Employment Opportunities

Employment Policies and Procedures
The City of Elkins strives to administer all of its hiring and employment procedures without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, veteran or familial status, disability or sexual orientation. For more information about this and other city hiring and personnel policies, you may download the City of Elkins Personnel Manual here. To view the current organizational chart for the City of Elkins, click here.

The city does not keep employment applications on file. You must submit a new application for each desired position.


The City is currently conducting a search for a Police Chief.  Complete job descriptions are available at Elkins City Hall, 401 Davis Ave., first floor, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday or by calling Wendy Williams at 304-636-1414 ext. 1214.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to the Mayor’s office at City Hall by 4:00 p.m. July 31, 2019.

General Summary:

Chief law enforcement officer for the City of Elkins charged with operational and administrative oversight of sworn officers and administrative personnel. The successful applicant will be required to complete a 90-day probationary period and establish city residency within six months of hire. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Essential Functions:

Establishes core values, mission and vision for the department with a strong emphasis on community policing; ensures department compliance with federal and state laws; coordinates with other City departments regarding matters of public safety.

Meets with elected and appointed officials, other law enforcement organizations, community and business representatives and the public regarding policing or other departmental issues; routinely provides reports to council, the mayor and the public as to department initiatives and operations.

Works with other administrative officers and elected officials to formulate and administer a 1.4 million dollar budget; administrative oversight of equipment, supply and personnel inventory within budget constraints.

In cooperation with the Police Civil Service Commission, interviews, hires and trains department personnel; recommends administrative sanctions when appropriate; addresses personnel grievances, maintains departmental discipline and community relationships.

Plans and implements law enforcement initiatives to achieve the policies and goals of council; reviews department performance, efficiency and effectiveness; identifies appropriate policies to alleviate deficiencies.

Coordinates both traffic enforcement and criminal investigative work conducted by officers; assigns officers to special details as needed; ensures that personnel are providing professional, fair and effective law enforcement to the Elkins community and its citizens.

Provides on scene command during critical incidents, assists in coordinating inter-agency jurisdictional matters, operates police vehicles and represents the department in civil proceedings.

Dependent upon availability of resources the duties of the Police Chief may be split 80% administration and 20% field service. Reports directly to the City Mayor, as well as to the Public Safety Committee and the Elkins Common Council.

Maintains multiple mandated certifications (i.e. firearms, emergency vehicle operation, State law enforcement certifications or equivalent); proficient in firearm, restraining devices, radios, computers and other related equipment; arrests offenders; prepares written reports for prosecution, testifies in court proceedings, interacts with attorneys.

Entry Level Considerations:

West Virginia Law Enforcement Certification and/or reciprocity with another jurisdiction, or the ability to obtain certification within one year.

Four year degree in criminal justice or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Minimum of eight years operational and/or administrative experience.

Able to meet physical and psychological requirements of the job under stress-inducing conditions (i.e. flexible hours, extreme weather conditions, aberrant human behavior, and violent criminal interaction).


If you have inquiries about open positions or hiring practices, please contact the City’s Payroll Coordinator Wendy Williams at 304.636.1414 ext. 1214 or wwilliams@cityofelkinswv.com