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Police Chief - Fort Smith, AR - Posting Expires June 13th 2019

The City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, is seeking a new Police Chief. Fort Smith is located on the Arkansas River at the Arkansas-Oklahoma border, “where the New South meets the Old West.” Fort Smith is the second largest city in the state with a population of just over 89,000. The City employs over 1,000 staff members and has an FY2019 operating budget of $131 million.

The Fort Smith Police Department is made up of 164 sworn officers and 54 non-sworn staff members. The department is organized into three divisions: the Administrative Services Division, the Patrol Division, and the Criminal Investigations Division. Each division is led by a Deputy Chief who reports to the Police Chief. The Police Chief functions with wide latitude under the administrative direction of the City Administrator.

The chosen candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related area with at least 15 years of experience in law enforcement and seven years of supervisory and command experience. Graduation from the FBI National Academy is preferred. The City of Fort Smith is looking for qualified candidates who have continued their educational training with an emphasis on leadership. The salary for this position is up to $111,904, depending on qualifications and experience, plus a $450/ month car allowance.

View complete position profile and apply online below.

For more information contact:

Gary Holland, Senior Vice President

Strategic Government Resources

How to start your career in law enforcement

Your local Police Department is constantly looking for dedicated, community-minded individuals to join their ranks, and become part of the force for positive change in our local communities.  Before you apply make sure you can meet the hiring requirements as defined by the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.

To be eligible for hiring consideration, Arkansas police officer candidates must:

  • Be a US citizen by birth or through naturalization
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate or hold a GED
  • Hold a valid driver’s license

Required Examinations

There are a number of examinations that prospective Arkansas cops must successfully complete before, during, and after training. Before entering a training academy, candidates must complete:

  • A medical exam proving physical fitness in accordance with state standards for officers
  • A psychological exam completed by an Arkansas licensed psychiatrist or psychologist

Background Clearance

Due to their responsibilities to the public, police officers must have clean criminal records. In Arkansas, a prospective police officer may not have a felony record. The background checks for prospective officers are comprehensive and include:

  • A state and national fingerprint criminal history check
  • A background investigation to establish good moral character
  • A personal interview with the hiring department

After a candidate officer has demonstrated that he or she meets the minimum requirements, the next step is to complete officer training at an approved training facility, such as the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA).

More information can be found at or contact your local police department.

An exciting and rewarding career is waiting for you!