Police Sergeant

Fitchburg, WI
Fitchburg Police Department

$92,274.00 Annually

Closing Date
7/2/2023 11:59 PM Central

About Fitchburg
The City of Fitchburg Police Department is seeking an individual interested in becoming a part of an organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the diverse and growing City of Fitchburg. Situated between our state’s capital and rural farmland, the geography of Fitchburg is as diverse as the people we serve.

Community-orientated policing has long served as the foundation for our department and community engagement remains a top priority.

The Opportunity
Under the general direction of the Lieutenants, this position ensures that the community is provided with timely emergency and non-emergency police services. This position ensures compliance with established City and Departmental policies and procedures while supervising Patrol Officers on a shift. There is frequent interaction with the general public and others outside the department. Requires incumbent to be on-call as necessary. Must be able to work holidays, nights and weekends. This is a second/third shift position.

Tentative Recruitment Timeline and Process

  • Application period closing Sunday, July 2, 2023.
  • Panel interviews will be held on a date to be determined.
    • Applicants will be given a written exercise on the day of interviews.
  • Chief Interviews will be held on a date to be determined.
  • Recommendation for approval to the Police & Fire Commission as early as the August PFC meeting.

About the Rewards:
We offer excellent benefits including Wisconsin Retirement, no deductible health plans, dental, vision, life, disability coverage and student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program! In addition to your traditional benefits, we offer professional development and a free gym membership for all sworn law enforcement personnel.


Essential Functions:

  • Authorize overtime when necessary.
  • Prepare annual written performance evaluations on personnel.
  • Recommend appropriate disciplinary action when necessary. Serve as management’s representative at the first step in the grievance process.
  • Direct Patrol Officers and other staff to ensure maximum police services.
  • Consult with Patrol Officers on matters occurring during a shift and make decisions when necessary. Conduct shift briefings, delegate patrol assignments, and perform investigative follow-up.
  • Patrol the streets and other public places and monitor motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
  • Review written reports and take appropriate action.
  • Perform initial and follow-up investigations on reported crimes and other incidents.
  • Ensure compliance with all established City and Departmental policies and procedures.
  • Make lawful arrests and participate in the prosecution of offenders.
  • Receive and investigate citizen complaints.
  • Determine when reports should be released to the public.
  • Determine mutual aid response to outside agencies and assume command of high-risk incident responses until relieved by police lieutenant.
  • Serve as the on-call supervisor following a monthly rotation schedule. Responsible for being available in the event a request for a supervisor is made which may include carrying a cell phone when necessary.

Other Functions:

  • Ensure that all vehicles and emergency equipment are inspected daily. Periodically inspect vehicles, weapons, and ammunition.
  • Coordinate equipment and vehicle repair.
  • Ensure that firearms function in a safe manner.
  • Attend meetings as directed by the lieutenants
  • Serve as a police spokesperson on various topics of concern to the community.
  • Make recommendations to existing programs to the lieutenants.
  • Perform all duties as directed by the chief of police.

Minimum Qualifications
Supervisory Requirements:

  • Patrol Officers, Police Telecommunicators, Community Service Officer, & Humane Officer

Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • Associate degree in police science or related field preferred.
  • Must meet the minimum requirements as established by the State of Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board.
  • Must possess at least four years of law enforcement experience.

Licenses, Certifications, etc.

  • Must be certified by the State of Wisconsin Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
  • Must possess a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License upon appointment and maintain during the course of employment.

Special Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Proactive/participative management style required.
  • Ability to deal with various kinds of people and to supervise other workers required.
  • Ability to foster cooperation and teamwork among subordinates required.
  • Ability to use practical thinking to conduct or supervise investigations required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with a variety of people including co-workers, other professionals, appointed and elected officials, and the general public required.
  • Ability and experience in personally preparing effective written reports and correspondence and delivering effective oral communications required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public and news media required.
  • Work with laws and regulations, sometimes written in legal terms required.
  • Ability to identify and analyze problems, evaluate alternative solutions and make sound judgments, especially in stressful situations required.
  • Knowledge of the geography of the City and of the criminal hazard locations required.
  • Knowledge and experience in the utilization of various technical police equipment including computers, cameras, radar units, and safety devices required.
  • Ability to move quickly and forcefully in response to unexpected situations required.
  • Ability to maneuver and work in a variety of ground conditions required.
  • Ability to operate patrol vehicles in emergency mode required.
  • Ability to get in and out of a patrol car on a frequent basis required.
  • Possess the finger and arm dexterity and the strength necessary to safely operate a firearm required.
  • Ability to work under pressure or in the face of danger required.
  • Keep physically fit required.
  • Must be able to render credible testimony in a court of law.

Physical Demands:
Moderate Work: Exerting 76-100 lbs seldom. Exerting 31-75 lbs occasionally, and/or 0-30 lbs frequently. Requires walking or standing to a significant degree, or requires sitting some of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls, or requires working at a production rate pace entailing the constant pushing and/or pulling of materials even though the weight of those materials is negligible.

Work Environment:
Inside: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes. A job is considered “inside” if the worker spends approximately 75%or more of the time inside. Inside work 60% (includes time spent in patrol vehicle) of the time and outside work 40% of the time. Environmental conditions: occasionally exposed to hazards or risk of bodily injury. Occasionally exposed to heat and cold extremes and temperature changes; seldom exposed to loud noises; occasionally exposed to moderate noise; seldom exposed to vibration, toxic conditions, odors, dust, and poor ventilation. Seldom exposed to hazards or risk of bodily injury.
This position is ineligible for remote work.