Police Officer - Lateral Transfer

City of Ottawa

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Contact Information

Address:

City of Ottawa
301 W. Madison Street
Ottawa, IL 61350

Phone:

  • 815-433-0161

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 12/15/23
  • @ 4:30 PM

Salary:

  • Starting: $81,000 - $91,000

    The Collective Bargaining provides that an officer appointed from the Lateral Transfer Final Eligibility Register by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will be paid pursuant to Appendix A Wage Schedule at the level of pay that is consistent with the officer's completed years of service with his current employer.

    Appendix A provides as follows:

    • 2 up to 4 years of service – $81,000
    • 4 up to 6 years of service – $85,000
    • 6 up to 8 years of service – $87,000
    • 8 or more years of service– $91,000 

    Subsequent "Years of Service" are to be computed as follows:

    1. Commencing from the date of employment with the City of Ottawa Police Department to the current fiscal year (May 1), if employee has six (6) months or more of service it shall be counted as one additional year of service in terms of Appendix A Wage Schedule; if less than 6 months, it shall be counted as zero (0) additional years of service in terms of Appendix A Wage Schedule.
    2. Once the original computation is made, each fiscal year (May 1) thereafter shall be counted as an additional year of service in terms of Appendix A Wage Schedule.
    3. The City of Ottawa as the employer will pay a percentage of the employee's portion of the pension contribution starting at 10 years of service (1/3), at 15 years of service (2/3) and at 20 years 100 % of the employee's portion of the pension contribution.

    Maximum Training hours accepted for a Lateral Transfer will be set at 560 hours unless current approved certifications are submitted and approved.

    Attached is the List of Approved Certifications Hours which can be submitted for approval.

    Training Hour pay incentives will follow the guidelines as written in the CBA. 

    An officer appointed from the Lateral Transfer Final Eligibility Register:

    1. Will start at Year 1 vacation leave (Article 13). Vacation amounts going forward will apply to the years of service as they are earned with the City of Ottawa not the years of total service.
    2. Will start with no seniority regardless of years of previous service at another department.
    3. Will start with no longevity regardless of the years of previous service at another department.
    4. All Lateral hires will have a one (1) year probation period.

Sworn:

  • 39

Population:

  • 18,000

Position Details

The City of Ottawa, Illinois and its Board of Fire and Police Commissioners are seeking applications for qualified lateral transfer Patrol Officers.

Qualified applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully completed Basic Police Operations at a police training academy.
  2. Is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
  3. Has been previously employed as a full time sworn Law Enforcement Officer by any municipal, county, university or state law enforcement agency and has been with their respective law enforcement agency within the State for at least 2 years.
  4. Has completed their probationary period with their current employer.
  5. Is in good standing with the police department in which the applicant serves.
  6. Possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and level of experience required pursuant to the call for qualified lateral transfer applicants; and
  7. Shall be under the age of 35 years. The age limitation is subject to the exceptions set forth in 65 ILCS 5/10- 2.1-6(a) regarding veterans who served on active military duty and 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6(d) regarding any policeman previously employed in any municipality, any person who has served as an auxiliary police officer under Section 3.1-30-20 for at least 5 years and is under 40 years of age, any person who has served as a deputy under Section 3-6008 of the Counites Code, or any person who has served as a sworn officer as a member of the Illinois State Police.
  8. Must reside within 40 miles from the City of Ottawa Corporate limits.

Interested applicants will participate in a hiring process consisting of:

  • Completion of an employment application and related documents.
  • A pre-screening of the applicants by Board for accuracy and completeness.
  • A background character investigation.
  • An oral interview by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners (Oral interviews will be scheduled as applications are received).
  • Post-offer examinations approved by the Board include a medical examination by a licensed medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy, drug screening, and psychological examination. 

Persons appearing on the Lateral Transfer Final Eligibility Register shall take on a rank as candidates in the order of their relative excellence as determined by members of the board of fire and police commissioners.

Generally, the consideration of relative excellence shall be based on the following qualifications, in no particular order:

  • Law enforcement experience.
  • Law enforcement training beyond the Basic Law Enforcement Course including training and experience in specialty law enforcement functions.
  • Result of oral interview.
  • Result of background investigation. 

The Lateral Transfer Final Eligibility Register does not expire; instead, applicant's names shall be stricken from the Register after two years from the date of original application.

Applications are available at:

www.cityofottawa.org

OR

At:

City Hall

301 W. Madison Street

Ottawa, IL 61350

Applications must be returned no later than 4:30 PM on December 15, 2023 to:

Board of Fire and Police Commissioners

301 W. Madison Street

Ottawa, IL 61350

Oral interviews will be scheduled as applications are received.

The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners considers application for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information or any other legally protected status.



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