Chief of Public Safety-City of Albuquerque (NM)

The Chief of Public Safety is responsible for leadership of the Albuquerque Police Department, Albuquerque Fire Rescue Department and Office of Emergency Management. This position is responsible for overseeing and directing the Chief of Police who is responsible for a department which has approximately 1,500 employees and an annual budget of about $186 million focusing on activities to reduce crime, implement constitutional community policing, recruiting police officers to bring the Department to full strength, and building strong morale. The position will oversee the Chief of Fire Rescue who operates a Fire and EMS Department comprised of 729 full-time firefighters and 27 civilian personnel, serving a jurisdiction of more than 189.5 miles. The Chief of Public Safety will also oversee the Director of Emergency Management responsible for planning of all hazards, reducing threats, and preparing Albuquerque residents and organizations to respond and recover from emergencies. The APD Chief of Policy Advisor and the Community Outreach Manager will also report to the Chief of Public Safety.


The Chief of Public Safety is expected to exercise sound judgment, expertise and innovation in establishing and administering operations of the Departments. The Chief of Public Safety must demonstrate and promote high ethical standards within the Departments.

The Police Department is under a court-approved settlement agreement with the United States Department of Justice, relating to use of force and other issues. The Chief of Public Safety must coordinate with the Chief of Police to provide strong reform-minded leadership as the Department works to achieve and maintain compliance with the agreement. The unclassified at-will position reports directly to the Chief Administrative Officer.

This is a safety sensitive position subject to random drug/alcohol testing.

This is an unclassified at-will position.

Job descriptions are intended to present a general list of tasks/duties performed by employees within this job classification. Job Descriptions are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, fire science or closely related field (Master’s degree preferred); and

Ten (10) years or more of sworn experience in law enforcement management. (Preferably with a law enforcement agency within a major metropolitan area, at or above the rank of Captain/Commander or equivalent).

Experience working with an agency within a major metropolitan area, at or above the rank of Captain/Commander or equivalent preferred.

Ability to obtain a New Mexico Law Enforcement Certification: Currently hold a law enforcement certification and be eligible to qualify for the New Mexico Law Enforcement Certification by Waiver course (Non-NM applicants) preferred.

Successfully pass a background investigation
Possession of a valid New Mexico Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain by date of hire.
Possession of a City Operator’s Permit (COP) within 6 months from date of hire.

Functional knowledge of U.S. Department of Justice settlement agreements
Advanced knowledge of crime prevention and law enforcement strategies
Advanced knowledge of fire prevention/response and emergency medical services
Knowledge and experience utilizing a centralized technology center (e.g., Real Time Crime Center) to direct proactive, predictive, and preemptive policing concepts
Principles and practices of quality victim services; understanding of specific challenges related to mental health, homelessness and victims of interpersonal violence and sexual assault
Understanding of the needs of businesses and the tourism-based community and its impact on public safety
Principles and practices of organizational management and leadership of a large law enforcement or public safety agencies
Applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations
Understanding of collective bargaining agreements and experience in managing a unionized workforce (sworn and civilian)
Applied experience in constitutional community policing, reducing uses of force, implementing procedural justice, and building strong community relationships, in a manner tailored to our City
Effectively direct, plan and organize the activities of a large police department or public safety departments
Critically analyze problems, identify alternative solutions and implement recommendations in support of goals
Effectively implement, facilitate and expand community policing initiatives
Promote collaboration and innovation
Exhibit exceptional communication skills
Weigh risks and consequences and make clear decisions
Equitably interpret and apply City policies, procedures, rules and regulations
Diffuse conflict and gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion
Motivate, select, supervise and evaluate personnel with integrity and accountability
Promote fiscal responsibility in administering a departmental budget
Develop and uphold professional standards for police; deliver quality training
Develop and maintain effective partnerships with community groups
Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation
Work effectively with the chiefs and directors of other City departments and City administration

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