The City of Denton, Texas offers a pinnacle career opportunity to collaborative law enforcement leaders as it seeks to identify its next Chief of Police. Under the skillful leadership of its previous Chief of Police, the Denton Police Department has transformed over the past few years into a modern, progressive public safety organization with a keen focus on community service. This career-defining opportunity comes as the previous Chief moves into a new role as one of Denton’s Assistant City Managers.

The Denton Police Department has been proudly serving the City of Denton since 1920. The Department strives to connect and build new relationships, while working closely with all community stakeholders to improve the quality of life for everyone in Denton. The Denton Police Department is an intelligence-led, data-driven, proactive organization focused on the tenets of Relational Policing. The Police Department is a full-service public safety organization and is divided into three bureaus: Operations, Investigations, and Support.

Reporting to an Assistant City Manager, the Chief of Police leads the Police Department and its staff in the delivery of public safety services to those who live, work, and visit Denton. The Chief of Police directs and manages the activities of the Police Department including police administration, patrol, investigations, support services, City detention facility and public safety communications. The Chief of Police is responsible for executive leadership of the Police Department and is assisted by a senior staff made up of an Assistant Chief, two Assistant Directors who are non-sworn members responsible for the administrative support functions of the Department, and four Deputy Chiefs. The allocated staff size of the Denton Police Department for FY 21/22 is 272 total employees. The adopted 21/22 budget is approximately $40 million and the proposed budget for 22/23 is approximately $45 million.

Any combination of related education, experience, certifications, and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job is qualifying. The most attractive candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in Police Administration, Criminal Justice, or a related field, plus at least ten (10) years in municipal law enforcement, with a minimum of five (5) years of experience in a command level position at the level of Lieutenant or higher rank. A Master’s Degree is preferred. Possession of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) intermediate certification or equivalent certification from another state with the ability to obtain TCOLE intermediate certification is required. In addition, graduation from the F.B.I. National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, Southern Police Institute or Southwest Legal Command Management College is highly desirable. Additional preferences include being bilingual in Spanish and English, experience with and commitment to Community Oriented Policing while using data-driven and intelligence-led policing and police management experience in a comparable or larger police agency.

The salary range for the Chief of Police is up to $190,000, with placement in the range dependent on qualifications. The City of Denton offers an excellent executive benefit package including TMRS retirement with employees contributing 7% of salary and a city match of 2 to 1 upon retirement, employee vesting with 5 years of service and eligibility to retire with 20 years of service at any age, or with 5 years of service at age 60. In addition, medical, dental and vision insurance are offered, and city paid life, accidental death, dismemberment and long-term disability insurance. Relocation assistance is also available per City policy. Refer to the position brochure for a detailed list of additional benefits.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Chief Bryan Noblett (ret.) or Chief Greg Nelson (ret.) at (916) 550-4100.

Interested candidates should submit a comprehensive résumé and compelling cover letter online at no later than Monday, June 6, 2022.

This recruitment incorporates existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Texas. In accordance with public disclosure/open record laws, information submitted for consideration may be made available to the public upon request by interested parties.

The City of Denton is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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