Police Chief

Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma City Police Department

The Police Chief is an FLSA exempt position and is responsible for leading, directing, and overseeing the staff and operations of the Oklahoma City Police Department. The Police Chief exercises broad discretion in managing the operations of the department. He/she reports to the City Manager and/or an Assistant City Manager and works cooperatively to address community issues. Performance is reviewed for attainment of identified goals and objectives.

4/1/2019 5:00 PM Central


The ideal candidate is a highly effective leader and law enforcement professional, who models the highest ethical standards and holds others accountable to the same. He/she is approachable, trustworthy, apolitical, and committed to the excellent delivery of service to residents. He/she has a passion for public service, has experience developing and implementing short and long-range strategic plans, and is committed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement programs, services, and processes, while enhancing officer safety. He/she supports diversity within the department and building collaborative relationships with union officials and community groups. He/she communicates openly and honestly, and is comfortable meeting with diverse groups of people and the media. He/she is forward thinking and will develop and support criminal justice reforms, as well as introduce other innovative and/or best practice methods and processes for reducing crime and fostering positive community/police relations.

Job Requirements
• Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
• Must be a citizen of the United States.
• Must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, preferably in a law enforcement-related field.
• Must have a minimum of five (5) years' experience in a senior level position of a large law enforcement agency.
• Must possess a valid driver license.
• Must be certified as a peace officer in Oklahoma by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), or meet all requirements necessary for CLEET certification and obtain such certification within six (6) months of assuming the position, or as otherwise allowed by state law.
• Must successfully complete a course of training meeting at least the minimal criteria established by CLEET for police chief administration and successfully complete an approved police chief administrative school, which has been developed by the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police and approved by the Council within twelve (12) months of assuming the position.
• Must meet annual CLEET training requirements.
• Must have knowledge of criminal justice reform and procedural justice principles.
• Must have experience developing and administering multi-million dollar operational and capital improvement budgets.
• Must have experience speaking in public to large groups and the media.
• Must have experience collaborating, and working as a strategic partner with local, state, and federal law enforcement jurisdictions and civic and community leaders to address public safety issues and concerns.
• Must have skill in handling conflict and criticism.
• Must have skill in managing, supervising, and evaluating law enforcement personnel in a unionized environment.
• Must have skill in developing and implementing short and long-range strategic plans and evaluating the effectiveness of such plans.
• Must have skill in interpreting and applying law enforcement-related federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
• Must have skill in communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Must have skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a wide range of diverse individuals and groups.
• Must have ability and willingness to work in a high stress environment.

• Graduate of police management institutions, such as the National Executive Institute, Sr. Management Institute for Police, or the FBI National Academy.


Honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are not currently employed full-time by the City of Oklahoma City shall receive five (5) points added to the passing score on an initial selection process. Qualified applicants must upload or submit a copy of their DD Form 214 indicating discharge type/character of service at the time of application.