision abilities that include close vision.


Licenses and Certifications:


Possession of, or ability to maintain, an appropriate, valid  Missouri driverís license.  Certification and training requirements as specified by State Statutes; to maintain a functioning telephone at place of residence.



Send resume and five (5) references to:


James G. Woestman, Mayor

City of Carthage

326 Grant Street

Carthage, Missouri 64836


by December 31, 2007




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