Performs a variety of complex administrative, supervisory and professional work in planning, coordinating, and directing the activities of the Police Department. Represents the City and the Police Department while working closely with citizen groups, public and private officials, and outside agencies. Serves as liaison for other law enforcement agencies to provide technical assistance and to ensure responsive, appropriate delivery of law enforcement services.
$96,018.00 – $161,169.00 Annually
• Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.
• Analyzes complex technical and administrative police service problems, evaluates alternative solutions, and adopts effective courses of action.
• Exercises sound, independent judgment within general policy and administrative guidelines.
• Fosters strong community relations and partnerships through the creation and administration of model community policing programs and activities.
• Directs departmental public information.
• Confers with elected or appointed officials, other law enforcement officials, business representatives, public citizens and City officials on law enforcement problems and assists the development of innovative municipal law enforcement policies.
• Develops positive relations with community groups, businesses and citizens.
• Maintains involvement with community organizations and activities in a manner that promotes a positive image of the city.
• Demonstrates cultural sensitivity in dealing with diverse groups both internal and external.
• Leads organizational development, reorganization, program development, evaluation, and goal setting.
• Manages and supervises the police department to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains and develops staff, motivates, evaluates, and holds staff accountable when necessary; reviews progress and directs changes as needed and delegates appropriately.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a related field. Minimum of 5 years at a command level position in a progressive law enforcement agency. A combination of education and experience may be substituted on a year to year ratio.
• Completion of an advanced law enforcement leadership training (e.g. FBI National Academy, Northwest School of Staff, and Command or Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course) preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
• Must possess a diverse background in municipal police management.
• Dedication to internal communications and employee involvement, community interaction and participation, analytical thinking and problem solving are essential.
• Thorough knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; considerable knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, department rules and regulations, and technology systems related to law enforcement.
• Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel.
• Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers and supervisors.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions
• Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid state issued driver's license without record of suspension or revocation in any state.
• NM Police Officer Certification or the ability to achieve NM Police Officer Certification through the NM Law Enforcement Academy.
The Police Chief position is required to live within a five (5) mile radius of the City.