Police Chief

Independence, KS
Independence KS Police Department

Salary: $69,742 – $101,130.

Position Summary:

The Independence Chief of Police is responsible for planning and directing the work of the department. A full list of job duties appears below, but beyond the technical skills and experience required, our ideal candidate will be a principled servant leader who models the behavior expected from the rest of the team; supports growth and development among officers; acknowledges excellent performance; leads with humility; effectively teaches, trains and carries out corrective action as needed; and represents the City of Independence positively as an engaged community citizen. The new chief will be encouraged to attend executive level training, such as the University of Kansas’ LELA Command Course or FBI National Academy.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops rules and regulations for department.
  • Keeps City Manager informed of status of crime and investigations within the city.
  • Reviews daily criminal investigation reports.
  • Oversees the operation of patrol, investigations and public safety answering point call center.
  • Handles major investigations as required.
  • Develops departmental training programs.
  • Selects and recommends new employees.
  • Recommends and approves disciplinary actions and terminations.
  • Prepares budget estimates for the department and monitors expenditures.
  • Meets with civic groups.
  • Appears in court as required.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.


  • Completion of high school or GED required; bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field preferred.
  • Ten years of law enforcement experience, including three years in a supervisory or lead capacity required.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications is required.
  • Kansas Class C driver’s license (Must not have any violations that City’s insurance carrier would deem uninsurable to drive a City vehicle).
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Must have completed Basic Recruit Training with the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
  • Must complete any advanced training as assigned, and maintain KLETC certification.
  • Must meet KS-CPOST qualifications and meet minimum continuing education requirements.
  • Must be available to work nights, overtime, in shifts, and weekends.