• Full Time
  • Ames, IA
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Website City of Ames

Ames, Iowa is the Smart Choice!

Under the administrative direction of the City Manager leads, plans and directs the functions of the Police Department; assists the City Manager as a member of their executive team; performs related work as required.

In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must submit their online application by the deadline listed on this posting. Your application includes complete responses to the supplemental questions. Please keep in mind that submission of a resume in lieu of work history on your application or answering the supplemental questions is not sufficient.

Examples of Essential Job Functions

Plans, directs, and reviews the activities of the Police Department including the patrol, investigations, communications, record maintenance, administrative, parking enforcement, and animal control functions.

Confers with citizens, civic groups, other law enforcement agencies, other City officials, and department employees to determine the crime prevention, law enforcement, and public education needs of the community. Identifies and carries out short-term solutions and long-term department goals. Prepares reports for City officials. Assists with the development of regulatory ordinances and laws regarding public safety. Implements policy and program changes. Coordinates law enforcement activities with other local, county, state, and federal agencies. Responds to emergency calls when off duty.

Maintains positive relations between the department and the community. Acts as liaison to community groups explaining and promoting department goals and objectives.

Directs the preparation, presentation, and administration of the department budget. Directs the preparation of specifications for departmental equipment.

Directs the selection, training, performance review and discipline of department employees. Prepares performance reviews of management and administrative employees. Participates actively in departmental labor relations, including collective bargaining planning and support, labor management meetings, and grievance processing.

Acts as a member of the City Manager’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT). Assists the City Manager in carrying out the City’s mission for the entire organization in accordance with the City’s values.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, cultivating teamwork, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in police science, criminal justice, management, or closely related field (master’s degree and/or graduation from the FBI National Academy preferred) and a minimum of seven years experience in a public law enforcement agency, five years which must have been at the management or senior level.

Licenses and Certification: Valid driver’s license required. Iowa Law Enforcement Academy officer certification, or eligible to obtain such certification. Annual firearms certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Comprehensive knowledge of the modern principles, practices, and operating methods of local public safety administration including staffing, financing, records and reports, and equipment management and maintenance. Comprehensive knowledge of municipal, county, state, and federal laws, ordinances, and codes as they relate to law enforcement.

Skill in law enforcement methods and management. Skill in budget preparation and presentation.

Ability to apply modern law enforcement concepts, technologies and management to departmental activities. Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of a police department and institute improvements. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with subordinates, other City officials, citizens, and community groups. Considerable ability to effectively address an audience. Ability to operate a vehicle. Considerable ability to conceptualize and synthesize complete information in order to function at an executive level in managing the Police Department and serving as a member of the City Manager’s executive team. Ability to lead and manage the Police department not only in its specialized functions, but also as an integral part of the City organization with an emphasis on teamwork and upon the City’s mission and values.