Police Officer

$21.00 - $28.00 hourly
  • City of Powers
  • 275 Fir Street, Powers, Oregon, USA
  • Jun 09, 2021
Full time Police/Sheriff

Job Description

The City of Powers is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team!

 “One of the pleasant things about small town life is that everyone, whether rich or poor, liked or disliked, has some kind of a role and place in the community.” –Edward Abbey

 Our Community

Powers offers a unique quality of life with a temperate climate, progressive schools, and abundant recreational opportunities. Recent investments in the community include: a major pedestrian sidewalk construction plan to improve youth walking and biking routes to school; plans for a new wastewater treatment facility and improvements to the collection system; development of a master plan for storm drainage; completion of a master plan for future growth at the water treatment facility; plans to develop a new civic center to house city administration, library, and public safety; sidewalk and paving projects downtown; and involvement in the economic development of the town to facilitate growth and jobs. We offer a great place to raise a family, start or relocate a business, work comfortably toward retirement, and a supportive environment to foster personal and professional growth.


City & Department

Powers is nestled in a beautiful valley along the idyllic South Fork of the Coquille River as the “Gateway to the Siskiyou National Forest”. The City has a small workforce of talented and dedicated employees who serve its 695 residents as a full-service city complete with police, fire, ambulance, library, planning, parks, streets, water, sewer, municipal court, cemetery, museum management, and information services. The City of Powers operates under a full Council form of government with no “strong mayor” or city manager—the City Council as a whole is the supervisor, and may be assisted by the City Recorder and a Law Enforcement Supervisor.


The department is supported by two volunteer clerks who assist in the day to day operation and recordkeeping of the department, municipal court, and code enforcement section. The Fire Chief assists in the code enforcement section, and the City Recorder assists with code enforcement and municipal court operations and billing. The department is also assisted by a liaison, a City Council member assigned to facilitate communication between the department staff and Council.


The department is typically staffed as a single-person department. Like many small departments, operations run the gamut of patrol, investigations, and evidence management. Dispatch services are contracted with the Coos County Sheriff’s office. The department works collaboratively with Coos County Sheriffs and Oregon State Police to maximize effective operations.


The Position

The City of Powers is seeking a visible, accessible, and responsive Police Officer. The position is expected to carry out the duties of the department in a manner that inspires trust and confidence among our citizens and staff. The successful candidate will embrace the challenges of working in a small department and small town with limited resources by leveraging existing assets in the organization and initiating partnerships within the community to provide a superior level of public safety service. The successful candidate will possess the ability to balance administrative duties with the rigors of everyday department operations and patrol duties. The position performs the day to day operation and administration of the Police Department to ensure comprehensive law enforcement services to our rural community. The position works highly independently to exercise prudent judgment and equitable treatment to citizens.


The successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively with the City Council, staff, and citizens to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships. The candidate must be knowledgeable of general law enforcement administration and the laws outlined in the Oregon Revised Statutes. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. This position may be filled through a regular hire or an employment contract depending upon the needs of the City. 



  • Full-time 40-hours per week;
  • Hourly position eligible for overtime with prior approval;
  • Wage range: $21.00-$28.00 per hour;
  • 1-year probationary period.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Valid Oregon driver’s license;
  • Oregon DPSST Basic Certificate or higher within 18 months of hire;
  • Basic CPR/First Aid certification within 90 days of hire.
  • In the event Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) rules require a more stringent set of education or certification, that requirement shall prevail.
  • Ability to meet required physical and cognitive functions of the position.



  • Employee-only health, dental, vision, and basic life insurance;
  • Optional additional coverages;
  • Employee assistance program;
  • Participation in PERS retirement plan;
  • Educational and professional development incentives;
  • Department-issued cell phone;
  • Take-home vehicle for emergency response;
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.


Job Offer Contingent Upon:

  • Criminal background check;
  • Driving history/record for previous 3 years;
  • Physical assessment;
  • Psychological assessment;
  • Drug test (including marijuana/cannabis products).


Applications & Position Description:

  • In person at City Hall, 275 Fir Street, Powers, OR 97466; or
  • Via email at admin@cityofpowers.com.
  • The City of Powers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posting Date: June 2, 2021