Chief of Police-City of Cape Coral (FL)

The City of Cape Coral, FL is looking for a community-driven and forward-focused individual to lead a top-tier police department. Cape Coral is the largest city in Lee County and is located along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The successful candidate will be an innovative and visionary leader with a focus on community engagement.

The Cape Coral Police Department is an internationally accredited law enforcement agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) as a flagship agency. The Department also is accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) and its Forensics Unit has been crime scene accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) since 2017.

The next Police Chief will have the opportunity to lead 274 law enforcement officers, 94 support professionals, and will be responsible for a new law enforcement training facility that is in the engineering and design phase.

The new Chief of Police will report to City Manager Rob Hernandez, who joined the City in 2020. The Chief of Police is supported by two deputy chiefs and oversee an annual budget of $62M.

The Cape Coral Police Department is responsible for the enforcement of municipal ordinances, state statutes, and federal laws within the city limits. Multiple units including the SWAT, K9, and Marine units are dedicated to keeping the community safe. The Cape Coral Police Department has six bureaus: Patrol, Communications and Logistical Support, Investigative Services, Professional Standards, Special Operations, and Community Services.

The Police Department has a reputation of excellence and a strong commitment to maintaining and building upon the relationship with the community. The Department’s mission: “To ensure the safety and well-being of our community through a partnership with our citizens.” According to the 2019 Florida Department of Law Enforcement Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, Cape Coral is the safest city in Florida (with populations greater than 100,000) for violent crime. The city also had the highest reductions in violent and non-violent crime among these cities.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree is highly preferred. Candidates also must have 10 or more years of experience as a certified law enforcement officer and five years or more in a command level capacity (rank of Captain or higher). Completion of an advanced police leadership training program, such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute, or similar program is required. Candidates must achieve State of Florida certification as a sworn police officer under State Statute 943.13 within six (6) months of employment.

The salary range is $109,262 to $180,263 (beginning salary will be commensurate with experience). The City offers a highly competitive benefits package.

Visit https://agency.governmentjobs.com/developmentalassociates/default.cfm and click on the – Chief of Police-Cape Coral link. To learn more about the selection process, visit developmentalassociates.com and select “Client Openings” All applications must be fully completed and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal –NOT the City of Cape Coral website nor any other website. Resumes and cover letters should be uploaded with the application. It is not sufficient to send only a resume.

Application review begins February 21, 2021. Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on March 29-30, 2021. Interviews with the leadership team will follow at a subsequent time. All inquiries should be emailed to hiring@developmentalassociates.com.

Cape Coral is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse staff and welcomes all applicants.

Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.

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