Sugar Land, the “Sweetest City in Texas,” is one of the state’s most diverse, progressive, and responsive municipal organizations and one of the best places to live, do business, work, and visit. Located 20 miles southwest of downtown Houston, Sugar Land boasts some of the nation’s best master-planned communities, parks, trails, and world-class medical facilities. Additionally, Sugar Land consistently ranks among the most beautiful and safest cities in the nation.

The City of Sugar Land operates under the Council-Manager form of government. With this structure, citizens elect a mayor and six (6) council members who establish City ordinances, resolutions, and initiatives, as well as approve the City’s annual budget and five-year CIP.

Reporting to the Assistant City Manager, and with the support of 199 FTEs (174 sworn officers), and two (2) Assistant Chiefs, the Chief is responsible and accountable for the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of all SLPD goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and priorities of the department.

The Chief of Police establishes departmental policies, procedures, and general orders, as well as ensures proper enforcement to maintain a modern, effective, efficient, and responsive police department that provides maximum police protection to the community. Additionally, the Chief is responsible for preparing and presenting the department’s budget, ensuring adherence to approved items during the year and leading all departmental service functions, and selects, trains, and develops police personnel.

Sugar Land seeks a collaborative, visionary, law enforcement executive who possesses excellent people skills. This member of the City’s leadership team will offer strong critical thinking skills, supported by a record of building and maintaining solid relations in the community. The successful candidate will develop and maintain credibility, trust, and respect internally with employees throughout the organization and externally with officials, community leaders, citizens, and representatives from other law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field. The candidate should have at least ten (10) years of professional experience, of which five (5) years must have been as the assistant or deputy chief in an agency similar to the SLPD (or a larger community). A valid Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Advanced or Master Law Enforcement Officer Certification or a comparable certification from another state (must be able to obtain TCOLE certification within 6 months) and Possession of a valid Texas driver’s license (must obtain a Texas driver’s license within 2 months of employment) is required.

A Master’s degree and graduation from a command leadership program such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, LEMIT’s Leadership Command College, or a similar program desired, but not required

The City of Sugar Land offers a comprehensive total rewards package that includes a base salary in the $150,000 – $175,000 range, depending on qualifications and experience. Additional benefits include a 7% employee contribution with a 2:1 match with the Texas Municipal Retirement System (7% employee contribution – 2:1 match), and a 457(b) program, Full-time employees do not participate in Social Security. The City provides basic life, short- and long-term disability insurance, as well as a 125 cafeteria plan that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance options. The City provides relocation reimbursement, a take home vehicle, and a city cell phone.

We invite qualified professionals to click on the link below, visit the Baker Tilly Application Portal, review the desired traits, attributes, characteristics, qualifications, and apply at Application review begins on Friday, July 22, 2022. This announcement will remain posted, and we will continue to accept applications until the City of Sugar Land extends an offer to one finalist. Our process requires the expressed authorization by an applicant to conduct criminal background investigation, credit check, academic verification, and contact references. Pursuant to the state or local laws governing access to public records, all information submitted, including resumes and cover letters, may be subject to public disclosure. For more information about this outstanding career opportunity contact or call (214) 842-6478.

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The City of Sugar Land is an Equal Opportunity Employer