Chief of Police

Posted on: 2019/09/04

The City of North Kansas City, Missouri, is recruiting for a Police Chief.  The current Chief is retiring after 7 years serving as Police Chief for the City.

The Position

The City of North Kansas City Police Department employs two Commanders who manage two divisions; Patrol (24 positions)and Support Services (18 positions).  

The department is a metropolitan police department protecting 4.2 square miles.  The service area includes one of the largest hospitals in the metropolitan area, a riverboat casino (which has approximately 5 million customers annually), two railroad switch yards that serves 2,500 to 3,000 railcars daily (4% contain hazardous materials), and three (3) major bridges into downtown Kansas City.  In 2018, there were 2,412 dispatched reports and 24,035 calls for service, including ambulance.

The Police Chief reports directly to the City Administrator.  The Chief is responsible for ensuring public safety and enforcing all federal and state laws and city ordinances in addition for all activities and personnel of the Department. It is the Chief’s responsibility to develop and direct Police Department policy, procedures, goals and objectives.  As a member of the Management Team, the Police Chief participates in developing and directing the same for the City as a whole.

The Police Chief prepares and oversees the annual $5.2 million Police Department budget.  The Chief is also responsible for managing expenditures and applying for grants and other outside funding opportunities.  The Police Department has two collective bargaining agreements with the Fraternal Order of Police.

The Candidate

The Police Chief must have well developed technical, analytical, interpersonal and communications skills.  He/she must have the ability to perform well under pressure, the capability to meet deadlines, and the ability to develop and maintain credibility and trust with the department, City staff, City Council, the public, local, state and federal agencies.  Additionally, the successful candidate will have operational experience in the various ranks of a police department and a commitment to mentoring, training, staff development as well as having a record of excellent professional accomplishment.


Education and Experience

Candidates must have a minimum of five (5) years experience in a senior law enforcement capacity including, Police Chief, Deputy Chief, or Division Commander. Prior experience as Police Chief is preferred.  Union negotiation experience is preferred.

A bachelor’s degree, from an accredited college or university, with major course work in criminal justice, public administration, business administration or a related field is required.  A Master’s degree is preferred. 

Must be certified as a police officer by the State of Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training commission within 3 months of employment.

Compensation and Benefits

The starting salary range for this position is $108,700-$135,880 DOQ.  Benefits include medical and dental insurance; 457 defined contribution retirement plan; pension plan; vacation, sick leave, holidays and personal leave; long-term disability and life insurance; training and conferences; City provided vehicle; and numerous voluntary benefits such as flexible spending, short-term disability, and more.  The City will pay reasonable relocation costs.

Work Environment, Physical Demands, and Other Requirements

Work is performed both in an office environment and an outdoor setting under stressful and potentially dangerous conditions.  May have exposure to severe trauma and death and, under emergency situations, may go 24 hours or more without sleep. The candidate must successfully pass a post-offer background and drug test.

To Apply

All applications (resume and cover letter, including salary requirements) must be submitted electronically to: HR Manager, Casey Campbell at ccampbell@nkc.org.  Applications must be received by October 4, 2019.  The City of North Kansas City, Missouri is an equal opportunity employer.

About North Kansas City, Missouri

North Kansas City is a dynamic, full service, urban village just two miles north of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The city has a diverse and vibrant economic base made up of over 1,000 businesses and industries, which employ an estimated 25,000 local associates.  The nearly 4,300 residents who call North Kansas City home enjoy unmatched city services, low taxes, and a wide variety of conveniences. The City has a Mayor/Council/City Administrator form of government, with eight (8) council members elected to two (2) year terms, staggered on a non-partisan basis.  The Mayor serves a four (4) year term.  Please visit our website for more information www.nkc.org.

To apply online, please click the following link:



Status: Open
Deadline: 10/04/2019

City Hall
2010 Howell St
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Phone 816-274-6000

Regular Hours:
Monday - Friday
8am to 5pm

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