Nelsonville to give Civil Service exam for Chief of Police, 12/9/2020

Chief of Police

The City of Nelsonville is a rural community, with a population of 5,100.  The police department consists of 8 full-time, 2 part time officers and 1 clerk.  The Chief of Police is appointed by the City Manager with the approval of council, and reports to the City Manager.  The Nelsonville Police Department places strong emphasis upon providing quality services through a community policing philosophy.

Minimum Qualifications:  To be considered, candidates must have a minimum of 5 consecutive full-time years of service in law enforcement with a minimum of two years in an administrative position in a comparable or larger police department preferred.  Candidates also must hold a State of Ohio Peace Officer Training Certificate.  Because a high level of personal integrity and professional ethics is essential, a comprehensive background investigation will be conducted.  The successful candidate must pass pre-employment testing which may include both written and psychological testing.

Preferred Qualifications:  Candidates with post high school education*, upper level management and leadership training, attendees of F.B.I. National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE), Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) or Northwestern Staff and Command will receive additional consideration.  Candidates with experience in management models such as Community Oriented Policing are highly preferred.

Compensation:  Salary for the position is $52,000.00 / $57,000.00.  In addition, Nelsonville offers an excellent fringe benefit package.

Application Procedure:  Interested parties may obtain an information packet from the City Auditors Office, 211 Lake Hope Drive, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, beginning November 2, 2020, and ending November 16, 2020. 

Written examination will be held on December 9, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  The top scorers will appear before the Review Board on December 15, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.


* For those candidates who apply with educational degrees beyond the minimum requirements, please note that the City of Nelsonville only recognizes degrees granted from a university or college if the degree granting institution is accredited.  The organization that granted the accreditation must have been officially approved as an accrediting agency by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.