Chief of Police

Zionsville, IN
Zionsville Police Department

Working under the policies, budgets and directives established by the Mayor of the Town of Zionsville, and compliant with Indiana Code 36-5-7, the Chief of Police is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer responsible for all operations of the Zionsville Police Department.

February 28, 2020 5:00 PM


Duties and Responsibilities
Exercising appropriate discretion and independent judgement, the Chief of Police functional duties include:
• General administration of the Zionsville Police Department
• Develop and carry out public safety programs
• Enforce Town, State and Federal laws as applicable
• Investigate criminal activity and traffic problems for causes and correction
• Manage and maintain department equipment and facilities
• Advise Zionsville Board of Police Commissioners on policies and requirements

Technical Requirements
This position involves direct execution of technical tasks, requiring approximately 5% of work time.
• Train employees on procedures and use of equipment/weapons
• Carry out patrol or investigation duties as supplement to staff
• Monitor status of equipment and facilities through regular inspections
• Gather information, evaluate proposals, recommend ordinance requirements
• Deal with general public through written and verbal communications

Management Requirements
This position requires a variety of administrative and management duties to carry out department responsibilities. Management requires approximately 95% of work time, and is defined as planning, leading, organizing and controlling while routinely exercising independent judgment.
• Hire and supervise employees, subject to review and approval of the Zionsville Board of Police Commissioners
• Prepare work plans and assignments for staff
• Prepare department annual budget request, administer budget, prepare department claims
• Prepare and manage maintenance programs
• Establish and manage policies for delivery of police services
• Maintain records, prepare reports on department activities and projects
• Advise Metropolitan Board of Police Commissioners on technical and administrative matters regarding department issues


This position requires a demonstrated technical knowledge of the principles and practices for delivering police services. It requires the knowledge of applicable laws and court interpretations.

It requires knowledge of the equipment and techniques used in law enforcement, and the physical ability to carry out all police duties. This position requires the inter-personal and decision-making skills to effectively direct staff personnel, as well as other Town employees and the public. Good verbal and writing skills and sufficient computer skills to facilitate writing, scheduling, and planning tasks are desirable

Minimum education qualification of a bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in police science, public administration, behavioral science or related concentration. An advanced degree is preferred. The position requires certification by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board, and a minimum work experience of 10 years in policing, including 5 years experience in an investigative or command role. Candidates must complete or have completed classes for the National Incident Management System [NIMS].

Threshold Requirements
• Must be a U.S. citizen and be at least 21 years old at time of hire
• Possess a valid Indiana driver’s license (or obtain one within 60 days of becoming an Indiana resident).
• Shall have no felony convictions and have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence prohibiting the possession and carry of a firearm.
• Shall not have been dishonorably discharged from the military.
• Uncorrected vision of 20/100 or better and corrected vision of 20/40 or better
• Must pass a Security Threat Assessment
• Must pass a medical and psychological evaluation.
• Have a successful Background Investigation.