Employment Opportunities

The city of  City of Elsberry is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applications will be considered for all positions without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, marital status, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. 
CHIEF OF POLICE  –  City of Elsberry, MO

The City of Elsberry, Missouri is accepting applications for the position of full time Chief of Police.  This position will lead and coordinate all law enforcement efforts in the City of Elsberry to prevent crimes and protect lives. The ideal candidate will lead the department with a high degree of accountability, honesty, integrity, and ethics; and will promote transparency and community engagement at all levels.

Applicants must be Missouri P.O.S.T (Missouri Department of Peace Officers Standard & Training) certified prior to employment.

This is a leadership position that also requires fieldwork and flexibility in scheduling. Experience managing officers, setting schedules, and maintaining state and federal compliance are highly valued.  Code enforcement and coordinating with other LEO’s will also be a strength for this position.

The City of Elsberry has a benefit package of medical insurance, sick, vacation time, uniform allowance, and LAGERS retirement plan. Salary is based on experience.  Applications must be at least 25 years old and will receive a background check and drug testing.  Applications will be accepted on or before 4 pm on May 3, 2024.


                                                                             CITY OF ELSBERRY, MO

                                    Chief of Police Job Description & Qualifications



Under the direction of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen, the Police Chief plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs the City’s police services and law enforcement program, including patrol, traffic enforcement, investigation, animal control, code enforcement, and administrative support services.  The Police Chief provides direct and functional supervision over sworn and non-sworn law enforcement personnel of the Police Department.

Examples of Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Ensure that laws and ordinances are enforced and that public peace and safety is maintained.
  2. Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct all City police functions including patrol, law enforcement, investigation, police communications, community, code enforcement, municipal court security, and administrative services.
  3. Work with the Mayor, the Board of Aldermen, and other City departments to develop and implement effective law enforcement policies and programs to reduce and solve police service problems.
  4. Perform all law enforcement functions including patrol, investigation, arrests, issue municipal summons, and interrogation.
  5. Proactively, identify, research, develop, apply for, and administer federal, state, and private financial grants and other funding sources to support the City’s policing and law enforcement services. Identify and present to the Board of Aldermen grant opportunities for Board approval before submission to grant authorities.
  6. Represent the City and the Police Department and work closely with citizen groups, public and private officials, and outside agencies; and serve as liaison for other law enforcement agencies to provide technical assistance, and to ensure responsive, appropriate delivery of law enforcement services.
  7. Search for, select, supervise, motivate, evaluate, train, develop, and discipline Police Department personnel; participate in various personnel matters, including investigating complaints, conducting internal investigations, and provide corrective action as appropriate.
  8. Prepare and present annual proposed Police budget to the Board of Aldermen and Emergency Services Committee. Direct the administration of the annual capital and operational budgets for the Police Department.
  9. Oversee Police Department fiscal operations; direct the forecasting of additional funds needed to ensure adequate law enforcement services, programs, activities, and related tools, supplies, and equipment.
  10. Attend Board of Aldermen and Emergency Services Committee meetings. Provide written and oral reports on Police department activities to the Board of Aldermen and the Emergency Services Committee. Timely prepare and present to the Mayor and City Clerk agenda items for the Board of Aldermen in advance of the meetings.
  11. Attend Municipal Court and organize, coordinate, and directs through appropriate police personnel all security and bailiff services for Municipal Court.
  12. Establish and maintain a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.
  13. Present Police Department issues and recommendations on major issues requiring policy direction to appropriate advisory bodies, Board of Aldermen, and to the Mayor.
  14. Exercise the City Traffic Engineer’s authority if the office of City Traffic Engineer is vacant.
  15. Prepare and submit all required Police service statistical, administrative, and financial written reports
  16. Execute all process, orders, and notices arising and required under the ordinances of said City.
  17. Assure that personnel are assigned to shifts or working units which provide optimum effectiveness, efficiency, and coverage.
  18. Perform all duties required by law, including, but not by way of limitation, those duties set out in Chapter 71 of the Code of the City of Elsberry, Missouri, and the ordinances of said City.
  19. Review evidence, witnesses, and suspects in criminal cases to correlate all aspects, and to assess for trends, similarities, or for associations with other cases. Testify in cases requiring the Police Chief’s testimony.
  20. Safely operate a motor vehicle in all environmental conditions and, on occasion, safely operate the vehicle at high speeds and in congested traffic situations.
  21. Responsible for the maintenance, security, control, chain of custody, and delivery of seized evidence items.
  22. Represent the City and participate in the development of major intergovernmental plans and programs.
  23. Oversee the Police Department’s traffic safety program and enforce traffic regulations.
  24. Maintain effective community relations, and develop crime prevention programs.
  25. Supervise maintenance of records regarding arrests, investigations, and other police matters.
  26. Perform the duties of subordinate personnel as needed.
  27. Perform a variety of other related duties as assigned.


  1. The Chief of Police shall be at least twenty-five years of age, a resident of the State of Missouri, and a citizen of the United States.
  2. Possess all qualifications, training and certification required by the State of Missouri for individuals serving as peace officers pursuant to Chapter 590 RSMo. and Chapter 71 of the City Code, and all amendments thereto, including a “Class A” Missouri P.O.S.T. Certification.
  3. Possess current firearms certification.
  4. The ability to:

Perform all of the Duties and Responsibilities listed above safely, efficiently, and professionally.

Plan, organize, administer, coordinate and evaluate a comprehensive police services program.

Select, motivate, and evaluate staff and provide for their training and professional development.

Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls.

Analyze complex technical and administrative police service problems, evaluate alternative solutions, and adopt effective courses of action.

Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, and other written materials.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of citizens, public and private organizations, boards and commissions, City staff, and County and State Law Enforcement agencies.

Exercise sound judgment within general policy and administrative guidelines.

Plan, communicate, and provide direction, leadership, and a vision for the Police Department and operations standards.

Foster strong community relations and partnerships through the creation and administration of model community policing programs and activities.

Possess, project, and act with honesty and integrity.

  1. Knowledge of:

Principles of community policing and a willingness to work collaboratively with the community.

Administrative principles and methods, including goals and objectives development, program development and implementation, work organization and delegation, and employee supervision.

Principles and practices of law enforcement, investigation, patrol, community services, and related police services.

Criminal law, codes, ordinances and court interpretations including rights of citizens, apprehension, arrest, search and seizure, and rules of evidence.

Principles and practices of budget development and administration. Local government organizations and functions as related to public safety.

Modern and complex principles and practices of law enforcement.

Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operations.

Financial planning, management and resource allocation; cost accounting, budgetary processes and procedures for local government and federally funded programs.

Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, regulations, codes, ordinances, and policies.

Effective leadership, mentoring, team building, methods and problem solving techniques.

Supervision, including hiring, cultural and ethnic diversity, firing, training  and  development, discipline, delegation and performance evaluation.

Persuasive written and oral communication and presentations with individuals and before groups.

Organizational development, reorganizations and program development, evaluation, goal setting.

Community environment, concerns, and sensitivities. 

  1. Education

Equivalent to an Associate’s degree from a college or university with major course work in criminology, law enforcement, social science, public administration, or a closely related field; and

Police Academy certification

  1. Experience:

Six (6) years of law enforcement experience; and

Three (3) years as a lead officer, supervisory, management position or leadership position, such as the rank of Police Lieutenant or higher.

  1. Possession of a valid drivers’ license from the State of Missouri.
  2. Live within 45 minutes travel time from the City of Elsberry.
  3. No felony convictions, no domestic abuse convictions, or charges pending.
  4. Meet and maintain physical and mental condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following physical demands: running, walking, crouching or crawling during emergency operations, moving equipment and injured persons, climbing stairs/ladders, walking standing or sitting for extended periods of time, performing life-saving and rescue procedures, making arrests, operating assigned equipment, and the ability to lift 50 pounds.