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Evanston, IL - Chief of Police

GovHR USA is pleased to announce that Evanston, Illinois, resident population of 75,000, seeks an experienced and assertive police leader to serve as this community’s next Chief of Police. The current Chief is retiring after a 44-year career in the police service, 11 years as the agency’s Chief of Police.  This well-resourced community is in Cook County, Illinois, 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north. It is one of the North Shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan and is the home of Northwestern University.   The City of Evanston is an ethnically, culturally and racially  diverse and balanced 7.8 square mile suburb of Chicago. The City has a strong base of residential, commercial and educational properties.  Besides being home to Northwestern University, Evanston also has two hospitals, a federal health care center, an exciting downtown and numerous thriving neighborhood commercial districts.

The City of Evanston is a home rule municipality and operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is comprised of the Mayor (elected at large) and nine aldermen who are elected by their individual wards for four-year terms. The City Council meets formally two to three times per month.  The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the chief administrative officer of the City. The current City Manager was appointed in 2009. All Department Heads, including the Chief of Police, are appointed by and directly report to the City Manager. 

The Evanston community offers ample options for recreation.  Evanston’s lakefront is home to seven public beaches providing numerous opportunities for boating and other water activities. In addition, Evanston offers an abundance of organized lakefront activities such as concerts, races, fun runs and movies in the park. There are a variety of other recreational options offered at the 93 parks and 7 community centers.

The Evanston Police Department is currently staffed by 166 full-time Sworn Police Personnel and 59 civilian personnel.  The Department’s FY 2018 Budget is $38.39M, of which $10.46M is programmed for pension responsibilities.  Sergeants, Police Officers, Telecommunicators and Service Desk personnel  are represented by the Fraternal Order of Police for collective bargaining.  Other union Civilian personnel are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)  union.  Labor relations have been very positive in general, with a low rate of annual grievances.

The Ideal Candidate

The City is seeking an innovative and collaborative professional with proven law enforcement managerial experience and strong interpersonal and customer service skills. 

The ideal professional background and qualifications for the Chief of Police position include:

  • Minimum of 10 years of sworn law enforcement experience.
  • Progressively responsible supervisory and leadership experience in a comparable law enforcement agency (size/diversity within staff and community), with 7 or more years at the Commander level or higher.  Experience at the Deputy Chief level or higher is preferred.
  • Outgoing, positive and approachable personality to encourage accessibility with residents, business and governmental leaders.
  •  Open and available to Police Department staff and City employees by using an effective communicating philosophy, seeking input, and being welcoming of and encouraging racial and gender diversity.
  • Commitment to continued training, professional development and community engagement (i.e equity and empowerment, mental health, homelessness, restorative justice, racial bias, and youth training), as well as embracing the benefits and techniques of community policing in a collaborative and inclusive manner. 
  • Proven history of practicing the principles of community policing and building community problem solving partnerships. 
  • Labor relations experience.
  • Knowledge, and experience with media relations, including experience and support of the use of social media as an opportunity to engage Police Department stakeholders and promote the mission and goals of the Department.
  • History of intergovernmental cooperation and relationship building. 
  • Experience interacting and collaborating with other law enforcement agencies and mutual aid groups.
  • Knowledge of current best practices and policies in policing.
  • Sufficient experience to review organizational structure, staffing, and personnel assignments and make changes when appropriate, to insure departmental capability to carry out its mission and responsibilities.
  • Experience in addressing internal organizational and personnel issues present in most police agencies as well as have demonstrated ability in addressing these problems in a positive, professional, timely and impartial manner.
  • Strategic thinker, anticipating issues or trends and must be open to new approaches and technologies while also thinking beyond the walls of the Police Department, understanding the needs of the City as a whole and of the region’s public safety community.  Understand the importance of restorative justice initiatives.
  • Excellent financial management skills, knowledge of capital planning and organizational management and a clear understanding of resource and budgetary limitations while avoiding micromanagement.
  • Well-developed writing and public speaking skills.
  • Excellent reputation and demonstrate a high level of honesty and integrity.

Successful candidates will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Public or Business Administration, or related fields. A Master’s Degree is strongly preferred.  Advanced leadership training such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, Northwestern University’s Executive Management Program, Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police or similar programs is highly desirable.  Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Certified or able to be certified within 6 months of hire. Must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. The annual salary range for this position is $124,162 to $190,386 dependent upon qualifications.  The City of Evanston offers an attractive benefits package.  Residency is preferred.

Interested professionals may submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references by October 12, 2018 to GovHR USA consultants Joe De Lopez and Leo McCann at:


          Electronic submissions are required.  Telephone inquiries:  GovHR USA (847) 380-3240

                                  EVANSTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Posted:September 10,2018


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