Current Employment Opportunities

The City of Powell Police Department is accepting  certified  applicants for three (3) full-time Police Officer positions.

Testing is currently open for the Powell Police Department Police Officer candidates. Interested candidates must first take the Public Safety Self-Assessment test through the National Testing Network (NTN), located here, to be considered in the hiring process. Candidates must also meet the requirements to be a City of Powell Police Officer to be considered.

The Powell Police Department has a new FOP contract for 2024 through 2026 that offers the following enhanced compensation and benefits:

An 18% increase in compensation over the life of the contract

Increased vacation accrual and having prior years of service count toward earning additional vacation time

Retention Incentive pay starting at 4 years of service with the City

Two additional holidays – Juneteenth and Veteran’s Day

Educational Incentives for having an Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, and Master’s Degree

Shift Differential pay at $1.15/hr.

Refillable bank of comp time up to 84 hours. Employee may cash time out or use for time off

Elect to save holiday pay into Holiday Pay Compensatory Bank up to 96 hours a year. Employee may cash time out or use for time off

Field Training Officer and Instructor supplement of $3.00/hr.

Agency paid life insurance policy up to $100,000

Flexibility to work out during your shift

Possibility of alternative work schedules

Application Process

All applicants must successfully complete a written test through the National Testing Network. To schedule a test, go to www.nationaltestingnetwork.com, select Law Enforcement and sign-up for the Powell Police Department. All applicants who take the test will be notified of their individual results. Interviews will be scheduled as soon as test results are received

All applicants are required to complete the Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) as part of the NTN process.  You can access this questionnaire through your candidate account. The City of Powell does not require a PAT (Physical Abilities Test) through NTN.

Please review Requirements and Automatic Disqualifiers below  before becoming a City of Powell Police Officer.

The deadline to take the test is Thursday, February 29, 2023 by 5:00 pm EST.

Applicants obtaining the minimum required score of 70% on the video-based human relations section of the test through NTN will be immediately scheduled for a panel interview.

Applicants selected for a panel interview will be required to submit a Pre-Interview Questionnaire, available through the link below.

Pre-Interview Questionnaire

Applicants who receive a test score of 70% or higher on the video-based human relations section of the NTN test, passed the panel interview, meet the requirements to be a City of Powell Police Officer; and do not have a history with any of the automatic disqualifiers, will be considered for a final interview with the Chief of Police.

See the Police Officer Selection Process Document for further information on the complete interview process.

Applicants will be notified of all elements of the selection process, the expected duration of the selection process and the agency’s policy on reapplication.

City of Powell Police Officer Hiring Documents:

City of Powell Police Officer – Selection Process

City of Powell Police Officer – Advertisement

City of Powell Police Officer – Job Description


City of Powell Police Officer Application Packet (Applicants may be asked to complete these forms as they progress in the interview process)

City of Powell Police Officer Application Form

City of Powell Police Officer Applicant Release Form

City of Powell Police Officer Drug Test Release Form


Compensation Rates – Past experience may be considered to start a newly hired employee in an advanced pay step.

2024Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5
Police Officer$72,455.68$81,393.24$92,842.73$99,350.13$104,747.27
2025Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5
Police Officer$76,078.46$85,462.90$97,484.87$104,317.63$109,984.63
2026(1/1 – 6/30)Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5
Police Officer$78,741.21$88,454.10$100,896.84$107,968.75$113,834.09
2026(7/1 -12/31)Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5
Police Officer$81,426.29$91,470.39$104,337.42$111,650.49$117,715.83

Step advancement occurs after one (1) year of service on anniversary date of employment.

Retention Incentive Pay

Years of Service
Four (4) through Six (6) Years
Seven (7) through Ten (10) Years
Eleven (11) through Fourteen (14) Years
Fifteen (15) through Nineteen (19) Years
Twenty (20) or More Years

Paid Time-Off: The City offers paid leave for employees to have a work-life balance.

Vacation Leave -Prior service with the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund, State of Ohio, or any political subdivision in the state, will receive credit for that service in computing their continuous length of service for vacation accrual.

Years of ServiceYearly AccumulationPer Pay Period
0 – 2 Years80 Hours (10 days)3.1 Hours
3 – 4 Years120 Hours (15 days)4.6 Hours
5 – 9 Years160 Hours (20 days)6.2 Hours
10 – 15 Years180 Hours (22.5 days)6.9 Hours
16– 20 Years200 Hours (25 days)7.7 Hours
21 + Years220 Hours (27.5 days)8.5 Hours

Sick Leave

Accrual RateMaximum Annual Accrual
4.6 Hours per Pay Period119.6 hours / 15 Days


New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
President’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran’s Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve (4 Hours)
Christmas Day
New Year’s Eve (4 Hours)

Employees assigned to work a holiday are paid at a rate of one-half (1 ½ times) their regular rate

Employees may elect to place their holiday pay in a holiday pay compensatory time bank.

Personal HoursEmployees receive sixteen (16) personal hours each year that must be used by December 31st

Health Insurance

The City offers medical through UMR/United Healthcare Choice Plus, dental through Delta Dental, vision through VSP Vision Care, and prescription coverage for all full-time employees and their eligible dependents day one (1) of employment.

The City has a high-deductible health care plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA).

$3,200 deductible for employee only coverage and $5,000 deductible for family coverage.

The City contributes up to 85% of the deductible to the employee’s HSA account.

$2,720 for employee only coverage and $4,250 for family coverage

Life Insurance

All employees receive a life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment policy free at one (1) times their annual earnings up to $100,000.

Additional Benefits

Shift Differential Pay – $1.15/hr.

Officer-in-Charge Pay – $2.50/hr.

Overtime and Special Duty opportunities

Equipment and Uniforms provided

Educational Incentive – $250 for Associate’s Degree, $500 for Bachelor’s Degree, and $750 for Master’s Degree after 3 years of employment

Tuition Reimbursement – $2,000 for undergraduate and $2,500 for graduate courses per calendar year

Ability to work out while on duty and access to gym with Rogue equipment

Requirements to be a City of Powell Police Officer

At the time of appointment:

– United States citizen, or possess a valid permanent resident card

-Fluently read and speak English

-Must currently possess a valid Ohio Peace Officer certificate from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy or be able to pass the exam

-Must be 21 or older at the time of appointment

-ORC 124.41 , Police Department Qualifications – Police Cadet Program: Must be able to complete processing and enter an Academy class before reaching the 35th birthday

-Valid Ohio driver’s license

-High school diploma or equivalent certificate

-No felony convictions

-Must be able to successfully complete all stages of the selection process to include application phase, oral interviews, background investigation, truth verification examination, medical examination and psychological examination.

Automatic Disqualifiers

The following will disqualify a potential candidate from hire for the position of Police Officer:

-Any incidents of dishonesty or falsification throughout the application and selection process

-History of domestic violence or failure to pay court-ordered child support

-Employment history that includes a pattern of discipline or termination

-Any ‘dishonorable’, ‘bad conduct’ or ‘other than honorable discharge’ from military service

-A conviction of vehicular homicide or an equivalent offense

-Driving record which contains multiple moving violations, recent OVI or equivalent offenses, other serious traffic convictions or an overall poor driving record

-Criminal history, that includes:

-Any felony conviction

-An admission or a conviction for any theft offense within the last (5) years

-A pattern of theft or similar offenses

-Any fraudulent insurance or related claims

-Multiple criminal convictions of any nature

-Substance abuse, that includes:

-Any illegal substance use within one (1) year of the candidate’s application

-History of cultivating, manufacturing or trafficking in illegal drugs

-A pattern of using illegal drugs or abusing legally obtained drugs

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Powell Police Department to safeguard persons and property through preparedness and vigilance. The department holds true to a community policing philosophy. Its members shall continually strive for excellence in service, training, and professional development.

Core Values

Our core values are honesty, integrity, dependability, service to others before self, and a genuine desire to pursue what is right and good.

About the Agency

The City of Powell recognizes its employees as one of its greatest assets and strives to maintain a safe, respectful and professional workplace. We have a dedicated staff that takes every opportunity to provide exceptional service to the community.

The Powell Police Department offers an unrivaled sense of safety for its residents and businesses. It consists of 19 sworn officers and two civilian employees who respond to complaints, seek out long-term solutions to neighborhood challenges, and ensure the protection and security of area businesses.


If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact the Powell Police Department Recruitment Team at recruitment@cityofpowell.us.



Powell Police Department Recruitment Team


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