Police Officer Entry Level

Job Notice

The City of Ashland has two openings for full-time Police Officers in the Division of Police (David Marcelli, Chief of Police; Matt Miller, Mayor).

Applications Packets will be accepted April 12, 2021-May 12, 2021.

The Civil Service exam will be conducted on Saturday, May 29, 2021 promptly at 9:00am. The written exam will be held at UH Samaritan on Main (663 E. Main St.) Doors open at 8:00am. 

The physical ability exam will immediately follow the written exam and will be held behind the Police Department (1211 East Main St).

Is this job for me?

 What You'll Do:

  • Patrols assigned area in order to protect residents of the City and their property; enforces state and local laws; responds to requests for and provides needed assistance, and if necessary, administers first aid; investigates suspicious conditions or individuals; searches individuals, vehicles, and other locations; checks various types of premises; warns offenders in lieu of arrest or citation; evacuates persons from dangerous situations; arrests and apprehends suspects or offenders (conducts frisk and pat down, applies handcuffs, seizes contraband, pursues on foot or in police cruiser, fires duty weapon, advises suspects of constitutional rights, etc.)
  • Conducts investigations of crime scenes and traffic accidents (secures scene, gathers and analyzes evidence, locates and interviews witnesses, searches premises, interrogates suspects, makes judgments regarding probable cause for warrantless search, transports property or evidence, diagrams crime or accident scene, etc.)
  • Enforces traffic and parking laws and ordinances (sets radar; controls, regulates, and directs traffic; checks vehicles for proper registration; issues citations; administers sobriety tests, etc.); assists stranded motorists; removes hazards from the highway
  • Prepares and submits reports and other documentation (accidents, arrests, investigations, etc.)
  • Demonstrates regular and predictable attendance
  • Maintains required licensure and certification
  • Prepares for and testifies in courts of law
  • Attends training programs and reads professional publications in order to keep abreast of advancements in the field
  • Miscellaneous duties as assigned

We're looking for someone who:

  • Is a team player who is "Dedicated to Service"
  • Will maintain absolute confidentiality
  • Has excellent interpersonal skills with the public, co-workers, and across City departments
  • Is between age 21 and 35 on the date of appointment. If an applicant has continuous service in one of the past two years, and is in good standing with another public fire division, then the age limit may extend to age 40
  • Has a valid Ohio Driver's License (or can obtain one before appointment to the position)
  • Has a current Peace Officer certification from the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council (OPOTC); or must be eligible to attain such certification through refresher training; or must be currently attending and in good standing at an OPOTC-certified academy, such candidate must have achieved a valid peace officer certification by the date of appointment
  • Must have excellent physical condition and be able to pass a work related ability test
  • Has a high school diploma or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Necessary to perform duties (*indicates developed after employment).

Knowledge Of:  State and local criminal and traffic laws and ordinances; departmental policies and procedures*; safety practices and procedures; professional law enforcement principles and procedures (patrol, response, arrest, etc.); public relations; investigative principles and procedures.

Ability To:  Communicate effectively; work independently or with others; exercise sound judgment during stressful situations; follow detailed instructions; develop and maintain working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public; run fast for short periods of time; sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time; climb over obstacles and through openings; force entry into buildings; jump from elevated surfaces; crawl through confined areas (attics, crawl spaces, etc.); maintain weapon proficiency; lift and carry injured persons; collect, analyze, and interpret data; prepare and accurate documentation.

Skill In:  Interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds; administering first aid; encountering and subduing an armed suspect or a person resisting arrest (including the performance of evasive maneuvers); operating a motor vehicle; operating/utilizing investigative tools and instruments

Equipment Operated:

The following are examples only and are not intended to be all inclusive.

Police cruiser, firearms, radio, radar unit, intoxilyzer, and other standard law enforcement equipment.

Compensation and Benefits


  • Wages: hourly pay is $23.09, plus applicable stipends as outlined in the contract. Plus annual increases as negotiated by the FOP.

  • Eligible day one for insurances, there is no waiting period for: 
          -Health (which is subsidized substantially by the employer)
          -$40K term Life policy with the option to purchase more

          -Voluntary FSA and 457 plans

  • Paid Time Off: 
          -10 paid holidays;
          - Sick leave begins accruing immediately, plus The City accepts sick leave transfers from qualifying public employers
          -2 weeks of vacation prorated at 1 year anniversary, then 2 weeks every January 1 after; 
          -Personal time

How To Apply


Candidate must:

1) Return completed/signed application packet* no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 31, 2021 and must include the following items:

   ● Eligibility to Test form
   ● Domestic Violence Disclosure Form
   ● Information Release Waiver (must be notarized)
   ● Physical Ability Exam Waiver (must be notarized)

   ● Copies of :
      o Driver’s License
      o High School diploma or equivalent
      o Paramedic Certification or a letter stating that the applicant is enrolled and in good standing in an accredited EMT-P program
      o Prior service documentation (only if claiming an age exception)
      o DD214 (only if claiming military credit)  (To be eligible for military credit consideration, an applicant must have served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States for a period of one year (365 days) and have been honorably discharged. Additional military credit of 10% is given on the regular written portion of the entrance examination to those who present evidence at time of application. Additional credit is applied upon attainment of a passing grade.)

*Application are not considered complete until ALL applicable items are received.

2) Participate in the Civil Service Test on Saturday, May 29, 2021

3) Participate in the Physical Ability Test on Saturday, May 29, 2021



 Equal Opportunity Employer

Mark Burgess, Civil Service Commission Administrative Secretary