You could be the next Chief of Police (COP) of the Town of Chapel Hill, NC Police Department if you…
• recognize that law enforcement agencies and communities are experiencing stressors that require proactive and innovative leadership;
• have excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to unite communities around common goals;
• understand that department morale drives recruitment, retention, and excellence in service delivery and actively works to establish a positive working culture;
• apply an equity lens that infuses principles of diversity, inclusion, and belonging from program conception through decision-making and implementation;
• are diplomatic and effective in advocating for the needs of the department and its staff.

The next Chapel Hill COP will join a progressive police department that is committed to growing and strengthening community relationships and partnerships. The COP must have experience collaborating with community partners and navigating strategic efforts to drive positive change for social issues such as homelessness. The successful COP will immerse him/herself in the community becoming a trusted and respectful leader, holding him/herself and the department to high standards of excellence. With a $12M budget and 119 employees, the Town of Chapel Hill Police Department (CHPD) provides Patrol functions, Investigations, Traffic enforcement/education, Community Services, a Crisis Unit, Police Records, Taxi and Towing Permits, Legal unit, Training, and School Resource Officers. Requires a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or other relevant field, and 10 years of progressive law enforcement experience across functional areas such as patrol, internal affairs, administration, investigations, etc. to include 5 years at the command level and at least 5 years of budget development/management experience. Must possess current advanced NC LE certification or be eligible to acquire. A master’s degree and executive law enforcement training are preferred. Must have a valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain a valid NC driver’s license within 60 days of relocating to NC. Information regarding transfers can be viewed in the full job posting via the link below. The hiring range for the position is $126,267- $170,000. The Town’s excellent benefits package can be viewed here. To apply, please visit and click on the Chief of Police – Town of Chapel Hill, NC title. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants are encouraged to apply by October 1, 2022. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on November 3-4, 2022. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to The Town of Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The recruitment and selection process are being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.