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The City of Topeka, KS is seeking an experienced professional with a demonstrated record of professional law enforcement experience including leadership, management, strong fiscal management and a customer-service philosophy with experience in larger city urban issues, community policing, resource management, and union issues to serve as the next police chief.


The city has a strong commitment to continual organizational improvement and improved service delivery. The current strategic priorities of the city include:

  • Safe and secure community
  • Thriving, livable neighborhoods
  • Organizational excellence
  • Stewardship of the city’s physical assets
  • Commitment to customer service
  • Fiscal health
  • Sustainable growth


The City of Topeka operates under a mayor – council – city manager form of government. The police chief reports directly to the city manager. For 2017, the police department has an annual budget of $38.6 million, with 353.5 full-time equivalent positions, 300 of which are sworn personnel.


Minimum requirements are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or a closely related field (Master’s degree preferred)
  • FBI Academy, Southern Institute advanced leadership training, or equivalent
  • 10 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, including a minimum of 5 years of administrative and supervisory experience
  • Experience at a division command level or higher in a similar sized community


Community Profile

The City of Topeka is located in Shawnee County in Northeastern Kansas and has a population of 127,473 residents. Topeka offers a quality living experience at a below average cost. In 2010, Topeka was named in “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of Top Ten Cities for the Next Decade,” citing the quality of schools, good hospitals, and low housing costs among the reasons for Topeka being included. Topeka’s cost of living is attractive when compared to other mid-western cities.

Organization Profile

The Topeka Police Department’s mission to reduce crime and make neighborhoods safer is accomplished through:

  • Providing excellent services and positive interaction with this community
  • Ensuring equality of services
  • Partnering with neighborhoods and community organizations
  • Enforcing laws fairly and equally
  • Recognizing individuals as persons of worth that deserve the highest quality of police service
  • Ensuring professional and diverse representation
  • Recognizing the priorities and needs of the community by incorporating them into the department's operations

Additional information on the Topeka Police Department is available online.

Topeka Police Chief
  • 2018 salary range: $135,000 DOQ
  • Reports to: city manager
  • City of Topeka population: 127,473

Application Requirements
Please complete online application.
For questions about the position, requirements, or status, please email


Bill Cochran

Chief of Police
320 S Kansas, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66603

Non-Emergency: 785-368-9551

Fax Numbers
Chief’s Office: 785-368-9458
Records Bureau: 785-368-9221
Criminal Investigations: 785-368-9125