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JOB TITLE: CHIEF OF POLICE
The purpose of this position is to plan, organize, direct and control the activities of a municipal police department in law enforcement, crime prevention and other related functions. Responsibilities include overseeing subordinate personnel involved in Patrol, Investigation, Crime Prevention, Administration, and Training. While working under often stressful, high-risk conditions, applies sound independent judgment when dealing with dangerous or unusual situations and implements safe practices and procedures. Assesses law enforcement needs and provides technical staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council. Reports to the City Manager.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Assures Federal, State, County and municipal laws and ordinances are enforced. Develops and reviews operating policies and procedures and directs changes to policies and procedures as may be appropriate. Communicates regularly with all department personnel regarding policies and procedures.
Supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned staff including but not limited to handling employee concerns, conflicts, and problems, provide counsel, discipline as well as complete employee performance evaluation appraisals. Oversees selection of employees for hires, promotions, transfers and reassignments. Assesses and reviews internal investigations and disciplinary actions of members of the department.
Implements department standards, codes, ordinances, policies and procedures; act to resolve any conflicts or problems that may arise within the department or relating to department work.
Plans, directs, administers and evaluates the activities and programs of the department. Meets regular with department leadership to discuss issues and formulate strategies to resolve future problems.
Manages the assignment of personnel and delegates work for appropriate and efficient use of resources; directs the maintenance, improvement, repair, replacement and acquisition of property and equipment. Assesses and recommends the need for law enforcement equipment, facilities, staffing and materials.
Oversees all fiscal and budget related matters of the Police Department, which includes preparation of the annual budget, expenditure control, approving all purchases, and verifying invoices involving departmental expenses.
Responsible for the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends, within departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.
Develops appropriate unit-level performance measurements and standards, regularly measures and reports performance, and adjusts organizations, plans, personnel and/or procedures as needed to continually improve performance.
Monitors inventory lists of all department vehicles, equipment, materials and supplies; manages the purchase of department vehicles, equipment, materials and supplies; obtains competitive price quotes; manages receipt of goods/services; coordinates payments with the finance department.
Enforces compliance with safety rules and regulations; ensures that adequate knowledge is maintained by officers regarding safety, vehicles, equipment, tools and materials utilized in course of work.
Monitors radio traffic and ensures communications quality. Works with units to monitor activity levels and effectiveness. Maintains a direct, personal knowledge of significant law enforcement needs within the City and how they are being met.
Conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Studies crime reports and current literature in law enforcement to determine trends and make recommendations for changes in organization and operating policies and procedures.
Serves as the liaison for other departments, elected officials, media, and outside agencies; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues; cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in the apprehension of criminals; assists with planning special operations and task forces.
Communicates with various department directors, the public and other governmental officials as appropriate regarding crime prevention and law enforcement administration to resolve sensitive issues and public concerns.
Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Prepares and review administrative reports and other correspondence. Directs the preparation and maintenance of police files, records and reports. Revises written policies based on legislative changes, court decision and City Council directives.
Confers with other law enforcement officials to coordinate investigations and enforcement efforts and discuss law enforcement issues. Assists with other departments and other agencies in emergency disaster and preparedness planning.
Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints; responds to questions and information requests from citizens and outside agencies.
Maintains discipline, morale and productivity within scope of authority.
Prepare reports, conduct presentations, and instruct training sessions/seminars. Conducts public presentations before the City Council, civic groups, and other community organizations, as needed.
Attend various meeting, conferences and seminars to remain current in the appropriate field of study. Maintain knowledge of any new laws, codes, and/or ordinances.
Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review or modify data; utilizes word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation, calendar, and other software programs.
Operates a variety of standard and specialized machinery, equipment and tools associated with law enforcement, which may include a patrol vehicle, standard/emergency vehicles, firearms, chemical weapons, emergency equipment, electronic surveillance equipment, night vision equipment, radar and laser equipment, radio/communications equipment, alcohol testing equipment, drug testing kits, processing kits, handcuffs, baton, flashlight, camera, tape recorder, or telephone.
Communicates effectively and coherently by telephone and law enforcement radio.
ADDITIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Provides law enforcement or rescue services in emergency situations.
Represents the city at community functions as requested.
Performs any other specific functions as assigned or as directed.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
A Bachelor’s degree from a nationally-accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Business Administration or other related field supplemented by P.O.S.T. certification and ten (10) years experience that includes progressively responsible law enforcement and supervisory work, with at least three (3) of those years as either a Chief or executive level leadership within a law enforcement environment. Municipal experience will be given preference. Equivalent experience may substitute for the educational requirement. Must possess a high level of knowledge, skills and abilities in urban, rural and community based police operations. Must maintain required level of proficiency and certification in the use of firearms and evasive action/driving skills and possess a Georgia driver’s license.
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
(ADA) MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED
TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
physical requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of law enforcement equipment and automated office machines, which includes a computer, printer, facsimile machine, copier, etc. Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or materials. Must be able to exert up to fifty pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to twenty pounds frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for physically active work. Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of at least fifty pounds.
Data conception: Requires the ability to compare and or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.
interpersonal communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants.
language ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of informational documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures. Requires the ability to write reports and essays with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech. Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and well-modulated voice.
intelligence: Requires the ability to learn and understand relatively complex principles and techniques; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; to acquire knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.
verbal aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow verbal and written instruction.
numerical aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add, subtract, multiply and divide figures; determine percentages; determine time and weight.
form/spatial aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape, visually with office equipment and recording devices.
motor coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using firearms and automated office equipment; to operate motor vehicles.
manual dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, including firearms, office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have above average levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.
color discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color.
interpersonal temperment: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions related to law enforcement. The worker needs to relate to people in situations involving more than giving or receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stressful conditions when confronted with an emergency.
physical communicaton: Requires the ability to talk (express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words) and hear (perceive nature of sounds by ear).