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Chief of Police

Griffin, GA.

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Police Chief                                                              

Police rev. 11.23




Under supervision of the City Manager, the Chief of Police is an integral part of the City’s leadership team.  This public enforcement professional administers, prioritizes, and directs the day-to-day functions and personnel of the Police Department.  The Police Department is a full-service accredited law enforcement agency currently comprised of 83 sworn officers and 17 civilian staff members divided into three divisions; Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Administrative Services, operating with a budget of near $13 million in the current fiscal year.  The Police Department is dedicated to creating a partnership with the citizens of Griffin and those visiting the community by providing a combination of education, prevention, intervention and enforcement.




  • Collaboratively establishes and communicates standards of performance to include departmental goals and objectives.
  • Develops and implements overall departmental policies and standards of operations, procedures and regulations.
  • Establishes controls to ensure that department activities are carried out according to adopted plans and procedures.
  • Develops a vision and clear direction with staff; develops staff capacities, provides leadership, motivation, conflict resolution, succession planning, performance coaching and evaluation programs for staff.
  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long-range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports, and recommendations
  • Directs the development and maintenance of systems, records, and legal documents that provide for the proper evaluation, control, and documentation of operations.
  • Oversees recruitment, selection, career development and training of personnel for the department; advises, directs, and consults with subordinate officers on matters of training, work assignments, scheduling and discipline.
  • Assures personnel are assigned to shifts or working units, which provide optimum effectiveness in terms of current situations and circumstances; coordinates the information gathered and work accomplished by various officers; assigns officers to special investigations as the need arises for their specific skills.
  • Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs costs control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures to assure sound fiscal control; prepares and administers annual budget; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds for personnel, supplies, facilities, and equipment
  • Establishes credibility and trust with the community through various community education and outreach programs; receives and acts upon inquiries or complaints from the public. 
  • Works with the public and staff on crime situations and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Evaluates evidence, witnesses, and suspects in criminal cases to correlate all aspects and to assess for trends, similarities, or for associations with other cases.
  • Promotes community awareness of the law enforcement function by making presentations to various civic, residential, volunteer organizations and business groups
  • Responds to media requests and conducts media briefings as necessitated.
  • Researches potential funding sources to include developing grant proposals and implementation of those funded.
  • Performs other related duties as required.




  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal police administration, including program planning, direction, coordination, and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of city operations and functions.
  • Knowledge of effective and result-oriented management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of capital improvement programming and funding methods.
  • Knowledge of law enforcement administration principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of civil and criminal processes.
  • Knowledge of budget development and management principles.
  • Skill in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating the work of personnel.
  • Skill in the analysis of problems and the development and implementation of solutions.
  • Skill in the preparation of clear and precise administrative reports.
  • Ability to learn departmental and city policies and procedures.
  • Ability to learn city streets and geography.




The City Manager assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives and  reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of activities.




Guidelines include City personnel policies and procedures, Police Department policies and procedures, state and federal laws, city ordinances, and accreditation standards. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application. This position develops department guidelines.




  • The work consists of varied management and supervisory duties. The variety of tasks to be performed and the variety of issues to be considered contribute to the complexity of the position.
  • The purpose of this position is to direct the work of all Police Department personnel for the city. Success in this position contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of keeping the community safe with the support and involvement of citizens.




  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, elected and appointed officials, court personnel, attorneys, representatives of other public safety agencies, and members of the general public.
  • Contacts are typically to provide services; to give or exchange information; to resolve problems; to motivate or influence persons; or to justify, defend or negotiate matters.




  • The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, walking, bending, or crouching. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.
  • The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee may be exposed to contagious or infectious diseases, or irritating chemicals. Work requires the use of specialized law enforcement equipment.




This position has direct supervision over Police Captains (3), Accreditation Manager (1) and the Administrative Coordinator (1).




  • Must have a valid State of Georgia drivers’ license.
  • Must be an innovative and collaborative professional with proven management and leadership experiences, as well as strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Must have outstanding communication and leadership skills with a professional management style.
  • Must be community oriented and able to maintain positive relationships with citizens, schools, businesses, commissioners, other law enforcement agencies, and other City employees.
  • Must be a motivator with high emotional intelligence and the ability to empower staff and work collaboratively with them.
  • Must have outstanding written and verbal skills and the ability to make clear and concise presentations to various other internal and external groups including the press, boards, and the City’s Board of Commissioners.
  • Must have proficiency in the use of a computer and programs of Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Must be certified by the State of Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) in good standing.
  • Bachelor’s degree required in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Police Administration or similar degree; Master’s Degree preferred; with five years of experience in upper-level police management; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Completion of a major law enforcement management training program such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Southern Police Institute or Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.
  • Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible recent  command level experience comparable in size and complexity to the City of Griffin’s Police Department.

Experience in a CALEA Nationally accredited agency or state certified agency, preferred.

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