Police Chief
City of Loveland, Colorado
$141,800 – $226,800

Loveland, Colorado, (pop. 81,127), is known as the “gateway to the Rockies” and is conveniently located just 35 minutes east of the Rocky Mountain National Park, just 45 minutes north of Denver and world class ski resorts, and 45 minutes south of Wyoming. Loveland and its surrounding communities enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year, with warm summers and snowy winters, making the area an outdoor paradise with an abundance of both indoor and outdoor activities. Residents and visitors are surrounded with over 5,000 acres of open space, natural areas and a multitude of scenic lakes, rivers, and streams.

The City of Loveland Police Department is comprised of four divisions: Administration, Operations, Special Operations, and Support Services, and operates on a 2022 budget of $27,658,905, with 171.1 FTEs, of which 115 are sworn. The Administration Division directs the overall operations of the Department through the Office of the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, and Assistant Chiefs. The Operations Division primarily houses the uniform patrol officers and addresses response to calls for service from citizens. The Special Operations Division is responsible for Recruiting, Training, and the Firearms Unit. The Support Services Division houses personnel, including Criminal Investigations, Special Investigations Unit, Forensic Services (Property and Evidence), Communications, and Records. The Department answered 44,402 911 calls in 2021. The Loveland Emergency Communications Center (LECC) is the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for 911, dispatching for the Loveland Police Department, Loveland Fire and Rescue, Loveland Rural Fire, Big Thompson Canyon Fire, Thompson Valley EMS and the Berthoud Fire Protection District.

Under the direction of the City Manager, the Police Chief leads, builds, and maintains trust with the organization and community, while directing and leading all Police Department operations and activities. It is the duty of the Police Chief to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise operations and administrative personnel, and consistently communicate to the region, community, and staff. Other responsibilities include the coordination and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to lead and support police partnerships throughout the organization, region and community, including under-served, vulnerable populations.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, law enforcement, public administration, or a related discipline, and ten years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement positions, including three years of successful experience as Chief and/or top-level management tier positions in law enforcement required (five years preferred), and a high-level of community interaction is required. Candidates must be state certified or eligible to become state certified by the Colorado POST board upon appointment. A graduate degree, advanced training, such as FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute or equivalent training programs, and municipal law enforcement experience is preferred.

For a complete position profile, full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/ and click on “Open Recruitments”. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Loveland is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: September 4, 2022 (open until filled).