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Assistant Police Chief

Lake City

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This is technical, supervisory, and exempt administrative law enforcement work responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the day-to-day operations of the Police Department including Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Support Services. Work has recurring situations involving high degrees of discretion. Work involves the planning of personnel assignments, supervision of personnel through subordinates, and management of department resources to ensure the protection of life and property and the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Police Chief.  The current Police Chief will be retiring in December 2023.


The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of 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.

  • Supervises the work of department personnel; plans, organizes and assigns work; establishes priorities; ensures the scheduling of duty assignments to ensure minimum staffing and appropriate coverage.
  • Directs, manages and administers day-to-day operations of the Department to ensure operations are conducted in accordance with departmental policies; ensures personnel are properly trained; reviews and evaluates employee performance; approves all leave requests
  • Maintains continuity of command by assuming duties and responsibilities of the Police Chief in his/her absence.
  • Provides expert guidance to staff regarding a variety of law enforcement/public safety matters.
  • Researches, develops, recommends, and oversees the implementation of department        policies and procedures; ensures departmental rules and regulations and work methods and procedures are followed; enforces disciplinary measures as necessary.
  • Provides assistance in preparing, administering, and monitoring the Police Department’s budget.
  • Performs public relations duties; answers questions, addresses concerns, and gives information to the public, civic organizations, neighborhood groups, business groups, the media, and other groups; attends meetings as necessary.
  • Study’s needs, collects data, conducts research, and submits completed reports with recommendations to the Police Chief.
  • Prepares reports, departmental correspondence (both internal and external), other correspondence, and other documents.
  • Reviews and analyzes crime data statistics; develops strategies to impact crime trends
  • Communicates and cooperates with other municipal, city, state, and federal agencies in the accomplishments of criminal justice system objectives.
  • Attends professional meetings and conventions to maintain and upgrade knowledge concerning new technology and developments within the field.
  • Attends council meetings and other required meetings as necessary or directed by the Police Chief.
  • Operates department vehicle in performance of duties.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required by the position:

  • Knowledgeable of budgetary, personnel, and general administrative practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of principles of supervision, training, performance evaluation, human relations, and communication techniques.
  • Ability to manage, direct and coordinate the work of supervisory, sworn and non-sworn personnel.
  • Ability to command respect of members of the department through exemplary leadership.
  • Ability to recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing effective and efficient law enforcement services.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities on multiple projects.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise administrative, technical, and financial reports.
  • Knowledge of modern police procedures, methods, techniques, and practices in patrol, crime prevention, investigation, and administration.
  • Knowledge of current technology used in Law Enforcement practices such as Automatic License Plate Readers, in-car and body worn cameras, and records management systems.
  • Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and apply Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of search and seizure and preservation and presentation of evidence.
  • Ability to serve in a law enforcement capacity in a responsible and effective manner under difficult, stressful, or life-threatening situations.
  • Ability to analyze complex police problems and situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances.
  • Skill in the proper use and care of firearms.
  • Ability to safely handle weapons and use force to restrain/subdue combative subjects.
  • Skill and ability to drive and operate the department’s vehicles and equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Ability to maintain all licenses, certifications, and qualifications required by position.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including City and other government officials, community groups, and the general public.
  • Ability to foster appropriate intra and interagency communications.
  • Ability to facilitate effective conflict resolution.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member effectively within the guidelines of standard operating procedures, department rules and regulations, and within the scope of authority for the position.


Work is typically performed while sitting at a desk with intermittent standing and walking. However, at times work may also require carrying, pulling, climbing, kneeling, and lifting light objects.


Work is performed either in an office environment or in a variety of field and office settings and may require exposure to dangerous and life-threatening situations. Must be willing to carry a firearm; mentally and physically capable of using the firearm, if justified; willing to work any hour of the day or night (shift work), overtime, weekends on call and holidays; work at any location in the city and travel in specific assignments.



Exercises supervision over lieutenants, sergeants, corporals, detectives, police officers and support positions as assigned.  

MINIMUM qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Criminology, Criminal Justice, or related field desired;
  • any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities for the job may be considered in lieu of educational requirement;
  • Certified Peace Officer under regulations of Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) or ability to obtain Georgia POST certification if certified in another state;
  • ten (10) years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience to include five (5) years at a supervisory level;
  • valid Georgia Driver’s License;
  • successfully pass pre-employment medical evaluation, drug screen, and psychological evaluation;
  • satisfactory motor vehicle record (MVR); and
  • acceptable background investigation.


  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college/university
  • FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer’s Course, Command College, FBI LEEDA Program, or similar executive level training


Depending on qualifications, starting salary will range between $75,053 and $82,746 annually.


Submit cover letter and resume to Felecia Styles at or by mail / in person at:

City of Lake City

5455 Jonesboro Road

Lake City, Ga 30260

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