Chief of Police-City of Hendersonville (NC)

Hendersonville, located in the picturesque mountains of North Carolina, is seeking a change agent to be its “top cop.” The next Chief of Police must have a track record of proactive and innovative law enforcement leadership, particularly during challenging times, being merely a manager is not enough. The Chief is expected to be engaged both internally and externally, trusting his or her staff to manage incidents but involved with officers, fellow department heads, citizens, and partners in multiple jurisdictional agreements. The department will move into a new Police Headquarters in 2021. This is the ideal opportunity for the next chief to launch a new era for the Hendersonville Police Department (HPD).


Organization and Position description and responsibilities: The City, home to over 14,000 residents, employs 274 FTE, 28 part-time or seasonal employees. The Police Department is one of 9 city departments. The Chief of Police reports to the City Manager and is responsible for planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating the activities of the Police Department. The Police Chief will be responsible for leading a well-equipped Department in a community that is supportive and demands high levels of service and engagement. The Department has a $ 5.7 million Budget, 45 sworn personnel, and 11 support personnel in four divisions: administration, support services, patrol services and criminal investigations.

The ideal candidate will be a strong leader within the Police Department and must work well with the City’s Management Team, Council, community members, and surrounding law enforcement agencies.

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Qualifications: Requires a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or other relevant field, and 10 years of progressive law enforcement experience across functional areas such as patrol, internal affairs, administration, investigations, etc. to include 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.

The hiring range is $85,000 to $100,000 with negotiation within the range based on credentials and experience. The City offers outstanding benefits. To apply, go to and click on the Chief of Police – Hendersonville link, to learn more about the selection process, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser:

All applications must be fully completed listing your time at each rank and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the City portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters should be uploaded with the application. Application review begins November 29, 2020. Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on December 17-18, 2020. Interviews with the City Manager will follow at a subsequent time. All inquiries should be emailed to Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All inquiries should be emailed to Hendersonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.