The Position
The City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is seeking its next Police Chief. The Police Chief (Chief) will effectively manage and administer the operations, functions, and activities of the Winston-Salem Police Department.

This position is responsible for developing and implementing the Police Department’s strategic goals, evaluating goals and objectives, and conducting analyses on best practices and trends to improve performance and outcomes. This position also develops annual budget proposals and routinely monitors the budget to ensure compliance with approved budget levels and standards.

Additionally, the Chief is head of overseeing and assisting in investigations where major crimes, accidents, or other unusual incidents are involved and responds to the most sensitive or complex inquiries. The Chief will establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with law enforcement personnel in other jurisdictions and represent the City on committees and task forces regarding public safety issues. The Chief provides information to the news media and meets with elected and appointed public officials, business representatives, and members of the public to promote department activities and further positive community relations.

The Chief will adhere to the consistent application of the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Core Values:

Leadership – Individual and Agency – Individual development to transform our agency into a national model for law enforcement.

Transparency – Accountability through open and effective communication.

Professionalism – Exceptional police services through strength, compassion, and confidence.

Commitment – Commitment to our agency and the community it serves.

Integrity – Unquestionable trustworthiness through the fair and just application of the law.

Public Service – Partnering with our community to provide unparalleled service and safety.

Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with major course work in the field of law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration, or related area, and extensive experience of a wide and progressively responsible nature in police service.

Preferred qualifications include comprehensive knowledge of laws, rules, and court decisions relating to the administration of criminal justice and law enforcement; comprehensive knowledge of scientific methods of crime detection, criminal investigation, and radio communication; comprehensive knowledge of controlling laws and ordinances; thorough knowledge of the geography of the City; general knowledge of modern technology used as crime prevention and detection tools; general understanding of non-sworn civilian support programs for mental health response to 911 calls; demonstrated ability to lead and direct the activities of police officers; ability to maintain cooperative relationships with other City officials and with the general public; evaluate the effectiveness of the police operation and to institute improvements; ability to prepare and review reports; resourcefulness and sound judgment in emergencies; and demonstrated integrity and tact. A master’s degree with major work in the field of law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration, or a related area, is also preferred.

Compensation and Benefits
The pay range for this position is $117,495 to $176,241. Well qualified candidates may be considered for higher base compensation commensurate with relevant credentials.

Benefits offered include the following:

  • Education Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Suggestion Program
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Group Dental Insurance
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Jury Duty Leave
  • Life/Accidental Death Insurance
  • Military Leave
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Promotion from Within
  • Retirement/Pension Plan (State of NC)
  • School Leave
  • Shared Leave
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • 12 Paid Sick Leave Days – Annually
  • Vacation Leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Pet Insurance
  • Supplemental Retirement Accounts (401K and 457)

How to Apply
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position will be open until filled with the first review of applications beginning December 8, 2022.

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