Chief of Police

Goodyear AZ
City of Goodyear

Salary: $170,216.00 – $239,946.00 Annually

Closing Date: 4/22/2024 5:00 PM Arizona

Job Description Summary

The City of Goodyear is actively seeking an innovative, effective, and collaborative leader to serve as our next Police Chief. In this critical role, you will be responsible for managing and leading a dedicated team of 165 sworn officers and 68 non-sworn staff. With a FY 2024 annual operating budget of $58.9 million, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety and security of our vibrant community.

Goodyear is where you want to be if you want to see scenic mountain views, desert vistas, wide open spaces, golf courses, lakes and park. Located in the southwest portion of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, Goodyear has been the recipient of much of the Valley’s recent growth. Goodyear is the ninth fastest growing city in the nation in 2021 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Goodyear is a friendly community where newcomers feel at home right away. Goodyear’s 2023 Citizen Satisfaction Survey indicates that 93% of Goodyear residents feel safe in their neighborhood and 9 in 10 residents would recommend Goodyear to others.

The ideal candidate will possess highly collaborative interpersonal abilities necessary to effectively lead our Police Department. As the top candidate, you will bring extensive experience in law enforcement with a minimum of thirteen years, backed by a proven track record of accomplishments such as earning a Bachelor’s Degree. Your broad background in law enforcement operations will be complemented by your ability to adapt to changing conditions and your familiarity with best practices in community-oriented policing.

The successful Police Chief will be strategically oriented, self-assured, and committed to establishing a reputation for fairness, honesty, and compassion. Other desired personal attributes and characteristics:
•Consistently convey and execute the missions and strategic goals of the City and Department through candid, transparent, and forthright communication.
•Energetically embrace ownership of the job and all responsibilities in managing a robust organization.
•Proficient in community engagement to effectively address neighborhood issues.
•Lead, promote and articulate the department and City’s commitment to building a strong culture.
•Demonstrates unwavering integrity, intellectual honesty, and a strong commitment to equity and diversity.
•Possesses a successful history of identifying and assessing specific organizational requirements.
•Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with organized labor and other city departments.
•Extensive knowledge of current trends and issues that affect and influence law enforcement and community service.
•Creative and flexible problem-solving capabilities, with the ability to elevate concerns early to the City Manager’s Office, as well as the ability to analyze and resolve complex and sensitive issues.
•Ability to become a leader in the west valley to address local public safety concerns.

At the City of Goodyear, you will be a part of an organization that values its employees as its greatest asset. You will become part of a dedicated team of police professionals that will be challenged to learn and grow in an environment that values employee development and career-building. You will thrive in a culture of innovation. We believe that successful employees are those that possess six core values:

Integrity – Initiative – Empathy – Optimism – Innovation – Adaptability


Only a limited number of the most highly qualified applicants meeting the City’s requirements will be invited for an interview. The examination process for this position will include file review (no suspension, demotion, or unsuccessful evaluations within the past 12 months), a panel Interview (s) and may include a presentation.

All communication regarding application status and interview notifications will be sent via email- please monitor your junk/spam email for communication as messages will come from a system generated source.

First Review date April 22, 2024
The position of Chief of Police serves in an at-will capacity

Essential Functions

This information is intended to be descriptive of the key responsibilities of the position. The following functions do not identify all duties performed by the incumbent. Other duties and responsibilities will be performed as assigned.

  • Plans, organizes and directs all functions and operation of the Police Department in the enforcement of laws and ordinances, the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property. Develops and manages Department planning documents, policies, procedures, directives, and general orders.
  • Holds all employees accountable for their actions and conducts and administers discipline in accordance with department and city policies and State of Arizona Officer Bill of Rights through the determination of appropriate discipline and/or corrective action.
  • Serves as a member of the city’s leadership team by attending and participating in City Council and weekly Leadership Team meetings, assisting in decision making for operations of the city, and conferring with other city departments related to law enforcement issues.
  • Coordinates the city’s law enforcement activities with other law enforcement agencies and City administrative staff. Assists in the development of municipal law enforcement policies. Meets with the public formally and informally to maintain positive relationships. Develops, implements and monitors internal communications programs and processes.
  • Keeps Deputy City Manager informed with all important police department matters.
  • Oversees the preparation of the Police Department’s Operating Budget by conferring with the management staff to determine annual budget needs, presenting budget requests to the Deputy City Manager and Finance Director. Oversees the administration of the budget and develops strategies that will ensure fiscal responsibility in carrying out effective law enforcement/policing programs.
  • Responsible for the selection and evaluation of Department staff.
  • Cultivates positive community relations by participating in community functions, serving on community boards, coordinating law enforcement activities with other police agencies, and conferring with citizens and city officials on law enforcement issues.
  • Represents the City Manager in all public safety matters both administrative and operational. Exercises operational command authority in the event of natural or civil disaster.
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate crime statistic data and for reporting to Council, Executive Leadership, and Public as appropriate.
  • Coordinates law enforcement activities in the field, responding to call for service or crime scenes as necessary and appropriate.


  • Formal Education/Knowledge: Must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent of four years of relevant work experience. Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field.
  • Experience: Minimum thirteen years leadership experience as a sworn peace officer, which must include three years of progressive promotion and advancement in responsibilities and rank (i.e. Command, or Deputy Chief of Police or equivalent)..
  • Certifications and Other Requirements: Must possess driver’s license and AZPOST Peace Officer Certification or ability to attain within three months of hire. Desired completion of FBI National Academy, Law Enforcement Command Institute of the Southwest, Southern Police Institute or Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command program.
  • Reading: Work requires the ability to read general correspondence, development agreements, memorandums, policy, directives, and legal documents at a college level.
  • Math: Work requires the ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; to manage a budget; and to generate statistics.
  • Writing: Work requires the ability to write general correspondence, memorandums, City Council action requests, budgets, and reports at a college level.
  • Managerial: Complex – Work requires managing and monitoring work performance of a department including evaluating program/work objectives and effectiveness, establishing broad organizational goals and realigning work and staffing assignments for the department.
  • Budget Responsibility: Significant – Has responsibility for final approval of a department’s budgetary recommendations to a Deputy City Manager/City Manager. Monitors progress toward fiscal objectives and adjusts plans as necessary to reach them.
  • Police/Decision: Significant – The employee normally performs the duty assignments within broad parameters defined by general organizational requirements and accepted practices. End results determine effectiveness of job performance. This position independently decides how objectives are achieved and what resources are needed.
  • Technical Skills: Comprehensive Application – Work requires advanced skills and knowledge in approaches and systems, which affect the design and implementation of major programs, solutions for highly complex issues, and/or processes organization-wide. Independent judgment and decision-making abilities are necessary to apply technical skills effectively.
  • Interpersonal/Human Relations Skills: High – Interactions involve overseeing and/or approving final decisions regarding policy development and implementation. This level often involves interaction with others outside the organization or department on key organizational/departmental issues and requires exercising participative management skills, high levels of negotiation, and the ability to reach consensus on complex issues to achieve organizational goals and objectives.

12 Month Objectives

– Immerse self in department and understand and embody Goodyear City and Police Department culture
– Learn and understand the city’s growth plan along with department
– Participate in regional land state law enforcement organizations and initiatives
– Have the ability to be collaborative and flexible on issues of mutual concerns of the collective of all city departments
– Assess current departments effectiveness in all aspects of policing

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