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CHIEF OF POLICE—The City of Van Buren is currently seeking a Police Chief to direct its Police Department and continue to advance its strong commitment to community engagement and community policing. The Police Department has a budgeted staff of 45 sworn officers and 13 non-sworn employees. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, budget management (current budget $4.3 million), formulating and enforcing departmental policies, rules, regulations and procedures. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership and supervisory skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and will enjoy being part of a local government team striving to serve the citizens of the community. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration or related field, as well as extensive, progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience in law enforcement. An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for the specific requirements listed here. For a complete job description and application, access www.vanburencity.org. Completed applications with cover letter and resume to be mailed to Bob Freeman, Mayor, City of Van Buren, 1003 Broadway, Van Buren, AR 72956 or emailed to jfroud@vanburencity.org.

CITY ATTORNEY—The City of Republic, Mo., seeks a City Attorney. This position answers inquiries from the City Administrator and Department Heads on legal issues pertaining to City operations. Performs legal research and prepare opinions on various legal problems for City Board of Directors, Boards and Commissions, and City Departments. Studies, interprets and applies laws, court decisions, ordinances, and other legal sources in advising officers and employees of the City in legal matters. Prepares and drafts ordinances, resolutions, administrative policies, letters, contracts, deeds, leases, and other legal documents and instruments; review such documents and offer opinions as to legal acceptability when presented to the City for consideration. Represents the City and its officers and employees in litigation including motions, trial of cases and appeals in civil actions brought by or against the City in state and federal court. Applicant must successfully complete background investigation and pre-employment substance abuse testing and may be subject to random substance abuse testing. Pay Range: $85,000-$95,000 DOQ. Open until filled. Application and complete job description available at www.republicmo.com. Application must be completed and submitted to HR, City Hall, 213 N. Main, Republic, MO 65738 by the specified deadline. EOE. 

CITY ENGINEER—The City of Cabot is accepting applications for a newly created position of City Engineer. This position will be salaried exempt and will be appointed by and report directly to the Mayor. This person will be responsible for the entire Planning and Development Department which consists of engineering, code enforcement, permitting and planning, MS4 compliance, floodplain management, and other areas. Degree in the engineering field or equivalent technical degree required; BSCE desired. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in managing a professional engineering function. Pay range is $70,000 to $80,000 depending on experience, with full benefits including APERS. Application and and complete job description at www.cabotar.gov. Please go to website to officially apply. This position will be open until filled. EOE.

CITY MANAGER—Garnett, Kan. (pop. 3,258; $15.4 million budget; municipal utilities; 53 employees), a growing family-oriented community located about an hour southwest of Kansas City, is seeking a city manager. For additional community information visit www.simplygarnett.com. Garnett is an EOE. Competitive benefits, Salary $70,000 - $85,000 DOQ. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three work-related references to LEAPS-Garnett, email to LEAPS-Garnett@lkm.org or mail to LEAPS-Garnett 300 SW 8th, Topeka, KS 66603. If confidentiality is requested, please note in application materials. Position open until filled. Application review will begin February 17.

CITY PLANNER—The City of Sherwood is seeking qualified applicants for the position of City Planner. The essential duties of this position include the following: plans, organizes, directs and integrates current and long-range municipal planning programs and services; supervises and manages all building inspection staff as well as permits office staff; conducts comprehensive planning projects affecting land use, regulations, and transportation issues; meets with public, developers, and other planning agencies to discuss regulations; attends Planning Commission meetings, City Council meetings and other forums as assigned; and partners with the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce and other city department to facilitate city growth. Successful candidate must possess a Baccalaureate Degree in planning, design or a similar related field of study and have five years direct experience in municipal, urban, or regional planning. Applicant must also possess AICP certification and maintain such throughout employment. Certification as a Floodplain Manager is essential and must be obtained within six months of initial employment date. Salary is negotiable and DOE. The City of Sherwood provides full time employees with a generous benefit program. All new employees are required to contribute 3% of gross salary to the 457(b) Retirement Plan. For more information and a full job description, visit www.cityofsherwood.net or contact the Human Resources office at (501) 833-3703.

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE—The city of Republic, Mo., seeks a Director of Finance. The new director will need to be visionary and a self-starter to address the following in the 18 months: Evaluate, adjust and provide action plan(s), think outside the box building solid fiscal processes and direction; establish vision and leadership to the finance and utility billing department; work with a new auditing firm; work towards relationships, processes (internal controls) and trust; and participate in replacing the city’s operating software. Pay Range: $62,500-$80,000 Annually DOQ (Re-evaluation in 6 months for further consideration). Applicant must successfully complete background investigation and pre-employment substance abuse testing and may be subject to random substance abuse testing. Application and complete job description available at www.republicmo.com. Application must be completed and submitted to HR, City Hall, 213 N. Main, Republic, MO 65738. Open until filled. Current city employees must complete city application for consideration. EOE. 

ELECTRICAL LINEWORKER—The City of Nixa, Mo., has an opening for Electrical Lineworker. Under general supervision of the Electric Superintendent, Electric Department performs a variety of skilled, journey level electrical installation, maintenance, and repair activities on electrical high voltage overhead and underground transmission, distribution, and service lines. For a complete job description, please visit our website at www.nixa.com. Must possess HS diploma or GED. Possess valid State of Missouri certification for journey level electrical work or level of experience equivalent. Possess valid State of Missouri CDL-B driver’s license at a level appropriate to the equipment operated. Starting Salary: $30.50 per hour. If interested in applying, please visit our website: www.nixa.com or come by the City of Nixa Human Resources office, located at 715 W. Mt. Vernon St., Nixa, Mo., to fill out an application. You may also call (417) 724-5626 for more information.

INFORMATION SERVICES DIRECTOR—The City of Leawood, Kan., seeks applicants for the position of Information Services Director. This position is responsible for the management of the Information Services division for the City and provides oversight and strategic direction for the day‐to‐day functions of a staff of three professionals as well as the long‐term planning and goals for the division and the City as it relates to technology. As a member of the City’s management team, the Information Services Director attends staff meetings, works with other department heads and City officials, attends ad‐hoc management committees, and Governing Body meetings. Bachelor’s degree in computer science, business admin., public admin. or similar area of study with eight years of experience required. Master’s degree in computer science, business admin., public admin. or similar area of study with 10 years or more of progressive experience preferred.  At least five years of supervisory experience is required. The City of Leawood offers a competitive pay and benefits structure. The salary range for the Information Services Director position is $100,000 ‐ $175,000, with a starting range from $100,000 ‐ $125,000 annually. Benefits include health, dental, vision, long‐term disability, life, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave; as well as other voluntary supplemental benefits including: flexible spending account, health savings account, long‐term care, short‐term disability, and the option to contribute to a 401 and/or 457 plan. The Information Systems Director position is a covered position under the state’s retirement system, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS). Applicants will be required to submit an online employment application along with a resume and cover letter. Closing date: Friday, March 24. To apply go to the posting link at ks‐leawood.civicplushrms.com/careers/.

NOTICE OF EXAMINATION—Notice is hereby given that the City of Van Buren Civil Service Commission has scheduled a written examination for entry level positions in the Van Buren Fire Department on Monday, April 10, 2017, at the Crawford County Adult Education Center, located at 605 Alma Boulevard Circle. The examination will begin at 6 p.m. Late arrivals will not be allowed to take examination. Applicants must provide a valid ID at time of testing. Persons who have arrived at age 21 and have not yet reached 35 years of age desiring to take the examination are hereby notified that applications may be obtained from the Van Buren Fire Department, 2009 Pevehouse Road, (479) 471-5038. The applications must be received at the Van Buren Fire Department 2009 Pevehouse Road no later than 5 p.m., Friday March 31, 2017. Applications will not be accepted unless accompanied by copies of all required documents which include birth certificate, Social Security Card, HS diploma (GED), valid DL, DD-214 if ex-military and current evaluation if Active Reserve. Faxed applications will not be accepted.    The top 15 scores on the written examination will be scheduled to take a physical agility examination on Saturday April 22, 2017. All qualified candidates successfully passing each portion of the examinations will be placed on a list of certified applicants. All applicants that interview for positions within the Van Buren Fire Department will be required to submit and pay for a NCIC background check. EOE. Women, minorities and military veterans are encouraged to apply.

PATROL OFFICER—The Lewisville Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Patrol Officer. Application packets may be picked up at City Hall at 330 West 1st Street in Lewisville. Contact Misty at (870) 921-4971. Starting Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Preference may be given to certified officers.

WATER SUPPLY OPERATOR—Forrest City Water Utility seeks a water supply operator. Position is responsible for the operation of the water treatment plant, storage tanks and distribution pumping and metering on an assigned shift. Knowledge, skills and abilities required: Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations for required records and laboratory test; ability to perform required laboratory tests; ability to read charts and meters; ability to read and interpret equipment operation and maintenance manuals; ability to write plainly for record keeping; ability to lift and move 60 pounds sacks, move up and down ladders, & pass through a 24-inch manhole ring; ability to work in inclement weather; ability to use SCBA respirators. Other qualifications: Must maintain a Utility issued cellphone and subject to call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year; must have and maintain a valid Arkansas DL and be insurable with the Utility’s insurance; must be willing to work overtime when needed; must maintain residence within a 15 mile radius of Forrest City. Special qualifications: Must have and maintain a Class IV Water Treatment License, a Class IV Distribution License or a combination of experience and education to provide the required level of knowledge and abilities. Must pass the Treatment and Distribution test within 18 months of hire or assuming the position. For more information contact Forrest City Water Utility at (870) 633-2921 or (870) 270-5017.

FOR SALE—The City of McNeil Fire Department has a 71’ Ford Pumper, 750 for sale for $3,000 and a 79’ Chevy Pumper for $4,500. For more information contact Fire Chief Bo Huffman AT (870) 904-0198 or Assistant Fire Chief, Terry Price at (870) 904-2304.

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