Criminal Investigator

City of Leander, TX


Under general supervision, investigates assigned cases to assist in the protection of the city’s residents and property; enforcement of laws and ordinances and follows department’s policies and procedures applicable to span of control while preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States of America.

Required Additional Documents

Applicants will need to download the below required documents (Hiring Process Letter, Background Waiver and Physical Ability Waiver) to be submitted with the online application: Applications without these documents will be considered incomplete and may result in disqualification.

* Hiring Process Letter
* Background Waiver
* Physical Ability Waiver

Those forms will need to be completed, signed and notarized (where applicable), and then uploaded/attached with the application. Please do not submit other documents (including resumes, cover letters, transcripts, DD214s, etc). To submit the forms after your application has been submitted, use

Once you have submitted all required forms, you will be sent an invitation link to create an account with Guardian Alliance; Complete the online personal history statement via the Guardian Alliance platform. You cannot proceed in the process without completing and submitting your personal history statement. A preliminary basic background check will be conducted and you will be notified if selected to continue to the written/physical test.


Investigator starting pay is $34.67 – $39.80 ($72, 113.60 – $82,784.00 annualized) plus benefits. This is depending on experience at similar size or larger agency.

Application Deadline

Application deadline is July 5, 2024 at midnight. Physical ability test and written test will be on July 12 , 2024 (additional days may be scheduled as needed). Initial Oral boards are scheduled for the week of July 15, 2024. EOE.

Essential Duties & Required Qualifications

Duties and Responsibilities:

* After a field training period, conduct criminal investigations, interview and interrogate suspects, investigate crimes, reach appropriate conclusions and have ability to articulate these facts and circumstances into a professional narrative.
* Collect, review, and prepare evidence from crime scenes and death investigations, while maintaining proper chain of custody, for trial. This also includes video and audio recordings from crime scenes, photographing the scenes, and proper storage of this media.
* As needed for the investigations, issue citations and make custody arrests.
* Keep records of activities and make timely reports concerning all findings of investigations.
* Share information and work with other law enforcement agencies as directed and appropriate. Prepare cases and present them to grand juries, district courts and county courts for review. Coordinate prosecution with district and county attorneys as required, and testify in court when required.
* When not on duty, maintain a rotating on-call status with other detectives for response as needed.
* Work overflow cases and priority cases based on immediate need and priority of the case to include sexual assault cases, Child Protective Services cases, death investigation cases and violent and immediate threat cases.
* Follow-up and communicate with victims on case status, as appropriate.
* Assist other specialized units when needed.
* May work in special programs as assigned. These assignments may include CALEA proofs, recruiting, background investigations, officer field training, and attending civic and related functions in a public relations role.
* May be assigned to work patrol duty and be capable to meet all physical and weapon qualification requirements if assigned to this function.

Required Education and Experience:

* Three years of experience as an investigator, with at least two years of experience in a patrol officer capacity.

Required Certificate and Licenses:

* Valid Texas Class C driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 90 days of hire date.
* Currently a licensed peace officer with TCOLE license at an intermediate certificate level.
* If from out of state, already have obtained a TCOLE license, and be eligible for intermediate certificate upon completion of required courses.

Preferred Education, Experience, Certifications, and Licenses:

* At least two TCOLE approved investigator courses from this list: New Detective/Investigator, SAFVIC, Homicide/Death Investigations, Financial Crimes Investigations, Search Warrant Preparation, Child Death Investigations or CAC experience, computer forensic examiner, robbery investigations, interview/interrogation, or crime scene photography.
* Three years of experience as a dedicated investigator.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

* Municipal police administration and organization
* Departmental rules and regulations, all appropriate criminal laws, including city ordinances and appropriate administrative laws. Observes safety and security procedures. Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines.
* The use and care of specialized equipment. Including police car, police radio, handgun and other weapons as required, handcuffs, first aid equipment, and any other equipment as required.
* Mandates and covenants required by department’s participation in the various law enforcement information and resource systems.
* Possessing excellent customer service skills and phone etiquette.
* Skill and ability in required job skills and knowledge with accuracy and thoroughness. Exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills. Keeps abreast of current developments. Requires minimal supervision.
* Displays willingness to make professional decisions. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions. Includes appropriate people in decision making process. Makes timely decisions.
* Normal speech, normal or corrected vision, and normal or corrected hearing.
* Understand and execute oral and written instructions and ask questions when instructions are unclear.
* Establish and maintain professional working relationships, balancing team and individual responsibilities. Delegate work assignments.
* Meets attendance and punctuality guidelines.

Physical Demands & Additional Information

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and be able to lift, push, or pull up to and in excess of 100 pounds with or without assistance, if required. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Work may involve an element of danger and requires physical strength and agility at times to apprehend or subdue persons suspected of crimes; job incumbents must have the ability to walk or run rapidly, engage in physical altercations and confrontations, subdue or calm a combative individual and to rescue victims. Job incumbents may be required to work near traffic/accident hazards; near moving mechanical parts, in high, precarious places; and with explosives and may be occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or air borne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, vibration, insect stings, and temperature extremes; may be exposed to blood and communicable diseases; may encounter hostile or violent individuals; may be subject to verbal and/or physical attack or assault from individuals and/or may be subject to gunfire. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Your well-being and that of your family matters to you, and so it’s important to us too. To support you and your loved ones through life’s many challenges, we offer our full time employees access to a wide array of benefits including health, dental, vision, life, disability, accident, cancer, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, employee assistance, paid holidays, paid sick leave, paid emergency leave, longevity pay, golf course discounts as well as generous retirement and deferred compensation programs and social security participation.


We offer two types of medical plans (a traditional PPO plan and a high deductible health plan) so that you can choose the one that best fits your needs. The premium you pay is based on which plan you select and who you cover. Covering just yourself? The City currently pays the entire employee-only premium for either plan. Covering qualified dependents in your family? Currently, we’ll pay your employee premium and split the remainder of the spouse/child/family premium with you – we pay 60%; you pay 40%. That generous cost share reflects our philosophy that our employees and their families should have the best health care we can afford to provide.


Dental plans include a DMO option (no cost for employee-only coverage) and two more traditional plans whose premiums are also affordable. You can choose to cover yourself or any qualified dependents and choose which plan best suits your dental needs. Currently, for the DHMO option, we pay the employee premium and split the remainder of the spouse/child/family premiums with you – we pay 50%; you pay 50%. Under the more traditional plans, although we don’t pay the entire employee-only premium, we still split the incremental dependent premiums with you 50/50.


Access to $10 eye exam co-pays and up to $150 frame and contact lens allowances make vision insurance a popular benefit among employees. Cover yourself for just a few bucks a pay period or all of your qualified dependents for not much more.


Your basic employee $15,000 term life insurance policy is paid for by the city. Accidental Death & Dismemberment under the plan would pay an additional $15,000 to your beneficiary if you die in an accident. More life insurance coverage is paid for by the City and provided through our Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) program. If that’s still not enough coverage, you can purchase more life/AD&D coverage for yourself and your qualified dependents. Over the age of 65? These coverages are subject to an age reduction schedule.


Both short and long term disability plans which provide up to 60% income replacement are available to purchase at competitive rates.

Accident & Cancer

Need extra coverage for off-the-job medical injuries or a cancer diagnosis? Supplemental plans that pay cash for some of life’s most unexpected events are available for purchase.

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Want to set aside some pre-tax dollars for health care expenses or dependent care expenses? If you select the traditional EPO medical coverage, you can set aside pre-tax money for medical expenses through the City’s Section 125 medical FSA plan, which is managed by an outside carrier. You can do the same for dependent day care expenses, regardless of which medical plan you select.

Health Savings Accounts (HSA)

The high deductible health care plan has its own provisions for pre-tax health savings (HSA) so you can set aside money for your qualified health care expenses. The City will add $1000 to your health savings account to get you started each plan year.

Employee Assistance Program

We know that sometimes your needs are much different than a doctor visit or a prescription, so the City pays for a generous employee assistance program through Alliance to help you or any household member with counseling, legal referrals or simply a safe ride home.


The City has thirteen designated holidays each year.

Vacation Leave

Most full time, regular employees (excluding firefighters on a 24 hour shift schedule and department heads) accrue 3.69 hours of vacation time each pay period and are eligible to use that time after just six months of employment. The longer you work for the city, the more vacation time you receive, with those accrual rates going up at 4, 9 and 14+ years of service. Never use your vacation time? Don’t worry; you can bank up to two times your annual accrued hours before you stop accruing.

Sick Leave

As a full time regular employee (excluding firefighters on a 24 hour shift), you accrue 3.69 hours of sick leave each pay period, which you are eligible to use after your first pay period with the city. You can also continue to build your sick leave balance up to 480 hours for those unexpected emergencies.

Emergency Leave

The City allows up to five days of paid leave (or two 24 hour shifts for 24/48 hour fire department) for regular employees in the event of the death of an immediate family member (as defined in city personnel policy).

Longevity Pay

Regular full-time employees after they’ve been employed for one year or more are eligible for an annual payout of $5 for every month of City service. So, while that first year $60 check might not seem like a ton of money, that $1500 check (minus taxes of course) for your 25 years of service which is paid around Thanksgiving will likely help you feel very thankful for a little extra cash for Christmas shopping.


All regular full-time employees participate in our Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). Your 7% investment each payroll period is matched 2 to 1 by the City and is vested at 5 years. You can retire at age 60 with 5 or more years of service or younger if you have at least 20 years of service. You can also receive service credit for certain types of military service. The City’s TMRS plan is one of the most generous retirement plans around.

Deferred Compensation

If saving 7% with a 2 to 1 match through TMRS isn’t enough to meet your financial goals, you can stash even more on a pre-tax basis through the City’s 457 plan. Start or stop saving at any time – up to $18,000 annually if you’re under 50, and up to $24,000 if you’re older.

Social Security

City of Leander employees also participate in the social security system under FICA regulations.

Golf Course

We have a gorgeous golf course. Want to learn how to play? As a City employee you can play for 50% off. Check it out!


Have you graduated high school or the equivalent?

* Yes
* No


Are you 21 years of age or older?

* Yes
* No


Do you currently have any outstanding warrants?

* No
* Yes


Have you ever been convicted, plead guilty (nolo contendere), or received court-ordered community service/probation or deferred adjudication for a Class A misdemeanor or a felony?

* No
* Yes


Have you during the last ten (10) years, been convicted, plead guilty (nolo contendere), been on community service/probation or deferred adjudication for a Class B misdemeanor in this state, other state, or while serving in the military.

* No
* Yes


Have you ever been convicted, plead guilty (nolo contendere), been on community service/probation or deferred adjudication for in any court for an offense involving family violence?

* No
* Yes


Have you engaged in the use of marijuana, within the three years preceding the application submittal, except under the care of a physician?

* No
* Yes


Have you ever had Involvement in the illegal delivery or furnishing of any controlled substance or drug to another and received payment?

* No
* Yes


Have you engaged in the use of any drug, narcotic, or controlled substance, not including marijuana, within the past 5 years, except under the care of a physician?

* No
* Yes


In the last 3 years have you had more than 5 moving violations, preventable collisions, or a combination of each?

* No
* Yes


In the last 5 years have you been convicted of reckless driving?

* No
* Yes


Do you have a valid, current, Driver’s License?

* Yes
* No


In the past 3 years has your driver’s license been suspended?

* No
* Yes


Do you have any tattoos, body art, or branding that display offensive designs or wording, or are located on your face, neck, head or hands?

* Yes
* No


How many years of related experience do you have? [select the choice that best fits.]

* 5 or more years of experience
* 1 to 5 years of experience
* None


Are you able to maintain an on call status as required for this position?

* Yes
* No


What is your Peace Officer TCOLE PID number?


Have you read the entire job description?

* Yes
* No


Do you acknowledge understanding that additional documents (referenced in the job posting) need to be submitted with the application?

* Yes
* No

Required Question

Agency City of Leander

Department Police Department Address 705 Leander Dr

Leander, Texas, 78641

Phone (512) 528-2800


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