Chief of Police-Town of Zebulon (NC)

Due to the retirement of its Police Chief, the Town of Zebulon, North Carolina, operating under a Council-Manager form of government, is seeking a Police Chief who is proactive and has a demonstrated history of innovative leadership using best practices for law enforcement AND engagement that fosters a safe community. The Chief of Police is the public face of the Police Department. He or she must be a leader who “walks the talk” on community-oriented policing strategies and initiatives both with staff and the community in order to develop and maintain effective relationships with the citizens, elected officials, Town administration, and police department staff. The next chief will deeply value personal engagement, leading and working alongside their officers to meet community goals. Reporting to the Town Manager, the Police Chief is responsible for planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating the activities of the Police Department. The Department has a $2.6 million overall budget, 22 sworn FTE personnel, 3 part-time officers, 2 reserve officers, and 1 civilian position. Dispatch is handled by Wake County. ZPD has a take-home vehicle policy for officers who live within 15 miles of Town limits. ZPD has three divisions: administration, patrol services, and detective. Given Zebulon’s proximity to four counties and major Interstate highways, effective coordination with local, regional, and State partners is critical. Qualifications: Requires a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or other relevant field, and 15 years of progressive law enforcement experience across functional areas such as patrol, internal affairs, administration, investigations, etc. to include 6-7 years of executive-level experience at the rank of Captain or higher. Must possess current advanced NC LE certification or be eligible to acquire. A master’s degree and executive law enforcement training are preferred. Must have a valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain a valid NC driver’s license within 60 days of relocating to NC. Residency is strongly preferred. Salary range and Application Process: The full salary range is $74,956-$112,433 with an anticipated hiring range of $95,000 – $105,000 (beginning salary will be commensurate with qualifications). The Town offers a highly competitive benefits package. Additional information about the benefits package is available here . To apply, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser:, and click on Public Safety Openings, then the Chief of Police – Zebulon link. All applications must be fully completed and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with the application. Application review begins August 24, 2020. Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on September 29-30, 2020. Interviews with the Town Manager will follow at a subsequent time. All inquiries should be emailed to Zebulon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.

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