Police Chief

Atlanta, GA
Dekalb County Police Services

The purpose of this classification is to oversee, plan and direct operations, activities and staff of the Police Department.

Annual Range: $140,659-$218,022


Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff; develops and oversees employee work schedules to ensure adequate coverage and control; compiles and reviews timesheets; approves/processes employee concerns and problems and counsels or disciplines as appropriate; assists with or completes employee performance appraisals; directs work; acts as a liaison between employees and County management; and trains staff in operations, policies, and procedures.

Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; prioritizes and schedules work activities in order to meet objectives; ensures that subordinates have the proper resources needed to complete the assigned work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff to assist with complex/problem situations and provide technical expertise; provides progress and activity reports to County management; and revises procedure manuals as appropriate.

Recommends selection, promotion, discharge, and other appropriate personnel actions; and makes recommendations to the County Manager for appointment, promotion, and dismissal of officers and civilian personnel.

Ensures departmental compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; and initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.

Ensures proper enforcement of all applicable codes, ordinances, laws and regulations (both traffic and criminal) in order to protect life and property, prevent crime, and promote security.


Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration or related field (Master’s degree preferred); twelve years of progressively responsible experience in the field, with five years of senior management experience for a comparably sized organization or as a Police Chief for a smaller organization; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required: Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license; must possess or obtain Basic and Executive Training Law Enforcement certifications within 18 months in the classification; may be required to obtain and maintain additional certifications as deemed necessary.