Chief of Police
Under the general supervision of the City Manager, this position is responsible for the overall management of the Police Department, which includes but is not limited to, developing policies and procedures, developing and implementing short-term and long-term department goals, creating and managing the budget, prioritization of needs, and allocation of resources. This position interacts regularly with other City departments, other public agencies, other emergency service agencies, community groups, news media and the general public.
• Directs, plans, supervises, oversees, implements and organizes the financial management, operations, work flow and maintenance of the Police Department for the enforcement of Texas law, applicable Federal statues, and City ordinances, prevention and investigation of crimes, protection of life and property, municipal police work, dispatching, record keeping, and animal control.
• Develops and implements goals, priorities, policies, objectives, standards and procedures relating to the Police Department, including regularly reviewing Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs).
• Directs ongoing research into modern and new municipal law enforcement, crime prevention, community safety, and investigation methods, technologies and trends and recommends implementation of programs and equipment to help the Police Department achieve its objectives more efficiently.
• Responds to major emergency incident scenes and takes command when appropriate.
• Analyzes future personnel staffing needs and develops short and long-term plans to meet those needs with emphasis on retention.
• Selects, promotes, motivates, evaluates, trains, and disciplines Police Department personnel consistent with applicable laws, civil service and the City’s Personnel Policies and Procedures.
• Supervises and monitors staff performance, ensuring that they are in compliance with City and department policies, procedures, ordinances and resolutions.
• Develops and maintains an efficient complaint tracking system for the Police Department, investigating issues, and responds to concerns.
• Advises City Manager and Department Heads of Police Department issues and solutions to address issues.
• Works with the Fire Chief, EMS Director, and other City and non-City Emergency Management Staff in addressing matters of public safety.
• Develops and maintains positive relationships with colleagues within the City Departments, peers in other emergency service agencies, minority and other community groups.
• Coordinates additional and other assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies and provides highly responsible and administrative support to the City Manager.
• Develops realistic and fiscally sound budget requests based on program need and monitors budget expenditures to ensure they remain within budget allocation.
• Works with and attends City Council and other Board and Committee Meetings as needed.
• Member of and attends conferences and workshops of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
• Education and/or Experience – A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or related field, with a master’s degree preferred. Must have a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in law enforcement with progressively responsible experience in a variety of police functions and at least five (5) years of law enforcement command experience as an Assistant Chief, Captain or higher rank is preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for some of the above. • Computer Skills – Microsoft Internet Explorer and other internet-based search engines; Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft Word processing software; Microsoft Powerpoint; and Laserfiche document storage and retrieval software. • Minimum of a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Advanced Peace Officer Proficiency Certification, Masters Preferred. • Valid Class "C" Texas driver's license. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities • Knowledge of modern law enforcement, crime prevention and investigative methods, practices and procedures; • Knowledge of administrative practices as it relates to Police Departments; • Knowledge of NIMS/ICS principles, concepts, and policies; • Knowledge of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Rules and Regulations, as well as local, state and federal rules and regulations; • Knowledge of Civil Service Law; • Ability to effectively communicate with subordinates, disseminate information and take charge of situations which arise in the course of duty; • Ability to lead, direct, delegate and distribute personnel; • Ability to be self-motivated and willingness to take responsibility for the actions of subordinates; • Knowledge of employment practices, including recruitment, selection, retention and evaluation of staff; • Knowledge of human resource issues, budgeting, research, and evaluation techniques; • Ability to direct, coordinate and review the work of operation divisions/departments; • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis with administrative, elected and appointed officials and the public with courtesy, professionalism, civility and tact; • Ability to plan for municipal needs; • Knowledge and ability to prepare and interpret complicated reports and standards; • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, employees, citizens, vendors and contractors; • Knowledge of intergovernmental relations and ability to understand and work with State and Federal Regulations, Departments, and Personnel; • Ability to maintain composure and decision making skills under stress; • Ability to maintain professionalism and civility in all interactions. Physical Demands • Physical ability to lift 20 pounds; • Must be able to sit for long periods of time; • Sensory demands typically require speaking, hearing, touching and seeing; • Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or other office equipment; • Requires occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching and pushing or pulling drawers to retrieve files; • Must have visual acuity to endure eye strain of working on a computer for extended periods of time; • Must be able to hear; • Mobility required to inspect work of staff; • Physical mobility needed for moving around a worksite for the purpose of monitoring quality of work. • Must be able to meet firearms qualification standards based on Department and TCOLE requirements.