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Deputy Chief - Police Division

The City of Big Rapids is accepting applications and resumes with cover letter for a Full-Time Deputy Chief of the Police Division until 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2024. This position, under the general direction of the Police Chief, will supervise administrative and operational activities of the police division. This position will assist the chief in developing policies, departmental budgets, and reports.  Starting salary range DOQ $78,769-$94,136. 

Qualifications required: Ten years of experience as a police officer including prior command-level experience. Bachelor's Degree is preferred in criminal justice, public administration or related field. Additional police training and experience may be substituted for a degree. MCOLES certified/certifiable.

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Applicants will be required to participate in a multi-phase hiring process including but not limited to an oral interview, background investigation process, physical exam, and psychological exam.

Any questions can be directed to Human Resources at 231-592-4007 or hr@cityorbr.org. The City of Big Rapids is an equal opportunity employer and provider.



Police Officer - Police Division

Big Rapids Department of Public Safety

Starting Wages as of January 2024: $55,436 (without a degree) and $56,546 (with a degree).

The City of Big Rapids is accepting applications for the position of full-time Police Officer.  Minimum requirements:  High school diploma or equivalent, two years of credits from an accredited college or university, MCOLES licensed/license-able, OR have completed an academy pre-test, and are at least 21 years old.  Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter along with the City of Big Rapids application.  Applicants will be required to participate in a multi-phase hiring process including but not limited to a written test, oral interview, ride-along, and background investigation process.  Applications must be completed online on the City’s website. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Benefits: Our officers work 12 hours shifts (4 shifts on, 3 off, 3 shifts on 4 off), we offer 11 paid holidays and earnings into Vacation, Compensatory, and Holiday banks, in addition to sick leave payout of 50% upon retirement, longevity pay, and tuition reimbursement. We have a defined contribution pension plan in which the City of Big Rapids contributes 7% of the employee’s compensation. If the employee contributes 3% of their compensation into their account, the city will contribute an additional 3%. We do not have a residency requirement.

Opportunities: We offer the following special assignments and team opportunities; Community Policing Officer, School Resource Officer, Detective, Narcotics Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force, Dive Team, Bicycle Patrol, Honor Guard, and Field Training Officer. 

Questions should be directed to Human Resources at 231-592-4007 or hr@cityofbr.org. The City of Big Rapids is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

In order to be considered for this position, you must complete the full-time employment application.

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Service Officer - Police Division- Part-Time


The City of Big Rapids Public Safety Department-Police Division is looking for part-time Service officers.

Applicants must be motivated, task oriented, with strong people and time management skills and the ability to deal professionally with members of the community. It is preferred, but not required that applicants have work study money available. It is not required that applicants major in criminal justice but is helpful. Duties include parking enforcement, school traffic details, assisting officers with duties including fingerprinting and administering PBT’s, as well as helping administrative staff. An individual interested in aspects of local government is appreciated.   

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and it is desired that the applicant have an interest in a career in Criminal Justice, but it is not required.  Applicants will be required to participate in a multi-phase hiring process including but not limited to a oral interview, background investigation, drug screen and physical exam. 

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Starting hourly rate is $12.68/hour with a pay increase after 6 months. 12-20 hours per week  between the hours of 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., M-F with occasional adjustments for special events. 

Any questions can be directed to Human Resources at 231-592-4007 or hr@cityorbr.org or Public Safety at 231-527-0005. Position open until filled. City of Big Rapids is an equal opportunity employer and provider.