Chief of Police-City of Durham (NC)

The City of Durham is seeking a Chief of Police to lead a dynamic and diverse, CALEA accredited Police Department. The police chief will be a strategic, transformative and progressive law enforcement leader with a focus on solving critical challenges while leveraging community engagement and partnerships and increasing trust. The Chief of Police is the public face of the Durham Police Department and must be able to foster effective relationships with the community, elected officials, City administration, and the command staff, supervisors, officers and civilian members of the department. Possessing outstanding communication, advocacy and strategic thinking skills, the successful candidate will be a creative and proactive law enforcement professional with a proven track record in effective change management, 21st Century Policing, and innovative problem solving.

The individual selected to be the next Chief of Police will lead a Department of approximately 537 sworn and 125 non-sworn employees with an annual budget of $68M. Employees work four bureaus: Patrol Services, Investigative Services, Administrative Services, and the Office of the Chief (which includes the Public Information Officer and Professional Standards).

The vision of the Durham Police Department is to be a progressive law enforcement agency committed to reducing crime by providing the best quality of service, fostering public confidence and maintaining the highest standards of excellence as a community partner for positive change. With a reputation for excellence in utilizing intelligence-led policing strategies, the Durham Police Department is redoubling its efforts to engage the community in unique and effective ways that create effective partnerships. A pressing issue of great concern is Durham’s violent crime rate and the uptick in gun violence. This is a crucial challenge the Chief will be faced with and must play a vital role in working across the community to problem solve, collaborate and create partnerships.

A detailed description of the police department can be found at

Qualifications: Requires a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or other relevant field, and 10 years of progressive law enforcement experience across functional areas such as patrol, internal affairs, administration, investigations, etc. to include six to seven years professional management or related experience in police administration including three to four years of related administrative supervisory experience. Must possess current advanced NC LE certification or be eligible to acquire. A master’s degree and executive law enforcement training are preferred. Must have a valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain a valid NC driver’s license within 60 days of relocating to NC. There is a residency requirement to live within the corporate city limits of Durham within 18 months of appointment to the position.

Hiring range is $122,040.00 – $195,276.00 annually. Starting salary will depend on experience and qualifications. The City provides an excellent benefits package. Visit to learn more.

To apply, go to and click on the Chief of Police – Durham, NC link.

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All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the City portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume but resumes and cover letters should be uploaded through the portal. Applicants should apply by July 15, 2021. Application review begins July 20, 2021. Semi-finalists will participate in virtual assessments August 26-27, 2021 with leadership team interviews following shortly afterward. Candidates can anticipate three hours of interaction during the virtual assessments, not including preparatory time. We encourage applicants to hold these dates should they be invited to participate.

EOE Recruitment and Selection is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC. All inquiries should be emailed to .