ABOUT THE POSITION
The Chief of Police is responsible for directing the operations of the City of Lawrenceville Police Department. The Chief of Police reports to the City Manager and is responsible for the day to day operations of the Police Department. Typical duties include:
- Develops, plans and implements department goals and objectives; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
- Coordinates department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies or organizations; prepares and presents staff reports to the City Manager, Mayor, and City Council.
- Directs, oversees and participates in the development of the department's strategic plan; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.
- Supervises and participates in the development and administration of the Police Department budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures
- Selects, trains, motivates and evaluates personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; ensures discipline is progressive and administered in a fair and consistent manner
- Attends and participates in professional groups and committees such as city, county and police conferences and meetings with other public officials.
- Coordinates law enforcement activities with the activities of other city departments and other law enforcement agencies.
- Initiates internal investigations when appropriate and provides corrective action as needed
- Under the current structure, the Chief of Police has direct supervision over an Assistant Chief/Police Major (1), an Executive Assistant, and indirect supervision over all other Police Department personnel.
- The Chief of Police will follow guidelines including department policies and procedures, federal and state laws, city ordinances, city policies, and ethics guidelines. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. This position develops department guidelines.
- The work consists of varied administrative, management, technical and supervisory duties. The broad range of decision-making activities required contributes to the complexity of the work.
- The purpose of this position is to plan, direct, and manage the overall provision of police services to the citizens of the city. Successful performance helps ensure the safety of life and property and results in the enforcement of local, state and federal laws.
- Contacts are typically with department personnel, other city employees, elected officials, judges, attorneys, business owners, citizens, suspects, and representatives of other law enforcement agencies.
- Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, motivate and direct employees, and settle matters.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
- The candidate should have extensive knowledge of law enforcement, traffic control, crime prevention, criminal investigation, and criminal process and arrest procedures, methods and techniques. Also, knowledge of search and seizure and evidence preservation and presentation principals.
- The candidate should have knowledge of strategic planning, personnel management, and budget management principles. Also, knowledge of relevant laws, ordinances, court procedures, legal precedents, and government regulations.
- The candidate should have knowledge of program assessment principles, and management and supervisory principles and practices.
- The candidate should be skilled in the preparation of clear and precise administrative reports, the interpretation and application of federal, state and local laws and regulations, and planning, organizing, analyzing, decision making and problem solving.
- The candidate should be skilled in the use and care of firearms and other standard and specialized equipment.
- The candidate should be skilled in public relations, interpersonal relations, and oral and written communications.
- The candidate should have established leadership experience in which he/she has effectively achieved organizational goals, served the public, and developed individuals and the agency for future service.
CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES
- The Chief of Police will report directly to the City Manager, who expects the Chief of Police to exercise professional, assertive leadership and articulate a vision that results in a unified and effective department that is successful in protecting our community. He/she will be a self starter who will be held accountable to measurable goals and objectives.
- The Chief of Police will function as a member of the Executive Cabinet of the City Manager and therefore will serve as a key leader for the City. The Chief of Police will be expected to ensure the police department is not only efficient, but works in coordination with other departments.
- The citizens of Lawrenceville have been served well by the police department personnel for many years and the police department is respected and supported throughout the community. The Chief of Police will develop a succession recruitment plan that will ensure quality service in the future as a significant number of officers (including leadership) begin to consider retirement or leave for other law enforcement opportunities.
- The Chief of Police will work to rebuild trust internally with other City departments and elected officials and within the department itself.
- The Chief of Police will create, communicate and follow a consistent communication plan with Command Staff, throughout the department, and with City Hall.
- The Chief of Police will develop and implement a plan for growing diversity within the department to better match the demographics of the community.
- A Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
- A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible management or leadership
positions at the rank of Lieutenant or above.
- Must be Georgia Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Council (POST) certified or have the
ability to obtain certification within one (1) year.
- Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Georgia Driver’s License.
- Completion of executive management or equivalent training.
- Proven track record of success in a comparable community.
- Demonstrable commitment to equity and inclusion.
- Understanding of the importance of addressing mental health needs in the community.
- A proven exceptional communicator with ability to inspire credibility and trust both
externally and internally.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The expected starting salary range for this position is $121,868 ––$184,151 depending on qualifications of the selected candidate), with a comprehensive benefits package, including no cost health, vision, and dental insurance options. The Chief of Police position also includes a City provided vehicle and paid vacation. The City provides free short term disability, long term disability, accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) and life insurance that pays two times the employee’s annual salary. The City’s generous retirement plan provides a 6% contribution to the plan with an additional 4% contribution match if the employee also contributes 4%.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related references and salary history to PO Box 2200, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand delivered to the Human Resources Office at City Hall.
The City of Lawrenceville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified resumes will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or any other status protected by applicable Federal, State, or local laws.