The Town of Holly Springs is a vibrant community of approximately 40,000 residents located in the desirable Research Triangle Park region of southwest Wake County just hours from the mountains of North Carolina as well as numerous Atlantic Ocean beaches. Recently selected by two independent organizations as the “Safest Town in North Carolina”, Holly Springs is a full-service municipality with an organization that includes an assortment of departments to serve its residents and business community. The Town offers a small-town atmosphere with a variety of opportunities that arise from a growing economy. Residents and visitors alike benefit from an outstanding quality of life featuring a unique combination of beautiful natural spaces; parks, trails, and recreational amenities; award-winning schools; extremely low crime rate; excellent healthcare options; family-oriented neighborhoods; diverse shopping, dining, and cultural options.
The position provides an opportunity for a dynamic leader to work closely with the community, while also providing an important connection with the Mayor and Town Council via the Town Manager’s Office. Holly Springs Police Department headquarters are housed in a state-of-the-art Law Enforcement Center opened in 2015. The department consists of 86 sworn and non-sworn positions encompassing various units, such as Investigations, School Resource, Traffic Enforcement, Community Outreach, Special Response Team, Animal Control, and the Town’s 911 Communications. Holly Springs is one of only three municipalities in Wake County with its own 911 center. The current Police Chief is retiring after serving in this role for the past 13 years. This is a tremendous opportunity to take the reins of an already remarkable department and expand its services and programs as the Town continues to grow.
The ideal candidate is someone who represents the best in law enforcement ethics, professionalism, and high performance. When surveyed recently, police department staff and residents indicated the next Police Chief should demonstrate integrity, trustworthiness, responsiveness, accountability, and effective communication skills. Other qualities of the ideal candidate include: strong engagement and relationship building with police personnel and the community; a reputation of motivating colleagues and building a strong team environment; ensure optimal staffing levels, career development opportunities, and structuring department for organizational success; and promoting transparency and information sharing.
The Police Chief will plan, direct and oversee law enforcement programs and department operations; develop long range plans for the department; manage department staff including selection, training, performance counseling and evaluation; plan and direct emergency response activities; plan for and implement special enforcement activities; prepare special state, federal and local reports; analyze crime and accident trends; cooperate with other law enforcement agencies; supervise the E911 center; budget preparation and management; supervision of all department personnel in multiple divisions; and work with community organizations and individuals to address safety needs and to develop and modify programs and projects; and develop new and modify existing policies and procedures as needs change. Work requires extensive public contact with citizens, civic organizations, local officials, private groups and the general public in the promotion, development, and direction of the public safety program.
Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree preferred); advanced professional training or executive training is a plus; at least 10 years of experience in law enforcement with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible management experience in a municipal or public sector agency; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience sufficient to fulfill the requirements of this job. Requires certification as a Police Officer through the Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission of North Carolina. A successful out-of-state candidate would require at least 100 hours of training and satisfying the Commission’s requirements within a reasonable time frame to be determined upon accepting the position. Salary range for the position is $91,224 - $151,256. Residency within Town limits is required within six months of employment. Town benefits include 5% 401k contribution; NC Local Government Employees Retirement System enrollment; retiring officer separation allowance; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; paid parental leave; 12 paid holidays per year; and paid vacation and sick leave.