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This is a leadership position that requires highly technical, supervisory and administrative engagement of all activities within the Police Department. This employee maintains effective and efficient leadership of all components of the police department. Responsibilities include maintenance of effective working conditions, setting and administering department goals, priorities and objectives, initiating and completing disciplinary action as required, preparing records and reports and the daily effectiveness of the Police Services for the City of LaGrange. This position is granted considerable latitude to monitor the performance of the police department. The Police Chief is accountable to the City Manager. The LaGrange Police Department is a CALI Accredited Police Department and the successful candidate will retain accreditation.
The Police Chief is responsible for directing the operations of the LaGrange Police Department, with a staff of 121 (96 sworn). Required of the Chief is to manage and oversee all functions of the department. A few examples of these responsibilities are administration of policies and procedures, personnel decision-making, and preparing the annual departmental budget. The Police Chief must be well trained in current law enforcement techniques…as an example, community policing…and have the ability to put these skills and techniques into action. The ability to establish trust in the community is a key characteristic of the person the City is seeking for this job. The successful candidate must be energetic, community–minded, and be willing to be a part of the diverse leadership in the community.p >