Thomson Police Department
February 19, 2021
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The City of Thomson, Georgia is now accepting applications for Chief of Police. Thomson is located in McDuffie County, 35 miles west of Augusta Ga. Though currently stable regarding economic growth and population, signs of future growth are in place as the Central Savannah River Area grows and spreads outward from Augusta, Richmond County.

The City of Thomson work force consists of 100 employees, responsible for providing services associated with water, sewer, natural gas, solid waste collection, as well as the public safety functions of Fire and Police Protection.  The annual budget for all City operations is just under $20,000,000.

JOB SUMMARY: This position plans, directs and oversees the activities of the Police Department including patrol, investigations, traffic, public relations, records maintenance, animal control and communications. The Police Department is linked to the McDuffie County 911 Center. This position oversees the processes to create a safe environment for citizens to live, work, and play in the City.


  • Carries out supervisory responsibility in accordance with City policies, procedures, and applicable laws including hiring and training in job skills; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Plans and assigns work; reviews and evaluates performance; trains, counsels and disciplines department personnel. Directs interviews, background investigations and other employment processes necessary for hiring of staff,
  • Ensures schedules, personnel records, and time reports are properly prepared and maintained.
  • Verifies various departmental records such as program activity, personnel records, inventory, etc., are properly maintained; conducts studies and prepares reports evaluating program effectiveness and/or assessing current services for strategic planning.
  • Prepares and is responsible for the budget for the police department on a yearly basis.
  • Trains and/or ensures officers receive training related to investigations, firearms, police procedures, criminal law, etc. Maintains training records of all employees, and ensures all employees receive minimum and mandatory training from the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council and accreditation/certification standards, maintains POST records for audits, submits training requests after approval, maintains work schedules and ensures proper display.
  • Ensures files are maintained on all issued equipment, such as firearms, radios, etc., as well as maintenance records for vehicles, firearms, etc., and collects all issued equipment from individuals upon separation from employment.
  • Manages accreditation/certification; attends and familiarizes self with all state and federal certification programs (CALEA); maintains certification files; maintains an updated policies and procedures manual and ensures they are properly communicated, understood, and followed by department employees.
  • Cooperates with federal, state, and other local officers in the investigation, apprehension, and detention of wanted persons and with other agencies where activities of the Police Department are involved.
  • Oversees and/or participates in serious crime investigations; visits crime scenes, and ensures all evidence is properly collected, labeled, and maintained prior to turning over to the State Crime Lab for analysis.
  • Oversees the crime analysis function to ensure predictive and historical crime analysis is developed and distributed to applicable enforcement personnel.
  • Oversees the police department and city homeland security plan and ensures communication and cooperation with local, state, and federal public safety agencies in this area.
  • Oversees the police department transparency program by ensuring compliance with state, federal and accreditation/certification open records laws/standards and the agency and city public information policies.
  • Oversees the police department asset forfeiture program and ensures compliance with local, state, federal, and accreditation/certification laws/standards.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the City Manager.


  • Knowledge of principles and practices of modern police administration and police methods, as well as the principles and practices of traffic control, patrol, criminal investigation, crime prevention and animal control. Knowledge of Federal, State, and City regulations, laws, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of types and uses of firearms, communication equipment, and automobiles in modern police enforcement.
  • Knowledge of accreditation and certification standards applicable to the police department.
  • Knowledge of functions of federal, state and local jurisdictions and authorities.
  • Knowledge of city, state, federal, and accreditation/certification requirements as well as Homeland Security/Emergency Management guidelines.
  • Knowledge of investigation procedures and techniques including crime scene search and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of the principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Knowledge of community policing practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of crime analysis practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal open records laws.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and supervise the work of subordinates performing police activities and in developing proper training and instructional procedures for those employees.
  • Ability to use a computer and police communications system operations.
  • Knowledge of modern-day law enforcement technologies and their value and application.
  • Ability to interpret, apply, and establish rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to think clearly, speak audibly and distinctly, and take effective action in emergency situations.
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and evaluate evidence.
  • Ability to write effectively.
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to build a positive work environment and organizational culture.
  • Skill to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, in front of employees, City management and the general public.
  • Skill to effectively build relations with the community and effectively communicate with all citizens.
  • Skill to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other City officials, employees, State and Federal authorities, civic leaders, informants, and the general public.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: The City Manager assigns work in terms of departmental goals and objectives. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of departmental activities.

GUIDELINES: Police department policies and procedures, state crime laboratory policies and procedures, the City Personnel Procedures Manual, law enforcement and laboratory accreditation/certification standards, and the Official Code of Georgia – Annotated, federal laws, and city ordinances, local, state, and federal court rulings. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.

SCOPE AND EFFECT: 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 effectiveness of departmental services, enhances the quality of life for area citizens, and affects the public image of the city. The work consists of varied managerial, supervisory, and directive duties in police administration. The broad range of decision-making activities required contributes to the complexity of the work. Living in Thomson or McDuffie County will be strongly encouraged.

CONTACTS: Contacts are typically with department personnel, citizens, other city employees, elected officials, judges, attorneys, business owners, suspects, and representatives of other law enforcement agencies. Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, build and maintain working relationships, resolve problems, provide services, motivate, and direct employees.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is typically performed with the employee sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, crouching, or stooping. The employee must occasionally lift light or heavy objects, use equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, be able to distinguish between shades of color, and use the physical force necessary to arrest and restrain persons. The work is performed indoors, in a vehicle, and outdoors. The employee may be exposed to inclement weather, infectious diseases, and life-threatening situations. The work requires the use of protective clothing and devices.

This position is designated as an emergency position that requires your attendance at work under all types of emergency conditions. Some examples include inclement weather, utility failure, fire or other forced evacuation or as determined by the Mayor/City Administrator.

SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY: This position has the ultimate supervisory and management responsibility of the police department.


  • Baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field required; a Master’s Degree in Public Administration or a Criminal Justice related field is preferred.
  • Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience.
  • Completion of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) National Academy, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS), Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, Southern Police Institute, and/or another recognized law enforcement executive development program is preferred.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Police Standards and Training Council for the State of Georgia as a certified Georgia Chief of Police.

Salary for this position will be determined by experience and is expected to fall within the range of $63,000 - $88,000 with a benefits package including health, retirement plan, and paid time off. Relocation expenses will be negotiable. Applications and job descriptions are available on the 2nd floor of the City-County Administration Building located at 210 Railroad Street, Thomson, GA during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or online at . All applications should include a current resume, 5-year salary history, and references. Packages must be completed, signed, and received no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2021. EOE

Email application to: or mail to:

Attn: Human Resources

City of Thomson

P.O. Box 1017

Thomson, GA  30824


This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Any essential function or requirement of this class will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent/applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonable accommodation for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent/applicant when possible.

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