Liberal is an unsuspecting land of opportunity. Established on the wind-swept high plains of Kansas, this community has played home to some of the nation’s leading industries. Fertile soils provide area farms with the resources they need to be a leading county in production agriculture, including corn, sorghum, and cotton. The City has a population of 19,460 (and a daytime population of approximately 30,000) in 11.43 square miles.

The City of Liberal operates under a commission-manager form of government. The Liberal City Commission is made up of five Liberal residents, elected at large from the community. The Liberal Police Department’s mission states that its employees are dedicated to providing excellent service through partnerships that build trust, reduce crime, create a safe environment, and enhance the quality of life in our community. Under the direction of the City Manager, the Liberal Police Chief is responsible for the overall management of the City of Liberal Police Department in all areas of law enforcement and public safety through teamwork with the Liberal community.

The City of Liberal seeks a visionary leader and strategic thinker who will ensure mission comprehension and engagement at all organizational levels to serve as its new Police Chief. The ideal candidate will be a committed, decisive, service-oriented, and enthusiastic Police Chief who will lead the department with integrity, vision, consistency, and honesty. The Police Chief will have a broad array of knowledge and experience that strikes a balance between administrative and operational law enforcement duties. They will have the ability to foster an organizational culture of integrity, trust, and engagement. The Police Chief should set the tone for a positive culture, which will promote service to the community. They should be able to police successfully in a rural community.

An Associate Degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, public safety, or a closely related field, and 15 years of increasingly responsible experience in public safety or law enforcement, including five years of administrative and supervisory responsibility, is required. A bachelor’s degree is preferred. Completion of a police leadership academy is preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. A Kansas Law Enforcement Officer Certificate, or the ability to obtain certification within one year of employment, and an appropriate, valid driver’s license, are required. Must have or be able to receive necessary training and certifications related to this job description.

The salary range for this position is $90,000-$110,000 dependent on qualifications and experience.

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For more information on this position contact:
Price Robinson, Senior Vice President