Applying To: Police Commissioner

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Salary depending on qualifications.

Nature of Work

Incumbent in this position plans, directs and oversees the activities of the Police Division. Duties include executing the budget; assigning personnel; maintaining accountability; overseeing field operations, investigations and support services/general administration; and coordinating activities with other City departments and outside agencies. Incumbent reports to the Director of Public Safety and will play a vital role in citywide efforts to re-envision public safety. Incumbent will assist in the implementation of plans to focus personnel on violent crimes, partner with community members to ensure responsive, community policing, and engage in efforts to remove policing from issues better solved through behavioral health interventions.

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Police Commissioner

Minimum Qualifications

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public or Business Administration, or a closely related field.

Experience: Applicants must currently have at least ten years of increasingly responsible professional policing experience, including five years of patrol operations, administrative, or investigative responsibility at the rank of Police Commander or higher. OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Certification: Must be certified or eligible for certification as a Police Officer by the State of Missouri.

License: Must possess and maintain a valid Missouri driver's license while employed by the City of St. Louis. Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of filing application and be able to present it upon request. Please note type of license, number, class and expiration date on the Employment Application.

Documentation of academic credentials must be submitted upon request.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s degree with major course work in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public or Business Administration or a closely related field. Experienced in 21st century policing policies and practices, new and progressive visions of policing; and skilled at community outreach and messaging. Demonstrated commitment and proven track record of public safety innovation and familiarity with community policing, behavioral health supports, and diversion.

When completing the Employment History and the Educational/Training History sections of the Employment Application, please be as thorough as possible when describing your education, training and experience relating to this position. Your employment experience and training will be used to determine whether you meet the entrance requirements for this position and to compute your experience and training evaluation. Applicants will only receive credit for their experience, training and education as shown on the application. Include reasons for changes in employers and explain any gaps in employment.

MEDICAL:  Candidates will be required to pass an oral swab "Drug Screen" as part of the Medical examination.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of their DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application.  The Director of Personnel may, in their discretion, accept alternate documentation.


Last Date For Filing Application Is July 31, 2022

Examination Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: 50%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail
  • Management Simulation: 50%

When completing the Work History and the Education/Training sections of the Employment Application, please be as thorough as possible when describing your experience, training, and education. Submit resume or addendum, if necessary.

O.C. 3316
September 08, 2021
Reopened 06/21/22

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