Chief of Police

Leesburg, FL
Leesburg Police Department

Salary: $100,006.40 – $200,012.80 Annually.

Position Summary:

The purpose of the class is to direct the operation of the Police Department. The class is responsible for staff supervision, planning, policy, budgeting, administration, law enforcement, detention, records, and reports. The class researches and formulates long range goals for the organization; develops policy and position papers and negotiates with the city manager and/or elected officials.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervises staff including selecting or recommending selection, training, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining, and terminating or recommending termination.
  • Develops long range goals and objectives; programs and negotiates for resources to achieve goals.
  • Advises and assists crime victims, the general public, subordinates, or others in law enforcement with policy or procedures interpretation; coordinates with other law enforcement agencies, emergency management agencies, and other agencies engaged in protecting the public on matters of mutual concern.
  • Develops or approves policies and procedures for all department functions; evaluates or oversees evaluation to determine efficiency and quality of police service.
  • Develops and submits budgets; justifies and defends budget requirements; monitors and/or approves expenditures; submits financial forms and reports.
  • Directs all administrative functions such as internal investigations, training, public information, records, reports, and other.
  • Monitors or directs all operational functions such as patrol activities, criminal investigations, case assignments, serving civil documents, and other.
  • Directs the collection and maintenance of information to support periodic and special reports documenting department activities and events.
  • Attends or conducts staff, executive, or media meetings to exchange information or discuss matters affecting the department; attends and directs others to attend in-service training and technical or professional classes, seminars, or conferences to improve technical or professional skills.


  • Candidate should possess a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field; supplemented by ten (10) or more years of progressively responsible experience in a police department, preferably in a comparatively sized police agency in a diverse ethnic community, in addition to the minimum training and qualifications established by Florida Statutes, including at least eight (8) years of supervisory or management experience.
  • Completion of executive law enforcement training program such as the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, or equivalent program.
  • Labor/management experience and a master’s degree in public or business administration or a related field preferred; or an equivalent combination of related education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential job functions.
  • Requires a valid State of Florida driver license and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.
  • Requires Police Officer Certification for State of Florida; and Special skills or equipment certification may be required.
  • Must live within a 20-mile radius of the Leesburg city limits within six months of employment.