The Fire and Police Commission of the City of Mt. Vernon is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Police Officer.

Starting salary is approximately $43,000 per year (includes holiday pay and roll call) with excellent benefits package.  A fact sheet that outlines the position, salary, benefits and testing times is included in the application kit.  Applicants must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and be between the ages of 21-35. 

Applications may be picked up at the Mt. Vernon Police Department; 211 N. 10th Street, Mt. Vernon, Illinois now and must be returned or postmarked by May 6, 2014.  Applications may be mailed to applicants who reside outside of Jefferson County by calling (618) 242-2131.

The City of Mt. Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer





Assistant Finance Director

City of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, (pop.15,277) located 75 minutes east of St. Louis at the crossroads of I-57 and I-64 in Jefferson County, Illinois, seeks an Assistant Finance Director.

The Assistant Finance Director will, under the direction of the City Manager and Finance Director, assist, plan, and organize the activities of the Finance Administration Department and Utility Billing Services Department.  Completes City Payroll, data entry, journal entries, the collection of accounts receivable; assists with payment of accounts payable, the City’s investment program, the City’s purchasing program, and the City’s insurance administration, premiums and policies.  The Assistant Finance Director assists in the preparation of the annual City Budget; assists, prepares and maintains financial reports and budgetary controls; prepares financial records for and assists with the audit; prepares and presents related reports to the Finance Director, City Manager and City Council.

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in accounting, finance, or other related field.

Advance/Intermediate skills in the utilization of the Microsoft Excel Program

Requires minimum of one year progressively responsible professional experience in accounting, budgeting or financial control.

Knowledge of governmental accounting, auditing and budgeting principles and practices, preferred

Knowledge of the Tyler Accounting and Payroll software, a plus.

    Knowledge of Windows Operating System, and computer programs, such as Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and the Internet,

A successful candidate needs a high level of communication, organizational, project management and leadership skills

A commitment to citizen service and community interest.

Must be able to demonstrate courtesy and excellent communication skills with elected officials, city employees, and residents

Residency within Jefferson County, Illinois is required after 6 months of employment.

A pre-employment physical, drug screen, and a thorough background check will be required of the successful applicant.

Position open until filled.  Salary 35k-41k DOQ.  Interested candidates are encouraged to review job description and requirements that are posted at 

Submit an application, resume, cover letter, and salary history by March 28, 2014, to:

Director of Human Resources
City of Mt. Vernon, Illinois
P O Box 1708
Mt. Vernon, Illinois


Instructions and Application Forms

The City of Mount Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer

City Job Application (in PDF Format)

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In addition to the City Job Application, applicants are requested to complete and return the following documents with the job application:

                   1.     Criminal History and Background Check
2.     Pre-Employment Drug/Alcohol Testing Consent Form
3.     Request for Employment Information and Release of Liability

Submit completed job application,
authorizations, and releases to:
 City of Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Human Resources Department
1100 Main Street, PO Box 1708
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
(618) 242-6810  Phone
(618) 244-8910  Fax

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How to Apply:

Police, Fire, and Telecommunicators – Applicants are hired from an eligibility list.  Eligibility lists are established every two years, or when the list is depleted.  Advertisement for applicants will appear in the local and area newspapers and will be posted at City Hall.  The selection and appointment of sworn police officers and sworn fire personnel shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners. 

All Other City Positions – Recruitment of personnel is normally through advertising in local and area newspapers, professional publications and/or through job applications kept on file in the Human Resource Department.  Applications are retained for a period of one year.   The Director of Human Resources will keep an open file on applications.  Applications will be received at any time for City positions except for sworn fire, police, and telecommunicator personnel.  As a result of a single application, a candidate will be considered for positions in which the applicant's principal qualifications apply. 

City of Mt. Vernon Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

Address: 1100 Main Street, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864
Telephone #:      
618 242-6810

City of Mt. Vernon Contact Person: Cheryl Conner, Director of Human Resources      

Policy Statement

It is the policy of City of Mt. Vernon to provide equal employment opportunity in City Government for all persons; to prohibit discrimination in employment based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, marital status, or disability; and to promote the full utilization of all incumbent employees in the City.  City of Mt. Vernon will follow this policy in recruitment, hiring, promotion into all classifications, compensation, benefits, transfers, assignments, tours of duty, shifts, layoffs, returns from layoff, demotions, terminations, training, educational leave, social and recreational programs, and use of City facilities.  It is not the intent of this policy to permit or require the lowering of bona fide job requirements or qualification standards to give preference to any employee or applicant for employment; however, we will take positive affirmative measures in accordance with the prevailing Federal and state law to recruit minorities, females, and persons with disabilities to all levels of City government.  Any employee of City of Mt. Vernon who fails to comply with this policy is subject to appropriate disciplinary action.


City of Mt. Vernon is committed to making its workforce profiles more closely reflective of the available labor force in the community.

Steps to Achieve Objective

The following steps will be taken to address the underutilization of minorities in the City’s workforce.  The City will:

• Identify, contact and advertise open positions at minority organizations.

• Attend trainings on diversity recruiting strategies

• Provide opportunity for employees in all job classifications to upgrade their skills and improve their career opportunities through training

• Review recruitment and retention efforts and apply information derived from exit interviews to efforts to improve retention.

• Explore new methods to recruit employees

• Review and update annually the City’s recruitment methods, practices and policies to promote equal employment opportunity through recruitment efforts.

• Monitor recruitment policies and procedures to determine if recruitment efforts are enabling the City to meet and maintain objectives.

• Provide EEO training to supervisors and managing directors on EEO policies, processes, documentation, interview processes, and employment requirements.

• Offer City-sponsored trainings to our employees on diversity.


 The Director of Human Resources will be designated to implement the Equal Employment Opportunity Program for City of Mt. Vernon.


• Include the statement “We are an equal opportunity employer” on all job announcements, “City of Mt. Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer” on recorded job listings and “EEO” on all employment ads.

• Post the EEO plan on the City’s web site.

• Include on all job announcements, and post at the City’s job board, information explaining how applicants and members of the public may obtain a copy of the EEO plan.


 • Conspicuously post the EEO policy on bulletin boards throughout the City.

• Post the EEO plan on the City’s intranet site.

• Inform all new employees about the EEO plan, and how they may obtain a copy, at the new employee orientation.