The City of Le Mars, Iowa, (Population 9,826) is seeking candidates for the position of Chief of Police.  The current chief is retiring after 38 years of service with the department and 22 years as chief of police.  Le Mars is the county seat of Plymouth County, located in northwest Iowa, approximately 26 miles north of Sioux City and 68 miles south of Sioux Falls.  Amongst Plymouth County, the City of Le Mars accounts for the largest population and spatial area occupying approximately 8.68 square miles.


     Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration or a closely related field, of which college credits shall be from any institution of higher learning which is accredited and recognized by a nationally recognized accredited association.  A combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree.


     Ten (10) years of experience in police operations, including at least five years of law enforcement supervisory experience is preferred.


     Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and meet the licensing standards established by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, within one year.  The successful candidate must pass a physical examination, psychological examination and drug screen.

Salary range and benefits:

     The Police Chief is a non-bargaining unit position.  Salary is negotiable and dependent on candidate’s experience and past job history.  Paid vacation, sick leave, personal leave, holidays, Iowa Municipal Police and Fire Retirement, and group health insurance.


     Must live within 2 miles of the City within six months of hire.

For additional information or to apply, send cover letter, resume and salary history by 5 P.M., May 31, 2017, to:

Jason Vacura, Assistant City Administrator

40 Central Avenue SE

Le Mars, IA  51031


Le Mars is an Equal Opportunity Employer