Police Chief

La Porte, TX
City of La Porte

La Porte TX
Category: Full – Time
Status: Open
Annual : $128,835 – $193,253
Published: January 30, 2024
Closing: Until Filled

To plan, direct, supervise and coordinate the law enforcement activities of the City; and to provide highly responsible and technical staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council.

Receives administrative direction from the City Manager.
Exercises direct supervision over sworn and non-sworn personnel.


  • Adheres to City attendance and punctuality policies demonstrating dependability.
  • Adheres to all City safety policies (protective equipment, pre-duty precautions checklist, etc.) to prevent unnecessary or unreasonable risk of injury to self, others, or property.
  • Adheres to department dress code policies to present a professional appearance. Should exhibit appropriate grooming and attire for the position and responsibility.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Direct and participate in the development of goals, objectives, policies and priorities related to the Police Department.
  • Plan, direct, and review the activities of Police Department personnel in preserving order, protecting life and property, and in enforcing laws and municipal ordinances.
  • Research modern police management methods, formulate departmental rules, procedures, and policies and see that they are carried out.
  • Direct the development and implementation of a departmental in-service training program. Direct and participate in preparation and administration of the Departmental Budget.
  • Determine the need for law enforcement equipment, facilities, staffing and materials.
  • Confer with citizens and City officials on law enforcement problems and assist in the development of innovative municipal law enforcement officials. Cultivate good community relations by appearing before civic, fraternal and other community groups.
  • Recommend adoption and assist in preparation of ordinances. Coordinate law enforcement activities of other City departments and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Select, supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • Modern principles, practices, and techniques of police administration, organization, budget and personnel administration and operation.
  • Technical and administration phases of crime prevention and law enforcement, including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control, records management, and care and custody of persons, property, and evidence.

Ability to:

  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Plan, direct, supervise and coordinate the work of the Police Department.
  • Administer a Department budget.
  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, criminal justice, or a closely related field. An extensive background in police administration and executive management combined with broad technical and operational experience as a Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief or Division Commander. Comparable combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Possession of a valid Class “C” Texas Drivers License.
Possession of a TCOLE Advanced Certificate from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement..
*Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.

*Duties, responsibilities and actions may change at any time with or without notice.