Police Chief

Forest Park, GA
Forest Park Police Department

Rate of Pay: $90,802.18 – $121,674.92

The Police Chief reports to the City Manager and his/her primary role is to oversee the operations/functions of the department, including supervising, directing, and evaluating staff.


The following duties are normal for this position. They are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Approves work schedules; processes concerns and counsels or disciplines as appropriate; reviews or completes performance appraisals; directs work: acts as a liaison between employees and City management: trains staff in operations, policies, and procedures.
  • Organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work prioritizes and schedules work activities; ensures subordinates have the proper resources to complete assigned work; monitors status of work and inspects completed work; consults with staff to assist with complex/problem situations and provide technical expertise; provides progress and activity reports to the city management: revises procedure manuals as appropriate.
  • Responsible for promotions, discharge, and other appropriate personnel actions.
  • Ensures 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; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
  • Ensures 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.
  • Consults with the City Manager and other individuals, as needed, to review department operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations; reports all major incidents to the appropriate authority; makes presentations to City Manager and City Council.
  • Research and assess department and community needs and develops long and short-term goals, plans, and objectives for the department.
  • Develops, implements, and updates department policies and procedures; formulates and develops work methods, practices, training programs, and general orders; monitors implementation of departmental rules and regulations; updates departmental guidelines according to federal, state, or local legislation oversees departmental training.


Education and Experience:

Requires a bachelor’s degree (Master’s Degree preferred) in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or a related field; ten (10) years of increasingly responsible supervisory experience within police operations, including 5 years in a police senior command position (rank of captain and above).

Special Qualifications:

Eligible to obtain or in current possession of a valid Georgia Basic Peace Officer Standard Training (P.O.S.T.) certification. Eligible to obtain or in current possession of a valid Georgia driver’s license.