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 About the Department                             

City of Gunnison Patrol Officer
Salary $68,900-93,100 dependent on qualifications. Differential pay for shift work. 
Signing Bonus $15,000. ($7,500 at hire, $7,500 at completion of Field Training.) 
Generous benefit package. See more below for full details. 
City owned transitional housing available for PD officers. 

Officer Qualifications and Information 
Education: Applicants must have either a high school diploma or G.E.D.  
Age: Applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age at hire.  
Citizenship/Firearms possession: Must be eligible to work and possess firearms in Colorado and the United State at time of employment. Qualified exceptions may exist for DACA recipients, refugees and asylees. 
Driver's License:  Must possess a valid Colorado driver’s license at time of appointment.  
Driving & Employment Record: Applicants must have a good driving record and employment record to be considered for employment.  
Residency: Officers must live within a (30) thirty-minute drive time to the city limits of Gunnison. The (30) thirty-minute drive time will be base-lined when the streets are dry, with a vehicle driving the legal speed limit.  
Illegal Drug Activity:  Applicants who have illegally sold, delivered, distributed, or manufactured drugs will be disqualified.  Applicants who have illegally used drugs within the last 36 months will be disqualified. Applicant use of marijuana six months prior to application will be disqualified. The City of Gunnison has a Drug Free Use Policy. 
P.O.S.T. certification: Must possess a Colorado Basic Certification or Colorado Provisional Certification at time of appointment as a police officer.
*Additional information Home | Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training 
P.O.S.T. Training assistance
Provisional Certificate Holders – City of Gunnison will pay travel and training costs associated with full certification compliance after appointment and as part of a conditional offer. 
Non-Certificate Holders – City of Gunnison will pay academy costs associated with full certification compliance as part of a conditional offer, to include appointment as a police cadet while attending academy and housing costs. Police Cadet wage is $24.56 an hour plus benefits. 
Shift Schedule: Patrol Officers work 10 hour rotating shifts (Day shift, Swing shift, Grave shift). 4 days on 3 days off. Every 4 months assigned shifts and days off changes with rotation. Shifts are assigned by shift bidding based on officer seniority for a yearly schedule. Department provides 365 day 24-hour coverage so officers may be required to work weekends, holidays and any shifts as assigned.

Officer Specific Benefits:

*Gunnison Sportsman’s Association Gun Club membership cost covered. 

*100% covered employer paid personal law enforcement liability insurance on and off duty. 
*Officers are assigned take home vehicles. 
*Officers issued all duty equipment including uniforms, belts, ballistic vest, handgun, rifle, etc. 
*Collateral/Rotating assignments can include tactical team, detectives, crime scene team, community resource, department instructor in various disciplines, field training, armorer, and K9 unit opportunity when available. 
*Training is conducted within the Department and through the Colorado P.O.S.T. program. 

City of Gunnison Benefits 
*13 paid holidays 
*12 sick leave days 
*Vacation balance accrues hourly at 4.62 hours per 2-week pay period, up to 180 hours (3 weeks) totaled per year. Vacation must be used in 8-hour increments. 
*Medical, dental, and vision premiums covered 75% by employer 25% by employee for employee and dependents. 
*11.2% mandatory retirement contribution matched by employer to total 22.4% contribution in CCOERA. (No Social Security withholding.) 
*Gunnison Recreation Center membership cost covered for employee, discounted cost for group/family membership. 


The City of Gunnison, is a peaceful, cherished Colorado municipality located in the beautiful, high-altitude Gunnison River Valley, surrounded by national forest and mountains on nearly all sides. Gunnison (population 6,653, area 4.85 sq mi, elevation 7,703ft) is due south of Crested Butte and northeast of the incomparably beautiful San Juan Mountains. Add the Gunnison River, Curecanti National Recreation Area, and Blue Mesa Reservoir, and Gunnison becomes very hard to top in terms of outdoor lifestyle. This geography also makes it one of the coldest locations in the country every winter.

The county seat and most populous city of Gunnison County, the city is named after John W. Gunnison, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army officer, who surveyed a path for the transcontinental railroad through the Rocky Mountains. Many catalogues of the valley's history are available as the local community takes pride in recording and maintaining stories of the past.

One of the city’s largest employers, Western Colorado University (WCU) is an essential stakeholder. WCU’s robust presence, curricula, and cultural offerings help distinguish Gunnison from similar communities. Gunnison is also steeped in western and agricultural traditions, with farms and ranches all around. The city is socioeconomically diverse with large Latino and immigrant communities.

Residents enjoy every manner of outdoor activity year-round, including skiing, cycling, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, rafting, golf, boating, and others. Gunnison’s parks and recreation infrastructure is excellent for a city of this size and includes the Gunnison Community Center (pool, fitness area, recreation and senior programing), indoor and outdoor ice rinks, a ski hill, miles of trails accessible within minutes, and 10 city parks, including a mountain park.

Tourism drives the local economy, and the annual Night of Lights event kickstarts the holiday season. The Fourth of July brings the community together at Jorgensen park and Cattleman's Days  in July will continue its 124 year historic rodeo tradition. The Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley are important local partners. WSCU hosts the ICELab, a coworking and innovation space managed in partnership with the city. The Gunnison Valley Health Hospital is a community-owned, nationally ranked critical access hospital offering comprehensive health care services to the area. The Gunnison Watershed School District serves the city (community, high, middle, and elementary schools, plus Pre-K and one charter), as does the Gunnison County Public Library.

Located along U.S. Hwy 50, Gunnison is about 125 miles southeast of Grand Junction and 65 miles east of Montrose – both cities have airports. The excellent Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport serves the city and offers commercial flights (United) with connections to Denver International Airport, about four hours away by car, and various cities in Texas. The neighboring towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte are 30 and 35 miles to the north along CO SH 135, which also leads to the Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Monarch Mountain is 45 minutes to the east.


Welcome to Gunnison

Gunnison is a small mountain community on the western slope of Colorado with a population of approximately 6,560 full time residents. The population increases annually with the influx of tourism and Western Colorado University students numbering an additional 2,500. The City of Gunnison is the county seat for Gunnison County. Gunnison has a rich history of ranching, agriculture, mining, tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities that bring many more people through the community.
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