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Police Sergeant

Forest Preserve District of Kane County


Contact Information


Forest Preserve District of Kane County
1996 South Kirk Road
Suite 320
Geneva, IL 60134


  • 630-232-5921


  • 630-232-2038

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • Until Filled


  • Anticipated Starting: $64,183 DOQ

Position Details


An employee in this classification performs work of moderate difficulty providing management and direction to the patrol division staff. Work requires the ability to exercise authority in a consistent and equitable manner adhering to all applicable regulations, laws, statutes, polices, etc. Direction is provided by the Director of Public Safety, and supervision is provided to uniformed officers providing patrol services throughout District properties and in collaboration with other units of law enforcement.

ESSENTIAL POSITION DUTIES and FUNCTIONS to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • Ensures delivery of quality police services, reflecting the mission of the District by providing leadership, supervisory and administrative direction to subordinate personnel as assigned by the Director of Public Safety.
  • Performs essential duties and responsibilities of a police officer enforcing laws in a fair and impartial manner. -Conducts investigations and responds to calls for service.
  • Works collaboratively with other employees, volunteers and contractors of the district to coordinate activities. -Works collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Schedules, directs, reviews and evaluates the work of staff as assigned. -Identifies training needs and coordinates implementation of required training.
  • Makes recommendations regarding personnel performance, training needs of the department and evaluations of subordinates.
  • Prepares, reviews and maintains reports, files and other documents as required, or on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Keeps the Director of Public Safety informed regarding conditions, needs, functional developments and all other pertinent information vital to the objectives and goals of the District.
  • Supports the Director of Public Safety in assigning workloads to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness from available personnel
  • Takes command of all police personnel in the absence of the Director of Public Safety.
  • Adheres to department guidelines for attendance and punctuality and works irregular hours, including weekends, evenings and holidays.
  • Possesses and maintains a valid and current Illinois driver's license and maintains insurability with the District's fleet insurance carrier.
  • Attends professional conferences, workshops and seminars as appropriate within budget parameters and with Department Head approval.
  • Obtains and maintains all required licenses and certifications and keeps up-to-date on professional trends and developments related to position accountabilities.
  • Performs the job safely and in compliance with District policies, procedures, work and safety rules, the Employee Handbook, and applicable laws and regulations. 


  • Performs other duties as assigned. 


To be successful in any role at the District, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Quality/Accuracy: Pays attention to details and is concerned with accuracy and thoroughness of work; looks for ways to improve and promote overall quality and makes recommendations
  • Reliability/Dependability: Performs job duties consistently and reliably; fulfills promised actions; is honest and trustworthy
  • Responsiveness/Sense of Urgency: Demonstrates a sincere willingness to help; understands the needs of preserve users; sets realistic expectations; provides prompt service; is timely
  • Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time and resources efficiently; develops realistic action plans
  • Judgment/Decision-Making: Possesses sound common sense and ability to solve-problems; has confidence to work independently; able to make effective decisions in a timely manner
  • Communication: Understands audience; writes and speaks in a clear and effective manner; possesses ability to vary communication style based on situation; demonstrates positive attitude in verbal and non-verbal communication; shares factual, pertinent and targeted information with others; accepts differences in communication styles – doesn't allow differences to stop operational progress or efficiencies.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Manages change with ease and grace; able to communicate unexpected changes or delays in a way that minimizes negative impact; maintains a broad perspective
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Establishes and maintains positive working relationships; willingly helps and finds ways to add value; recognizes the contributions of others; cooperates; builds partnerships throughout organization; respects expertise and differences of others
  • Responsibility/Independence: Accountable for own work; willingly accepts responsibility for successes and failures; possess initiative to work independently and energetically
  • Safety/Security: Actively promotes safety; personally observes safety and security procedures; uses equipment and materials properly; investigates accidents professionally and efficiently 


  • Considerable knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques and equipment.
  • Considerable knowledge of principles, practices and procedures as applied to patrol, traffic control, criminal investigations, crime prevention, communications and record management.
  • Considerable knowledge of applicable State of Illinois and conservation laws, District ordinances, and department rules and regulations.
  • Considerable knowledge of the District's geography, properties and facilities.
  • Considerable knowledge of functions of federal, state and local jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to police work and to emergency services.
  • Considerable knowledge of state mandated training requirements and compliance practices.
  • Solid knowledge of applicable internal and State electronic records management systems and commonly used computer software (ex: Microsoft Office).
  • Working skill in written and verbal communication including the ability to work effectively with the general public on sensitive issues and concerns. Working skill in effectively applying management and supervisory principles and practices.
  • Working skill in analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences and making recommendations or implementing changes within scope of authority.
  • Working skill in preparing and maintaining records and files in an organized and consistent manner.
  • Working skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees, volunteers, other agencies, community leaders, District officials, and the general public.
  • Working skill in utilizing effective time management practices in order to meet established deadlines and follow through on projects from start to finish without direct supervision.
  • Ability to follow direction and communicate in English verbally and in writing, to read and understand materials printed in English.
  • Ability to work in a team atmosphere, promoting positive work relationships with both internal and external customers.
  • Ability to maintain self-control and composure in difficult situations.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of discipline and ethics.
  • Ability to demonstrate proficient use a firearm, including the ability to use both left and right hand.
  • Ability to respond to emergency call-outs on a 24-hour, 7-day basis.
  • Ability to use the following equipment: police car/SUV, all-terrain vehicle, 4-wheel drive patrol vehicle, two-way radio, mobile data terminal, personal approved pistol, assault rifle, expandable baton, bicycle, chemical mace, handcuffs, breathalyzer, pager, first-aid equipment, personal computer including word processing software, telephone, cellular phone, fax machine, copy machine and writing utensils. 


  • Completion of some college level coursework and five years of experience as a sworn officer; or, an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Completion of Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (LETSB) and
  • CPR/1st AID/AED certified.
  • Must be 21 years or older at the time of employment.

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