The Village of Barrington Hills, Illinois (population 4,114is seeking an adaptable and experienced law enforcement professional with an ability to provide a contemporary approach to policing to serve as the community’s next Chief of Police. The incumbent is retiring after 30 years of police service, five of those years as Chief of Police.              

Barrington Hills is located 40 miles Northwest of Chicago, Illinois situated on 30 square miles of open lands. The Village’s quiet and harmonious atmosphere is showcased by its private, active residents who enjoy abundant large lots, farms, barns and trails. Barrington Hills is a peaceful oasis with primarily residential properties, an excellent school system, and easy access to surrounding areas and Chicago via I- 90 and the Metra. The community is known for the property freedoms residents and visitors enjoy as well as an abundance of outdoor activities many of which involve equestrian pursuits.

The Village is served by volunteer elected officials and a small government structure. Its Police Department strives to consistently seek and find ways to promote, preserve, and deliver a feeling of security, safety, and quality services to all members of the community. The Village is proud to have had a CALEA (Commission on Police Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) Accreditation since 2004 and prioritizes maintaining this high standard into the future. The department consists of 16 sworn officers, 1 part-time officer, 4 full-time non-sworn members, and 1 part-time non-sworn member. Police officers are organized into one bargaining unit represented by the Metropolitan Alliance of Police. 

The Chief of Police is appointed by the Village President with the approval of the Board of Trustees, reports to the Village President and works with the Village Administrator and other personnel. The next Chief will be successful by supporting the Village’s ongoing public safety mission to provide vision, stewardship, and valued services, above and beyond the norm while fostering a vibrant community culture to preserve and protect our residents’ quality of life.
Per Village Code (1-6-8) the Chief of Police has the following duties and powers:
The chief of police shall direct the administration and operations of the police department and be responsible for the faithful and efficient conduct and operation of the department. In addition to execution of the policies transmitted to the chief by the village president and the performance of such duties as may be imposed by law and the ordinances of the village, they shall establish such policies, directives, rules and regulations for the administration and operations of the department as they shall determine to be appropriate. The chief of police shall serve as appointing authority for appointments to any position within the department other than his own, and shall have the power to demote, promote, suspend or dismiss any police officer or department employee, consistent with the provisions of state law, related ordinances of the village, and any specific rules or regulations established by the village board of trustees not in conflict therewith.
The foregoing demotion, promotion, suspension, and dismissal authority shall be subject to referrals, if any, by the village president to any village personnel committee and to any action taken in connection therewith.
In addition, the Chief has the following duties Regarding Emergency Response:
In addition to the other powers granted to the chief of police by this code, the chief of police is hereby granted primary responsibility for the organization, administration, training, and operation of the village's response to disasters and emergencies within its boundaries, all subject to the authority of the Village President. In connection therewith, they are authorized to: 1) represent the Village in negotiations with other villages, cities, municipalities, townships, counties and the State of Illinois regarding cooperative arrangements concerning disaster and emergency response; 2) enter into agreements with said villages, cities, municipalities, townships, counties and the State of Illinois as shall be approved by the Village Board of Trustees; and 3) appoint Village employees to work with the chief with regard to the organization, administration, training and operation of the Village's disaster preparedness program and to act in his absence.
The successful candidates will: 
  • Be adept at combining a hands-on management style with authentic leadership, and an ability to work with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Be strategic thinking and an exceptional communicator. 
  • Foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and partnership with police personnel and other department heads and staff members.
  • Manage proactively, anticipate issues and trends, and participate in community dialogue.
  • Make themselves approachable and accessible to residents and business leaders.
  • Act as coaches and mentors to all staff and support professional development as well as innovative police practices and technologies.
  • Be adaptive and understand the needs of the Village and the region.
  • Demonstrate sound financial acumen and a clear understanding of resources.
Candidates should also have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, as outlined below:
  • 15 years of service in law enforcement, including five years of supervisory and/or administrative service experience in a full-time, paid police department.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required, criminal justice or a related field ideal; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • Leadership training such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute For Police, or similar programs is required.
  • Certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board or eligibility for such certification.
The starting annual salary for this position begins at $150,000. The Village of Barrington Hills also offers an attractive benefits package and a pension.              

Candidates should apply by May 08, 2024, with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five work-related references to the attention of Marc Hornstein, and Jon Fehlman at GovHR USA/MGT. Tel: 847-380-3240 x 178 or x 142. The Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer.        

Application Deadline: May 8, 2024      

Posted: 2024-04-03

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