Chief of Police-Plant City (FL)

The City of Plant City, FL is Seeking a Police Chief
Anticipated salary range: $90,064 to $145,350 (DOE) with outstanding benefits

The City of Plant City is geographically located in the middle of Florida’s west coast, 25 miles east of Tampa, immediately west of Lakeland, and 60 miles west of Orlando in northeast Hillsborough County (the 4th largest county in the state.) Named after Henry B. Plant, who constructed the railroad connecting Plant City to the South Florida Railroad; Plant City thrives in its historic role as an agriculture center, and is home to a robust manufacturing sector and a high quality of life.

The City has a Commission-Manager form of government. Citizens elect five (5) City Commissioners at large, to serve overlapping 3-year terms, one of whom serves as Mayor-Commissioner for a 1-year term and another as Vice Mayor for 1-year term. The City Manager appoints all other administrative and professional employees and is responsible for an $90-million-plus fiscal year budget. Reporting directly to the City Manager, the Plant City Police Chief performs highly responsible administrative law enforcement work including planning, organizing and directing the activities of the Department in accordance with federal, state, and local laws, and accepted police practices. With an annual budget of $11,000,000, the Chief is also responsible for the effective, efficient and responsive operations of the PCPD by providing inspirational leadership, and effective management of activities, measures, programs and services designed to prevent crime, protect lives and protect property, maintain, and restore order when necessary. The chief must reside inside of Plant City limits.
A bachelor’s degree, from an accredited college or university, in Police Administration, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a closely related field. A minimum of 15 years progressively responsible police experience (with at least five years in a command rank and responsibility,) possession of (or the ability to secure) a valid Florida Driver’s License, possession of (or the ability to secure) a Florida Law Enforcement Certification as established by the Florida Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission are required qualifications. A master’s degree, from an accredited college or university, in Police Administration, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a closely related field and graduation from an accredited Executive level training program, such as Florida Department of Law Enforcement Senior Leadership Program, Southern Police Institute or FBI National Academy, preferred.

For more information, or to apply, visit the Baker Tilly Public Sector Executive Recruitment website Application review begin on Friday, September 25, 2020. Following the first review date, we will evaluate all applications against the posted qualifications, and may extend invitations for a final interview (virtual or in-person) to a select few. This announcement will remain posted, and we will continue to accept applications until the city reaches an agreement with one finalist. Alternatively, you may visit the Baker Tilly Public Sector Executive Recruitment Portal. If you have questions about this outstanding career opportunity, contact Edward Williams at or (214) 842-6478.

The City of Plant City provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Confidentiality: Under Florida’s Public Records Act, information from your application is subject to public disclosure at any point in the recruitment process.