Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Police Sergeant (#20002485)

General Statement

Under supervision during an assigned rotating shift and in an assigned area, supervises the operation of the District's police force, including making work assignments, and updating and reviewing time records, efficiency reports and accident records.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Schedules and supervises police officers, giving instructions in job duties and monitoring to ensure duties are performed in accordance with established rules and regulations. Includes camera footage review when required. Participates in hiring process. Gives oral and written reprimands and recommends suspension as required. Evaluates officers using the MWRD appraisal system. Grants days off and approves vacations.
  • Ensures that equipment (weapons, vehicles, radios) and facilities are kept clean, in good order, and accounted for and that all policies and procedures are strictly followed.
  • Issues offense/incident control numbers, classifies offenses/incidents, and approves offense/incident reports. Reviews officer's activity reports.
  • Receives calls from operating personnel, other police agencies, police officers, and citizens. Investigates, assigns officers and grants approval to assist other agencies, or takes other action as appropriate.
  • Utilizes the LEADS network for licenses, name checks, and criminal histories and responds to requests from other agencies. Monitors ISPERN (Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network) for information that is germane to the District.  Assists officers on Patrol as needed.
  • Creates a culture of positive attitudes and goodwill among personnel and strives for good public relations with various community agencies and citizens. 

Other Job Functions

  • Inspects MWRD property and facilities and conducts security analysis.
  • Issues key cards to MWRD employees and contractors. Issues contractor IDs. 
  • Carries out special assignments, investigations and studies such as traffic surveys, seat belt compliance reviews or others as assigned.  
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

May involve exposure to a variety of operating mechanical equipment and loud noise and/or noxious odors.  May include working in all types of weather conditions throughout the plant facility and collection system. Typical office environment.  May use standard office equipment, mobile phones, computers and cameras.  Work is subject to video documentation and supervisory review. 

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the District's security regulations and safety and work rules.
  • Considerable knowledge of basic law enforcement procedures and regulations including arrest and court procedures, vehicle codes, and Illinois criminal code. 
  • Considerable knowledge of the basic principles and practices of plant security including theft prevention and control, traffic control, safety and first aid, and emergency procedures.
  • Some knowledge of effective methods of supervision.  
  • Some knowledge of resources and jurisdictions of law enforcement agencies. 
  • Ability to use required technology (mobile phones, computers, cameras) and provide guidance in its use to others. 
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale. 
  • Ability to supervise and participate in security activities, interpreting and applying controlling procedures and directives.
  • Ability to enforce laws, rules and regulations with firmness, tact and impartiality.
  • Ability to prepare reports and schedules and to express oneself clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to receive instruction in and successfully operate special radio equipment used in the Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network, and computers for use in dedicated law enforcement data acquisition and retrieval systems.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and two years (60 semester hours of credit) at an accredited college or university and four years of experience in law enforcement or military police service.  Possession of a valid driver's license.


Additional experience as a sworn law enforcement officer or as a member of the military police may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years.

Promotional Requirement

  • One year of service with the District as a Police Officer. 
  • Civil service status as a Police Officer.

CLASS: 20002485; EST: 1/1/1900; REV: 10/1/2023;