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.

Full-time employees that are not part of the Police or Fire pensions become members of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), a link to their website is posted here

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. Unless otherwise indicated, the qualifications listed are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience, which could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform in the job position, may be considered at the Village's discretion when appropriate. 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 Recruitment July 2024


Examination: (click link for testing registration) FrontLine National Exam - complete by July 31, 2024

Cost of examination is the responsibility of the candidate unless eligible for hardship fee waiver; no refunds.  Select ‘Find Jobs’, then select Law Enforcement Jobs and sign up for Gurnee Police Department.  Candidates may take the test virtually or in-person at an NTN testing center.  For assistance with virtual examinations, click here for more details.  For other problems or questions, email NTN Customer Support:  

Application: (click link to apply) Gurnee Police Officer Online Application - complete by July 31, 2024

Minimum Qualifications:

United States citizen or Naturalized citizen.

Minimum 20 years of age (21 years of age by police academy graduation date) and less than 35 years of age as of application deadline unless otherwise exempt.  Military Veterans may exceed the maximum age by the number of years served on active military duty, but by no more than 10 years of active military duty. 

Graduation from high school or equivalent thereof.

Valid driver’s license.

Other Qualifications (must meet a minimum of one of the following):

College coursework towards 60 hours of college credit; OR

At least two (2) years United States military service; OR

ILETSB Basic Correctional Officer Training certification*; OR

Experience as a full time sworn law enforcement officer; must be able to be certified in accordance with 50 ILCS 705/8.1

*IDOC, Federal Bureau of Prisons, or out of state corrections certifications are not accepted

*Note – 6 month reapplication limit - candidates on the February 2024 final eligibility list for Gurnee Police Officer and disqualified from further continuation in that process are not eligible to apply or test during this recruitment and will be removed from consideration.  


The mission of the Gurnee Police Department 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 of:  Crime Prevention – Crime Control – Community Involvement – Team Building

We are seeking candidates for entry level Police Officers who value these objectives. If you value these same objectives, consider applying with the Gurnee Police Department.

Gurnee Police Department – What We Offer:

Competitive Pay Range - starting annual salary $86,666; top annual salary $122,905

12 hour shifts

Approved GI Bill on-the-job training program

Required equipment, uniforms, and bullet proof vest provided by the Department

Excellent benefits - paid time off:  vacation, holiday, personal time; paid sick leave and sick leave incentive programs; health / dental / vision / life insurance plans; retirement savings options (pension, 457, Roth IRA); tuition reimbursement; uniform allowance; annual voluntary fitness bonus

Robust wellness program
- includes monthly on-site chiropractic and massage therapist visits

Visible tattoos permitted within department policy parameters [no head, face, neck, hand/finger tattoos]

Facial hair - mustaches, sideburns, goatees and beards permitted within department policy parameters

No residency or living radius requirement

Department commitment and focus on Officer training and mental health / wellness

Future promotion opportunities and specialized assignments

Department Personnel:  Sworn Officers:  71; 110 total members including sworn officers, sworn supervisory, management, civilian, and 911 Emergency Dispatch staff

Minimum Qualifications:

Selection Process - each phase of the process is pass / fail and required to proceed to the next

Complete FrontLine National Exam by July 31, 2024.  

Complete Gurnee Police Officer Application and submit required documents no later than July 31, 2024.

Oral Interview with Civil Service Commission

Oral Interview with Gurnee Police Department Command Staff

Ability to pass the Illinois Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER test) upon department request.

Post-offer examinations / screenings include but are not limited to:  verification of all qualifications; polygraph examination; psychological evaluation; background investigation; medical / vision examinations and drug screen. 

Completion of the FrontLine National Examination and / or Gurnee Police Officer Employment Application is not a guarantee of eligibility to continue in the testing process.  Candidates may be disqualified after completion of the test or submission of application for reasons including but not limited to:  failure to complete testing / application submission by required deadline; not meeting minimum position qualifications; not meeting minimum passing standards for the examination; missing or incomplete documents; or other disqualifying factors related to Police Officer candidacy or employment.