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Captain-Ketchum Police Chief

Pay Range: $65,769-$77,605 DOE


The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office is seeking qualified law enforcement candidates to be a part of our professional law enforcement team. We are currently accepting applications for POST certified patrol candidates for the position of CAPTAIN-KETCHUM POLICE CHIEF

The position is an exempt, 40 hours a week, full time position. Salary range  is $65,769-$69,721 DOE; GREAT BENEFITS including medical, dental, vision, life and PERSI retirement. Applicants must pass physical and written testing, background investigation, and oral interviews. Good Character and clean background required. 

Please note you must have a current POST basic and intermediate patrol certifications to apply; Advanced certificate preferred. You must have a minimum of six (6) years law enforcement experience with two (2) years of supervisory experience to apply for the Captain's position. Applications for non POST Patrol certified candidates are not being accepted at this time. 
General Statement of Duties:
A Ketchum Police Chief is command staff level supervisor with a rank of Captain, whose primary responsibility is to assist the Sheriff and Chief Deputy in their administrative, executive and command duties. In this capacity the Captain is responsible for the planning, organization, direction and control of the Ketchum Police division under his command, subject to the orders and the administrative controls set down by the Sheriff. The Captain shall use his/her best efforts in meeting problems, appraising the effectiveness of the divisions’ performances and interpreting departmental polices and rules.   The KPD Chief ensures a safe environment for the citizens of Ketchum and Blaine County, and protects their rights by enforcing Federal, State and local laws by performing a wide range of professional law enforcement. The Chief is responsible for the day to day operations of the Ketchum Police Division. In the absence of the Chief Deputy, County Sheriff and BCSO Patrol Captain, the KPD Chief serves as the department head.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
  • Responds to and serve the public with courteous good will
  • Performs as the Division head and oversees the Ketchum Police Division; Assists in training, evaluating, making recommendations for hiring, disciplinary actions of employees or termination
  • Provides leadership and responsibility to all divisions and branches of the Sheriff’s Office
  • Oversees that the appearance, performance, activities, and behavior of officers under the Sheriff’s command are in compliance with the department rules, regulations and policies
  • Oversees the direction and supervision of the proper action of subordinates; Monitors activities to determine if duties, orders and instructions are efficiently and effectively carried out; Informs Chief Deputy whenever it appears that an officer is not properly performing assigned duties
  • Works closely with the Command Staff in the overall management of all branches and divisions; Assists other divisions with major case investigations and critical incident management as needed
  • Provides oversight for felony or extended calls for service if needed; Oversees and/or manages organization and coordination of major felony cases as needed
  • Oversees, directs and assigns work activities of those supervised; Approves shift assignments, and schedules, monitors workloads and overtime for special events, work assignments and deadlines
  • Identifies and solves problems, manages conflicts and provides counseling to employees regarding progressive disciplinary actions
  • Acts as liaison between the law enforcement divisions and other law enforcement agencies, other public safety agencies, other governmental departments and external groups; coordinates special events
  • Oversees the management of resources in order to limit liability exposure to the County and the City of Ketchum
  • Oversees the enforcement of traffic laws and ordinances during patrols of assigned roadways
  • Effects an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and other approved methods
  • Operates a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow
  • Pursues fleeing suspects and performs rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using physical force to gain entrance through barriers
  • Loads, unloads, aims and fires from a variety of body positions handguns, shotguns and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards
  • Demonstrates skill in use and care of firearms and other law enforcement equipment
  • Oversees and/or performs searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons
  • Oversees the detection, collection of evidence and documentation that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions
  • Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment
  • Oversees rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas if needed
  • Processes and transports individuals in custody, prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints if needed
  • Puts on and operates a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed
  • Extinguishes small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means
  • Provides crisis intervention functions to include counseling, suicide prevention, recognizing abnormal behavior and taking appropriate action
  • Reads computer and camera screens, court and other legal and non-legal documents, distinguish colors, and exercise a full field of vision.
  • Observes traffic for violations of laws and ordinances by patrolling, if needed
  • Assists stranded motorists and checks for wanted vehicles and persons, if needed;
  • Testifies in court and appears as complainant in criminal actions
  • Updates personal knowledge by attending training courses on current law enforcement trends
  • Delivers death notification messages to victim’s family
  • Assists other law enforcement agencies in responding to calls for service
  • Oversees and/ or respond to a variety of citizen and criminal complaints as needed
  • Oversees and may personally participate in the investigation of crimes occurring both in the City of Ketchum or the County, obtaining evidence, and compiling information, preparing cases for filing charges, testifying in court and other related activities
  • Ensures all personnel under their supervision are adequately informed of departmental policies, goals, and objectives
  • Conducts performance evaluations of Ketchum Police Sergeants and Administrative Staff
  • Provides final review and approval of reports for patrol deputies to ensure proper use of criminal elements and completion of investigation when needed or in absence of Sergeants
  • Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informers
  • Maintains up to date knowledge of law changes, search and seizure issues and case law
  • Oversees deputies on fatal vehicle crash investigations if needed
  • Attend Ketchum City Council Meetings and all other pertinent city or county meetings related to primary duties.
  • Use deadly force if the situation warrants
  • Performs other related duties as required
Job Specifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the primary job responsibilities provided the individual can meet the Idaho POST Academy professional standards.
Education and Work Experience:
  • A High School Diploma or GED Equivalent required
  • College education is desired
  • Meets all Minimum Standards, Hiring Qualifications and Training Standards
  • Possesses all required training certifications per position
  • Firearm qualification required
  • POST Patrol Academy basic and intermediate certificate required;
  • Advanced certificate preferred
  • Specialized training in law enforcement with six (6) years of law enforcement experience with two (2) years of supervisory experience
  • Successfully pass the Captain’s testing and oral board interview process
    Language Skills: 
  • Effective communication with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes
  • Reads and comprehends legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits and warrants
  • Communicates effectively and coherently with other officers, agencies and the public in person, over law enforcement radio channels and existing communication systems
  • Prepares investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations, to include filing, alphabetizing and labeling 
  • Public relations skills
    Mathematical Skills:    
  • Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts and apply concepts to practical situations
  • Work closely with the Sheriff and budget team during the budgetary process in developing budgetary goals, plans and objectives; projects, forecasts; estimates and reviews expenditures; Assists in preparing and administering the annual operating budget
    Reasoning Ability:
    • Exercises independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree
    Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  
  • Considerable knowledge of law enforcement procedures and techniques; Federal, State and local laws and regulations, administrative and management procedures
  • Knowledge of personal computers, word processing applications, calculators, and general office equipment
  • Skills in prioritizing multiple tasks and managing projects; establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, the public, and representatives from other local, state, and Federal agencies; intermediate proficiency level utilizing Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word, and Outlook, and the ability to operate other standard office equipment, including telephones, calculators, copiers, FAX machines, etc. is required
  • Ability to develop, implement and interpret regulations, policies and procedures and explain information in an understandable fashion
  • Ability to compile data and information for reports and compose correspondence
  • Ability to work under own initiative and utilize independent judgment
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Ability to exercise good customer relations, written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to gather and analyze data, come to a conclusion and develop a plan of action to solve problems
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situational variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to perform primary job duties with efficiency and accuracy
  • Ability to perform a high level of multiple tasks simultaneously under stress
  • Ability to endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of citizens, suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment
  • Ability to successfully pass hiring background, written, polygraph, physical readiness, computer and/or typing examination(s) and interview(s)
  • Ability to successfully pass the Captain’s testing and oral board interview process
  • Ability to work effectively with co-workers, department directors, elected officials, vendors and the general public
  • Ability to work in confined space with stressful/dangerous conditions
  • Ability to motivate and supervise employees
  • Ability to plan and organize manpower and financial resources
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Must possess a valid Idaho Driver’s License
          Essential Physical Abilities:
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift, pull or drag (at least 200 lbs.), stand, walk, sit, and drive; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear (in person, by telephone and by radio), memorizing and seeing (i.e. documents, monitors, camera); The employee occasionally is required to climb, balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and must frequently lift and/or carry up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The individual must be able to physically restrain violent individuals and work in stressful/dangerous conditions and have the ability to meet POST physical standards and department physical standards.
    Working Environment   
  • Work as a Ketchum Police Chief can be stressful (emotional/mental)and dangerous. Deputies must work all hours of the day and night, weekends, and holidays. May be exposed to but not limited to visual exposure to deceased persons
  • Position requires mobility in external working environment under adverse conditions
  • Life threatening conditions are possible
    Equal Opportunity Employer:
    Blaine County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.
    This job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required. Employee may be asked to perform other duties as required.

    Holly Carter, Hiring Coordinator

    Application available on main careers page




    Blaine County Sheriff’s Office

    1650 Aviation Drive

    Hailey, Idaho 83333

    Phone: 208-788-5555

    Fax: 208-788-3592