City of Sioux Falls to hire Police Recruiter

The city is going to add a person to the already crowded HR department and pay them between $63-70K a year to read police officer applications. Since the rules have changed and the city can now train it’s own officers it makes sense to have someone who can recruit and retain officers.

But I have some concerns. First the obvious, while most jobs listed on employment sites for the city pay around $12 an hour (seasonal part-time) I’m curious about paying someone this much especially when starting pay for officers is around $50K a year. Secondly, while the HR department should have someone specializing in this, I hardly think this will take up 40 hours a week. They could easily have another person in the office handling this. Also remember this person is essentially a screener, I’m sure applicants that make it thru the process will be interviewed by the Police Chief before being hired. It would probably be cheaper to hire a consultant to find applicants than having a full-time person. This is how the city has operated for a very long time, throwing pennies to the union minions and big time salaries to mid-management to work from their basements.

The city does need to recruit officers, but seriously, use the overpaid staff you already have in HR.


#1 The Guy From Guernsey on 12.26.20 at 9:03 am

The police department is in need of a ‘recruiter’, someone who actively seeks candidates to join the department as an LEO. Intentional actions are necessary to bring forward new candidates which reach toward fulfillment of commitment by the dept to achieve a force which is more diverse and more closely reflects the evolving ethnic demographics of the community.
Unfortunately, I can’t term this position as a ‘recruiter’. And they won’t be reading applications either. But rather will “(d)evelop, administer, and implement software and process solutions used to recruit, interview, screen, and process candidates …” Human resources software specialist? Or Digital and social media marketing coordinator?

#2 The Guy From Guernsey on 12.26.20 at 9:14 am

You are really going to be disappointed when the person in this position spends 10s of thousands of additional dollars on outside consultants to do his/her work.
“Say, do you know any digital marketing consultants who can properly place our police officer recruiting ads?”

#3 D@ily Spin on 12.27.20 at 8:43 am

Finding police officers has become difficult. ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘I Can’t Breathe’ took away pride. Sioux Falls pays well and there’s a good quality of life. Perhaps a full time recruiter will find the right applicants. This approach with background checks could disqualify corrupt bullies floating in from other cities. Indeed, fresh recruits should produce better officers. Nonetheless, citizens should video police actions. They refuse to use body cameras. Policing the police remains important for when there’s a beat down.