Deputy Police Chief

Lacey, WA
City of Lacey

Salary: $11,069.36 – $14,169.72 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: 2021-00041
Closing: 8/9/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Basic Purpose
Reporting directly to the Police Chief, the Deputy Police Chief manages the daily internal operations of the Police Department, to include the direct oversight and management of major divisions within the Police Department, as well as providing complex strategic and administrative support to the Chief. This position is also responsible for providing management oversight to the division Commanders, providing leadership to internal operations, partnering with Human Resources on a variety of employee relations strategies, and assuring the Department is in compliance with State and Federal laws and City policy and procedures.

This position serves as Acting Police Chief in the Chief’s absence.

The Lacey Police Department mission is to partner with the community to make Lacey a safe and desirable place to live, work, learn, and play. It is the vision of the Lacey Police Department to be a recognized leader for excellence and professionalism in the delivery of police services. This reputation for excellence will be built upon:

  • A commitment to a healthy and attractive organizational climate that makes the Lacey Police Department a highly desirable employer.
  • An organizational culture that values the employees as it strives for continuous improvement and development.
  • A commitment to innovation and enhanced policing strategies that reflect trends in community growth and development.
  • A commitment to making Lacey a great community with safe neighborhoods and a consistently low crime rate.

The Lacey Police Department delivers professional police services based on the following values: Ethics, Integrity, Leadership, Respect, Professionalism, Excellence, and Innovation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
These duties include but are not limited to the following:

Planning and Organizational Leadership

  • Assists the Police Chief in the planning, organization, and direction of the activities and personnel of the Police Department, participating in the development and monitoring of departmental operations, procedures, and goals.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of law enforcement strategies to meet Department and City goals, policies, priorities, and objectives; determines scope and priorities of programs and special projects; researches policies and procedures related to the Department. Responsible for updating and maintaining current Department policies and the safety manual; recommends and implements changes and improvements to existing programs, priorities, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with current law enforcement related legislation and best practices.
  • Participates in Department-wide long range, strategic planning activities. Prepares and recommends objectives, effective methodologies, and associated schedules.
  • Participates in the development and administration of the Department budget; forecasts additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring and approves expenditures; recommends adjustments as necessary.
  • Assists the Police Chief with the research and implementation of alternative approaches to law enforcement.
  • Assumes command of departmental activities in the Chief’s absence and plans, organizes, and directs the activities and operations, with assigned functions, ensuring the furthering of the Department’s mission and goals.
  • Participates in and serves as a key member of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
  • Supports the Police Chief in the development of staffing and resource contingency plans; consults with staff members concerning various critical issues and matters of mutual concern.

Team Leadership and Development

  • Supports the Chief in all personnel management items, including new hire appointments, promotions, demotions, suspensions, specialty assignments, and/or transfer of staff.
  • Oversees training and development programs for the Department and assists in the development and implementation of long range training; may perform training. Assists the Police Chief in developing the overall training vision; works with staff to develop training goals and objectives.
  • Leads by example, supporting and enhancing the relationship between the City of Lacey and the Lacey community by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with clients, visitors, and city staff; provides operational leadership to assure standards are met for productivity, efficiency, continuous quality improvement, customer satisfaction, and teamwork.
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values, and goals of the Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
  • Fosters and promotes a diverse and inclusive workplace culture that supports learning and awareness of cultural competency, sensitivity, and training in implicit bias and in racial equity and justice, including through Department policies and practices. Manages change to support process improvement and ensures the workforce grows and evolves with new policies, technology, and philosophies.
  • Coaches, trains, mentors, and motivates staff; coordinates and/or provides advice and counsel to staff; provides resources and/or direct training as necessary to complete assignment(s). Directly supervises Police Commanders to include selection, development of performance standards, training, coaching, assigning duties and responsibilities, motivating, and monitoring work.
  • Prepares and conducts oral and written employee performance evaluations; recognizes superior job performance. Effects correction in undesirable trends in performance consistent with established City policy, Department policy or procedure, and/or applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Internal Operations Management

  • Actively participates in labor negotiations and grievance hearings with collective bargaining units representing the Police Department; helps clarify issues or concerns brought by the labor negotiators; ensures each contract (collective bargaining agreement) is complied with.
  • Manages the workflow and prioritization of projects and measures the performance of all related staff.
  • Assumes overall command of cases of major importance which present new, unusual, or particularly sensitive problems. Oversees the Professional Standards Unit; manages and conducts internal investigations as directed by the Police Chief.
  • Supports the Police Chief with ensuring the quality delivery of public and support services provided to other City departments and anticipating, expediting, and resolving problems in a way that enables the Department to be more productive with fewer resources and/or to maximize the resources it has.
  • Investigates, resolves, and mediates administrative, inter-agency, and operational inquires and complaints; negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues; evaluates and coordinates the resolution of labor relations and community relations issues.
  • Meets regularly with staff, including through Labor Management Committee(s) as needed, to discuss and resolve priorities, workload, and technical issues.
  • Supports the Police Chief by responding to union grievances and engages in collective bargaining negotiations along with Human Resources staff. Maintains current knowledge of state labor laws and wages and hours and working conditions as it relates to non-represented and represented employees in the Police Department and in relation to comparable positions in the labor market.
  • Works in partnership with the Police Chief and Human Resources to recruit the next generation of law enforcement professionals, with emphasis on ensuring outreach efforts are inclusive of a broad range of potential candidates, that the process reflects a high degree of integrity, and is in compliance with City’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.

Community and Public Relations

  • Serves as the representative of the Department on various committees, City Council, and organizations relating to improvement in the law enforcement profession, exchanges of information, public relations, citizen support, and other similar activities; maintains appropriate liaison role with the news media.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; makes presentations to organizations and civic groups.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Represents the Police Department at City Council meetings as directed by the City Manager.
  • May provide responses to the City Legislative liaison regarding bill analysis on items that could impact the Police Department.
  • Attends a variety of law enforcement related meetings and other administrative meetings with City and division staff, Council, commissions, committees, citizen groups, and others as needed.
  • Frequently attends early morning, lunch, or late evening meetings and/or works hours in addition to the regularly scheduled work week to ensure the effective operation of the Police Department.
  • May perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, police administration, law enforcement, public administration, or a related field AND a minimum of five (5) years of increasingly responsible command or management-level experience in a police department or sheriff’s office, including the direct management of police managers and/or supervisors and the day to day management of one or more major programs or assignments.

*In place of the above requirements, any combination of relevant education and experience which clearly demonstrates the knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential functions of the job will be considered.

** Candidates who have been separated from commissioned law enforcement activities for two (2) years or longer will not be considered for this position.


  • A graduate degree in a law enforcement related field.
  • Completion of advanced relevant police management training such as the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Policing (SMIP), or the Northwest School of Police and Command.
  • Five years of sworn, general authority command-level experience, with three (3) years commanding/managing patrol operations.
  • Three (3) years of command of an investigative or administrative assignment, as well as experience as a Deputy Chief or equivalent.
  • One (1) year of experience with leading labor management committee meetings, successfully managing grievances, and participation in labor negotiations.
  • Demonstrated leadership in managing through social and racial justice change.
  • Experience with driving workforce change and training around cultural competency, implicit bias, and racial awareness.


  • Must meet all requirements of RCW 43.101.095, Washington State Peace Officer Certification, and obtain certification within six months of employment.
  • Must meet eligibility requirements required by State law to hold the position of Police Chief (RCW 35.21.333).
  • All candidates will be subject to a comprehensive background investigation (which includes, but is not limited to: a driving record, work history, credit history, conviction/arrest record, reference checks, and drug history), a polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, and pre-employment medical testing checking for the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • May be required to successfully complete and pass other examinations as required by law, City and/or Department policies, and/or Civil Service Commission Rules and Regulations.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the essential job functions for the ranks of Police Officer, Corporal, Police Sergeant, and Police Commander.
  • First Aid, CPR, and Bloodborne Pathogens certifications.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver License or the ability to obtain within 60 days from the date of hire; must have a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:

  • Modern principles, practices, and methods of municipal police department administration, organization, and operations.
  • Professional, technical, and administrative phases of law enforcement, crime prevention, rules of evidence, criminal procedures and techniques, criminal investigations, statutory, constitutional, and case law.
  • Applicable city, county, state, and federal regulations, policies, procedures, and criminal and civil laws relating to law enforcement functions.
  • Public and personnel administration principles, practices, methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Effective management and organizational principles and practices and the ability to incorporate those in leadership behaviors.
  • Principles and practices of effective management, including supervision, training, evaluation, motivation, problem solving, decision making, and leadership.
  • Psychology relating to human and criminal behavior; social justice issues and cultural equity concerning law enforcement.
  • Current trends in law enforcement and recent court cases affecting police work.
  • Principles of emergency and risk management and safety; Emergency Operations Center processes.
  • Effective labor relations and negotiations, applicable bargaining rules and regulations, and collective bargaining and civil service rules/regulations; negotiation principles and practices.
  • Change management principles and practice and diversity, equity, and inclusion industry best practices.
  • Public safety data processing and communications.
  • Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
  • Effective communication principles and practices to include public relations and public speaking.
  • Methods to organize and prioritize work, meet deadlines, and work under stress.

Skill in:

  • Building strong relationships by demonstrating an advanced degree of responsibility, accountability, and transparency for members of the Department.
  • Ensuring department enforcement actions are fairly and consistently applied throughout the community, and that Officer’s actions are courteous, respectful, and reflect proper practice in their implementation.
  • Maintaining composure and taking responsible action during stressful and/or tactical situations.
  • Analyzing and responding to issues from a division, department, and City perspective; resolving complex problems and mediating or facilitating cooperation among conflicting parties.
  • Developing creative solutions to problems and gaining acceptance and support through appropriate planning and budgeting procedures.
  • Managing the diverse work activities of numerous highly skilled subordinates in a manner conducive to proficient performance, high morale, and departmental effectiveness.
  • Modeling and initiating a quality public service attitude throughout the department.
  • Communicating complex ideas to a variety of audiences in a clear, comprehensive, effective, and professional manner both orally and in writing, demonstrating proper English usage (correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation).
  • Change management principles and practices.
  • Maintaining discipline and respect of employees and in leading and commanding multidisciplinary staff in law enforcement and crime prevention activities, including effectively in emergency situations.
  • Performing high-level negotiations and effectively partnering with other departments and groups.
  • Delegating authority and responsibility.
  • Listening actively and effectively in order to solicit and build on the ideas of others.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups, and the general public.
  • Maintaining a thorough understanding of policing trends and tactics that could be deployed to the betterment of the community.
  • Exercising judgment and making decisions as to appropriate action under pressure in accordance with rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Operating a police car, police radio, firearms, and proper care for such weapons and equipment as required by department policy and procedures.
  • Research methods and report preparation and presentation.
  • Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
  • Organizing and prioritizing work, project management, meeting deadlines, and working under stress.

Ability to:

  • Demonstrate the highest level of integrity and honesty in order to earn the trust and confidence of staff, command the respect of Officers, and maintain high morale.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and foster employee engagement to support continuous learning and growth regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect in the workplace; positively and effectively interact with diverse individuals to accomplish a common goal.
  • Portray an image of knowledge, confidence, professionalism, fairness, and caring. Dress and demonstrate appropriate grooming required for the position.
  • Research and provide clear explanations; take the time to ensure messages are easily understood; close all contacts courteously and appropriately.
  • Support the creation of innovative law enforcement and community policing programs and systems in response to law enforcement problems or issues.
  • Delegate responsibility to designated staff and delegate legal authority as authorized under state and federal law.
  • Prepare a variety of technical and administrative reports, correspondence, and other materials.
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, client records, and City information.
  • Ensure processes, policies, and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively.
  • Be innovative and flexible in approach to duties and readily adapt to changing community and department needs.
  • Maintain positive and effective labor relations between command staff and the department bargaining unit.
  • Initiate leadership in developing and maintaining a working environment that is characterized by efficiency, cooperation, and positive interpersonal working relationships that extends to all City departments.
  • Assume appropriate level of authority for dealing with unusual events in the community or the department.
  • Learn and confidently speak about the geographical layout of the City, street names, and numbers.
  • Maintain physical abilities as set forth under Working Conditions (below).


  • Work is primarily performed in an indoor and outdoor work environment.
  • Exposure to seasonal heat and cold, temperature changes, and adverse weather conditions.
  • Potential exposure to fumes, dust, and odors.
  • Evening or variable hours and emergency call-out; shift work including holidays.
  • Drives a police vehicle to and from the work location to meetings, crime scenes, call outs, and/or designated assignments; traffic hazards and driving a vehicle during adverse weather conditions.
  • Incumbents may be exposed to possible fights and confrontations.
  • Contact with angry and/or dissatisfied citizens.
  • Contact with blood, body fluids, and exposure to communicable diseases.
  • Exposure to explosives, chemicals, and fires.


  • Hearing, speaking, or otherwise communicating to exchange information in person and/or on the phone.
  • Lifting and carrying moderately heavy to heavy objects; operating various police equipment and tools.
  • Performing all Police Officer functions or duties requiring physical agility, stamina and/or endurance in running, climbing, and lifting (i.e. taking cover quickly, pursuing, tackling, and controlling a fleeing suspect, etc.).
  • Bending at the waist, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching overhead – above the shoulders and horizontally, crawling, turning, twisting, or otherwise positioning oneself to accomplish tasks.
  • Climbing through open windows, over fences, and other stationery obstacles and walking or otherwise moving over rough or uneven surfaces.
  • Standing for prolonged periods of time.
  • Ascending/descending stairs.
  • Sitting in a patrol vehicle for extended periods of time and entering or exiting a patrol vehicle rapidly in an emergency situation; sitting for prolonged periods of time in an office environment.
  • Driving a police vehicle safely and satisfactorily in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Physically controlling persons, including those resisting arrest, using appropriate and necessary force.
  • Using and caring for department approved firearms in the safe an appropriate manner required by department regulations.