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Police Officer - Full-time

Starting Salary: $38,200

Superior Benefits & Retirement Plan

Individually-assigned “Take Home” Vehicle*

We are looking for people who:                                                            

  • Treat all people equally
  • Work effectively with groups and individuals
  • Exercise good judgment under stress
  • React quickly and calmly in emergency situations
  • Represent the community in a professional manner
  • Work individually or as a team member
  • Have a high sense of ethics and are self-motivated
  • Are dedicated and hardworking
  • Have a good attitude and want to contribute to great community and organization

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  • Be in excellent Physical Condition.
  • Have a valid Driver’s License and good driving record.
  • Have an excellent moral character.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or permanent legal resident who is honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed forces.
  • Not have been released or discharged under anything other than an honorable discharge from any armed forces of the United States.
  • Not have been convicted of, or plead guilty to, or entered a plea of nolo contendere to any felony charge or to any violation of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to use of force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substances.

Qualified candidates must successfully complete the following:

  • Written examination and timed physical agility test.
  • Assessment center composed of officers and other city personnel.
  • A comprehensive background check, including but not limited to criminal, financial, and personal history.
  • Administrative panel interview.
  • Post-employment drug screen, psychological evaluation and medical examination (at no cost to the candidate).

Duties and Responsibilities:

Sevierville Police Officers enforce state and local laws and ordinances, maintain order, and respond to emergencies. Job tasks include but are not limited to: identifying and apprehending offenders; custodial or non-custodial arrests; use of non-lethal and/or lethal force; foot or vehicular pursuit; interview and interrogation; locating witnesses; seizing contraband; vehicle registration checks; warrant checks; surveillance; searches of persons or places; attending court and testifying as required; and preparing written reports of activities. Officers are typically assigned to patrol a zone by car, bike, or on foot. Officers make routine checks of public, business and residential areas to look for hazardous or unusual conditions and criminal activity. These may include, but are not limited to: assisting injured, elderly or disabled persons; administering first aid; traffic direction & control; investigating suspicious persons or vehicles; and securing accident, crime and disaster scenes.

The starting salary is $38,200 with a reasonable path for salary growth for those employees that meet performance standards relevant to their job. Progression Steps are designed to recognize new employees who are making acceptable progress towards full competency in their job performance. On their anniversary dates, employees judged to be making satisfactory progress will receive a half-step increase beginning the first pay period after the progress step is awarded. No increases are guaranteed, but rather the result of continued improvement in one’s job performance.

How to Apply:

Submit a standard resume or completed application by mail or in person to the Sevierville Police Department, 300 Gary Wade Boulevard, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862 by Friday, October 2, 2020 at 4:30pm. Applications may be obtained during business hours or you can have an application mailed or emailed to you by contacting Barbara Parrish at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (865)868-1762. To keep your application or resume on file with our department you must re-submit it every six months. You can apply on-line at


Written and Physical Testing Date(s):            Applicants will be notified by email on testing dates and times.

Learn more about working for the City of Sevierville and full-time employee benefits.

The City of Sevierville does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin in Federal or State sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d).

Hiring Information and Process

The City of Sevierville Police Department is always seeking ethical, intelligent men and women to join our department.  If you have a good driving record; a personal and professional record showing sound judgement; a work history free of disciplinary issues, poor attendance and/or discharge; and no history of criminal involvement, then the SPD wants YOU!!!

SPD Application for Employment

The selection process utilized by the City of Sevierville Police Department is thorough to ensure the best qualified candidates are selected. The following are the components of the selection process which must be completed by every applicant, or time which may be required to be completed by the department. Not all components are applicable to every position. The approximate amount of time required for each segment is also indicated.

Filling out a City of Sevierville Application     1 hour
Written Examination      2 hours
Physical Agility Test 1 hour
Assessment Center Testing        8 hours
Background Investigation 30-45 hours
Medical Examination 2 hours
Drug Screening 1 hour
Psychological Screening 2 hours
Chief's Interview 1 hour


The entire process may take a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 6 weeks depending on an applicant’s background, number of applicants in the process, number of test slots, etc. All applicants are notified in writing of all scheduled procedures and examinations. Candidates can discuss their denial of employment at any time by making an appointment with the Chief of Police. To make appointment, call (865) 453 5506.

A job description will accompany any application sent or handed out. The successful candidate must be able to meet all of the required skills and abilities.

Hiring Process

  • Testing Date +

    The testing date, time and any additional information will be published in the Mountain Press and other forms of media. Read More
  • Initial Examinations +

    Written exam- A standardized written examination will be administered to each person who attends. Physical agility examination- (not applicable to Read More
  • Assessment Center +

    The top candidates who successfully pass the written examination and physical agility test will be notified and asked to return Read More
  • Management Interview and File Review +

    The top candidate(s) chosen from the assessment center will be asked to return for an oral interview with the Chief Read More
  • Background Investigation +

    A thorough background investigation will be initiated on all candidate(s) who have successfully completes all of the above steps. Sensitive Read More
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Contact Us

Barbara Parrish, SPD Administrative Assistant

300 Gary Wade Blvd.
Sevierville, TN 37862
Phone: 865.868.1762

The City of Sevierville is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex or handicap in its programs or activities pursuant to Public Law 93-112 or 101-336. The City of Sevierville does not discriminate based on race, color or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d.)

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