Police Chief-City of Hobbs (NM)


Performs a variety of complex administrative, supervisory, and professional work in planning, coordinating and directing the activities of the Police Department. Represents the City and the Police Department while working closely with citizen groups, public and private officials, and outside agencies. Serves as liaison for other law enforcement agencies to provide technical assistance and to ensure responsive, appropriate delivery of law enforcement services.

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• Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.
• Analyzes complex, technical and administrative police service problems, evaluates alternative solutions, and adopts effective courses of action.
• Exercises sound independent judgment within general policy and administrative guidelines.
• Fosters strong community relations and partnerships through the creation and administration of model community policing programs and activities. Directs departmental public information. Confers with elected or appointed officials, other law enforcement officials, business representatives, public citizens and City officials on law enforcement problems and assists the development of innovative municipal law enforcement policies.
• Develops positive relations with community groups, businesses and citizens. Maintains involvement with community organizations and activities in a manner that promotes a positive image of the city. Demonstrates cultural sensitivity in dealing with diverse groups both internal and external.
• Leads organizational development, reorganization, program development, evaluation, and goal setting.
• Manages and supervises the police department to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains and develops staff, motivates, evaluates, and holds staff accountable when necessary; reviews progress and directs changes as needed and delegates appropriately. Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans
• Directs the development of management systems, procedures and standards for program evaluation; monitors development related to police service matters, evaluates their impact on city operations, and implements policy and procedure improvements
• Prepares and presents the annual budget for the department; directs the implementation of the department’s budget; plans for and reviews specifications for new or replaced equipment. Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures to assure sound fiscal control and efficiency; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
• Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures. Performs or assists subordinates in performing duties
• Creates positive labor-management relations and maintains open lines of communication with the Union. Comprehends, with full understanding the collective bargaining agreement and plays an active role in the negotiation process. Maintains harmony among workers and peers and resolves grievances; adjusts for errors and complaints.
• Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes. Reviews department for performance and effectiveness formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies. Coordinates the information gathered and work accomplished by various officers; assigns officers to special investigations as the needs arise for their specific skills.
• Ensures that as a department, cultural and ethnic diversity is valued; Supports initiatives to focus on the variety of personal experiences, values and creativity that arise from differences in culture and circumstance.
• Develops policies and procedures for the Police Department that are reflective of the directives and policies as outlined by the City Manager and the City Commission.
• Evaluates evidence, witnesses, and suspects in criminal cases to correlate all aspects and to assess for trends, similarities, and/or for associations with other cases.
• Oversees the training and development of department personnel. Prepares and submits periodic reports to the City Manager regarding the department’s activities, and prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate.
• Cooperates with County, State and Federal law enforcement officers as appropriate where activities of the police department are involved. Ensures that laws and ordinances are enforced and that the public peace and safety is maintained. Attends all regular meetings of the City Commission; attends special meetings of the City Commission, departments, or administration at which attendance may be required.


• Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field; represents the police department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings; participates in professional organizations related to areas of responsibilities.

• Directs investigation of major crime scenes.
• Performs the duties of subordinate personnel as needed.
• Coordinates activities with the Emergency Response and Preparedness Personnel, Legal, and Fire Chief, as needed.


Works under the direct supervision of the City Manager.


Supervises the Deputy Chief and Department Secretary directly, and other departmental staff through subordinate officers and supervisors.

Follows and complies with all instructions as directed by the City Manager. Exhibits a positive attitude and displays appropriate conduct. Creates positive relationships with the public, co-workers, supervisors, other City personnel, and treats all persons with appropriate respect. Complies with work schedules and fulfills commitments. Completes job assignments in a conscientious and thorough manner. Adheres to laws, department and division policies and procedures and supports organizational objectives. Listens with comprehension and communicates accurately, clearly, and concisely to facilitate an efficient operation. Complies with safety rules and appropriately maintains and uses equipment. Maintains confidentiality of matters relating to the City at all times. Maintains insurability and operates City vehicles in accordance with insurance policies. Demonstrates self-initiative in performing routine tasks in accordance with standard operating procedures and standard operating guidelines. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor and chain of command.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a related field required. A Master’s degree is preferred. Minimum of fifteen years total paid law enforcement experience with six (6) years at the level of a command officer (Captain level/equivalent or higher). Completion of the state basic training academy and possess a New Mexico Law Enforcement Training Certification or the ability to obtain a “Certification by Waiver” New Mexico Law Enforcement Certification through a NMDPS accredited academy within one year of appointment.

Completion of an advanced law enforcement leadership training course or Advanced Certification received (e.g. FBI National Academy, Northwest School of Staff and Command, Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course, or New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy) preferred.

The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in training police personnel on various high liability issues which include: use of force, search and seizure, and case law which impacts New Mexico. The ideal candidate will also have extensive experience in personnel management, policy development/revision, and New Mexico law and legal issues.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Must possess a diverse background in municipal police management. Dedication to internal communications and employee involvement, community interaction and participation; analytical thinking and problem solving are essential.

Thorough knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; considerable knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, department rules and regulations and technology systems related to law enforcement.

Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel; Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers and supervisors; Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions


Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid state issued driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in any state;

NM Police Officer Certification or the ability to achieve NM Police Officer Certification through the NM Law Enforcement Academy.

Residency Requirement:
The Police Chief position is required to live within a five (5) mile radius of the City.


Police vehicle, police radio, handgun and other weapons as required, baton, handcuffs, first aid equipment, personal computer including basic software to include Microsoft Office.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. The majority of the time, heavy physical activity is not required. However, a Police officer needs to be able to actively respond to any situation in which the public or an officer may be in danger. The ability to physically interact with another person including restraint, arrest, rescue, and defense of the employee or others is an essential function of the job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle and feel objects, tools and controls; reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and taste or smell. The employee must be able to operate all authorized and issued weapons, equipment and motor vehicles.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move heavy objects or people. The minimum physical limits are specified in the Protocol for Job Specific Tasks and Standards set by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. These are simulated through a series of job specific tasks designed to ensure the employee can lift 70 pounds floor to knuckle and 40 pounds knuckle to shoulder; lift and move a 150 pound dummy onto a stretcher, quickly run up and down three flights of stairs without exceeding 80 percent of the maximum percentage of heart rate (MPHR), successfully climb over a five foot wall, crawl 25 feet at a continuous pace, and walk the length of a 4 inch wide beam six times. The employee may also be required to complete the following fitness screening in specified times: push-ups, sit-ups, mile and a half run, flexibility, and 300 meter run.

Minimum vision abilities set by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy are as follows: uncorrected distance vision should be no more than 20/100, correctable to at least 20/30; near vision correctable to at least 20/40; color vision correct reading of at least nine or more of the first thirteen plates of the Ishihara test; depth perception should be sufficient to demonstrate normal stereo depth perception with/without correction to the standard-100 ARC seconds. Minimal hearing acuity should be the average hearing level at the test frequencies, 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz will not exceed 25dB in either ear, and no single hearing level will exceed 30dB at any of these test frequencies in either ear. Hearing loss at 3000Hz will not exceed 40dB HL in either ear. State or New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy requirements shall be the minimum standards applicable.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high, precarious places with explosives, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This position is subject to the City of Hobbs’ Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy which includes one or more of the following: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return to duty testing and follow-up testing.

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