Assistant Chief of Police-City of Tempe (AZ)


This recruitment is open until the position is filled or a sufficient number of applications have been reviewed to establish a qualified candidate pool.

First review of applications will occur on January 15, 2021.
Initial virtual Interviews will week occur during the week of January 25, 2021.
Subsequent interviews will be held as needed.
Initial virtual interviews will occur during the week of January 18. Subsequent interviews will be held as needed.

Salary Range:
$159,000 – $179,802

Department / Division:
Police Department

Job Type:
Full-Time Regular

Job Number:

The purpose of this position is to actively manage and uphold the City’s mission and values; assist the Police Chief in leading the day-to-day operations of the Police Department and assist the Police Chief in the implementation of goals, policies, procedures, and standards for the Police Department.

Work Experience:
Requires a minimum of two (2) years of experience as a municipal Police Commander or equivalent with management or supervisory experience in police field operations, investigations, and support functions.

Years of experience are based upon a full-time work schedule (2,080 hours per year). The sum of an applicant’s full-time and/or part-time qualifying work experience must meet or exceed the stated minimum qualification. Education will not substitute for the required work experience; however, related unpaid and/or volunteer work experience may be used as qualifying work experience.

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, public administration, criminology, business, or related field of study. A Master’s Degree is preferred. Mid-career professional school/training is also preferred.
The term “equivalent” means that directly related work experience exceeding the required work experience will substitute in equal time increments for college-level education, for example: one year of additional directly related work experience will substitute for one year of college education (30 credit hours).

Certifications, Licenses, and/or Registrations:
• Must possess and maintain an unrestricted valid Arizona driver’s license by hire date.
• Must possession of an Arizona Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certificate by date of hire or mutually agreed upon timeline.
Successful completion of initial probationary period is contingent upon passing an FBI background investigation. Based on position, referred applicants may be subject to additional testing which may include pre-employment polygraph, physical and drug screening.

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This position is FLSA Exempt – ineligible for overtime compensation and/or compensatory time.

This position is unclassified, which means the employee or the City can terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any or no reason, with or without cause or notice.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The City of Tempe is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation employer. The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability, and United States military veteran status. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will make a reasonable accommodation(s) during the recruitment & selection process. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 480-350-8276. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and resume. Applicants should also submit a written product they have authored
within the last two years, such as a proposal, program evaluation, etc, with sensitive information redacted as needed. The City of Tempe’s practice is to release only the name of candidates who are considered finalists for a vacant position. Tempe believes that this practice is consistent with the most recent cases interpreting Arizona’s public record laws.
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