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Information below is for paid positions and does not pertain to Volunteer Opportunities*
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Special Requirements

Candidates who are selected for appointment may be fingerprinted, if 18 or older; successfully complete a background investigation, employment verification and may be subject to a drug/alcohol test, medical, polygraph and/or psychological evaluation. Candidates who are appointed will be required to possess a valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle in Arizona, or meet the transportation needs of the position.

Veterans
The City of Apache Junction allows wartime veterans, disabled wartime veterans, and spouses of a wartime veteran with a service connected disability to receive preference for an interview if they meet the minimum qualifications of the posted position.

To take advantage of this preference, the veteran must upload, and submit, with his/her application for employment, his/her military discharge papers (DD-214) and be honorably discharged from service.

The spouse of a disabled wartime veteran must upload, and submit with his/her application for employment, a letter from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, or equivalent document, confirming the veteran’s service-connected disability.

Skill Testing
Candidates who appear to most closely match the criteria for the position may be required to complete pre-employment skill testing.  

Probation
The probation period for most positions is twelve (12) months. Sworn police personnel without AZPOST certification at time of appointment serve a fifteen (15) month probation period.

Benefits
Some of these benefits may not be available to part time employees and are subject to change

Health, dental, and life insurance
Social Security
Workers’ Compensation insurance *
Deferred Compensation Plans
State Retirement plans
96-192 vacation hours per year
96 sick leave hours per year
Up to nine (9) holiday leaves annually
Birthday leave
Tuition Reimbursement

* Some Public Safety Volunteer Positions are eligible for Worker's Compensation

EOE
When advised reasonable accommodation, including alternative format, will be made in order for a qualified applicant with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Contact (480) 474-2617 or TDD (480) 983-0095 to request an accommodation.


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Commander (Open Positions: 1)


Closes On: April 8, 2021 at 05:00 PM MST

Location: Public Safety, Apache Junction, AZ
Department: Public Safety
Job Status: Full-Time
Days Worked: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri.
Details: $99,256 annual / FLSA Exempt position with benefits, including PSPRS retirement. The ideal candidate has experience working, supervising, overseeing a criminal investigation division. First review March 1, 2021.
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Job Description

Summary:  Provides professional administrative oversight for the management, supervision, planning, and technical police work of a division as assigned by the Chief of Police. This position is responsible for making decisions regarding enforcement actions to be taken, independent judgment in the interpretation of policies and procedures, as well as sound applications of local, state, and federal laws and/or ordinances. The position oversees the planning, supervising, and reviewing the activities of all personnel assigned to a major division while providing highly complex staff assistance to the Police Chief. Candidate has flexibility and latitude for independent actions. Leadership qualities and experience in commanding an active division are important. Extensive background in the leadership of a criminal investigation division is preferred; may also be responsible for performing other related duties as required.

 

The City of Apache Junction (AJ) Police Department enjoys broad community support, is accredited by the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, and is searching for quality candidates that are interested in future promotional opportunities as well as expanded assignment roles such as Motors, Detectives, and SWAT. 

The City has a full-time population of 41,739 residents with a winter population of more than 75,000. Apache Junction is nestled at the base of the Superstition Mountains and Usery Mountain State Park which offer various recreational activities such as hiking, camping, biking, boating, and fishing in the Tonto National Forest as well as other recreational areas.  AJ is currently experiencing residential housing growth as well as new businesses.


Minimum Qualifications


Graduation from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) with a Bachelor’s degree plus five (5) years permanent fulltime paid experience holding the rank of, or position equivalent to Lieutenant in a law enforcement agency.

LICENSE, CERTIFICATION AND/OR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Candidates who are selected for appointment are required to be fingerprinted, if 18 or older; successfully complete a background investigation, employment verification and may be subject to a drug test, medical, polygraph and/or psychological evaluation. Candidates who are appointed will be required to possess a valid driver’s license to operate a vehicle in Arizona, or meet the transportation needs of the position.

Certified by Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) or able to achieve AZPOST certification within three (3) months of appointment.

Application Special Instructions

Submit an AZPOST Authorization for Release with your City of Apache Junction application.
The form can be found at:  https://post.az.gov/sites/default/files/content/AZPOST_PH_Notary.pdf  

The authorization form must be printed and notarized before uploading. 

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications will be contacted with additional information regarding AZPOST application requirements and the AZPOST Personal History/Application process.