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Community and Economic Development Director

The City of Freeport is ­looking for a skilled, enthusiastic, and results-driven Community and Economic Development Director. The Community and Economic Development Director oversees long range planning, economic development, land development, zoning, code enforcement, TIF administration, and property acquisition.

Freeport is a micropolitan center that is strategically located in northwest Illinois just south of US Highway 20, thirty miles west of Rockford, Illinois, fourteen miles south of the Wisconsin State border, sixty-five miles east of Dubuque, Iowa, and seventy miles west of the Chicago metro region.  Freeport’s ideal location blends scenic northern Illinois recreational amenities with the quality of life amenities provided by a progressive full-service city.

Freeport, the home of the Pretzels, is a dynamic full-service city located in Stephenson County, Illinois. Freeport serves as the County Seat and covers 11.7 square miles. The City of Freeport is governed by a nine-member City Council including the mayor and 8 alderpersons elected to four-year overlapping terms. The mayor and one alderperson are elected at-large, while the remaining 7 alderpersons are elected by wards.  The city has an annual operating and capital budget totaling $66,723,543.

Freeport is currently conducting a $3,300,000 federal pre-disaster mitigation grant project consisting of floodplain acquisition and relocations and a $4,000,000 reconstruction of the city’s six block entertainment district supported by $1,900,000 of Opportunity Zone grants. The Community and Economic Development Director will be highly involved in these exciting projects.

The Community and Economic Development Director serves on the city’s leadership team and reports directly to the City Manager. The position oversees a $500,000 annual departmental budget and five team members. The successful candidate must be a dynamic communicator and have great people skills.

Minimum candidate qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in planning, public administration, urban studies, community development or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • One to three years of economic development and/or planning experience is required, but three to five years of economic development and community development experience is preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in economic development, land development, planning, and zoning.
  • Experience in code enforcement and residential housing blight reduction is strongly preferred.
  • Tax Increment Finance (TIF) administration experience.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is a team player capable of advocating for department needs, but also understanding of the need to support the mission of the whole organization.
  • Is a skilled project manager able to oversee complex initiatives and ensure project completion.
  • Is able to build and maintain strong partnerships and relationships with diverse stakeholders. A proven consensus builder.
  • Is committed to customer service and community engagement; Highly responsive to community concerns, needs, and inquiries.
  • Is knowledgeable in land use planning, zoning, and code enforcement.
  • Is experienced and skilled in economic development with a demonstrated understanding of financing tools and options, including Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

The starting annual salary range for this position is $70,000 – $90,000 DOQ/E. The City of Freeport offers an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.


Interested candidates should apply online by October 22, 2021, with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references at to the attention of Mark Peterson, Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #225, Northbrook, IL 60062. Please direct all inquiries about the position and/or the process to Mark Peterson at 309-825-5091.  Interviews with the City of Freeport are anticipated in early December. The City of Freeport is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Link to GovHR website: click here



Water/Wastewater System Worker I

The Freeport Public Works Dept. has a full-time Water/Wastewater System Worker I position available. This employee will participate in the construction, inspection, maintenance and repair of the water & sewer system and associated facilities. Qualified applicants must have or be able to obtain a CDL with air brake endorsement within 90 days of hire and be available for emergency call-in for operational or system problems and after hours service requests. Must be willing and able to work outside during extreme weather conditions. Preference will be given to applicants with experience working on water or sewer systems, plumbing or a related field. Applicants must be willing to live within 20 miles of City Yards within 4 months of hire. Starting wage is $19.03 per hour. Applications/resumes should be submitted to Human Resources at, or dropped off at 314 W. Stephenson St. Freeport, IL. Applications accepted until position is filled. The City of Freeport is an equal opportunity employer, and welcomes a diverse workforce.


Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator Trainee

The City of Freeport, IL has a full time Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator Trainee position available. This is a third shift position, with every other weekend required.  Occasional second shift work may be necessary. This position participates in the operation, inspection, maintenance and repair of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and ancillary systems. This includes collecting samples, performing chemical analyses and data collection to generate reports as required.  Preference will be given to applicants having experience in Wastewater Treatment Plant operation. The ability to obtain an Illinois EPA Class IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator License within one year of hire is mandatory. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and operate computers and computer-related equipment is necessary.

Starting wage is $18.41 per hour with a benefit package that includes an IMRF pension, health insurance and more. The City of Freeport is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon any status protected under local, state or federal law. For consideration please submit cover letter and resume to the City of Freeport HR Manager at Applications will be accepted until position is filled.



Police Officer

The City of Freeport is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer – entry level and lateral officer.

Applicants must be 21 years of age at the time of application and must possess a valid driver’s license and not have been convicted of any felonies or serious misdemeanors.  Must be willing to work nights, weekends and holidays, and must live within or be willing to relocate within a 25 mile radius of the Police Department within 30 days of completion of probationary period.

Invitations to attend a mandatory orientation, physical agility and written examination will be sent to those candidates whose applications have been accepted.  The State of Illinois Power Test will be conducted at this time – lateral transfers exempt.

The application deadline for Freeport Police Officer testing for this cycle expires October 8, 2021, at 8:00 a.m.

Link to application: here


Evidence Officer
(Civilian, Part-time)

The Freeport, IL Police Department is seeking a part-time (less than 20 hours per week) civilian Evidence Officer. The primary responsibility of this position will be to log, re-classify, store, dispense, destroy and release property or evidence to its rightful owner, for court presentation and/or for destruction and auction.

Successful candidates will have a high school diploma or equivalent. Former police officers or law enforcement professionals familiar with Porter/Lee BEAST evidence computer software systems are strongly preferred.  Rate of pay for this position is $21.52 per hour.

Applications can be obtained at the Freeport Police Department, 320 W. Exchange St., Freeport, IL or by clicking here. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.  The City of Freeport is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse workforce.




The City of Freeport is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Firefighter/EMT.

Applications should be returned no later than Friday, October 29, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

Link to application packet: here



Link to Career Opportunities on Freeport Public Library Website


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