Chief of Police-Edmonds Police Department (WA)

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is assisting in the search for the next chief of police for the Edmonds, Washington, Police Department. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2021.

The successful candidate for the Edmonds Police Department chief executive opportunity will have a proven record of integrity and leadership, management, and interpersonal skills to drive the Edmonds Police Department continued success as a professional and customer-focused agency.

They will drive effective change within the Department, fostering a culture of self-examination and constant improvement. In coordination with Mayor Nelson, the Chief will work to implement recommendations from the recently released Edmonds Equity and Social Justice Task Force Report and from the forthcoming operational assessment report (expected June 2021) by CPSM. To assist in achieving these goals, the next Chief of Police will have the opportunity to hire both assistant chief positions.

The Chief is expected to embrace and ensure the implementation of the Edmonds Police Department mission of improving the quality of life for all residents by delivering fair, just, respectful, safe, and effective policing. They will be expected to have exceptional communication skills, and cultural sensitivity, in order to respond effectively to any and all concerns raised by an informed and engaged public.

The Chief of Police in the City of Edmonds is expected to do the following:
§ Actively engage with and be present in the community.
§ Create a clear vision of and goals for success for the organization; develop and execute a strategic plan to achieve desired outcomes.
§ Increase the transparency of the agency and develop effective two-way communication and transparency both within the department and with key community stakeholder groups.
§ Develop a body-worn camera program. This program will include acquisition, policy, storage solutions, maintenance, and response to public access requests. The body-worn camera program will strengthen accountability and transparency. Furthermore, the program will promote the legitimacy of the police department and sense of procedural justice throughout the community.
§ Develop effective organizational leadership practices that provide effective succession planning and professional development for the members of the police department.
§ Focus on continuous improvement of the department with an eye on not only preventing crime, solving problems, and enforcing the law, but also building partnerships with and enhancing the quality of life for the city’s residents, businesses, and other vested members of the community.
§ Work with groups containing members from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
§ Develop and enhance local, state, and federal partnerships.
§ Develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Mayor, City Council, heads of other city departments, representatives of outside agencies, and the public.
§ Understand and support the tenets of the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and continue to implement the 21st Century Policing recommendations in all facets of the department.

Key characteristics and competencies include but are not limited to:
§ Comprehensive and broad knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and equipment employed in modern police administration.
§ Keen understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and biased-based policing. Understand how they relate to every facet of the department, including hiring, training, and promotion, policies, procedures, decisions, and conduct.
§ Experience in managing a multicultural workplace where all employees feel valued, free from workplace hostility, and where growth opportunities are mad available to employees.
§ Experience working with groups containing members from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
§ Ability to review the structure and operations of the police department, and find opportunities for improvement where needed.
§ Strong decision-making skills to be able to make the right decision quickly within established guidelines and protocols.
§ Strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Interpersonal skills are required to effectively interact and work with individuals and groups.
§ Knowledge of budget development and sound administrative practices. Demonstrated ability to manage resources productively.
§ Have a strong understanding of and experience with technology and analytically based decision-making.
§ Possess a high degree of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is integral to workplace success. Those with a high level of emotional intelligence have a greater ability to manage stress, solve complex problems, and cooperate with others.
§ Ability to work closely with the police and civilian employees’ unions and to effectively manage these important workplace relationships.

Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Administration, Law Enforcement, or related field. 10 years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience as a sworn law enforcement officer, including five (5) years of senior command (Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief, or Chief) and executive management experience that includes major command responsibilities, staff supervisory and budgetary responsibility or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Preferred: Master’s degree and or demonstration of continued professional development such as graduation from a nationally recognized police management program, such as the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), Harvard University’s Senior Executives for State and Local Government Program, or a comparable advanced police management training program.

Certification: Current certification or the ability to obtain certification as a police officer. See requirements:

Hiring Range: $137,821 $144,713 $151,948
Placement outside of the normal hiring range will be considered for exceptional candidates.
Plus, a comprehensive benefits package (see Non-Represented Benefits).

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