Chief of Police

Cottonwood, AZ
Cottonwood Police Department

Salary: $111,430 – $153,216.

Closing Date: May 1, 2024.

Position Summary:

Under the direction of the City Manager, the Chief of Police is responsible for the delivery of quality Community-Based Policing in active partnership with the citizens of Cottonwood ensuring for the protection of lives and property in the City through the leadership, management and direction of all police employees and functions including Administrative and Patrol Services as well as a Regional Public Safety Communications Center. The Police Chief may perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • This position manages the Police Department and directs the planning, delivery, and evaluation of all departmental services and activities; ensures safe, efficient, high quality, timely and proactive customer centered prevention and response to the City; provides advice on public safety, law enforcement and community service issues to the City and to the general public; ensures maintenance of a healthy work culture rooted in placing the organization and mission first coordinates law enforcement activities with other public safety agencies from other communities, jurisdictions, state and federal agencies.
  • Develops standard operating guidelines, department rules and regulations; provides leadership, guidance and direction; selects, trains, coaches, guides, and motivates personnel and volunteer staff; works with employees to correct deficiencies; makes decisions on promotions, demotions, and disciplinary actions; conducts employee performance evaluations.
  • Develops presentations for interaction with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Maintains positive relations through continuous dialogue with civic, community neighborhood groups and community leaders; as a member of the City’s top management team, assists in addressing City-wide concerns.
  • Provides professional development to subordinates through training, coaching, mentoring and counseling; evaluates personal performance and ensures certifications and professional performance standards are met; resolves personnel problems and ensures interpersonal and organizational communications; coordinates work schedules; establishes a vision for the Department to ensure ongoing development of long-range goals and objectives.
  • Advises the City Manager in all matters relating to the Police Department; provides significant support to andactively participates in the City’s leadership team meetings; works across all City departments to ensure that the work of the City is completed timely; and, prepares, submits, and presents staff reports (e.g. budgetary, fiscal, weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.) and other necessary correspondence.
  • Formulates, develops, maintains and promotes a vision for the Police Department, as articulated by the City Manager and City Council.
  • Actively supports and upholds the City’s stated mission and values,including being open for business and providing excellent customer service that is externally focused.
  • Must have the ability and motivation to continue moving the Cottonwood Police Department forward in performance.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred, in Police Science, Administration of Justice, Organizational Management, Public Administration or closely related area and work experience equivalent to ten (10) years full time managerial and supervisory level sworn law enforcement work. FBI National Academy graduate or Northwest Command School graduate preferred.
  • Candidate of choice must possess Arizona Peace Officer Standards Training (AZPOST) certification as a Law Enforcement Officer or obtain within 90 days of hire.
  • Possess a valid Arizona driver’s license, and successfully pass the Police Officers Physical Ability Test or an equivalent fitness test prior to date of hire and annually thereafter.