The City of Takoma Park is seeking a Deputy Police Chief to oversee the day to day operations of a modern, full-service agency dedicated to policing the City with a highly engaged and community-involved approach.  The Deputy Chief of Police develops and administers programs and activities to ensure the safety and security of the community and to reduce fear of criminal activity.

Typical Duties Include:

Directing the daily activities of the assigned command; establishing goals and priorities; resolving problems; guiding and advising subordinate supervisors;
Directing and reviewing the budget process for the command; assisting in the preparation of the departmental budget;
Reviewing personnel transactions, disciplinary actions and other related matters;
In conjunction with the Chief of Police and other top-level management, formulating departmental policies, procedures, goals, and objectives;
Establishing and maintaining working relationships with other departmental managers, other county departments and public officials;
Representing the Department or the Chief at various meetings, and on boards and committees; meeting with community groups and attending community functions; preparing news releases; appearing at public gatherings or on television or radio;
Conducting special investigations, research projects, and cost and feasibility studies for new programs and/or equipment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to be successful are:

Polished communication and presentation skills;
Ability to perform well under pressure;
Capacity to meet deadlines;
Ability to develop and maintain credibility and trust within the department and with City staff, the public, elected officials, and cooperating agencies at the local, state, and federal levels;
In-depth knowledge and experience in the management of municipal police departments, especially those providing a high level of community engagement and advanced crime prevention practices;
Significant operational experience in the various ranks of a police department;
Impeccable character, candor and professionalism;
Comfort policing in a sanctuary city and diverse, involved community that is welcoming and inviting to those of any race, age, ethnicity or political persuasion.

Minimum Qualifications include:

Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, business, public administration, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university (or a demonstrably equivalent combination of education and experience);
Knowledge of police department operations and management, public administration of local governments, and knowledge of best practices in the management of municipal police services.
Ability to gain Peace Officer certification in Maryland in a reasonable period of time as well as a valid Driver’s License for the state or jurisdiction in which he or she lives.
Exceptional managerial and administrative experience, the capacity to effectively engage the department staff and community.

Preferred candidates may possess the following:

Graduate degree in criminal justice, business, public administration, or a related discipline
Police management experience in an urban environment.
Advanced training such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute or an equivalent advanced program.

The salary for this position is expected to be between $115,000 and $140,000 and will be offered at a level consistent with the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

We offer a highly competitive benefits package, including 100% paid premiums of medical, dental, and vision insurance for employee only coverage, and 80% paid premiums for dependents.

Please note that COVID vaccinations are now mandatory for all City staff, and will be confirmed with other pre-employment screenings once an offer has been extended.

A first review of resumes is expected to begin on August 21, 2022 and the position will remain open until filled.

The City of Takoma Park is a small jurisdiction in Montgomery County, Maryland bordering the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County. Inhabited by a diverse and politically active population of 17,000 residents, Takoma Park is known for its progressive policies, historic tree-lined neighborhoods, and independent businesses.  We are proud to be a workforce of almost 200 full-time and part-time employees that are as diverse as the community we serve. We strive to maintain excellent customer service and responsiveness to our residents and everyone we work with. It is with this in mind that we seek to improve by championing quality and efficiency through a dedicated workforce and cooperative spirit.

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