Chief of Police/Director of Security-Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) (OH)

The multi-modal Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) that serves a region of over 1 million that includes the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and portions of Lake and Medina Counties in northeastern Ohio, is looking for a Chief of Police/Director of Security to head its Transit Police Department.

The position manages the third largest police department in Cuyahoga County with a $14 million budget and 128 full and part time officers who ensure the safety and security of GCRTA’s 120,000+ daily customers who use the Authority’s Bus, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Paratransit, Light Rail, Heavy Rail, and Park-N-Ride services.

As a member of the Senior Management Team, the incumbent operates at both a strategic level coordinating with federal, state local law enforcement entities, and at a tactical level, managing the department’s day to day policing that includes bus, train and canine patrols, detective investigations, traffic enforcement and fare enforcement.

Candidates must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, as well as a demonstrable history of leadership and integrity in law enforcement/security administration and management including experience in human resources, workforce development, labor relations and negotiations, and internal integrity/disciplinary programs.

S/he will also be expected to be on the cutting edge of emerging policing strategies and with the use of the latest technologies. S/he must also have a high-level working knowledge of both Constitutional Law and municipal codes and how to apply them equitably on the GCRTA system.

Preferred candidates will have experience in a federal law enforcement agency (SAIC/SAC or ASAIC/ASAC), and/or as a captain, commander, chief/deputy chief, and solid supervisory law enforcement experience. Bachelor’s degree required (master’s preferred) and a minimum fifteen years’ experience as a peace officer with ten in a supervisory position. Certified Law Enforcement Executive course, FBI Academy, Southern Police Institute, or Northwestern University Command and Traffic Institute preferred.

GCRTA is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary and benefits package. GCRTA only considers as acceptable those degrees from degree granting institutions approved by one of two nationally recognized accredited organizations; either the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education.
Because of the public records laws in Ohio, the identity of applicants and application materials cannot be considered to be confidential.

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