Police Chief-City of Portsmouth (VA)

General Statement of the Job & Essential Functions
Under limited supervision, this position is responsible for the efficient management and direction of the Police Department through leadership, planning and organizing and fosters cooperative working relationships with citizen groups and other agencies on police matters. Reports to the City Manager.

 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Portsmouth, VA (pop. 96,000). The next Police Chief for the city of Portsmouth must be familiar with the model of 21st Century Policing and application in a diverse, urban, and vibrant city that celebrates its history, while embracing its future. Engaging the community and building trust and legitimacy in an effort to build stronger neighborhoods while creating a safe, friendly, livable community is strategically important. This position is responsible for the efficient management and direction of the Police Department through leadership, planning and organizing.

Provides leadership and strategic direction for developing, administering and communicating public safety policies and procedures to meet overall city needs and objectives; to meet legal requirements, to promote cost effectiveness, to be responsive to both management and employees, and to attract, retain, and develop a highly qualified, motivated and effective workforce.

Ensures that laws and ordinances are enforced, ethical and professional standards are followed, and that measures are implemented to prevent crimes and protect lives and property. Monitors and directs all operational functions such as patrol activities, criminal investigations, case assignments, and serving court documents. Oversees a staff of 259 sworn positions.

Requires a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or related field and ten (10) years of increasingly responsible command and management experience in law enforcement or equivalent. Residency in the city of Portsmouth is required within 6 months of employment.

Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. All applicants must submit an online application and resume by the posted deadline. The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity and inclusion are particularly important to the City of Portsmouth. The City strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Education, Experience & Special Requirements
Requires a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or related field and ten (10) years of increasingly responsible command and management experience in law enforcement or equivalent.

Graduation from command level management training such as the FBI National Academy, the Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police or the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command is preferred.

Special Requirements:

Membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police is required within six months of employment.

Requires a comprehensive background investigation to include a local, state and federal criminal history check.

A valid Virginia driver’s license with an acceptable driving record at the time of application. If out of state, a Virginia driver’s license must be obtained within 60 days.

Requires satisfactory results from a medical, psychological evaluation and pre-employment substance abuse testing and is subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing.

Continued employment is contingent upon maintaining all State requirements for Police Officers as specified in Virginia Code; all federal and state requirements to carry a firearm. Must be able to wear a standard issued duty belt with all applicable gear.

Residency in the city of Portsmouth is required within 6 months of employment.

For more information and to apply online, please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/portsmouthva/jobs/2972124/police-chief