Deputy Police Chief
The Town of Apex, a Wake County municipality with a rapidly growing population of over 56,000 and named number #1 Best Place to Live in the US, Time/Money Magazine (August 2015), is seeking a proven and energetic leader to serve as a Deputy Police Chief for a CALEA accredited Police Department.
The successful candidate will perform complex administrative work directing the operational activities of the Police Department. Work involves overseeing the daily operations of the Police department and assisting the Police Chief in developing and carrying out the mission and vision for the department. Work is performed in conjunction with and in assistance to the Police Chief. Work in this class is extremely independent and requires a high level of responsibility and decision making. Supervision is exercised over management personnel (Captains) who are engaged in directly leading major divisions of the department.
The Deputy Chief position exercises considerable accountability and responsibility. The position will serve as the Acting Chief of Police in the absence of the Chief of Police and may be the Incident Commander during major events. The Deputy Chief will be directly responsible for supervising the three Division Captains and will provide direct supervision and oversight of the day-to-day functions of the organization. The Deputy Chief will have primary oversight of the Professional Standards Unit, personnel matters, planning and research, agency financial management and budget preparation, among other high-level leadership responsibilities.
The Deputy Chief reports to the Chief of Police and also has responsibility for performing general and specialized law enforcement duties and administrative work in the coordination, planning, review, and supervision of the activities in the department. The Deputy Chief has direct supervision of personnel and activities, including supervising subordinate leaders and staff. Work includes assisting in developing and managing the department budget, monitoring for safe working conditions, investigating complaints from citizens concerning department policies or officer conduct; problem-solving with staff on various issues and activities; assuring quality control; researching leading practices and revising policies and procedures as needed; coaching and mentoring staff for improved performance; maintains accurate accountability and/or ensures departmental records are accurately maintained; assisting the Chief of Police in researching and implementing improvements in departmental services; and any other work as assigned. Work involves frequent public contact requiring tact, firmness, and decisiveness. The employee is subject to hazards in law enforcement work including working in both inside and
outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such
as dangerous persons, loud noises, hazardous spills with fumes, oils, gases, and/ or flammable liquids. Law enforcement duties are also subject to the final standards of OSHA on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed in accordance with departmental and Town policies and state and federal law, supplemented with specific directions from the Chief of Police. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Chief of Police and is evaluated through observation, discussion, and review of reports.
For more information about the Community, Organization and the Police Department see Deputy Chief Position.
• Assists Chief of Police with departmental supervisory and administrative work; assists with decisions in unusual situations as circumstances permit; acts as Chief of Police in his/her absence.
• Develops work assignments, coordinates activities, commands the overall activity of the assigned function(s), reviews the work of personnel for proper and applicable law enforcement techniques, and monitors the results.
• Coaches and mentors staff on problem-solving strategies; observes field performance and provides feedback; investigates citizen concerns about department policy and performance; evaluates staff's performance and ensures fair performance evaluations are conducted; participates in the interviewing and selection of new officers and current staff in promotional processes.
• Conducts research to improve services and evaluates effectiveness; develops new and revises standing operating procedures; communicates revisions and implements changes in practices.
• Receives and investigates general complaints from the public concerning staff, conducts internal affairs investigations; reports findings to the Chief of Police.
• Drafts the department budget; tracks resources and expenditures, and ensures fiscal responsibility.
• Seeks and manages grants.
• Ensures vehicles, weapons, facilities and equipment are properly maintained.
• Administers personnel and prepares a variety of records and reports; schedules employees; approves leave requests; monitors use of overtime; approves staff timesheets.
• Assures clear lines of communication between executive staff, command staff and line officers and that departmental policy, procedures and practices are clearly transmitted and understood.
• Reviews police reports for accuracy and completeness; analyzes trends.
• Ensures new employees complete orientation, any required and in-service training; and guarantees officers meet certification standards.
• Works with emergency officials in the Town, County and State, as well as local businesses and utilities (i.e. pipeline, nuclear plant, etc.) to anticipate and respond to emergencies; participates in line activities when staff shortages or emergencies dictate.
• Serves as a role model for safe work practices and supervises department staff to enhance workplace safety; conducts regular safety inspections.
• Represents the department on various Town and intergovernmental groups; answers media questions.
• Manages department Strategic Planning process, including assessing progress made toward Goals and Objectives.
• Provides support and assistance to the Chief of Police.
• Plans, implements and evaluates all police functions.
• Develops and implements long-range programs designed to enhance police service.
• Assists with organizational development; analyzes, develops and executes programs addressing consumer demand, customer service delivery and the department's career development program.
• Administers Personnel Complaint Investigation Process and applies fair and impartial disciplinary actions when needed.
• Develops and recommends police policies, procedures, rules, regulations and programs.
• Prepares and reviews operational and administrative reports.
• Makes reports to Town officials on special situations.
• Provides input on hiring and disciplinary actions, and oversees processes.
• Addresses the news media as appropriate.
• Attends meetings and serves on committees, boards, and agencies related to promoting crime prevention and improving law enforcement.
• Attends public functions representing the department and the town related to policing practices and community interaction.
• Performs other job-related tasks as required.
• Serves as a certified police officer.
• Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Considerable knowledge of state and federal laws, local ordinances, policies and written directives of the police department and of law enforcement principles, practices, methods and equipment.
• Working knowledge of the application of computers to modern law enforcement work.
• Working knowledge of the Town personnel policies, budget and purchasing procedures, and supervisory practices.
• Skill in the use of firearms and other police equipment as required to maintain state certification and comply with state mandates.
• Ability to act with sound judgment in routine and emergency situations.
• Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
• Ability to present effective court testimony and make public presentations.
• Ability to prepare clear and concise administrative and activity reports.
• Ability to build and maintain cooperative and effective public relations with the citizens, department staff, and Town officials.
• Ability to lead and direct the activities of police officers.
• Ability to maintain cooperative relationships with other Town officials and with the general public.
• Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of police operations and to institute improvements.
• Ability to use resourcefulness and sound judgment in emergencies.
• Ability to analyze complex police problems and situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances.
• Ability to enforce laws firmly and to maintain satisfactory public relations.
MINIMUM AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Extensive knowledge of law enforcement best practices, leadership, budget, and personnel management is required.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, public administration, or related field, supplemented by advanced courses in police science and administration and extensive progressively responsible experience in police work, including
considerable supervisory and management experience at a rank of Captain or above (positions with other rank titles may be considered if the actual job duties and experience are substantially similar to those of a Deputy Chief or a Division Captain in a similarly sized, municipal police agency).
Possession of an Advanced Law Enforcement certification from the state of North Carolina, or the ability to achieve Advanced certification within one year of appointment; performance evaluations that document performance that meets or exceeds expectations as measured by the candidates' current or most recent law enforcement agency for the previous or most recent 2 years.
The successful candidate must possess a valid North Carolina driver's license, or be eligible and obtain one within 60 days of appointment. Preference may be granted to a candidate with a Master's degree and successful completion of an advanced law enforcement executive leadership development course (i.e. FBI National Academy).
• Sworn and certified as a full-time police officer in North Carolina, have completed the minimum requirements established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for certified law enforcement officers, or be eligible to be considered as a lateral or out-of-state transfer and obtain North Carolina certification as a law enforcement officer within one year of employment.
• Ability to meet annual in-service training requirements.
• Requires drug testing and a rigorous background check (which may include criminal history check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment.
If not currently certified in North Carolina as a Police Officer, must have the ability to meet the lateral entry requirements as set forth by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.
Apex, NC 27502
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
P.O. Box 250 Apex, NC 27502 919-249-3420 919-249-3308
Position #20-17 DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF