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Polk County, WI - Chief Deputy Sheriff position

Polk County is located in scenic northwest Wisconsin about 50 miles northeast of St. Paul, Minnesota, and 80 miles northwest of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Polk County covers an area of more than 900 square miles with 437 lakes and a mixture of small towns, farms and forest with a population of nearly 45,000.  Residents of Polk County receive the benefits of proximity to the Twin Cities and year-round recreational offerings.  As a community economically linked to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area and with a mix of agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and services, Polk County is diverse in its make-up and resident lifestyles.

The County is seeking experienced law enforcement professionals as candidates for the position of Chief Deputy Sheriff.  The Sheriff’s Department has a compliment of 29 sworn officers consisting of the elected Sheriff, Chief Deputy Sheriff, Captain, four sergeants and 22 deputies.  Sheriff deputies and sergeants are represented by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. The Chief Deputy is responsible for the management of the four divisions of the Sheriff’s Department: Field Services, Jail, Emergency Management and Communications.  The department has a total of 77 employees.  In 2017 the department responded to approximately 35,000 calls for service.  The Sheriff’s Department has a strong commitment to providing exceptional services to Polk County. 

The County seeks candidates for the position of Chief Deputy with a record of accomplishment with the following credentials:

  • A proven leader, committed to the professional development of the department.  An exceptional communicator, able to thoughtfully represent the interests of the department and Polk County; politically astute and committed to a positive working environment in the delivery of services. 
  • A bachelor’s degree in a closely related field with executive management certificates including the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety or other similar state and/or national programs desirable.  
  • At least five years of related experience in a law enforcement leadership position and the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential duties of the position and be eligible for Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board Administrative Certificate within a reasonable period of time following appointment.  
  • Possess well developed interpersonal communication skills and be a person of utmost integrity. 

The Chief Deputy is appointed by the County Administrator with approval of the Sheriff.  The starting salary range for the position is $73,000 - $100,000 DOQ with an attractive benefit and retirement program.   Apply online at  with resume, cover letter, and contact information for 5 professional references by May 7, 2018 to the attention of Paul Harlow. Electronic submissions are required. Telephone inquiries: (847) 380-3240. 

Polk County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted:Apr 06, 2018

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