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Chief of Police

City of Topeka, KS

9 Nov 17
Open until filled
1 Feb 18
$135,000 (DOQ)
Job Function
Chief Law Enforcement Official

Full Time

Related Topics

Public Safety
Job Location

320 S. Kansas Avenue Topeka, KS 66603






215 SE 7th St Room 355
Topeka , KS 66603-3914

Form of Govt

Council-Manager (City)


Chief appointed official position was recognized by ICMA in 2004 as a Council-Manager position.



The City of Topeka, KS is seeking an experienced professional with a demonstrated record of professional law enforcement experience including leadership, management, strong fiscal management and a customer-service philosophy with experience in larger city urban issues, community policing, resource management, and union issues to serve as the next Police Chief.

The City of Topeka is located in Shawnee County in Northeastern Kansas and has a population of 127,473 residents. Topeka offers a quality living experience at a below average cost. In 2010 Topeka was named in “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of Top Ten Cities for the Next Decade”, citing the quality of schools, good hospitals, and low housing costs among the reasons for Topeka being included. Topeka’s cost of living is attractive when compared to other mid-western cities.
The city has a strong commitment to continual organizational improvement and improved service delivery. The current strategic priorities of the City include: Safe and Secure Community, Thriving, Livable Neighborhoods; Organizational Excellence, Stewardship of the City’s Physical Assets; Commitment to Customer Service; Fiscal Health and Sustainable Growth.
The City of Topeka operates under a Mayor – Council – City Manager form of Government. The Police Chief reports directly to the City Manager. For the 2017 budget, the Police Department has an annual budget of $38.6 million with 353.5 full-time equivalent positions, 300 of which are sworn personnel.

Minimum requirements are: Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or a closely related field; Master’s degree preferred; FBI Academy, Southern Institute advanced leadership training or equivalent; 10 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, including a minimum of 5 years of administrative and supervisory experience. Experience at a division command level or higher in a similar sized community.

Entry Salary Range: Up to $135,000 DOQ

The City of Topeka is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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How to Apply

Employment application available online at

Application review begins 12/04/17.

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