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POSITION TITLE: Chief of Police
JOB FAMILY: Public Safety
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: The purpose of this position is to plan, organize and control the activities of the 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 good 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.
SUPERVISES:  This position has direct supervision over the Administrative Secretary (1), the Administrative Coordinator (1), and two Captains.
COST CENTER #: Public Safety


• To support the vision, mission and guiding principles of the city.

• While performing any procedure, all personnel must observe applicable Safety, Health, and Environmental rules and guidelines.

• Attend and participate in training opportunities and seminars relevant to this position.

• Adhere to appropriate city operating procedures, benefit rules, employment, and safety policies/practices.


• Plans, directs and administers the activities and personnel of the department. Develops and evaluates departmental activities and programs. Meets regularly with division commanders to discuss issues, formulate strategies and resolve future problems. Manages the assignment of personnel and appropriate training programs.

• Supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned staff. Oversees the selection of employees for hires, promotions, transfers and reassignments. Assesses and reviews internal investigations and disciplinary actions of members of the department for alleged wrongdoing.

• Reports on departmental activities to the appropriate city authorities and coordinates departmental operations with those of other departments.

• Meets with local citizens and business owners to resolve problems, plan special events, and improve the delivery of police services.

• Advises the City Manager on issues pertaining to law enforcement operations.

• Reviews departmental operations for risk management concerns; amends departmental policies to reduce potential liabilities.

• Assigns personnel and delegates work for appropriate and efficient use of resources; directs the maintenance, improvement, repair, replacement and acquisition of Public Safety property and equipment, facilities, staffing and materials.

• Coordinates community awareness programs with the media; approves media releases and conducts media presentations.

• Directs the preparation and administration of the annual operating police budget. Presents the budget to the City Manager for approval. Reviews financial and programmatic aspects of the budget as needed and reports concerns to the city manager. Identifies and applies for grants as appropriate.

• Supervises the investigation of criminal offenses committed within the jurisdiction of the city.

• Establishes the departmental mission, goals and objectives; develops and implements operating policies and procedures.

• Conducts staff inspections to ensure that departmental operations and programs are in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances and policies.

• Establishes policy and direction for the community crime prevention programs.

• Prepares and delivers presentations to community groups on topics related to police operations and crime prevention.

• Attends professional meetings, hearings and conferences.

• Receives, evaluates and approves external requests for departmental records, reports and files.


• Any other duties as assigned.


Job has recurring work situations involving high degrees of discretion. The need for accuracy and effective utilization of accepted programs and routines is high. Errors in judgment will waste resources and adversely impact performance. Incumbent operates independently but work is verified. Content of work priorities are determined by supervision.

The purpose of this position is to manage and direct the provision of police services for the city. Successful performance helps ensure the maintenance of good order and protection of life and property for the community and affects the public image of the city.


Contacts are typically with co-workers, elected officials, news media representatives, members of civic and business groups, representatives of the judicial system, members of other law enforcement agencies, and the general public

Contacts are typically to give and exchange information, resolve problems, motivate personnel, settle matters, and provide services.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

• Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or related field required with successful completion of state-mandated basic police officer training (POST) and ten to fifteen years of progressively responsible and supervisory law enforcement experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Ability to meet current requirements set forth in the Georgia Mandate Law Enforcement Training Act/Peace Officer's Standards and Training Act.

• Complete Chiefs Executive Training Class.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of programs to maintain high law enforcement standards such as State Certification and National Accreditation.

• Knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures involved in the administration and management of a municipal police department.

• Knowledge of management and supervisory techniques and principles.

• Knowledge of budgetary planning and execution procedures.

• Knowledge of laws, ordinances, and policies relating to municipal law enforcement.

• Knowledge of the use of police records and their application to the solution of police problems.

• Knowledge of the procedures used in emergency communications and governmental rules and regulations which apply to the communication function.

• Ability to plan, co-ordinate, and supervise the work of subordinates.

• Ability to analyze situations and to take quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action giving due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances of each situation.

• Ability to write clear and comprehensive reports and make effective oral presentations.

• Ability to obtain information through interviews, interrogations, and observation.

• Ability to react quickly and calmly under emergency conditions.

• Ability to understand, analyze, and interpret a wide variety of complex written information.

• Ability to interpret and explain complex written material.

• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.

• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with City officials, other legal authorities, governmental agencies, the media, and the general public.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the employee is:

• The work is typically performed with the employee sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, crouching or stooping.

• The employee must occasionally lift light or heavy objects, use equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, be able to distinguish between shades of color, and use the physical force necessary to arrest and/or restrain a person.

• The work is typically performed in an office, in a vehicle, and outdoors at scenes of accidents and incidents.

• The employee may be exposed to occasional inclement weather, infectious diseases, and/or irritating chemicals and life threatening situations.

• The work may require the use of protective equipment such as masks or gloves.

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