The City of Park Ridge (pop. 39,656) seeks an accomplished Police Chief with strong leadership and communication skills. Candidates should be familiar with progressive policing principles and have a demonstrated record of success in developing effective relationships at all levels of the organization and within the community. 

Park Ridge is a picturesque suburb located 14 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, convenient to O'Hare Airport, major expressways, CTA and Metra trains.  Incorporated as the Village of Park Ridge in 1873 (and reorganized as the City of Park Ridge in 1910), Park Ridge is a prime residential community that retains its distinctive, small-town charm. The City’s vibrant Uptown shopping area includes the Metra station, Public Library and several charming parks where live musical concerts and special events are held in the summer. Throughout the City, tree-lined streets, pleasing architecture, excellent schools, and ample parks help make Park Ridge one of the most desirable family communities in the Chicago area.

The Park Ridge Police Department has 55 sworn officers, 15 civilian employees, 10 part-time civilian employees, a Social Worker and a $12.4 million budget.  The Police Chief is appointed by and reports to the City Manager and serves on the Manager’s executive leadership teamThe current Chief is retiring after 15 years with the department and has been instrumental in providing a vision for the Department’s success and respect within the community. The department enjoys an excellent reputation with the residents and business community, working closely with volunteers and other City departments. The department’s telecommunications are handled by Cook County.

The new Chief must be a strong, decisive results-oriented police manager who develops and mentors command staff and subordinate personnel through clear direction, delegating without micromanaging, and maintaining accountability. They should possess well-developed leadership skills that demonstrate the ability to make difficult, timely and sometimes unpopular decisions as well as the ability to listen to, support, and implement subordinate employees’ suggestions and ideas when appropriate.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, management, or related field. A master’s degree is preferred. Candidates should also have ten (10) years law enforcement experience with at least five (5) years of directly related progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience. Certification as a police officer in the State of Illinois is required along with the ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire. Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Certified Law Enforcement Executive certification preferred.

The anticipated starting salary range is $143,000 – $170,000 +/- DOQA comprehensive benefits package includes participation in the Police Pension Fund, insurance including medical, dental and vision coverage, and life insurance. The City also offers paid time off and holidays. The City does not have a residency requirement. 

Applicants may find additional information regarding the City of Park Ridge, the Police Department, and the Chief of Police position by accessing the City of Park Ridge website at 

How to Apply
Submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for (5) professional references to GovHR by May 26, 2023. Telephone inquiries can be directed to Riccardo Ginex, Vice President, GovHR USA or Jon Fehlman, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 847-380-3240.
Park Ridge is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2023

Posted: 2023-05-09

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