Police Chief for Clayton, Missouri

  • City of Clayton, Missouri
  • Clayton, Missouri
  • Jan 15, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management CORRECTIONS Emergency Management Probation Public Safety Executive, Management
  • Salary: $117,748 - $147,184 Annually
  • Salary Top: 147184
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Apply By: Feb 19, 2019




(Competitive Salary Range of $117,748-$147,184 DOQ/E, Plus Outstanding Benefits)


The City of Clayton is seeking an experienced and passionate leader to serve as Chief of Police, replacing the incumbent who is retiring. The City is proud to provide world class service levels to a community which values the contributions of the professional team. Clayton, located immediately west of the city of St. Louis, is the second downtown and a “hub” for the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. This vibrant and attractive community is accessed by two MetroLink (light rail) stations and two interstate highways and benefits from its well-established and walkable retail, restaurants and entertainment. Clayton is the county seat for St. Louis County with a residential population of 17,448 and a daytime population of 46,000.      

Within its 2.5 square miles, Clayton houses more than 7 million square feet of high-rise office space and more than 1 million square feet of retail. Enriching the City's quality of life is its award-winning public-school system, rated #4 in the US by Niche, while the city itself was rated as #8 by Niche in the US. A premier community, Clayton is also home to several stellar private educational institutions, including Washington University, Fontbonne University and Concordia Seminary. The City’s community services are world-class and the exceptional parks programs meet citizens' year-round needs. The Center of Clayton offers state-of-the-art fitness, athletic and meeting facilities.

Job Description

The City of Clayton operates under the Council/Manager form of government with 177.5 full-time City employees supported by a general fund budget of $28.2 million.  Reporting directly to the City Manager, the new Chief of Police will command a CALEA accredited agency of 54 members, 49 of which are sworn officers. The Clayton Police Department (CPD) has a reputation for effectiveness and is well regarded by the community and its peer departments. The CPD’s FY 2019 operating budget is $7.3 million, with an additional $247,072 for Parking Control.


The City seeks a strong and visionary leader that is team-oriented, possesses exceptional communication skills, and utilizes a style that engenders mutual trust and openness among all levels of the Department’s operations, including command staff, sworn and non-sworn personnel. 

The Chief of Police will be a key member of the City’s leadership team possessing highly developed and polished technical, communication and presentation skills with an ability to perform well under pressure and meet deadlines. The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge and experience in the management of municipal police departments, especially those providing a high level of community engagement and advanced crime prevention practices. The ideal candidate will be forward-thinking and visionary in the field of law enforcement with the experience and confidence to effectively address and speak to issues of diversity, social equity and racial profiling.  The Chief should be attuned to developing and maintaining connection with diverse elements of the community and represent professional law enforcement through important, on-going conversations about race and equity in Clayton, the St. Louis region and the nation.

Job Requirements

A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, business, public administration, or a related discipline is required, with a graduate degree preferred. Experience working in an Accredited police department will be an advantage.  Advanced training such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute or equivalent programs is preferred. Missouri Class A POST certification (or other equivalent state/federal training programs) is required.  Out of state hires must obtain Missouri Class A POST certification within one year of hire. The salary range will be $117,748 - $147,184, depending upon the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.  A vehicle is provided along with a highly competitive benefits program. Relocation assistance and temporary housing allowance considerations are available for the successful candidate.

Special Instructions

Qualified candidates please submit your resume online by visiting our website at https://springsted-waters.recruitmenthome.com/postings/2196.  This position is open until filled; applicants are encouraged to apply not later than February 19, 2019.  Following the first review date, resumes will be screened against criteria outlined in the brochure.  Final on-site interviews will be offered by the City Manager to those candidates named as finalists, with reference, background, credit, and academic verifications conducted after receiving candidates’ permission.  For more information please contact: Art Davis at adavis@springsted.com, 816.868.7042; or Chuck Rohre at crohre@springsted.com, 214.466.2436. The City of Clayton is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. For more information about Clayton, please see the City’s website at www.claytonmo.gov.

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