The Riley County Law Enforcement Agency (Law Board) is seeking a forward-thinking and highly motivated professional to become the next Director of the Riley County Police Department (RCPD).  The position serves as the top administrator of the RCPD and is accountable to the Law Board for the administration and management of all operations of the Department and providing the vision by which RCPD will achieve its mission. 

Riley County, located in northeast Kansas, covers an area of over 622 square miles and has approximately 73,300 residents. The County seat, and largest city of the County is Manhattan.  The Director is responsible for policing the County in both unincorporated areas as well as the incorporated cities.  In addition to providing service to the rural and urban areas of the County, the Department also interacts directly with security at Kansas State University, located in the City of Manhattan, and the majority of Fort Riley Army Base, located within the County.

This is not an elected sheriff position. The Director is selected by and reports to the Law Board. The RCPD Director is responsible for an accredited department that is currently authorized for 110 sworn officers and 107 civilian employees in five (5) divisions.   There are 14 personnel within the Administrative Division, 38 within the Support Division, 50 within the Corrections Division, 21 within the Investigations Division, and 90 within the Patrol Division.   The Department currently has an annual operating budget of approximately $21,000,000.

The ideal candidate will be an honest, moral and proactive leader who has a passion and commitment to community-oriented policing. The Director must be able to work collaboratively with elected officials, appointed officials, community leaders and business leaders.  The Director and staff are highly visible within the community; and must properly meet the disparate needs of the various groups comprising Riley County – businesses, citizens, culturally diverse populations, the university, military base, and the residents of both city and rural areas.  The Director must be able to balance the needs of all the disparate groups across the County with the resources provided by the taxpayers.   In addition, the Director is expected to sustain and develop working relationships with other law enforcement agencies.

The Director is expected to create a positive work environment, holding staff accountable for performance of job responsibilities within acceptable policing standards. The Director is expected to be a fair and consistent disciplinarian as well as an advocate for his or her officers. The Director will recruit and retain a well-qualified and diverse staff. Further, to maintain the department’s accredited status, utilize the employees throughout the department in the creation and accomplishment of the departments goals, policies and procedures.

The Director must further develop the strategic vision for the department and is responsible for ensuring the vision is transparent and clearly communicated and understood across the entire diverse community.

Qualified candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public or Business Management or a closely related field; Master’s degree preferred; and be a certified Law Enforcement Officer by the State of Kansas (or be eligible for reciprocal eligibility).  Must have a minimum of ten (10) years in law enforcement and five (5) years’ command level work experience.  Must meet the requirements of KSA 74-5605. Management level program completion through the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern University Staff and Command, National Sheriff’s Institute, Kansas Police Administrator’s Seminar or equivalent program is preferred.  A valid driver’s license is required.  Must be bondable. Must be eligible to obtain and maintain Federal Security clearance upon hire.

Qualified candidates must have experience in budget management, employee relations (union experience preferred), and knowledge of modern day policing in a culturally diverse community. Must understand the use of emerging technology to assist in law enforcement.   The department, because it is a combined City and County department, requires a candidate with experience in as many of the following areas as possible: policing, corrections, university setting, military community, and rural and city environments.

2019 Salary Range is $115,000-$140,000.  Hire rate is dependent upon experience and qualifications.  Benefits include options for health, dental, vision, and life insurance; KP&F Retirement, deferred compensation, vacation, sick leave, paid holidays and other benefits.   

Qualified candidates may submit a cover letter, resume, references, and salary history to  The deadline to submit required application materials is Friday, August 17, 2018.  Following this date, applications will be screened against criteria outlined.    For more information about the position, please contact Ron Moser at  Additional information regarding the position, department, annual physical agility test, and benefits can be found at in the recruitment services tab.

Expected Timeline: Invited applicants will participate in an Assessment Center between September 17-18, 2018.  

Selection Process:  Applicants selected as finalists may also be invited for additional interviews.  Applicants will also be subject to a complete background investigation. A drug screen, physical agility test, validated medical exam, and psychological exam will be required for the successful candidate upon a conditional job offer from the Riley County Law Enforcement Agency.  

The person filling this position must reside in Riley County within a time period negotiable with the Law Board.

The Riley County Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Agency will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.