Chief of Police-Town of Morehead City (NC)

The next Chief of Police must have a track record of proactive and innovative law enforcement leadership, particularly during challenging times. The Chief is expected to be engaged both internally and externally, trusting his or her staff to manage incidents while remaining engaged with officers, fellow department heads, citizens, and partners in multiple jurisdictional agreements. The current Chief of Police is retiring after 6 years in the position and 26 years with the department. Furthermore, only three Chiefs have served Morehead City since 1992.

The Chief of Police reports to the City Manager and is responsible for planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating the activities of the Police Department. The Department has a $4.2 million dollar annual budget, 43 sworn personnel, 3 full time civilian positions, and 2 part time civilian positions serving across three divisions: administration, patrol services, and special operations division, which includes Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Pill Diversion, School Resource Officers, Crime Prevention, Evidence, and Training. To learn more about the department, click here.

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 7 years of executive-level experience at the rank of Captain or higher. 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.

The salary range for the position of Police Chief is $82,500 to $128,603 annually with the hiring salary depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual. The City is committed to a starting salary and total compensation package that will be market competitive. Employees enjoy outstanding benefits. More information about benefits can be found here.

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All applications must be fully completed listing your time at each rank and 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. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with the application. Application closes September 18, 2021.

Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on October 20-21, 2021 and will require 3-4 hours of time on those days, not including preparation. In person interviews with the City Manager and his leadership team will follow at a subsequent time. All inquiries should be emailed to