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Chief of Police

City of Cordele

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The City of Cordele is a local municipal government in South Georgia serving a population of approximately 12,000 citizens.  Located 100 miles North of the Florida state line, and having three exits on Interstate 75, Cordele is the commercial hub of Crisp County and offers excellent growth opportunities for hotels, restaurants, retail and health care services.

Under the appointment and general direction of the City Manager, the Chief of Police is responsible for leading, managing and supervising all aspects of the Police Department to ensure public safety, crime prevention, interaction with the community and the enforcement of local, state and federal laws.  The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in modern police operational and administrative practices, exceptional leadership skills and the ability to create and implement a strategy of community policing and crime reduction.  The Chief will be expected to advance the legitimacy and perception of the police by advocating actions that are supported by the community.  The Chief of Police is also expected to maintain a visible presence within neighborhood and business districts.

The ability to work cooperatively with elected officials, municipal administration, citizens and civic leaders is required.


  • Minimum education of a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Business or Public Administration, Psychology or related field.  A Master's Degree in Criminal Justice or Public Administration is preferred.  Graduate of the F.B.I. Academy, Southern Police Institute or Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.  Successful completion of Law Enforcement Chief Executive training or have the ability to attend the next scheduled training class following appointment.  Ten (10) years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience including five (5) years of management and supervisory responsibility, or an equivalent combination of extensive training, education and experience.
  • Certified Peace Officer under regulations of Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) 
  • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain, a valid Georgia Driver's License with a clean driving record.
  • Skilled in both written and oral communications, including grammar and spelling with the ability to express ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Must be able to work variable hours including nights, weekends, holidays and after-hours when necessary.
  • Must be able to operate modern office equipment and computer including applicable software applications.

A more detailed job description is available on the Cordele Police Department's employment page found at


Qualified applicants are asked to submit an application and signed job description via the Cordele Police Department's employment page at  Applications can also be obtained from the Human Resources Department located at Cordele City Hall 501 7th St., North, Cordele Georgia 31015.

In addition to a completed application, applicants must submit a cover letter of interest, resume and a list of three professional references (at least one from a previous employer) that includes names and contact information.  A resume will not be accepted in lieu of an application.

Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, August 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm.   

For questions or additional information please contact David Wade, Director of Human Resources, by telephone at (229) 276-2904 or email at


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