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Police Chief

Lake Forest, Illinois



City of Lake Forest

c/o Voorhees Associates

Phone: 847-580-4246 




Salary: $135,000 - $145,000

Population: 20,159  

Sworn Officers: 38

Application Deadline: 6/30/12




Premier professional municipal government seeks skilled Police Chief with exceptional interpersonal skills and progressive management experience in municipal law enforcement. The City of Lake Forest (pop. 20,159) is an affluent, prestigious community located on the shore of Lake Michigan, 30 miles north of Chicago.  Nearly fully developed, Lake Forest is known for its beautiful residential neighborhoods, thriving central business district, and very low crime rate.


The Lake Forest Police Department has 38 sworn officers, 17 civilian employees, and an $8.4 million budget.  The Police Department is recognized as being professional and has very dedicated employees and a well-respected command staff.  Police Chief reports to a professional City Manager and serves on the Managerís executive leadership team.


The Village is seeking candidates with strong leadership and communication skills. Candidates should be familiar with the principals of community / problem solving policing. Candidates must be committed to training, professional development and community engagement.  Labor relations experience and a history of successful partnerships with Fire Departments and other municipal departments are required. 


Candidates must possess a bachelorís degree in criminal justice, business administration, public administration, communications, or related field. Candidates should also have at least ten years experience in a municipal law enforcement management position.   A Masterís degree or completion of an advanced police management school is a plus.


Residency is not required, but during non-business hours the Chief must be able to respond to City emergencies in a reasonable time.





$135,000 - $145,000



Candidates should apply by June 30th with resume, cover letter, and contact information for five professional references to Heidi Voorhees and Doug Williams at:









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