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A police officer's path to management.

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Jonathan McElroy

I am currently a police officer and a field training officer. I have been in law enforcement for approximately four years. I am currently pursuing a MPA and I am in ICMA's Emerging Leaders Development Program. I have applied for many jobs outside of law enforcement and the issue I am facing is my lack of experience in other fields of government. What can I do to overcome this obstacle and get a job outside of law enforcement to help me become a city manager some day?


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Pamela Davis

First of all, best wishes in overcoming this perpetual conundrum of experience. One idea to consider is finding a well-respected manager in your area, and see if he/she is willing to mentor you (i.e., regular meetings, job shadowing, etc.). This will give you at least a little experience but perhaps more importantly, he/she may be willing to provide a recommendation for you to his/her manager peers. Good luck, and hang in there. The right opportunity will come along - your job is to be ready for it when it comes.

Jonathan McElroy

Jonathan McElroy

Thank you. I have reached out to local managers and they have been quiet helpful.

 
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Leonard Matarese

When I moved from law enforcement to local government management at the end of of my MPA program, I received a paid internship in the County Managers Office through my university. Suggest that you speak with counselors at your school for assistance. You may also want to join as an affiliate member your state and local managers association.

Jonathan McElroy

Jonathan McElroy

Thank you for your feedback. I reached out to my university's career services department when I began my MPA program and they were not that helpful. Now that I am half way through my program, I am going to contact my advisor to see if she could help.

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