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Assistant Chief of Police


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                                                                      City of Doraville, Georgia

                                                                           Position Description


Position Title:                               Assistant Chief of Police

Reports to:                                    Chief of Police

Department:                                 Police

FLSA Status:                                Exempt



Summary of Position:

Assists the Chief of Police in the supervisory and administrative work in planning, organizing and directing the work of the Police Department.  An employee in this position assists the Chief of Police in maintaining the efficient operation of the Police Department, assuring that law and order are maintained, that laws and ordinances are enforced, and that measures are implemented to prevent crime and to protect lives and property.  This employee will represent the Department and serves in the Chief’s stead during absences or as assigned. Supervision will be exercised over the work of all subordinate police department personnel.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties are normal for this position.  The omission of a specific statement from the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification.  Other duties may be required and assigned. 


  • Assists the Police Chief in the planning, organizing, and directing of the activities and personnel of the Police Department participating in the development and monitoring of departmental operations, procedures, and goals. Acts in the absence of the Police Chief.
  • Advises and assists subordinates in complex criminal or other investigation and enforcement duties.
  • Confers regularly with the Police Chief regarding the department’s accomplishments, activities, and needs.
  • Serves as an advisor to the Police Chief in matters of policy, training of officers, selection of equipment and technology systems, and personnel assignments. Communicates with the Police Chief regarding confidential matters from within and outside the Department including: personnel, operational and political issues.
  • Formulates work methods and practices to be followed by the department according to best practices and industry standards.
  • Communicates with other City personnel and outside organizations regarding crime prevention and law enforcement administration and resolves sensitive issues and public concerns.
  • Cooperates with county, state and federal officers in the apprehension and detention of wanted persons, and other matters related to the Police Department.
  • Attends civic, community and professional meetings to explain and promote the activities and functions of the department, as needed.
  • Prepares for and attends court as necessary.
  • Assists the Police Chief in preparing the annual budget recommendations for the Police Department.
  • Exercises discretion in the performance of the work and regularly uses independent judgment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Desirable Skills and Qualifications:

  • Skilled in the use of a computer, the evaluation of personnel, and oral and written communication.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct a comprehensive program of law enforcement services; to analyze and make management decisions; to maintain complex records, and to prepare reports utilizing these records; to supervise, to plan, establish, assign, and coordinate priorities.
  • Must be able to accurately forecast future conditions of the department; to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions.
  • Must be able to work effectively with the City Manager, elected officials, and professional staff members in City government.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local law and legal procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of departmental rules and regulations.
  • Thorough knowledge of law enforcement methods, procedures and techniques and to apply such knowledge to specific situations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the methods and practices of the administration and management of a modern police department.
  • Thorough knowledge of the geography of the City and location of important buildings and areas.
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate the work of subordinate employees.
  • Ability to deal courteously and fairly with the public.
  • Ability to analyze situations and to take a quick, effective and reasonable course of action, giving due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation.
  • Ability to write clear and comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to make effective oral presentations.
  • Ability to react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions.
  • Ability to understand, analyze and interpret a wide variety of complex written information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and other agencies and the public.
  • Must be able to function effectively in a work environment in which the employee is exposed to significant public scrutiny and be able to adequately and effectively address public questions and concerns as well as interact with members of the community.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; and 10 years’ experience in law enforcement of which 5 years was in a supervisory or management role; or the equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.
  • Must have a basic Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Law Enforcement certification or the ability to obtain certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must have no record of any felony convictions.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver's license (Class C) and a satisfactory MVR.
  • Must be bondable.


Georgia law 92A-2108, as amended, requires that any person employed in any of the police service classification: (a) be at least 18 years old; (b) be a citizen of the United States; (c) have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent; (d) not have been convicted, by any state or by the federal government, of any crime, the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison or institution; nor shall he have been convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish a pattern of disregard for the law; (e) be fingerprinted and a search made of local, state and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record; (f) possess good moral character as determined by investigation under procedures established pursuant to the Act; (g) have an oral interview with the hiring authority or his representative(s) to determine such things as applicant's appearance, background and ability to communicate; and (h) be found, after examination by a licensed physician or surgeon, to be free from any physical, emotional or mental conditions which might adversely affect his exercising the powers or duties of a peace officer.


Mental and Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-50 pounds).


  • Ability to communicate orally and to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, taste, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. 


  • Performance of essential functions may require exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, smoke, temperature and noise extremes, hazardous materials, fire, unsafe structures, heights, confined spaces, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim lights, toxic agents, explosives, water hazards, disease, pathogenic substances, or rude/irate customers.


  • In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other applicable law, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the City.


Other Requirements:

  • Must be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  • Must be able to work various shifts which include working on weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment background investigation, to include but not limited to, a physical examination with drug screening and an oral interview.


At-Will Employment:

This classification specification does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

Employment with the City of Doraville is at-will in accordance with Georgia law.


Equal Opportunity:

The City of Doraville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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