Police Chief

Red Springs, NC
Red Springs Police Department

Performs administrative, managerial, and specialized law enforcement work in planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the Police Department.

Compensation: $55,000-$70,000


  • Performs all administrative functions to include strategically planning, establishing departmental goals and objectives for both the long and short term, projects and develops budgets for the department and provides recommendations to the Town Manager, provides budget administration and purchasing for the Department, and, writes and administers grants, supervises staff use and care of vehicles, technology and equipment.
  • Establishes and communicates standards of performance and a philosophy of law enforcement for the department; develops a vision and clear direction with staff; develops staff capacities; creates a high performance work team; provides leadership, motivation, conflict resolution, performance coaching and evaluation programs for staff.
  • Oversees recruitment, selection, career development and training of personnel for the department; advises directs, and consults with subordinate officers on matters of training, work assignments, scheduling, and discipline; develops teamwork and staff leadership skills.
  • Establishes credibility and trust with the community through various community educations and outreach programs; receives and acts upon inquiries or complaints from the public concerning police activities and services.
  • Supervises and participates in the functions of the department including patrol, investigations, SRO, and related activities.
  • Supervises internal personnel investigations; establishes policies, procedures and operations; sets priorities; and, evaluates the department and its personnel.
  • Supervises the preparation of periodic reports of crime and accident activity and police department activities; and, analyzes data for trends.
  • Works with the public and staff on difficult or unusual crime situations; and, cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in crime prevention, detection, and investigative activities.
  • Represents the Police Department and the Town in presentations to civic and volunteer organizations; and, drafts press releases and conducts media briefings.
  • Performs sworn law enforcement duties when necessary.


Minimum Requirements

  • Thorough knowledge of law enforcement principles, practices, methods, and equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, local ordinances, and policies of the police department.
  • Thorough knowledge of the physical, economic, and social characteristics of the Town.
  • Considerable knowledge of modern public sector personnel laws and regulations and Town policies.
  • Considerable knowledge of policies and principles involved in public sector budgeting and purchasing.
  • Considerable knowledge of the application of information technology to law enforcement work.
  • Considerable knowledge and skill in motivation, communications, leadership, performance coaching and other skills necessary to develop a high performance team.
  • Skill in collaborative conflict resolution.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other police equipment, and in the application of self-defense tactics.
  • Skill in public presentations and collaborative conflict resolution.
  • Skill and ability to effectively and efficiently manage a department including all related administrative and supervisory functions involving personnel and budget administration.
  • Ability to establish authority and to lead and inspire confidence among subordinate officers.
  • Ability to act with sound judgment in routine and emergency situations.
  • Ability to plan and direct special programs and events related to law enforcement.
  • Ability to build and maintain cooperative and effective public relations with the community.
  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and perform repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform light work and exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, 10 pounds of force frequently in an office setting, and a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to perform extensive reading, administrative, and computer work.

Desirable Training and Experience

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in criminal justice or public administration, supplemented by advanced course in police administration and considerable supervisory experience of a progressive responsible nature in law enforcement work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver's license and completion of the minimum requirements established by the North Carolina Justice Training and Standards Council for certified law enforcement officers. Prefer advanced law enforcement certification. Prefer Command College or FBI Officer's School.