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Police Chief

Mc Farland Police Dept

Agency City
Agency State

Reason for Announcement:

Applications are now being accepted to
Fill vacancy
Establish eligibility list
Type of Opening


Position Responsibilities

Plan, organize, and direct the work of the Police Department. Provide functional supervision to the Lieutenant, Sergeants and Administrative Support staff; provide administrative supervision of sworn Police Officers, Investigative Staff and School Crossing Guards. Create a robust culture of inclusivity and service to the community in alignment with the vision, goals and priorities of the Village Board and community. Prepare and administer annual budget, oversee purchasing. Recommend public policy, service levels and ordinances to the Village Board. Establish and oversee the training of staff on internal rules, policies, procedures and performance standards. Recommend selection of sworn employees to the Police and Fire Commission and work with PFC on disciplinary matters such as termination, suspension and demotion. Lead the hiring, development, and retention of a talented, diverse and culturally aware workforce. Participate in collective bargaining negotiations with represented employees. Direct the maintenance of appropriate records and the preparation of required reports. Ensure that local ordinances, traffic safety regulations, state and federal laws are enforced. Research and interpret the effect of new or proposed laws on the department and the community. Lead exemplary community policing practices that grow and enhance the reputation of the community as a safe, respectful and welcoming place for everyone to live, work and learn. Promote and support citizen community engagement and build trust and respect through transparency. Proactively engage, partner and collaborate with community leaders, social service providers, neighborhoods and citizen volunteers to identify systemic crime problems, and partner with appropriate groups to address those problems. Supervise crime scenes, provide backup to officers and advise and assist in non-routine investigations. Maintain communication and share information with other law enforcement agencies. Confer with Village Attorney and District Attorney on disposition of cases, including Dane County Restorative Court. Process and investigate citizen inquiries or complaints. Assist in establishing emergency preparedness policies and procedures and direct operations during an emergency. Represent the department on matters relating to inter-departmental, inter-agency and mutual aid coordination including Capital Area Police Mutual Aid Response (CAPMAR). Represent the department regarding police services in front of all applicable boards, commissions, committees, and the media. Perform other duties as required.


Salary Minimum
Salary Maximum
Salary Type
Dependent on Qualifications
Dependent On Qualifications


  • Clothing Allowance
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Dental
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation
  • Wisconsin Retirement Fund
Other Benefits
  • Annual merit pay program.
  • Annual cost of living adjustments.
  • Income continuation Insurance.
  • Personal days.


  • Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to perform essential functions of this position
  • Ability to possess a firearm
  • Ability to use all standard law enforcement equipment
  • Able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Clear and concise speech
  • Driver's license
  • Eligibility for Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board Certification
  • Good driving record
  • Good physical condition
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and skills in operating computer systems
  • No felony convictions
  • Previous experience
  • React quickly and effectively to stressful situations
  • Supervisory/Management Experience
  • U.S. citizen
  • Vision correctable to 20/20
Other Qualifications
  • Minimum of 10 years progressively responsible experience in the law enforcement field, with a minimum of 5 years supervisory or administrative experience in upper management in a law enforcement agency.
  • Knowledge of the cultural context of interactions with individuals of diverse backgrounds that include sex, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, ancestry, or any other legally protected status.
  • Ability to provide strong leadership, to be a team builder, team leader, team player, coach, trainer and mentor both within the department and as a part of the Village's management team.
  • Knowledge of current principles and best practices of police science and administration including, but not limited to, de-escalation, conflict resolution and implicit bias.
  • National Incident Management System response protocols and incident command structures and practices.

Education Requirements:

Education Requirements
High school diploma
60 college credits / Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Additional Education Information
Completion of police executive training such as Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, Southern Police Institute, FBI National Academy or similarly recognized executive program.


  • Background Check
  • Medical Examination
  • Oral Interviews
  • Physical Fitness/Agility Screening
  • Psychological Examination
Other Notes
  • In addition to the oral interviews, one session will include a written essay question.
Affirmative Action (AA)
Affirmative Action (AA)
American Disability Act (ADA)
American Disability Act (ADA)
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

Application Contact Name
Cassandra Suettinger
Application Contact Title
Village Clerk
Application Contact Agency
Village of McFarland
Application Contact Address

5915 Milwaukee Street
McFarland, WI 53558
United States

Application Contact Phone
(608) 838-3153
Application Contact Fax
(608) 838-3619
Application Contact Email

Apply By:

Application Deadline


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