MOULDER AND ASSOCIATES LLC uses a process that identifies leaders that have a management style and organizational values that are compatible with the community, city council, city staff and members of the organization.
Many other consultants and search firms use a similar process but they do not have the over-forty years of law enforcement experience of both Chief Moulder and Chief Niebur.
DEVELOP A POSITION PROFILE:
The position profile is developed by conducting personal interviews with council members, city administrators and other key staff members. Interviewing city residents with a strong interest in city government enhances the profile and gives community ownership of the process.
Interviews are structured to identify essential facets (traits) of an ideal candidate. The traits include desired professional background, experience, education, specific skills and abilities. The interview results are summarized in writing and provided to the appointing authority for further input to MOULDER AND ASSOCIATES. Those comments result in a final position profile that represents a consensus of the council, city leadership and the community.
DEVELOP AND PLACE ADVERTISEMENTS:
We develop the wording of an employment announcement based upon the position profile and city's job description. This advertisement can include a description of the city, its location and attractions. The search process is supplemented by personal contacts with individuals interested in new employment opportunities as law enforcement leaders and posting the opening on national police organization websites. We also use e-mail distribution lists to circulate the announcement to law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
SCREEN AND RANKING APPLICATIONS:
We review and evaluate the responses received. Candidates that meet the minimum requirements are invited to respond to essay questions developed from the position profile interviews. Essay responses afford an opportunity to evaluate writing skills and practical application of professional philosophy.
Applicants that respond to the essay portion are interviewed by telephone. Following the interviews, applicants are ranked. We make written recommendations regarding which candidates should continue in the process. All application files are available for review by the city along with our recommendations. This includes the opportunity to discuss our suggestions and reasoning with appropriate city representatives.
The city will make the final determination as to which applicants will continue in the process.
Applicants from outside of Iowa must be capable of passing the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Physical Agility and General Knowledge tests. We administer those tests as applicable. Information regarding those tests is available at the ILEA website.
ARRANGING FINAL INTERVIEWS AND TESTING:
MOULDER AND ASSOCIATES will contact applicants to schedule all interviews and testing in coordination with the Civil Service Commission, city council or other reviewing agency. This includes scheduling travel and hotel as needed.
We can recommend a set of interview questions based upon the position profile and assist in structuring the individual interviews.
We conduct preliminary personal reference and employment checks on the top two or three candidates. These will involve primarily telephone contacts with employers and references provided by the candidate. The candidates' credentials will be confirmed with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy to validate their ability to be licensed as a police officer in Iowa.
We conduct a thorough background check including criminal, credit, driving and personal background history of the top one or two candidates.
ASSISTING IN NEGOTIATING THE EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT:
We provide assistance in the offer of employment, including the development and negotiation of the wage and benefit package.
NOTIFICATION OF CANDIDATES NOT SELECTED FOR THE POSITION:
Candidates are advised of their status throughout the process. After the final selection is made, all applicants are informed of the conclusion of the process.