The salary for the position starts at $225,000.
The City of Somerville offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
The City under the leadership of Mayor Katjana Ballantyne is seeking an experienced law enforcement executive to lead and help shape the future of the Somerville Police Department as its new Chief.
The ideal candidate will work collaboratively to implement and advance the City's Public Safety for All initiative and must have an established track record of ethical and effective leadership and management.
The Chief of Police is responsible for overseeing a staff of 127 sworn officers and 32 civilian personnel in a department that comprises three stations, Headquarters, an East Sub Station, and a West Sub Station. The divisions within the Police Department are Crime Analysis, Detective Bureau, Patrol, Special Operations, Professional Standards, and Traffic. The Community Outreach, Help and Recovery (COHR) unit is Somerville Police Department's in-house program created to aid with assessment, referral, and diversion to alternatives to arrest, as well as pre- and post-adjudication planning for individuals impacted by behavioral health issues.
The next Chief must be a highly experienced, innovative, and engaging law enforcement professional who will embrace the values of equity, transparency, and accountability. The City is seeking a collaborative, transformational leader with proven executive experience and strong interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking, progressive leader with a demonstrated commitment to community-oriented service and engagement at all levels. The next Chief will have a history of leadership that demonstrates a belief in anti-racism. The Chief must have a commitment to reimaging and transforming policing.
Somerville is a mid-sized city with a diverse population of 81,000 located directly to the northwest of Boston, and north of Cambridge, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is located on the west bank of the Mystic River. In 2006, the city was named the best-run city in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe. In 1972, 2009, and 2015, the city received the All-America City Award. It is home to Tufts University, which has its campus along the Somerville and Medford border. Thriving business districts, densely populated residential neighborhoods, actively used public parks, and a multi-modal transportation network, including highly used pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, are found within its 4.1 square miles. Somerville is bordered by Cambridge, Medford, Everett, and Arlington and the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown.
Submit your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 5 professional references by May 19, 2023, at:
Electronic submissions are required.
Telephone inquiries may be directed to:
Jon Fehlman, Senior Vice President at 615-692-9264
Rachel Glisper, Vice President at 339-222-6963
Peter Carnes, Vice President at 508-269-4399
The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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