Police Chief

DATE: 6-07-10

JOB TITLE: Police Chief


DIRECTION OF OTHERS: All department staff, either directly or through subordinate supervisors

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor's degree in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration or a closely related field. Ten (10) years of experience as a licensed police officer, seven years of which must have been equivalent to police sergeant or higher and eligible for MN Post Board License.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Master's Degree from an accredited college/university in public administration, business or closely related field and 5 years experience as a police chief or senior level command staff experience is highly desired. Experience in community engagement initiatives or collaborations are also highly desired. Community involvement in civic/business organizations is desired along with public speaking and grant writing experience. Advanced police training such as FBI National Academy, Northwestern Command and Staff course, Southern Police Institute or similar schools is desirable.

NATURE OF WORK:Performs a variety of complex administrative, supervisory, and professional work in planning, coordinating and directing the activities of the Police Department.


I. Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates police department operations.

II. Develops policies and procedures for the Department in order to implement directives from the City Council or City Manager.

III. Plans and implements a law enforcement program for the City in order to better carry out the policies and goals of City Management and Council; reviews Department performance and effectiveness, formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies.

IV. Coordinates the information gathered and work accomplished by various officers; assigns officers to special investigations as the needs arise for their specific skills.

V. Assures that personnel are assign to shifts or working units which provide optimum effectiveness in terms of current situations and circumstances governing

VI. Evaluates evidence, witnesses, and suspects in criminal cases to correlate all aspects and to assess for trends, similarities, or for associations with other cases.

VII. Supervises and coordinates the preparation and presentation of an annual budget for the Department; directs the implementation of the department's budget; plans for and reviews specifications for new or replaced equipment.

VIII. Directs the development and maintenance of systems, records and legal documents that provide for the proper evaluation, control and documentation of police department operations.

IX. Trains and develops Department personnel.

X. Handles grievances, maintains Departmental discipline and the conduct and general behavior of assigned personnel.

XI. Prepares and submits periodic reports to the City Administer regarding the Department's activities, and prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate.

XII. Meets with elected or appointed officials, other law enforcement officials, community and business representatives and the public on all aspects of the Department's activities.

XIII. Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field; represents the City Police Department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings.

XIV. Cooperates with County, State and Federal law enforcement officers as appropriate where activities of the police department are involved.

XV. Ensures that laws and ordinances are enforced and that the public peace and safety is maintained.

XVI. Directs investigation of major crime scenes.

XVII. Performs the duties of subordinate personnel as needed.

XVIII. Analyzes and recommends improvements to equipment and facilities, as needed.


I. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the department.

A. Maintains contact with general public, court officials, and other City officials in the performance of police activities as assigned.
B. Assists citizens with such matters as crime prevention, drug resistance, traffic safety, etc.
C. Follows up on citizen complaints in areas pertaining to public peace and safety.
D. Maintain good relations with industries, news media, businesses, other public agencies and the general public in the course of maintaining public peace and safety.
E. Answers citizen questions and requests for materials and information.
F. Participates in public education programs.
G. Attends meetings of civic organizations, schools, and other public functions to promote programs of the department.


I. Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid State of Minnesota driver's license without record of suspension or revocation in any state.

II. Ability to meet department's physical standards.

III. Basic law enforcement training certification or equivalent.


I. Employee shall be able to operate but not be limited to the following equipment:
police car, police radio, radar gun, handgun and other weapons as required, sidehandle baton, handcuffs, breath analyzer, pager, first aid equipment, personal computer including word processing software, calculator, telephone, and fax machine.


I. The normal work week will generally consist of five eight-hour days, Monday through Friday. Employee may work extended hours, emergency call outs, and on weekends and holidays. This is an exempt position.

II. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high precarious places; and with explosives and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.

III. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or operate objects, controls, or tools listed above; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.