The City of Hoschton is in Jackson County just off Interstate 85. There is an anticipated large population growth in the next 8-10 years and as such, city officials have elected to re-activate their police department which was disbanded in 2010. The select candidate will be hired to fill the position of Chief of Police and will be tasked with building the Hoschton Police Department to ensure that the City of Hoschton is prepared to meet the law enforcement demands of a much larger and diverse population.
This position is responsible for planning, directing, managing, and overseeing the activities and operations of the Hoschton Police Department; coordinate, assign activities with other City departments and outside agencies.
- Exercise direct supervision over the department management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical coworkers.
- Provide police services consistent with the needs of the City of Hoschton by forming partnerships and solving problems in a cooperative fashion with our community.
- Assume management responsibility for all department services and activities including planning and directing municipal police services and the deployment of police resources.
- Recommend and administer policies and procedures.
- Establish appropriate service and staffing levels, within City policy and budget.
- Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of policing service delivery methods and procedures and allocate resources accordingly.
- Continuously monitor and evaluate the quality, responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness of policing programs, service delivery methods and procedures.
- Coordinate department programs and efforts with other City departments to identify and solve problems, and continuously improve the overall quality of service to the community.
- Assess and monitor department workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships.
- Identify opportunities for improvement, direct and implement changes.
- Serve as a resource to the community, elected officials, and respond to citizen concerns, complaints, and problems.
- Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen issues and complaints.
- Assist with investigative work in major crimes, accidents, or other unusual incidents.
- Select, train, and evaluate assigned personnel.
- Direct and coordinate training methods.
- Work with subordinates to correct deficiencies.
- Implement discipline and separation action in accordance with City Personnel Policy and department standard operating procedures (SOPs).
- Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast of funding needs for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
- Champion and preserve department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve matters of a sensitive and controversial nature.
- Represent the department with other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinate assigned activities with those of other departments and external organizations.
- Provide staff assistance to the City Manager; prepare and present reports and other correspondence.
- Attend and participate in professional group training, meetings, seminars, and associations; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of police services.
- Establishes controls to ensure compliance with Georgia POST, GCIC, and EEOC.
- Serve as the chief ambassador for the Hoschton Police Department by promoting community awareness of law enforcement by making presentations to various civic, residential, and business groups.
- Attend all council meetings and requested attendance of committee meetings.
- Direct staff to provide traffic control within the City as needed.
- Direct daily briefings and perform uniform and vehicle checks on all shifts.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the City Manager.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION:
- Operations, services, programs, activities, and practices of a city police department.
- Occupational hazards and applicable safety precautions in police services.
- Principles and practices of program development and administration.
- Methods, techniques, and best practices of criminal investigations.
- Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
- Modern policing procedures, services.
- Understanding of community-oriented policing.
- Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
- Knowledge of city geography and streets.
- Knowledge of municipal court procedures and operations.
- Knowledge and ability to identify, apply, receive, and administer federal, state, and local grants.
- Interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
SKILLS REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION:
- Skill in the operation of personal computer, police and office software, and electronic devices.
- Skill and ability related to records management and 911 dispatch procedures.
- Ability to manage and direct a comprehensive police services program.
- Skill and ability to use firearms and defensive weapons effectively and safely.
- Skill in defensive driving and operation of police vehicles and equipment.
- Skill to prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
- Skill to prepare and administer budgets.
- Skill in reading, writing, and oral communication sufficient to perform all job functions.
ABILITIES REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION:
- Ability to develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.
- Ability to analyze and assess programs, policies, operational needs, and make appropriate adjustments.
- Ability to identify and respond to sensitive community / organizational issues, concerns, and needs.
- Ability to plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of subordinates.
- Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
- Ability to research, analyze and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Ability to be on call 24/7 and work various shifts as directed by the City Manager.
The Police Chief receives administrative direction from and reports directly to the City Manager.
SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY:
This position has direct supervision over all employees assigned to the police department.
Guidelines include departmental policies and procedures, federal and state laws, and city ordinances. These guidelines require judgement, selections, and interpretation in application.
Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, elected and appointed officials, court personnel, attorneys, other public safety agency representatives, business owners, and members of the public. Contacts are typically to provide services; to give or exchange information; to resolve problems; motivate or influence persons; or to justify, defend or negotiate matters.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities that may include the following:
- Standing or sitting for extended periods of time; walk, run, kneel, stoop, crawl, and crouch.
- Inclement weather, noise, infectious or contagious diseases, and life-threatening situations.
- Hearing, visual and speaking abilities to perform assigned duties.
- Operating assigned equipment including computer, electronic equipment, and firearms.
- Meeting minimum qualifications for continued law enforcement certifications.
- Office environment involving travel from site to site with exposure to potentially hostile situations.
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must possess a valid Georgia driver’s license.
- Must possess and maintain current requirements set forth in the Georgia Law Enforcement
- Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or closely related field from an accredited college or university is preferred, supplemented by ten (10) years of progressively responsible law enforcement managerial and leadership experience in a wide range of law enforcement activity in a comparably sized city or larger organization; OR, any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provided the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Starting Salary is $65,000.00 - $75,000.00 annually, depending on qualifications and experience.
Resumes should be sent in pdf format to: firstname.lastname@example.org or via USPS to:
Hoschton City Clerk, Jennifer Kidd
79 City Square
Hoschton, Georgia 30548