San Marcos Police Department offers entrance exams, potential hiring bonuses

The San Marcos Police Department is hiring new officers. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)
The San Marcos Police Department is hiring new officers. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

The San Marcos Police Department is hiring new officers. (Joe Warner/Community Impact Newspaper)

An entrance exam for certified applicants will be hosted by the San Marcos Police Department on June 6, with a potential $3,000 hiring incentive for those chosen, according to the city.

In order to qualify for the exam, according to a release from the city, registrants must currently be licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as a peace officer or graduate no later than July 31.


The city said officers hired from the process will be eligible for a $3,000 hiring incentive, with $1,500 at hire and $1,500 at completion of training. The starting salary for an officer is between $57,163 and $64,913, based on experience.

“At this time, our department is looking to add at least six qualified and community oriented officers to our SMPD family,” Commander Lee Leonard said. “We would love to see a record number of interested candidates respond.

According to the release, the deadline to apply is June 3. For more information, visit www.smpdjobs.com. The department will likely open testing for all applicants, including noncertified, as soon as August.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.