Application Process

City of Merkel, Texas
100 Kent Street | Merkel Texas 79536 | P: 325.928.4911 | F: 325.928.3171

The City of Merkel is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation/At Will employer and does not
discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.




First and foremost, thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the City of Merkel, Merkel Police Department (MPD). The MPD was established with the incorporation of the City in 1906 as a City Marshall’s Office. Through the years the city and the department have grown and is now recognized and commissioned by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as a Municipal Police Department. As with many smaller agencies, we face a number of challenges however there are many rewards. The type of officer we are looking for is a balance between a pro-active enforcer and a compassionate ambassador to our citizens. If you think you fit this mold, we are certainly interested in the opportunity to visit with you.


The MPD does not facilitate a Basic Peace Officer Academy therefor, all applicants must be a Texas Certified Peace Officer in good standing or anticipate being certified before your hire date. You are not required to have any experience for a Certified Police Officer position and we always welcome academy graduates! The City of Merkel does not have “depends on experience” (DOE) pay unless you are applying for a specific lateral position. All new hire pay will be based on the pay scale approved by the Chief of Police and the City Management as it is set in the annual budget. (See Minimum Requirements Sheet for specific jobs)


First you must complete the City Application and employment documentation, which can be obtained online or at City Hall.


If you submit any other version of a PHS, it will be returned to you and you will be requested to fill out the one issued by MPD. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. Make sure you have reviewed your instructions and PHS thoroughly PRIOR to submitting it. Submitting an incomplete PHS will result in withdrawal from the application process. Answer ALL questions to the best of your knowledge, you will be afforded the opportunity to explain anything you have questions over during your background interview.  This form is available at City Hall or online.

This must be returned with your PHS. Not submitting this form will delay your background process and potentially withdrawal you from the application process.

Authorization to Release Information (Military) (ARI-M):
This is for applicants that served ANY time in the armed services. This must be returned with your PHS. Not submitting this form will delay your background process and potentially withdrawal you from the application process.

All of these forms are available online.

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The Merkel Police Department is a Municipal Department of the City of Merkel, Texas