CHIEF OF POLICE RECRUITMENT
The City of Champaign seeks an experienced and innovative professional to serve as Chief of Police. Champaign, Illinois, is a vibrant and diverse micro-urban community located in east Central Illinois. With oversight over all activities and personnel of the Champaign Police Department – including 24/7 first responder calls for service, proactive street crimes enforcement, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement and accident investigations, and order maintenance activities – the Chief of Police position is a great opportunity to transform how people live, work, and play in our community.
The City of Champaign has launched a national search for the position of Chief of Police. Public input was an important part of the process and we held public meetings, accepted emails, and had a public survey to gather your valuable feedback. The information gathered was used to help formulate the recruitment profile.
The recruitment profile is used as the City’s advertisement for the job opportunity. It serves as a “roadmap” that guides the rest of the process as we seek candidates whose experience and qualifications best align with the needs of our City. The recruitment profile includes information about the community, job opportunity, the City organization, the department and its services, as well as responsibilities for the new Chief of Police, and knowledge, skills, abilities and leadership qualities for the successful candidate.
The City hired a professional recruitment firm to help advertise this job opening and attract qualified candidates. A request for proposals was used to select such the firm, in compliance with City purchasing policies, including the Champaign Diversity Advancement Program.
The City will issue media releases and post more specific information on this web page and on social media as it becomes available. Interested applicants and members of the public are encouraged to follow the City on social media to get updated information.
— Dorothy Ann David, City Manager
Applications Are Now Being Accepted
Are you seeking an exciting new career opportunity where you can make a real difference in shaping the future of a growing, urban community and positively impact the lives of others? The City is now accepting applications from experienced and community-engaged professionals who are interested in serving as Champaign’s next Chief of Police.
This position will remain open until filled, however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
This City has engaged a recruitment firm to help with this nationwide search. For more information about the position, please contact Art Davis at Art.Davis@BakerTilly.com or 816-868-7042.
The City of Champaign is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Current Recruitment Status:
The City is currently accepting applications for the Chief of Police position. Desired attributes, required experience, and other minimum qualifications for the position can be found in the recruitment profile. For full consideration, applications must be received by November 24, 2021.
October 20, 2021 – City of Champaign Accepting Applications for Chief of Police Position
Note: All timelines are tentative, and are subject to change at any time, as the recruitment process proceeds. The timeline will be updated with specific dates as they become available.
July 28, 2021 Public survey launches on City website
August 9, 12, & 14 Community meetings on the Chief of Police recruitment
August 20, 2021 Public survey closed
September 2021 Hired a professional recruitment firm. Start developing recruitment profile.
October 20, 2021 Advertising launches for Chief of Police recruitment
Late November 2021 Job posting closes
December 2021 Review of application materials and selection of candidates for interviews
Mid-January 2022 Candidate interviews (details about public participation forthcoming)
Late February Anticipated starting date for new Chief of Police
ATTEND A COMMUNITY MEETING
The City scheduled the following community meetings so the public could provide input on the Chief of Police recruitment. All meeting dates have now passed.
- Monday, August 9, 2021 – 6-8:00 pm – Garden Hills Academy – 2001 Garden Hills Dr., Champaign
- Thursday, August 12, 2021 – 2-4:00 pm – City Building (Council Chambers) – 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
- Thursday, August 12, 2021 – 6-8:00 pm – Barkstall Elementary School – 2201 Hallbeck Dr., Champaign
- Saturday, August 14, 2021 – 10 am-noon – Douglass Branch Library – 504 E. Grove St., Champaign
- Saturday, August 14, 2021 – 2-4:00 pm – Bethel AME Church – 401 E. Park St., Champaign
COMPLETE THE SURVEY
A public survey was available for community members to provide their written suggestions on the priorities and characteristics they feel are needed for the next Chief of Police. The survey has now closed.
EMAIL YOUR COMMENTS
The City of Champaign also welcomed feedback from groups who wanted to provide feedback regarding the development of the recruitment profile. Organizations hosting discussions were asked to submit their notes and suggestions to the City Manager’s Office by August 20, 2021.
The Chief of Police manages and directs all activities and personnel of the Champaign Police Department including 24/7 first responder calls for service, proactive street crimes enforcement, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement and accident investigations, and order maintenance activities. The Chief also provides oversight for crime analysis, departmental records management, department training, fiscal administration and grants, professional standards including internal investigations and the citizen complaint process, media relations and community engagement.
The Chief performs administrative and professional work in planning, directing, supervising, and coordinating all activities of the Police Department, exercising leadership over all police functions of the City. The employee in this position directs a variety of specialized activities through the direction of the Operations, Operational Support and Administrative Support divisions. The work requires considerable discretion within the framework of established Federal, State and local laws, ordinances and policies. This position reports directly to the City Manager and works with the City Manager to implement City ordinances, policies and services at the policy direction of the City Council. The Chief consults with the City Manager with respect to general policies, programs, plans and objectives for the Department. The Chief is expected to demonstrate initiative and good judgement, and generally function independently of direct supervision with respect to operational procedures and management practices. Work also includes ensuring the proper training, assignment and discipline of all department employees. The Chief of Police has technical independence in administering the activities of the department and is responsible for internal policy and control.
- Leads, plans, directs, and supervises all work of the Police Department; schedules and assigns work; establishes priorities; ensures that personnel are assigned to shifts or working units and deployed to provide optimal effectiveness in delivering public safety services and responding to emergencies and emerging community issues;
- Formulates and enforces department rules, regulations, policies and procedures in compliance with Federal, State and local laws; develops department policies and employee performance standards in accordance with City Council expectations as directed by the City Manager;
- Consults with and acts as a technical advisor to the City Manager, City Council, and other City department heads on matters related to policing and public safety; ensures that the City Manager and City Council members are informed of all departmental concerns, problems, and related issues as appropriate;
- Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; develops comprehensive short- and long-range plans to ensure the effective delivery of quality public safety services, proper enforcement of criminal law and order maintenance, and promotion of community safety and quality of life;
- Takes proactive measures to recruit, hire and retain a highly qualified and inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity of the City;
- Trains, develops, and evaluates assigned personnel; ensures the training of officers and civilian employees in correct work methods, procedures, policies and laws; provides mentoring and career development opportunities; takes measures to promote the health, safety and well-being of department employees;
- Promotes a positive work environment characterized by open communications, transparency, collaboration, and cooperative labor-management relations; correctly and effectively administers collective bargaining agreements;
- Ensures City and departmental policies, rules, regulations, work methods and procedures are followed; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures as necessary;
- Investigates employee grievances and alleged violations of City and departmental policies by department employees; administers citizen complaint procedures and takes appropriate actions;
- Maintains ultimate authority and accountability for all fiscal matters and financial operations of the Police Department; oversees preparation of the departmental budget recommendations for City Manager and City Council consideration; operates the department within approved budget authority and ensures expenditures are made in compliance with City purchasing policies and ordinances, including the Equal Opportunity in Purchasing Ordinance;
- Communicates and cooperates with other municipal, State, and Federal agencies in the accomplishments of criminal justice system objectives; coordinates departmental activities with other criminal justice agencies as needed to achieve effective public safety operations; provides assistance to neighboring governments per mutual aid agreements;
- Coordinates with Fire, Public Works, and EMS providers and other departments or agencies for effective emergency response; participates in community-wide emergency/disaster preparedness plans and activities as coordinated by the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency;
- Serves as a highly visible leader who is actively engaged with the community; maintains a current and accurate understanding of community issues and concerns, seeks community input into policing services; develops plans and procedures for police response to community needs;
- Maintains high standards for customer-service within the department; ensure timely and respectful responses to requests from members of the public for information and services; leads efforts to achieve positive police-community relations and community-based crime prevention;
- Serves as the face of the Department, positively representing the City in all interactions with governmental and University officials, outside agencies, neighborhood groups, members of the public and City employees; develops and maintains effective rapport with officials, community leaders and the general public;
- Attends and makes presentations at City Council meetings and other public meetings to represent the department; participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents related staff reports and communications;
- Performs a variety of public relations and engagement duties; answers questions, addresses concerns, and provides information to the public, civic organizations, neighborhood groups, businesses, and the media; partners with community groups and outside agencies to promote safety and crime prevention;
- Communicates clearly, professionally and effectively with elected officials, employees, external agencies and members of the public verbally and in writing; prepares and reviews reports, departmental correspondence and other documents for accuracy, clarity and tone;
- Participates in professional associations and groups; stays abreast of new trends, technologies and innovations in the fields of policing and public safety.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the laws and ordinances pertaining to constitutional, statutory and procedural law, and civil liability.
- Comprehensive knowledge of policing policy, police management best practices and current developments in the field.
- Comprehensive knowledge of laws and proper procedures, methods and techniques in law enforcement patrol, traffic control, crime prevention, investigations, apprehension, criminal process and arrest.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of public administration.
- Ability to correctly interpret and apply Federal, State and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations; ability to make decisions in accordance with applicable laws and policies; skill in exercising good judgment.
- Ability to organize and direct local police affairs consistent with the requirements of laws, union contracts and municipal policy.
- Ability to serve in a law enforcement capacity in a responsible and effective manner, often under difficult and stressful situations.
- Ability to plan coordinate and execute the performance of work consistent with the mission of the organization in a responsive, timely and cost-effective manner.
- Skill in responding courteously and informatively to requests from members of the public for service or information.
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with government officials, businesses, neighborhood and community groups, and the general public.
- Experience leading engagement with a diverse community and being responsive to the needs of a diverse customer clientele.
- Knowledge of principles of personnel management, and administration in a union environment; ability to correctly interpret and apply provisions of collective bargaining agreements.
- Demonstrated proficiency in recruiting, hiring, supervising, training, evaluating and disciplining employees.
- Ability to build a collaborative, harmonious and respectful work environment for department employees.
- Ability to provide leadership and to plan, schedule, coordinate and supervise the work of many sworn and civilian personnel, including multiple subordinate supervisors.
- Good knowledge of safety methods and precautions necessary in police operations.
- Ability to provide high-level oversight to multiple work activities and projects simultaneously.
- Demonstrated proficiency overseeing budget, fiscal and contract administration.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including communications to elected officials, employees and the public.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, public administration, political science, sociology, psychology, or closely related field.
- A minimum of ten years of progressive experience as a certified police officer at the municipal, state, or federal level with a minimum of three years of experience at the rank of lieutenant/commander or above.
- Experience working in multi-racial, multi-cultural urban communities.
- An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job.
- Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement, public administration, political science, sociology, psychology, or closely related field or a combination of equivalent education, training, and experience.
- Completion of police leadership training, such as the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations program, University of Louisville Southern Police Institute, or similar program.
- Certification or certificate of completed training in racial or multicultural studies; diversity, equity and inclusion; trauma-informed service delivery; or crisis intervention.
- Two or more years serving at the rank of Chief of Police or Deputy Chief in a comparably sized community.
- Extensive policing experience in multi-racial, multi-cultural urban communities.
- Leadership or management experience directing multiple divisions in a union environment.
- Demonstrated successful experience working in a diverse organization with diverse customers.
- Any equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the preferred knowledge, skills and abilities for the position will be considered.
- Certification from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board or ability to achieve certification within six months of appointment.
- Completion of the necessary training courses as required by the State of Illinois.
- Possession of a valid state-issued driver’s license and a safe driving record as determined by the City’s Risk Manager. A driving record check of the past five (5) years will be reviewed and evaluated based on the following factors: the length of time since the violation, the number of violations that appear on the driving record, and the nature and severity of the violation and its relationship to the safety and security of others.
- Residency within the City of Champaign’s corporate limits is required within six (6) months of appointment.
- Ability to pass a post-offer criminal history record check and drug screening.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR RECRUITMENT FIRM
On July 28, 2021, the City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from professional recruitment firms to provide recruitment and advertising services to identify qualified candidates for the positions of Public Works Director and Chief of Police. Proposals were due to the City on August 11, 2021. On September 7, 2021, the City Council approved Council Bill 2021-124 regarding the approval of a contract for professional recruitment services with Baker Tilly US, LLP to handle both recruitments at a cost of $46,350.