Police Chief

Santa Fe, NM
City of Santa Fe

FLSA Status: Exempt
Union Status: Exempt
Salary Range: 28 ($47.0270-$70.5410)

General Definition of Work

The Police Chief oversees and directs all activities of the Police Department for the City and for surrounding areas in certain mutual aid circumstances. Responsibilities include strategic planning for use of resources, coordinating the activities of the department with those of other local departments and ensuring that services provided and development plans are of the highest quality. Work involves responsibility for control and coordination of police activities, including budget and fiscal control; ensures that public order is maintained throughout the city; that laws and ordinances are enforced, and that all necessary measures are taken to prevent crime, and protect lives and property. The incumbent is accountable for accomplishing departmental planning and operational goals and objectives and for furthering City goals and objectives within general policy guidelines. Assignments allow for a high degree of administration discretion in their execution.

This position reports directly to the Community Health and Safety Director and is an Exempt Status (employment-at-will) position.

The mission of the Community Health and Safety Department is to provide a holistic response to Santa Fe’s public safety needs, reimagining traditional responses to move away from exclusively armed responses to more nimble approaches that also address the public health needs of the community.

Proclamation of Emergency XII- COVID-19 dated September 27, 2021, requires that individuals filling a vacant position shall maintain full vaccination status for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

If you have questions about this requirement, contact the City of Santa Fe Human Resources Department.

Links to the referenced Proclamation of Emergency can be found on the City of Santa Fe website on the COVID-19 webpage: www.santafenm.gov/covid-19

Supervision Received

Works under the general guidance and direction of Community Health and Safety Director.

Supervision Exercised

Provides close and general supervision to assigned subordinates and support staff as needed. Oversees and directs entire Police Department.

Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. A position may not include all of the duties listed and the listed examples are not an exhaustive list of the duties that may be found in a position of this class.

Essential Functions

  • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for the department; prepares and administers the department’s budget.
  • Plans, organizes, administers, reviews and evaluates the work of sworn and non-sworn staff through subordinate levels of supervision.
  • Provides for the selection, training, professional development and work evaluation of department staff; authorizes discipline as required; provides policy guidance and interpretation to staff; ensures that laws, ordinances and policies are consistently enforced.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the department’s service by developing, reviewing and implementing policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and City needs.
  • Oversees all City police functions including community-oriented policing, patrol, crime prevention, investigation, traffic enforcement, school services, and records.
  • Directs the investigation of major crimes in coordination with other agencies; assists the City Attorney and District Attorney in the preparation of cases.
  • Prepares, recommends and implements strategic plans to meet the City’s current and long-range needs.
  • Confers with and represents the department and the City in meetings with members of the City Council, members of boards and commissions, various governmental agencies, local law enforcement agencies and a variety of public and private organizations.
  • Works closely with the Community Health and Safety Director, Fire Chief, Director of Emergency Management, and Director of Community Services, the City Council, other City departments, a variety of public and private organizations and citizen groups in developing programs and implementing projects to maximize police services.
  • Prioritizes and allocates available resources; reviews and evaluates program and service delivery, makes recommendations for improvement and ensures maximum effective service provision.
  • Prepares and directs the preparation of a variety of written correspondence, reports, bid and requests for proposals, contracts, procedures, ordinances and other written materials.
  • Maintains and directs the maintenance of working and official departmental files.
  • Monitors changes in laws, court decisions, regulations and technology that may affect departmental operations; implements policy, procedural and operational changes as required.
  • Reviews, develops, and/or modifies work plans, methods, and procedures, determines work priorities, develops work schedules to provide adequate staff coverage, and approves leave and timesheets.
  • Provides work instruction, assists employees with difficult and/or unusual assignments, and encourages innovation.
  • Assigns and distributes work, reviews work for accuracy and completeness, and returns assignments with recommendations for proper completion.
  • Conducts hiring interviews and selects candidate(s) for job opening(s).
  • Resolves problems, mediates conflicts encountered during daily operations, determines appropriate solutions, and promotes teamwork.
  • Encourages regular communication and informs staff of relevant business issues and their impact on the organization.
  • Develops goals, documents performance, provides performance feedback and formally evaluates the work of the employee; provides reward and recognition for proper and efficient performance.
  • Assists staff to achieve performance standards and identifies opportunities for continual improvement to performance standards.
  • Ensures quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of unit activities and safety measures.
  • Documents causes for disciplinary action, initiates letters of reprimand, and makes formal recommendations for disciplinary action.
  • Responds to formal and informal employee grievances and prepares written responses.
  • Develops and manages the budget for the work function(s) and allocates funds within the budget to accomplish objectives.
  • Ensures procurement, contractual, and financial activities are compliant with the City’s finance, accounting, and procurement policies and procedures.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of police record and crime reporting methods, and of modern police practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of modern and innovative policing techniques.
  • Skill in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Advanced skill in managerial and administrative tasks.
  • Mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Delivery of public education and maintain positive public relations.
  • Ability to lead by positive example; plan, schedule, direct, supervise, and review the performance of subordinates in a manner conducive to productivity and high morale.
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement police training programs.
  • Skill maintaining effective working relationships with the public, other departments, and local agencies.
  • Ability to coordinate efforts across public safety and community services sectors.
  • Skill in directing the operations of personnel at the scene of an emergency. Incident Command.
  • Ability to learn the location of all streets, sites, and buildings and the hazards of same to assure police activities are accomplished in a fast, effective, and safe manner.
  • Ability to read and understand maps, orders, and instruction/study materials, to work with other agencies.
  • Knowledge of the geography of the City of Santa Fe, and surrounding areas, and of resources available for disaster and other emergencies.
  • A general knowledge of the functions and procedures of law enforcement agencies of the United States government are required.

Education Requirement

Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration or related field preferred.

Experience Requirement

Ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in police administration and law enforcement, of which at least five (5) years must have been in an executive level management/supervisory position in law enforcement.

Education and Experience Equivalency

One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.

Licensure and Certifications

Possession of a P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standard and Training) Advanced Management Certificate preferred.

Special Requirements

  • Completion of a law enforcement training academy.
  • Certified NM Police Officer within six (6) months of hire.
  • Must possess a valid New Mexico Class D driver’s license; with a satisfactory driving history.
  • Free of felony convictions.
  • Must pass detailed background and fingerprint check.
  • Must possess or obtain and maintain first aid and CPR certificates and firearms qualification.

Physical Requirements

  • Tasks require a variety of arduous physical activities performed in unusual situations, in an elevated state, or in confined spaces.
  • Walking, standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, sitting, reaching, and climbing are required in the normal course of essential job duty performance.
  • Must be able to lift, move, and/or carry up to 100 pounds.
  • Speaking, hearing, and seeing are essential to the effective performance of position tasks.
  • Common eye, hand, and finger dexterity are required for most essential functions.
  • Mental application includes memory utilization, emotional stability, and discriminating thinking.
  • Periodic travel required in the normal course of job performance.
  • Irregular, extended and on call working hours may be necessary.
  • Operates vehicles in all kinds of weather conditions.
  • Is exposed to hazardous or unpleasant working conditions, due to dust, noise, temperature, road and weather conditions, traffic and vehicle fumes.

Working Environment

  • Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather and involves exposure to heat, smoke, wet conditions, contagious diseases, bodily fluids, pain, suffering, and mental anguish under emergency conditions.

EEO/ADA Compliance

The City of Santa Fe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Veterans’ Hiring Initiative

Pursuant to City of Santa Fe Resolution No. 2013-079, the City of Santa Fe Human Resources Department has implemented a Veterans’ Hiring Initiative policy in order to provide opportunities for veterans who meet or exceed the minimum qualifications for city employment to obtain City employment. The Governing Body does not guarantee that a veteran shall be hired for the position being applied for, only that the veteran will be given an interview; and, it does not intend to supersede or modify any collective bargaining agreement that is currently in place with the City of Santa Fe.

Job applicants who are veterans with an honorable discharge from the military or are members of the National Guard or Reserve who have successfully completed basic training, must use the Veterans’ Certification Form to identify themselves and then must attach a copy of their DD214 or DD215 and/or their proof of current Active, Guard or Reserve enlistment in order to certify their status for the position in which applying for.

Applications must be submitted online at: https://santafenm.munisselfservice.com/employmentopportunities/

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the city application form, unless the position status is at-will. High school diploma/GED, college degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) must be attached at the time of submission of the application. Each applicant is considered only for the current vacancy indicated on the application submitted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor any future openings and to submit a separate application for each position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications become public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection upon request. Pre-placement physical exams, and drug and alcohol screenings are required for some positions.

This job announcement is not intended to be inclusive of all functions, responsibilities and qualifications associated with the position, however, representative of the essential job functions and typical criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the position. This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.