Performs a variety of complex administrative, supervisory and professional public safety assistance work in planning, coordinating and directing the activities of the Agency Support Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Support Services Division, Community Services Division and/or any newly created Divisions.

This is an “at will” position that serves as a direct report to the Chief of police. This position serves at the pleasure of the City Manager and shall not be entitled to the rights of the grievance and appeal.

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Regular attendance is required to perform the duties of this position. Assists in the planning, coordination, supervision and evaluation of police department operations. Assists in the development of policies and procedures for the Department in order to implement directives from the City Commission or City Management. Plans and implements a law enforcement program for the divisions in order to better carry out the policies and goals of the Police Chief, City Management and City Commission; reviews department performance and effectiveness in assigned area, formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies. Coordinates the information gathered and work accomplished by various officers and personnel; assigns officers and personnel to special assignments as the needs arise for their specific skills.

May personally participate in investigating criminal law violations occurring within the jurisdiction of the department, obtaining evidence and compiling information regarding crimes; prepares these cases for filing of charges and testifies in court as needed. Oversees and monitors personnel deployment during major emergency responses. Assures that personnel are assigned to shifts or working units which provide optimum effectiveness in terms of current situations and circumstances governing deployment. Supervises and coordinates the preparation of assigned portions of the annual budget for the Department; administers the department’s budget in assigned area; plans for and develops specifications for new or replaced equipment in assigned areas.

Directs the development and maintenance of systems, records and legal documents that provide for the proper evaluation, control and documentation of police department operations in assigned area. Trains and develops department personnel to achieve divisional goals and long range staffing needs; motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed. To maintain harmony among workers and handles grievances; maintains divisional discipline and the conduct and general behavior of assigned personnel.
Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures. Prepares and submits periodic reports to the Police Chief regarding the department’s activities, and prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate. Assures each divisions compliance with departmental and city policies, procedures, rules and regulations; develops recommendations regarding divisional policy, procedure, rules and regulations.

Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field; represents the City Police Department in a variety of local, county, state and other professional meetings and gatherings. Cooperates with County, State and Federal law enforcement officers as appropriate where activities of the police department are involved. Assists departmental management in the investigation of citizen complaints and grievances concerning the police department. Assists the Police Chief in ensuring that laws and ordinances are enforced and that the public peace and safety is maintained. Maintains proficiency with authorized and issued weapons.


Performs the duties of subordinate personnel as needed. Analyzes and recommends improvements to equipment and facilities, as needed. Develops and presents public speaking engagements related to police and community relations. Coordinates activities with other division management and/or other city departments and exchanges information with other enforcement agencies. Schedules and conducts meetings. Adheres to all universal blood born pathogen precautions. Follows, ensures and/or attends all scheduled training classes.


Follow and comply with all instructions given by chain of command. Exhibit a positive attitude and display appropriate conduct. Create positive relationships with the public, co-workers and supervisors and treat all persons with appropriate respect. Comply with work schedule and fulfill job responsibility commitments. Complete job assignments in a conscientious and thorough manner. Adhere to laws, Department and Division policies and procedures and support organization objectives. Listen with comprehension and communicate accurately, clearly, and concisely to facilitate an efficient operation.

Comply with safety rules and appropriately maintain and use equipment and material. Maintain confidentiality of matters relating to the City at all times. Maintain insurability and operate city vehicles in accordance with insurance policy. (If required of the position) Demonstrate self-initiative in performing routine tasks as in accordance with standard operating procedures and standard operating guidelines. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor and chain of command.


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.


Education and Experience:

Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration or a closely related field. Fifteen years of experience in police work, with three years of management experience at the rank of Captain (or equivalent) or above with this department or a medium to large agency (over 50 sworn). Completion of the State basic training academy and possesses a New Mexico Law Enforcement Training certification or the ability to obtain a “Certification by Waiver” NM law enforcement certification through a NMDPS accredited academy within one year of appointment.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in personnel management, policy development/revision, and NM law and legal issues.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

-Modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; Considerable knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, and department rules and regulations.

− Police management policies and practices including legal, technical, organizational aspects as well as sources of current information of the field.

− Department procedures, labor agreements, federal, State, and local pertinent law enforcement and administrative regulations.

− Federal, State, and municipal criminal law and regulations.

− Police Department work and operations, facilities and equipment, community infrastructure, neighborhoods, institutions, and oversight agencies.

Skills in:

− Strong management skills including leadership/supervisory skills, problem analysis, and decision-making, consensus-building ,planning and organizing, interpersonal sensitivity, management control, adaptability/flexibility, stress tolerance, and time management.

− Skills for effectively supervising and coordinating the efforts of subordinates in daily and emergency conditions.

− Project and program planning and implementation.

− Excellent oral communications skills for working with a diversity of personnel, public officials, and citizens.

− Excellent writing skills for preparing major reports and communications with staff and citizens.

− Demonstrated skill in using various information systems and communications and computer technology applications for police and office systems.

− Fiscal and records management including cost analysis, budget analysis and budget development.

Ability to:

− Conduct self at all times in an ethical, professional and respectful manner.

− Demonstrate the competencies of Service, Results, Teamwork and Cooperation, and to model, coach, and develop these competencies in staff.

− Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with citizens and stakeholders, both internal and external.

-Use of the tools and equipment listed below.

Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel; Ability to perform work requiring good physical condition; 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; Ability to give verbal and written instructions; Ability to meet the special requirements listed below.


Police car, police radio, handgun and other weapons as required, handcuffs, cellular phone, first aid equipment, personal computer including word processing software.


Valid State issued Driver’s License
CPR/First Aid certification, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months
Residency requirement: residing within the five (5) mile planning radius of the city*
*See personnel manual for more details.


Works under the general guidance and direction of the Chief of Police


Supervises assigned captains and section supervisors directly and others through subordinate officers and supervisors.


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 vehicle.

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.

Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 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 in high, precarious places; and 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 quiet while in the office, and moderately noisy while in the field.

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