Police Chief

Brookline, MA
Town of Brookline

Salary: $157,000 to $185,000, depending on qualifications, plus an educational incentive of up to 25% of salary

Job Close Date: 2/10/2023

The Town of Brookline seeks highly qualified applicants for the position of Police Chief.  With a population of 63,191 within six square miles, Brookline is a diverse and vibrant community bordered on three sides by Boston.  It is known for its beautiful green spaces, excellent public schools, progressive social and political culture, and a distinctive mix of urban, suburban, commercial, and residential areas.  Brookline is an urban area with a small-town character, whose residents value their interconnectedness.

The Police Department

The Brookline Police Department (BPD) currently has an authorized strength of 135 sworn officers, and 42 full-time and 20 part-time professional staff members. The department currently has 15 officer vacancies and is in the process of hiring and training 7 new officers.  With a budget of $17.4 million, BPD currently operates with one chief, one superintendent, four deputy superintendents, 11 lieutenants, 16 sergeants, 102 police officers and 16 professional dispatchers.  Officers are currently selected and promoted through the rank of lieutenant through the Massachusetts Civil Service System.  Officers and sergeants are represented by the Brookline Police Association (International Brotherhood of Police Officers).

The Ideal Candidate for Police Chief

The Town of Brookline is seeking a proven leader with exceptional management, interpersonal, and communication skills and demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with government officials, community and civic groups (including private-sector partners), and police department employees.  Experience working in an urban police setting in a labor relations environment is highly preferred.  Under the administrative direction of the Town Administrator, the successful candidate will be expected to expand upon the innovative policing practices and community engagement efforts of the department, and to have a proven track record of openness, transparency and working with diverse communities. The new chief must be well versed in best practices in policing and have the ability to work collaboratively as a part of the town’s management team in addressing issues of public safety in an inclusive, democratic governing environment.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree.  A master’s degree in criminal justice, police administration, business administration, or related field is strongly preferred.  Ten years of progressively responsible police experience is required, five of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.  An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job will be considered. Additional specialized leadership education, such as the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) and the FBI National Academy, is desirable