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Clear Lake now taking apps for police chief

clear-lake-policeCLEAR LAKE – The city of Clear Lake is moving ahead with the search for a permanent police chief.

Interim Chief Rex McChesney passed away in December of last year. Prior to his appointment, Greg Peterson served until he retired in 2011.

Here is the job description released by city of Clear Lake on March 30:

The City of Clear Lake is a progressive seasonal resort community of approximately 7,500 year-round residents, with a population that nearly doubles during the summer months and during various festivals and events held throughout the year. The community is conveniently located on Interstate 35, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 18 and IA HWY 122, approximately 120 miles directly south of Minneapolis and 110 miles north of Des Moines. The City of Clear Lake just recently announced that McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 15 Company, will be opening a new distribution center in Clear Lake.

The Clear Lake Police Department is a full service (24/7/365) law enforcement agency. The Department has a staff that currently includes 2 lieutenants (1 position currently vacant) and 11 police officers. The Clear Lake Police Department has its own emergency dispatch center. There are 5 full-time dispatchers, a full-time Civilian support officer, and 2 part-time dispatchers. The Department’s FY 2016 budget is $2 million.

The Police Chief is responsible for the administration of the Police Department, including: law enforcement, crime prevention, and emergency dispatch services. The Police Chief works in the field as well as in the office and may be called upon to perform patrol and enforcement duties. For a complete listing of duties and responsibilities the job description may be viewed online at: www.cityofclearlake.com

The minimum job requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree or an AA/AS Degree (or 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university – degrees or diplomas earned in whole or in part from “virtual” or “internet-based” colleges or universities are not considered to meet the educational requirements of the position); successful completion of an advanced Police Management School (e.g., National Academy or Northwestern University’s “School of Police Staff and Command” is preferred; a Master’s Degree is also preferred; at least fourteen years of municipal law enforcement experience, including at least 4 years of which in rank of lieutenant or above is required. Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Iowa is required upon hire, or if certified in another state, within one year of the date of hire. Must be able to pass employment physicals and pre-employment drug test. Must also be able to pass MFPRSI physical exams, if applicable.

All applicants must submit a completed City of Clear Lake Employment Application (online at: www.cityofclearlake.com), Cover Letter/Letter of Interest, and Résumé. (Applicants should not send copies of certifications and trainings. Please list them in the résumé.) Submit application materials to: City Clerk, Jennifer Larsen, at: clclerk@netins.net, or mail to: City of Clear Lake, Attention: Jennifer Larsen, 15 N. 6th Street, PO Box 185, Clear Lake, IA 50428. Faxed materials will not be accepted.

Starting salary range is $74,000 – $88,000 DOE/Q, plus a very competitive fringe benefit package.

Closing Date: Application materials must be received and on file in the City Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on May 15, 2015.

Search Process and Schedule: The Chief of Police is appointed by the City Council following recommendation from the Mayor and City Administrator. The Police Chief is selected on the basis of ability, training, and experience. The selection process is subject to the Iowa Open Meetings law. Applicants may request confidentiality. However, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed for finalists.

A review committee comprised of the Mayor, City Administrator, and City Council members will review the applications and narrow the field of candidates to a select number of the most-qualified individuals. These candidates may be invited for an initial in-person interview. Finalists will be invited to interview before the entire City Council. The City reserves the right to administer job-related testing.

THE CITY OF CLEAR LAKE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, RELIGION, AGE OR DISABILITY IN EMPLOYMENT OR PROVISION OF SERVICES

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