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The Chief of Police plans, directs, manages and oversees the activities and operations of the Police Department including law enforcement, crime prevention and crime suppression programs; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.
Representative Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assumes full responsibility for all department services including law enforcement, crime prevention and crime suppression programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
- Manager the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area.
- Establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staff levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
- Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, the Police Departments’ work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
- Assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
- Develop and conduct problem solving and identification training exercises; respond to questions and inquiries.
- Direct and assist with investigations of major crimes, accidents, or other unusual incidents.
- Select, train, motivate and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training and career development; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement and maintain discipline and termination procedures.
- Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
- Explain, justify and defend department programs, policies and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
- Represents the Police Department and maintains a positive working relationship with other departments, elected officials, media and outside agencies.
- Provides staff assistance to the City Manager; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
- Serve as a resource for law enforcement personnel, City staff and other organizations; coordinate information, resources, and work teams necessary to support a positive, productive and harmonious work environment.
- Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of law enforcement.
- Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
- Perform related duties as required.
- Attendance is an essential duty of this position.
- All City employees are expected to be customer-service oriented and work cooperatively and pleasantly with other City employees and with the general public.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Employee(s) are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments to the employee.
This position is responsible for the supervision of all employees of the Police Department including complying with City and department policies and procedures, training, and handling disciplinary actions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
- High School Diploma or equivalent.
- Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, police science, public administrator or related field. Master’s degree preferred.BS Degree in Police Science or related field.
- Postgraduate or seminar work in Police Administration, Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), or FBI National Academy (NA).
- Seven (7) years of progressively responsible supervisory and administrative law enforcement experience; including three (3) years of experience equivalent to a Commander, Captain or Assistant Chief of Police position.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
- Required: Active TCOLE Master Peace Officer Certification
- Required: Valid Texas Driver’s License
Knowledge and Abilities:
- Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive municipal law enforcement program.
- Principles and practices of program development and administration.
- Modern principles, practices, and techniques of police administration, organization, and operation.
- Methods and techniques of investigation, identification, and collection of evidence.
- Law enforcement theory, principles and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs.
- Principles and practices of crime prevention, suppression, and law enforcement.
- Principles and practices of organization, administration, and personnel management.
- Methods and techniques of public relations.
- Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
- Management skills to analyze programs, policies, and operation needs.
- Use of firearms and other modern police equipment.
- Recent court decisions and how they affect department operations.
- Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
- Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
- Manage and direct a comprehensive law enforcement program.
- Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.
- Analyze and assess programs, policies and operation needs and make appropriate adjustments.
- Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.
- Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
- Delegate authority and responsibility.
- Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
- Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
- Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
- Perform criminal investigations involving complex and sensitive situations.
- Interpret and apply applicable Federal, State, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
- Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities.
- Attend and pass TCOLE advanced courses on management, criminalistics, traffic, and administration.
- Speak, read, and write the English language. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Continually demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy, and able to establish and maintain effective professional relationships with internal and external personnel.
The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time, salaried exempt position and is eligible for benefits. The work schedule for this position is normally eight (8) hour shifts five (5) days per week but the schedule is subject to change depending on the needs of the department and City. The Chief of Police must be available to work as directed by the City Manager (e.g., City Council meetings, emergency situations, etc.).
An employee in this position will be required to drive a vehicle to various meetings, functions, and events; may be required to travel out of town to represent the City at meetings and conferences and for training.
If a conditional offer of employment is made, employment is contingent upon receiving acceptable results from the required pre-employment physical exam, drug/alcohol testing, and background investigation.
How to Apply:
An Application for Employment must be completed to be considered for this position. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Click HERE to complete an application online. Applications may also be requested by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.