Police Chief

Palm Bay, FL
Palm Bay Police Department
Salary: $82,743.00-$124,615.00 Annually

Under little to no direct supervision, performs highly responsible administrative and professional law enforcement work directing the operations of the City Police Department. Work involves protecting lives and property in the City through planning, organizing and directing all police functions, including patrol, investigation, communications and enforcement. Employee is also responsible for development and administration of the department budget, including monitoring expenditures; and for attending meetings and public gatherings to explain the activities of the police department and to cultivate favorable public relations. Work also involves direct and delegated supervision and personnel administration functions for command and staff personnel. Reports to the City Manager.

Closing Date/Time: Thu. 05/02/19 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Salary: $39.78 – $59.91 Hourly
$82,743.00 – $124,615.00 Annually


Plans, organizes and directs, in conference with subordinate command personnel, the progress and activities of the Police Department, including developing goals and objectives and preparing short- and long-range plans; participates in planning and development, and establishes Department policies, procedures, programs and standards in accordance with standards of the Criminal Justice Training Section of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; appraises departmental activities and takes necessary steps to improve police operations.

Assigns, directs and supervises subordinate managerial and command personnel engaged in administrative, operational and technical aspects of departmental operations and the supervision of a large staff of law enforcement and supporting technical and clerical personnel; approves transfers of personnel and resolves disciplinary matters; ensures subordinates receive training necessary to perform assigned duties and to maintain career advancement abilities.

Directs and participates in the preparation of annual departmental budget proposal and in the control and expenditure of appropriations, including payroll and capital outlay processes; reviews and approves grant applications.

Confers with City Manager, City department heads and department personnel to resolve problems and complaints, clarify policy, etc.

Directs the preparation of recurring and special reports on departmental operations and activities, and submits such reports to City management and/or state oversight agencies as required.

Receives and resolves complaints and/or inquiries from staff and/or the general public pertaining to Department and personnel activities, policies, procedures, etc.; attends meetings and/or public gatherings to explain activities and functions of the Police Department and to cultivate favorable public relations.

Responds and assists officers on major calls, assuming command of crisis situations and coordinating activities of Department with other emergency response agencies and personnel, as necessary.

Cooperates with other local, state and federal law enforcement officials and agencies in the apprehension and detention of wanted persons.

Attends seminars, conferences, workshops, classes, lectures, etc., as appropriate, to enhance and maintain knowledge of trends and developments in the fields of law enforcement administration; reviews professional journals, attends association and professional meetings, and otherwise maintains contacts with law enforcement and public administration professionals to facilitate exchange of information.


Bachelor's degree in police administration, criminal justice, public administration or a related field, with a master's degree preferred. A graduate of police management institutions, such as the National Executive Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, or the FBI National Academy is desirable. A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement work, including a minimum of 5 years of major command responsibility. Must possess a valid Florida drivers license and have an acceptable driving record and maintain an acceptable driving record.


Certification as a police officer by the Criminal Justice Training Section of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.