Chief of Police-City of Rocky Mount (NC)

Position closes 2/3/2021. Previous applicants need not reapply.

The City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is seeking a Chief of Police to lead a dynamic and diverse department seeking CALEA accreditation in the future. The police chief must be personally committed to community engagement, regional partnerships, and visible leadership. The next Chief will be a transformative and visionary leader focusing on increasing trust and partnerships between the Police and stakeholders. The Chief of Police is the public face of the Rocky Mount Police Department. The Chief must foster effective relationships with the community, elected officials, regional partners, City administration, command staff, supervisors, officers, and civilian members of the department. Possessing outstanding communication, advocacy, and critical thinking skills, the successful candidate will be a proactive law enforcement professional with a proven track record in effective change management, 21st Century Policing, and innovative strategic leadership. Rocky Mount is a community that values diversity, expects and deserves an exceptional leader to be its next Police Chief.

About the Department: The Police Chief reports to the City Manager. The individual selected to be the next Chief of Police will take over from a well-respected and trusted Chief to lead a Department of approximately 165 sworn and 41 non-sworn employees working across the divisions of Administration, Criminal Investigations, Patrol Services, Special Operations, and Support Services and manage an annual budget of $16.9M. Due to retirements, there will be increasing opportunities for promotions and building a new command staff.

Crucial challenges the Chief is faced with include violent crime due to gang activity, high call volume, recruitment challenges but s/he will face these challenges with the resources of a committed City Manager, Council, and Community. The Chief of Police must play a vital role in working across the community to problem solve, collaborate, and create partnerships. The Chief will play a visible and proactive role in the criminal justice system to create a path for the Rocky Mount Police Department to be a leader in building trust and relationships to develop effective responses to reduce this statistic.

Qualifications: Minimum of a BA/BS degree or knowledge and/or level of competency commonly associated with completing a baccalaureate degree in a related field. Appropriate advanced degree highly preferred, along with executive law enforcement training (e.g. FBI National Academy, Administrative Officers Management Program, PERF, LEEP, etc.) and minimum of 15 years law enforcement experience and 5-7 years of cross-functional and progressively responsible experience, including administrative and command work at the equivalent rank of Captain, Major, Assistant/ Deputy Chief, or higher. Must have a valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain a valid NC driver’s license within 60 days of hire. Must have current certification as a municipal or local government law enforcement officer by his/her respective state or with no more than one-year break in full-time sworn service at the time of appointment. Please note that North Carolina law does not recognize nor have a reciprocal relationship with Federal law enforcement certification but does recognize and give partial credit for military Police (MP) training, receipt of an MP occupational specialty classification, and performance of MP duties.

Salary and Benefits: There is a residency requirement to live within the corporate city limits of Rocky Mount within 12 months of appointment to the position. The beginning of the hiring range is $108,253 – $162,380 annually. Starting salary will depend on experience and qualifications. The City provides an excellent benefits package. Visit to learn more.

Applicants must apply at by February 3, 2021. Interviews will be February/March in Rocky Mount for selected semi-finalists.
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