Deputy Police Chief

Chester, SC
Chester Police Department

Salary: $55,000 – $65,000.

Open until filled

Essential Functions:

  • The Deputy Police Chief performs specialized law enforcement duties and administrative work in the coordination, planning, review, and supervision of the activities in the department.
  • The Deputy Chief has direct supervision of personnel and activities, including supervising subordinate leaders and staff.
  • Work includes assisting in developing and managing the department budget, monitoring for safe working conditions, investigating complaints from citizens concerning department policies or officer conduct; problem-solving with staff on various issues and activities; assuring quality control; researching leading practices and revising policies and procedures as needed; coaching and mentoring staff for improved performance; maintains accurate accountability and/or ensures departmental records are accurately maintained; assisting the Chief of Police in researching and implementing improvements in departmental services; and any other work as assigned.
  • Work involves frequent public contact requiring tact, firmness, and decisiveness.
  • Assists the Chief of Police with departmental supervisory and administrative work; assists with decisions in unusual situations as circumstances permit; acts as Chief of Police in his/her absence.
  • Develops work assignments, coordinates activities, commands the overall activity of the assigned function(s), reviews the work of personnel for proper and applicable law enforcement techniques, and monitors the results
  • Coaches and mentors staff on problem-solving strategies; observes field performance and provides feedback; investigates citizen concerns about department policy and performance; evaluates staff’s performance and ensures fair performance evaluations are conducted; participates in the interviewing and selection of new officers and current staff in promotional processes.
  • Conducts research to improve services and evaluates effectiveness; develops new and revises standing operating procedures; communicates revisions and implements changes in practices
  • Receives and investigates general complaints from the public concerning staff, conducts internal affairs investigations, reports findings to the Chief of Police.
  • Drafts the department budget, tracks resources and expenditures, and ensures fiscal responsibility.
  • Seeks and manages grants.
  • Ensures vehicles, weapons, facilities and equipment are properly maintained.
  • Administers personnel and prepares a variety of records and reports; schedules employees; approves leave requests; monitors use of overtime; approves staff timesheets.
  • Assures clear lines of communication between executive staff, command staff, and line officers and that departmental policy, procedures and practices are clearly transmitted and understood.
  • Reviews police reports for accuracy and completeness; analyzes trends.
  • Ensures new employees complete orientation, any required and in-service training; and guarantees officers meet certification standards.
  • Works with emergency officials in the Town, County and State, as well as local businesses and utilities (i.e. pipeline, nuclear plant, etc.).
  • To anticipate and respond to emergencies; participates in line activities when staff shortages or emergencies dictate.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or related field, supplemented by advanced courses in police science and administration and extensive progressively responsible experience in police work, including considerable supervisory and management experience at a rank of Captain or above (positions with other rank titles may be considered if the actual job duties and experience are substantially similar to those of a Deputy Chief or a Division Captain in a similarly sized, municipal police agency).
  • Possession of an Advanced Law Enforcement certification from the state of South Carolina.
  • Sworn and certified as a full-time police officer in South Carolina, have completed the minimum requirements established by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Education Training and Standards Commission for certified law enforcement officers, or be eligible to be considered as a lateral or out-of-state transfer and obtain South Carolina certification as a law enforcement officer within one year of employment.
  • Possession and continued maintenance of a valid South Carolina Driver’s License, Class D and a satisfactory driving record is required.
  • Must meet and maintain all Department and State training and education requirements for position.
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours, any shift, holidays, weekends and be available on call is required.