Position Announcement: Hearing Officer to Conduct Disciplinary Hearings

October 30, 2020

The Chicago Police Board seeks a highly-qualified attorney to serve as a Hearing Officer. The Hearing Officer’s primary responsibility is to conduct disciplinary hearings of cases involving allegations of misconduct by Chicago police officers. 

The Municipal Code of Chicago requires the Hearing Officer to be an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Illinois, with a minimum of five years’ experience.  Pursuant to the Consent Decree entered in Illinois v. Chicago, the Police Board will use the following additional criteria to select the Hearing Officer:

  1. Extensive trial experience;
  2. Hearing officer or quasi-judicial experience (preferred, but not required);
  3. In-depth knowledge of the law and procedure;
  4. Excellent oral- and written-communication skills;
  5. Ability to be impartial when conducting disciplinary hearings;
  6. Ability to present complex legal and factual issues clearly and impartially to the Board members;
  7. Professional integrity and good character; and
  8. Not be a current employee of the City of Chicago Law Department, Police Department, or Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or an employee of one of these agencies within the last three years.

This is a contract position with the Police Board; therefore, all typical rights and benefits of employee status are not available. Hearing Officers will act as independent contractors and will be responsible for providing all equipment and materials necessary to perform the tasks of the job.  Hearing Officers serve on an hourly basis.  Compensation is currently $175 per hour. The amount of time worked each month varies based on the caseload, with an average of 15 – 20 hours per month.

To be considered for the position, applicants shall send via email to Police Board Executive Director Max Caproni (Max.Caproni@cityofchicago.org) the following material: (1) a completed application form, (2) a résumé, and (3) one writing sample. 

All application material must be received by Monday, November 30, 2020

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Executive Director Caproni by e-mail or at 312-742-3259.

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to submit your application, please contact Executive Director Caproni.


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