Police Employment Procedure

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The Genoa Township Police Department continuously accepts applications for the position of full-time Police Officer.

Genoa Township is an affluent community with a population of 27,000 located in the southeastern corner of Delaware County, Ohio. The community maintains a rural charm that is balanced with the convenience of planned neighborhood developments situated within a fifteen-minute drive of Columbus job and entertainment centers.

Residents of Genoa Township are very supportive of the Police Department, as evidenced by voters overwhelming approval of police levies as well as a bond levy to construct a new police headquarters  completed in 2020. 

The Genoa Township Police Department has a small family feel where new officers are mentored in a supportive environment. Special interests are nurtured with additional training and special duties in areas such as SWAT, therapy K-9, school resource officers, and detective work.  The department is made up of 28 officers who are led by Chief James McMillin and Deputy Chief Denman.  The department is operated with a philosophy of Community Oriented Policing.  Community Oriented Policing promotes and supports organizational strategies to address the causes and reduce the fear of crime and social disorder through problem-solving tactics and police-community partnerships.

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Phase I:

  • It is preferred that applicants have successfully completed a Police Academy. Occasionally, Genoa Township Police will conditionally hire a recruit and send them through Police Academy.
  • Applicants must meet minimum qualifications: 21 years or older, valid driver’s license, no use of felony drugs in past three years, Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification (preferred)
  • Using the National Testing Network (NTN) website:
  1. Create an account and complete a Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ).
  2. Take the Police Officer test offered multiple times a week, including Saturdays.
  3. Submit test results to the Genoa Township Police Department using the NTN website. The fee to submit scores to Genoa Township has been waived – a $9.50 value. A minimum passing score of 70% in each of the three sections of the exam - Reading, Writing, and Video.  Candidates who have previously taken the NTN test and still possess valid scores can contact NTN directly to send their scores to Genoa Township Police at no cost.

Phase II: Using a list provided by NTN, Genoa Township Police will contact applicants directly to participate further in the hiring process which will include the following:

Phase III:  Top applicants will be invited to participate in the last phase of the hiring process before final decisions are made and job offers presented.

  • One-on-one interview with the Police Chief

If offered a conditional letter of employment, candidates must then successfully pass the following:

  • Truth verification test
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical exam

Swearing In: Newly hired officers are sworn in during regular meetings of the Board of Trustees in which friends and family are encouraged to attend.


  • Competitive salary: Starting at $71,385 annually to $99,798 annually after 3 years (2025 payscale).
  • Work out for up to 2 hours while on duty.
  • Beards and visible tattoos allowed.
  • 10-hour shift with 3 consecutive days off.
  • New police station built in 2020
  • Union representation
  • Longevity pay + additional vacation time
  • Family insurance plans include medical, vision, dental, and life.
  • Continual training opportunities.
  • Additional pay for associates degrees and above.
  • Continuing education tuition reimbursement ($7,000 per year)
  • 110 holiday hours per year
  • 3 Personal Days per year

    CALEA Accredited agency: Being a Police Officer in a CALEA Accredited Department means you belong to an agency that has developed a comprehensive, well-thought-out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.

    The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association, Police Executive Research Forum.

    Review Union contracts (Officers, Supervisors)

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Lateral transfers are encouraged to apply. No physical agility test or NTN testing is required. All other steps in the process apply. 

If you are interested in a lateral transfer, please send any questions and a completed application to Officer Webb at CWebb@GenoaTwp.com

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Applicants will be removed from the eligibility list for any of the following reasons:

A. Honesty/Falsification

  • Failure of the physical agility testing
  • Failure to disclose or acknowledge the use or purchase of any illegal drug(s) or admission of the use of an illegal drug, as an adult.
  • Substantially inconsistent responses to questions.
  • Failure to disclose or acknowledge any disqualifying behavior or activity on the part of the applicant, as an adult, relative to, and governed by, any of the Background Removal Standards.
  • Failure or refusal to answer or respond to oral or written questions.
  • Failure to completely answer or respond to any questions contained in the personal history questionnaire.
  • Any attempt to distort the polygraph examination results.
  • Use or attempted use of political influence to secure employment.
  • Other related and/or similar occurrences, incidents, events, conduct, or behaviors that would be unacceptable or undesirable in a Police Department given the power and responsibilities incumbent to the position.
  • For purposes of this standard, and Background Removal Standard H., the “use” of drugs occurs when an applicant smokes, puffs, ingests, tastes, injects, inhales, or otherwise tries, any illegal drug, including but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, anabolic steroids, or chemical inhalants.

B. Family History

  • A conviction of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence involving use of force or threatened use of a deadly weapon is a permanent disqualifier under Federal laws.
  • Non-compliance with a court order or legal contract to provide child support, alimony or other financial responsibility as determined by the appropriate support enforcement bureau or a court of law within the preceding five (5) years.
  • Intentional violation of any protective or temporary restraining order as determined by a court of law within seven (7) years.
  • Verified or admitted sexual abuse as adult of one's spouse, ex-spouse, child, stepchild, and parent or other relative or person with whom one lived or has an intimate relationship.
  • Verified or admitted physical abuse as an adult within the last ten (10) years or sexual abuse of one's spouse, ex- spouse, child, stepchild, parent or other relative or person with whom one lived or has an intimate relationship.

C. Employment

  • Three (3) or more involuntary terminations and/or discharges from employment within the last five (5) years. This shall not include terminations resulting from a business ceasing operations, or resulting from being laid off from a position of employment.
  • Post-probationary termination from any criminal justice occupation.

D. Military History

  • Dishonorable discharge from military service.
  • Conviction of any article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that would be equivalent to a felony under the Ohio Revised Code (ORC).

E. Traffic

  • Any conviction of vehicular homicide shall permanently eliminate an applicant from consideration.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs:
  • Conviction within the past five (5) years, or
  • More than one (1) OVI conviction as an adult; or
  • More than two (2) OVI convictions, if one of the convictions was as a juvenile.
  • Four (4) moving violations in the past three (3) years as an adult.
  • At the time of the interview or polygraph, the applicant does not possess a valid driver's license and auto insurance as required by the residence state and if the applicant owns a car.
 F. Gambling
  • The term "gambling offense" shall include any activity defined as gambling by a federal, state, local statute or ordinance in the jurisdiction where the activity occurred.
  • Conviction of a gambling offense, within the last five (5) years.
  • Admission to gambling that has resulted in an unstable financial or credit history within the last seven (7) years.
  • Conviction of or admission to engaging in the promotion of illegal gambling activity wherein the applicant gains a financial benefit.
G. Criminal Activity 

  • Any pattern of theft offenses, within the last five (5) years, which cumulatively exceeds $1,000.00.
  • Any theft offense within the last five (5) years, which singularly is equal to a felony.
  • This standard includes theft of cable TV service(s), if the theft occurred in the last two (2) years.
  • This also includes the illegal downloading of music and/or movies
  • Any fraudulent insurance claims or fraudulent applications for welfare, workers compensation, unemployment compensation or other public assistance programs in excess of $1,000.00.
  • Any admission or conviction of an offense, as an adult, defined as a felony by the federal, state or local law of the jurisdiction where the offense occurred. An admission of a felony offense would be disqualifying unless otherwise addressed by these standards.
  • Any admission or conviction of an offense, as a juvenile of one (1) violent felony as defined by the federal, state or local law of the jurisdiction where the offense occurred.
  • Any conviction of a M-1 or M-2 misdemeanor as defined by the federal, state or local law in the jurisdiction where the offense occurred, as an adult in the last five (5) years or more than one M-1 or M-2 conviction as an adult.
  • Any conviction of more than one (1) M-1 or M-2 misdemeanor as a juvenile, as defined by the federal, state or local law in the jurisdiction where the offense occurred. (Does not include traffic or minor misdemeanors.)
  • Any admission of an offense for carrying a concealed weapon within the last five (5) years if it is defined as a felony by the federal, state or local law where the offense occurred.
  • Any pattern of theft offenses from an employer or during the course of employment as an adult.

H. Illegal Substances

  • Any use or purchase of drugs of abuse (except marijuana) within three (3) years before application. Drugs of abuse include chemical agents/solvent-based substances and prescription drugs taken for reasons other than intended use, in more than one incident and without a prescription, especially Schedule I, II and III drugs.
  • Any use, purchase, or cultivation of marijuana within one (1) year before application or any time during the selection process.
  • Any illegal manufacture or sale of drugs of abuse, marijuana or prescriptive drugs. If the substance was sold without profit to the applicant, the amount sold was de minimus, and the sales occurred when the applicant was a juvenile or more than five (5) years ago, then the above Rule shall be negated.
  • For the purposes of this standard, the “purchase” of marijuana or other illegal drugs include those purchases made by pooling of resources or money by the applicant and others for substances for their own use.

I. Applicant non-responsiveness

  • Failure to appear for pre-interview/interview, truth verification examination, medical/stress test, psychological exam, or oral board.
  • Failure to return Personal History Questionnaire or Supplemental Questionnaire, or to respond to phone calls or correspondence from Background personnel.
  • Unable to locate at address/phone number on file.