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The City of Nelsonville is seeking people interested in filling the open position of Chief of Police. The Chief of Police is appointed by the City Manager with the approval of the council, and reports to the City Manager. The Nelsonville Police Department places strong emphasis upon providing quality services through a community policing philosophy. 

Minimum Qualifications: To be considered, candidates must have a minimum of 5 consecutive full-time years of service in law enforcement with a minimum of two years in an administrative position in a comparable or larger police department preferred. Candidates also must hold a State of Ohio Peace Officer Training Certificate. Because a high level of personal integrity and professional ethics is essential, a comprehensive background investigation will be conducted. The successful candidate must pass pre-employment testing which may include both written and psychological testing.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with post high school education*, upper level management and leadership training, attendees of F.B.I. National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE), Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) or Northwestern Staff and Command will receive additional consideration. Candidates with experience in management models such as Community Oriented Policing are highly preferred.

Compensation: Salary for the position is $52,000.00 / $75,000.00. In addition, Nelsonville offers an excellent fringe benefit package.

Application Procedure: Interested parties may download an application packet at https://tinyurl.com/w9bjwjtr. Letters of interest, resumes and application packets can be mailed to or dropped off at the Nelsonville City Auditors Office, 211 Lake Hope Drive, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and must be submitted by February 2, 2023.

Written examination dates will be announced at a later date. 

* For those candidates who apply with educational degrees beyond the minimum requirements, please note that the City of Nelsonville only recognizes degrees granted from a university or college if the degree granting institution is accredited. The organization that granted the accreditation must have been officially approved as an accrediting agency by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

The City of Nelsonville is seeking people interested in filling the open position of Chief of Police. The Chief of Police is appointed by the City Manager with the approval of the council, and reports to the City Manager. The Nelsonville Police Department places strong emphasis upon providing quality services through a community policing philosophy. 

Minimum Qualifications: To be considered, candidates must have a minimum of 5 consecutive full-time years of service in law enforcement with a minimum of two years in an administrative position in a comparable or larger police department preferred. Candidates also must hold a State of Ohio Peace Officer Training Certificate. Because a high level of personal integrity and professional ethics is essential, a comprehensive background investigation will be conducted. The successful candidate must pass pre-employment testing which may include both written and psychological testing.

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with post high school education*, upper level management and leadership training, attendees of F.B.I. National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE), Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) or Northwestern Staff and Command will receive additional consideration. Candidates with experience in management models such as Community Oriented Policing are highly preferred.

Compensation: Salary for the position is $52,000.00 / $75,000.00. In addition, Nelsonville offers an excellent fringe benefit package.

Application Procedure: Interested parties may download an application packet at https://tinyurl.com/w9bjwjtr. Letters of interest, resumes and application packets can be mailed to or dropped off at the Nelsonville City Auditors Office, 211 Lake Hope Drive, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and must be submitted by February 2, 2023.

Written examination dates will be announced at a later date. 

* For those candidates who apply with educational degrees beyond the minimum requirements, please note that the City of Nelsonville only recognizes degrees granted from a university or college if the degree granting institution is accredited. The organization that granted the accreditation must have been officially approved as an accrediting agency by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

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Important City Phone Numbers

  • Office: 753.1314
  • Police & Fire Emergency: 9 1 1
  • Police Non-Emergency:
    753.1922 or 753.1736
  • Fire Non-Emergency: 753.1244