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Police Chief

Forest Park

Listing Summary

Department: POLICE
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $90,802.18 - $121,674.92
Details: Open Until Filled  


The Police Chief reports to the City Manager and his/her primary role is to oversee the operations/functions of the department, including supervising, directing, and evaluating staff.


The following duties are normal for this position.  They are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Approves work schedules; processes concerns and counsels or disciplines as appropriate; reviews or completes performance appraisals; directs work: acts as a liaison between employees and City management: trains staff in operations, policies, and procedures.
  • Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work prioritizes and schedules work activities; ensures subordinates have the proper resources to complete assigned work; monitors status of work and inspects completed work; consults with staff to assist with complex/problem situations and provide technical expertise; provides progress and activity reports to the city management: revises procedure manuals as appropriate.
  • Responsible for promotions, discharge, and other appropriate personnel actions.
  • Ensures compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
  • Ensures enforcement of all applicable codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations (both traffic and criminal) in order to protect life and property, prevent crime, and promote security.
  • Consults with the City Manager and other individuals, as needed, to review department operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations; reports all major incidents to the appropriate authority; makes presentations to City Manager and City Council.
  • Research and assess department and community needs and develops long and short-term goals, plans, and objectives for the department.
  • Develops, implements, and updates department policies and procedures; formulates and develops work methods, practices, training programs, and general orders; monitors implementation of departmental rules and regulations; updates departmental guidelines according to federal, state, or local legislation oversees departmental training.
  • Serves as a member of the executive management team.
  • Develops and implements departmental budget: monitors expenditures to ensure compliance with approved budget; coordinates with division staff members regarding division budgets; prepares projected capital expenditure requests.
  • Oversees, directs, assigns, or conducts criminal investigations; provides consultation, professional or technical expertise on investigations; participates in court activities, testifies in judicial proceedings.
  • Responds to major/critical incidents; requests additional personnel or resources as needed.
  • Creates/maintains positive relations with officers, department executive leadership, and the public and represents the city at various functions; attends city council meetings and various other meetings; provides education and information on law enforcement, crime prevention, and related issues.
  • Performs administrative functions, drafts correspondence, generates reports, and approves training; reviews leave requests and accruals; reviews performance ratings; approves all department travel; reviews case laws; makes recommendations regarding traffic streets, or other issues.
  • Compiles and/or monitors various administrative and/or statistical data; performs research; makes applicable calculations; analyzes data and identifies trends.
  • Maintains current knowledge of policies, procedures, and criminal/civil case law; maintains and awareness of new technology, products, trends, and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops, seminars, and training sessions.
  • Performs other related duties as required.



Education and Experience:

Requires a bachelor’s degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or a related field; ten (10) years of increasingly responsible supervisory experience within police operations, including 5 years in a police senior command position (rank of captain and above).

Special Qualifications:

Eligible to obtain or in current possession of a valid Georgia Basic Peace Officer Standard Training (P.O.S.T.) certification. Eligible to obtain or in current possession of a valid Georgia driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience implementing new, improved, and progressive police methodologies, policies, and procedures to enhance the effectiveness of the Department and the City.
  • Experience in cultivating and building relationships across diverse community groups, with an orientation towards being visible and engaging and making the community a partner.
  • Have a servant leader’s heart, and authentic drive to make the Police Department one of the best departments servings its residents and business in Forest Park, GA.
  • Ability to prepare and administer a complex departmental budget and allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.
  • Ability to evaluate, audit, and/or assess data using established criteria; ability to exercise discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.
  • Ability to apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others in coordinating activities of a project, program, or designated area of responsibility.
  • Ability to operate and control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials requiring complex and rapid adjustments.
  • Ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data and information.
  • Ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may include ability to count, record counts, and perform basic measuring.
  • Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness, and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.



The work is sedentary which requires exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication.
  • Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  • Visual Acuity: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.


Work may be performed with exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, fumes, hazardous materials, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, pathogenic substances, violence, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, explosives, firearms, or rude/irate customers.

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