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Patrol Officer - Essential Personnel - Smithfield Police Department

The Smithfield Police Department is looking for DCJS BLE Certified Police Officers to join our team.  Starting pay for these full-time positions begins at $35,827.  Applications may be completed online or in person at Town Hall (310 Institute Street, Smithfield). These positions are open until filled.  A testing date is scheduled for November 28, 2017.

Essential Functions of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Reduces the commission of crimes and maintains law enforcement by deterrence through high visibility patrol throughout the Town. Apprehends and/or arrests persons who violate statutory law and/or municipal ordinances.
  • Monitors radio calls; communicates with radio dispatcher and responds to complaints, reports of criminal events, requests for law enforcement, and domestic or public disputes.  Inspects troublesome areas and checks security of business establishments.
  • Secures crime scenes.
  • Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects; performs searches of people, vehicles and buildings; prepares investigative reports of findings, facts and related information; makes arrests and processes arrested suspects. Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis for probable cause for criminal acts; and testifies in court.
  • Enforces traffic laws and regulations.  Detects traffic violators; performs traffic accident investigations and makes reports.  Facilitates the movement of traffic and pedestrians around accidents, disabled traffic control devices or heavily congested areas.  Assists disabled motorists.  Directs traffic for funerals and other public gatherings.
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergency scenes and disaster areas.
  • Serves criminal warrants and search warrants.
  • Completes and/or reviews paperwork documenting shift activities, offenses and incidents, victim and suspect statements and other related information. 
  • Assists other law enforcement personnel and agencies.
  • Transports prisoners.
  • Participates in a variety of law enforcement training and maintains certifications; and may train other personnel on radar, firearms, chemical agents, etc.
  • Engages in public relations and community service activities and events to promote a positive image for the Department and to build cooperative and collaborative relationships with the community.
  • May perform boat patrolling duties on adjacent waterways.
  • Must serve on an on-call basis 24 hours a day as assigned.
  • Maintains equipment and work area.
  • Completes miscellaneous paperwork, time sheets, etc.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent  combination of work and training preferred
  • DCJS BLE Certification required
  • Must possess the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear reports
  • Must possess the ability to deal professionally, courteously and fairly with the public
  • Must possess the ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances
  • Must possess the ability to become skilled in the use of firearms and the operation of police vehicles;
  • Must possess the ability and willingness to serve on an on-call basis 24 hours per day as assigned
  • Must have a clear drivers’ license with no criminal or motor vehicle record.
  • Must have no felony convictions.

Physical Demands are as follows:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

 Environment: Reactive emergency, natural or man-made disaster, and routine peace keeping environments with travel from site to site. The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration; potentially hostile environments; extensive public contact.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may be very loud due to sirens, firearm training, etc. Incumbents required to work various shifts, including evenings and weekends, and may be required to travel outside Town boundaries to attend meetings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a law enforcement setting and an office setting; restrain or subdue individuals; walk, stand, sit, or run for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push,

pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; occasionally lift and/or move heavy weights; operate office equipment including use of computer keyboard; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers; ability to speak and hear to exchange information; ability to operate a vehicle to travel to various locations; ability to operate and use specialized law enforcement tools and equipment including guns and handcuffs.

 Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

 Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


Waterworks Plant Manager - Essential Personnel (Public Works)

 The Town of Smithfield is looking for an individual to join our team in the Public Works department as Waterworks Plant Manager.  Starting pay for this full-time position begins at $43,549. 

 Essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to:

  •  Serves as Virginia Department of Health Operator in Responsible Charge.
  • Ensures that the RO Plant is operated in accordance with Federal and State regulations, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Submits required operational and groundwater reports to regulatory agencies including Virginia Department of Health, Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, and Hampton Roads Sanitation District.
  • Plans, coordinates, and oversees the operations of the Reverse Osmosis Plant.
  • Develops and maintains preventive maintenance and operating procedures for Waterworks Plant and associated wells, etc...
  • Ensures efficient operation of the RO Plant and that water quality standards are maintained.
  • Performs a variety of administrative work including, but not limited to maintaining an inventory of process chemicals and other supplies, coordinating maintenance activities, the writing of standard operating and maintenance procedures
  • Responsible for the effective supervision of assigned staff including selection, performance management, employee relations, training, prioritizing and assigning work and related activities.
  • Resolves any technical difficulties and discrepancies involving membranes, chemical dosage changes, well pump changes, safety hazards, and other areas in connection with the reverse osmosis process. Troubleshoots equipment and process problems, and works to find the solutions.
  • Monitors and controls the RO Plant using computer control system and visually observing the process to ensure efficient operation and water quality standards are maintained. Monitors well operations and adjusts the pumping rates.  Monitors and adjusts chemical feeds.
  • Performs mechanical work in the operation, maintenance, and repair of water mechanical, alarm and control systems.  Diagnosis operational and mechanical problems within all Town water production, storage and distribution assets.
  • Collects water samples and performs tests for conditions such as turbidity, conductivity, fluoride levels, chlorine levels, and pH levels.
  • Assists in operating and maintaining other components of the Town water system including back up emergency well facilities, elevated storage tanks, altitude valves, distribution lines, etc.
  • Works on-call rotation and shift work as necessary
  • Performs work safely in accordance with Federal, State and Departmental/Town safety procedures, policies and programs. 
  • Performs work outdoors in all weather conditions and indoors at the RO Plant.  Must be able to perform duties under disagreeable and sometimes hazardous conditions.  Performs manual labor utilizing hand tools and power operated equipment, and handles hazardous chemicals.
  • Maintains area around work sites, both inside and outside.  Performs cleaning functions.
  • Delivers presentations before city leaders, agencies and community groups as needed.

 Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • High School diploma or GED required
  • Five (5) years previous experience and/or training that includes water treatment plant and water system maintenance work
  • Valid Virginia Class 3 Waterworks Operator’s License is  required
  • Considerable knowledge in the fields of mechanical maintenance, plumbing and basic electrical work
  • Considerable knowledge of water treatment plant operations and maintenance, processes, procedures and state and federal regulations pertaining to water treatment.
  • Considerable knowledge of water chemistry, water sampling, and test techniques involved in determining conductivity, chorine residual, turbidity, pH, alkalinity and other similar tests.
  • General knowledge of computer word processing, data base and spreadsheet software programs.
  • Skill in the use of precision hand tools and instrumentation (Ultrameters, Colorimeters, Turbidimeters, etc.).
  • Ability to perform difficult mathematical calculations in calculating chemical dosages, converting units of weights and measures, and performing laboratory tests.
  • Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license.
  • Must be able to work shift work and be on call on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Must be willing to carry a pager/phone 24 hours a day in order to respond to problems with components of the water treatment plant and storage & distribution systems.
  • Previous management experience preferred
  • Must be detail oriented

This position involves regular and sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling and  may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of 50-75 pounds.

 The successful candidate must satisfactorily complete a background check and drug screening.

 The Town of Smithfield employment application is required and may be obtained at Town Hall, 310 Institute Street, or may be completed electronically.

 This position is open until filled.


We consider applications for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.