Employment with the Village of Gurnee


The Village of Gurnee is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws regarding employment. The Village encourages qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity and non-discrimination to apply for available positions.

Applicants for employment can view the FMLA poster here.

Applications are accepted only in response to posted vacancies. If there is a position you would like to apply for, please review the job advertisement and follow the application instructions. Please note during high volume recruitments, Village staff may contact only candidates under consideration for a position. Questions? Email the Human Resources Department.

Current Openings

Entry Level Police Officer Eligibility List Testing


Applications will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday January 24, 2018


Gurnee Police Department

“Defend and Serve with Honor and Integrity”

Honor • Integrity • Service

Welcome to the Gurnee Police Department. Our mission is to defend the lives, rights and quality of life of all the residents and visitors we serve with honor and integrity. The men and women of the department are fully committed to accomplishing this mission by achieving four fundamental objectives:

Crime Prevention - To provide a proactive and educational approach to reducing crime.

Our primary function is to prevent crime. Officers must be in the right places, at the right times, doing the right things. Officers are encouraged to “own” the beat they patrol and work in partnership with residents to address crime and solve neighborhood problems.

Crime Control - To provide a rapid and professional response to confront crime as it occurs. 

We are committed to respond appropriately when crime occurs. This commitment includes a sure first response, thorough and complete investigations, continuing analysis of crime and the shifting of resources to address emerging trends. We are also committed to partnerships in the greater law enforcement community to maximize our resources and expertise.

Community Involvement  - To create an excellent partnership with the community through exceptional communication and transparency.

We realize that crime problems can only be effectively addressed in partnership with the community. We have a duty and a responsibility to maintain a relationship with the public that reflects the tradition that “the police are the public and the public are the police.” We must constantly work to maintain and develop new bonds with the community and be committed to earning and maintaining public trust.

Team Building - To create an excellent work environment so we can recruit and develop an exceptional team.

We realize that we must create excellence from within. Every member of the department is committed, first by dedication to our mission and then by putting the needs of others ahead of their own, to contributing to an environment where we can recruit, train, develop and retain the very best team of professionals.

Pay Range:

Application Packet is attached and must be downloaded and printed for completion.

Return completed Application Packet and required materials in person or by mail to:  Gurnee Police Station, 100 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee, IL 60031; mailed applications must be postmarked by application deadline.  Faxed / emailed applications not accepted.  Incomplete applications will be rejected.


Police Officer Job Summary:   

This job summary does not provide a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to do this job.  It does not constitute an employment agreement.  The Village of Gurnee reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and qualifications to meet business and organizational demands as necessary, with or without prior notice.

Summary:  This position is responsible for the performance of duties and tasks involving the protection of life and property, prevention of crime, apprehension of criminals, and the enforcement of laws and ordinances.  Work may involve assignment to uniformed patrol, investigation, school resource duty, traffic enforcement, or other specialized department activity.

Responds to and interacts with the general public, residents, elected / public officials, supervisory personnel, employees, and/or others within and outside of the organization in a courteous, professional and effective manner.

Under supervision, the incumbent performs standard and routine work assignments, within established policies and procedures, independently to conclusion; unusual problems which may require exceptions are referred to the supervisor; receives detailed instructions on new projects and assignments.

Work is performed in an office environment.  Work is also performed in an outdoor environment that requires the incumbent to work in:  all weather conditions; poor lighting; a variety of terrains; varying noise levels; and to sit, climb, drive, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, walk, run, stand, push, pull, lift, hear / listen, and see / observe.  Uses personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to hazardous situations.

Work scheduled overtime and be available for emergency overtime when the need arises by responding to overtime call outs before and after standard scheduled hours of work.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications

Applicants for the position of Police Officer must meet the following minimum requirements and qualifications at the time of application:

  • United States citizen or Naturalized citizen.
  • Must be at least 21 years old and maximum age of 34 years (except as otherwise provided by state law).
  • Graduation from high school or equivalent thereof.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Illinois Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) Identification card with a date of issue between January 1, 2017 and January 24, 2018. Applicants must complete POWER Test prior to submitting the application; the cost of the POWER test is the responsibility of the applicant. The POWER test is offered at the following local agencies during December 2017 and January 2018 - candidates should register early as dates / times may be limited:
  • Joliet Junior College:  http://www.jjc.edu/fitness-center/Pages/power-testing.aspx
  • NIPSTA: http://www.nipsta.org/POWER/info.aspx

    Triton College: http://www.triton.edu/power/

  • Other Qualifications (must meet a minimum of one of the following):
    • Completion of 60 hours or more of college credit at time of application [transcript proof required]; OR
    • Previous / current experience as a full time sworn, certified law enforcement officer [state certificate / licensure proof required]; OR
    • Two (2) years active duty United States military experience [proof of service required].
  • Must agree to comply with all requirements of the position and have the ability to pass all examination and training requirements.

    Eligibility List Selection Process

    Each phase of the process is pass / fail and required to proceed to the next.

  • Brief orientation and multiple choice written examination [begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Sunday February 11, 2018
  • Essay examination [Sunday, February 11, 2018 for candidates passing multiple choice examination]
  • Oral interview with Civil Service Commission – applicants will be contacted by email with specific date / time information [anticipated March 2018]
  • Eligibility list: An initial eligibility list will be created based on the weighted scores of candidates passing the written tests and oral interview; candidates will be listed in rank order of their scores. This list is subject to change, due to military preference points, which must be requested within ten (10) days of posting of the initial eligibility list. The final eligibility list will be posted after application of military preference points. Upon establishment of a hiring need, contact will be made with candidates from the final eligibility list, in rank order.
  • Post-Eligibility List Process
  • Each phase of the process is pass / fail and required to proceed to the next.

  • Gurnee Police Department staff interview / preliminary background check
  • Post-offer examinations including but not limited to:polygraph examination; psychological evaluation; character and background investigation; medical examination; vision screening; and drug screening.

Newly hired Police Officers are subject to a probationary period.