Detective Commander – City of Lake Forest, IL

$135,803 - $146,376 yearly
  • GovHR USA
  • Lake Forest, IL, USA
  • Mar 03, 2023
Full time Police/Sheriff

Job Description


Beautiful, historic, and family-oriented community seeks candidates for its next Detective Commander. Located 30 miles north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan, Lake Forest is known for its stunning landscape, excellent schools, and strong commitment to fiscal stewardship. Lake Forest has a population of 19,375 residents, covers over 16.8 square miles, and offers 800 acres of open space.


The Detective Commander is appointed by the Chief of Police and reports to the Deputy Chief of Operations. The Detective Commander will supervise a unit comprised of three Detectives, two School Resource Officers (SROs), and one full-time Social Worker. Primary responsibilities include leading, training, and evaluating the performance of all personnel in the Investigations unit; reviewing initial case reports turned in by patrol officers; assigning, overseeing and managing investigations assigned to unit personnel; overseeing and managing all major investigations; assuring that all case reports are entered and  updated in records; providing the Deputy Chief with regular briefings regarding the ongoing activities of the unit; and attending staff meetings.

Major duties are supervisory and administrative in nature. These responsibilities involve checking reports, adjusting the work unit’s schedules to ensure 24-7 on-call coverage by detectives; counseling, coaching, and training subordinate personnel; and evaluating the outcomes of investigators’ work efforts. At times, the Detective Commander may be required to perform the duties and tasks of a line investigator. As necessary, the Detective Commander may also be temporarily required to assume a higher-level position’s duties, responsibilities, and tasks.


·        Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, business administration, public administration, communications, or related field.

·        Candidates must also have at least 5 years of police supervisory experience in a municipal law enforcement management position, with 2 or more years of recent experience supervising a police investigative unit.

·        Candidates will have demonstrated successful experience in progressively responsible supervisory, administrative and managerial assignments in municipal law enforcement  preferably in a suburban community with a similar socio-economic environment is desirable.

·        Candidates must be a currently certified peace officer in the State of Illinois.


Residency is not required. Starting salary range: $135,803- $146,376 DOQ. The City offers an excellent benefit package which includes subsidized health, dental and vision plans. Interested candidates should apply online at  by March 31, 2023 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five (5) work-related references to the attention of Riccardo Ginex, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062; Tel: 847-380-3240.