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. 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

Lateral Police Officer Recruitment



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:

  • Crime Prevention - to provide a proactive and educational approach to reducing crime.
  • Crime Control - to provide a rapid and professional response to confront crime as it occurs. 
  • Community Involvement - to create an excellent partnership with the community through exceptional communication and transparency.
  • Team Building - to create an excellent work environment so we can recruit and develop an exceptional team.

We are seeking experienced Police Officers for Lateral Entry who value these objectives.  If you value these same objectives, consider applying with the Gurnee Police Department.  

Minimum requirements and qualifications:

State of Illinois certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) with no more than forty (40) hours of training required for recertification OR successful completion of an out-of-state Basic Police Officer Training program which can be transferred and accepted by the ILETSB (see information below).

Part-time certification as a law enforcement officer, corrections officer certification, or military law enforcement training does not meet this requirement

Experience – possess substantially equivalent skills and abilities as expected of a Gurnee Police Officer who is successfully completing or has completed their probationary period, as determined by the Department.  Currently in good standing in the department in which they serve.

United States citizen or Naturalized citizen.

Graduation from high school or equivalent thereof.

Valid driver’s license.

Must demonstrate ability to pass the Illinois Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER Test) upon request prior to hire.

Additional Information:  Out of State (reciprocity) candidates:  for a conditional waiver of Illinois basic law enforcement training and reciprocity with the Illinois Law Enforcement Standards Training Board (ILESTB) you must pass all requirements, including but not limited to: mandatory firearms training; Illinois Law for Police Course; 200-question equivalency exam within six (6) months of hire.  IL Certified Officers may also be subject to additional ILESTB training waiver requirements if hired with a new agency.

There is no guarantee of an interview or further consideration for candidates submitting an application. Inclusion in any lateral entry candidate screening process shall be based upon the relative excellence of the candidate's qualifications above the stated minimum qualifications and the hiring needs of the Department at the time of review.

Pay Range:

Community Population:  31,200

Sworn Personnel:  65

Department Staff:  100 members including management, civilian, and 911 Emergency Dispatch staff

12 hour shifts

Salary range as of May 1, 2022:  $79,470 - $111,826; starting salary may be adjusted, at the discretion of the Village, based on an officer’s current work experience and qualifications.

No residency or living radius requirement

Visible tattoos permitted within department policy parameters

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer