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The City of Oberlin is, from time to time, looking for service oriented individuals interested in the rewarding field of law enforcement.  Located 34 miles southwest of Cleveland, Oberlin is a city with a population of approximately 8,331 which includes approximately 3,000 Oberlin College students. The city is economically and racially diverse as 27% of the population is made up of minority residents. Located in Oberlin is the world class Allen Memorial Art Museum, Mercy Allen Medical Center, FAA Air Traffic Control Center, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County, Metro Parks Aquatic Facility, the Oberlin Municipal Court, historic downtown and industrial park.

  • Salary range for patrol officers* (see below)
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Vacation Days and Personal Days
  • Holiday Pay
  • Accumulated Sick Time
  • Longevity and Officer-In-Charge bonuses
  • Health and Accident Insurance
  • In-service and off-site training
  • Tuition reimbursement for approved college courses
  • Uniform allowance

*Salary based off current union bargaining agreement contract as of 1/1/2018. Patrol officers “top out” after four years. Please view the Ohio SERB website for information regarding current OPBA Union contracts.



  • 21 years of age
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license

Application and Testing Procedure:

  • Applications may be obtained at the Oberlin City Hall
  • Applicants must pass a written Civil Service Examination and an agility test
  • A background investigation will be conducted
  • Candidates will participate in an oral interview
  • A Psychological test and Polygraph or Voice Stress Test will also be given
  • Candidates will be subject to a Drug screen test

 Oberlin is a drug free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.

For more information about employment opportunities please contact:

Lt. Michael McCloskey
Tel:  440.774.1061
FAX: 440.774.1150
E-mail: police@oberlinpd.com

To view current employment opportunities click here.