Plans, directs, reviews, and evaluates the staff and functions of the Gaston County Police Department (GCPD), including patrol, investigations, 911 Telecommunications, animal care and enforcement (ACE), and support services.

Manages the GCPD through effective planning, staff management and resource allocation.

Plans, organizes directs, and evaluates the work of GCPD staff; assures the GCPD provides responsive and professional police services to meet the public safety needs of the community.

Plans and organizes law enforcement service programs; evaluates resources and law enforcement issues and develops strategies to meet GCPD goals and objectives; meets regularly with staff to resolve workload and technical issues; develops goals and priorities and evaluates results.

Plans and directs the activities of the GCPD officers and staff; prioritizes work assignments; monitors work, develops staff skills, evaluates performance, and resolves disciplinary issues; coordinates recruitment, selection and training of new employees.

Maintains discipline, and reviews staff work as needed to assure compliance to GCPD policies and procedures; negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.

Analyzes law enforcement issues, problems, crime trends and patterns; evaluates GCPD operations, and develops changes and improvements to existing programs, priorities, policies and procedures.

Evaluates public safety conditions, societal influences, and fiscal restraints; and develops strategies and priorities to meet GCPD public safety goals.

Exercises independent judgment within policy guidelines; evaluates complex public safety and enforcement issues and develops solutions; develops and maintains positive public relations with County management, community organizations, citizens, and the business community.

Reviews and approves operational reports; investigates complaints and public safety concerns.

Manages critical incidents and criminal investigations and takes command when appropriate.

Directs coordination with regional law enforcement organizations, and emergency services agencies.

Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values and goals of the Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.

Supports the relationship between the County and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and County staff; promotes County goals and priorities, vision, and complies with all County policies and procedures.

Oversee the operation of a 911 Telecommunications Center, ensuring dispatch services to police, fire, and medical agencies countywide.

Oversee the operation of an animal shelter and ensures compliance with all state and federal rules and regulations of operation.

Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues and County information.

Performs other duties as required or assigned.

Additional Information
Key Position Priorities:

Elevate community safety by implementing innovative approaches to the challenges of crime, instituting changes in departmental policing methods, community immersion and education, and collaboration with community stakeholders.

Leverage resources to support the department and its staff while addressing core issues and advocating for solutions related to staffing levels, compensation, training, and work factors that have impacted morale so that all employees feel valued, supported, and have the bandwidth to engage with the community as expected to solve community issues proactively rather than reactively.

Support the mental health of staff by ensuring availability and accessibility of resources, equipping staff to respond to the mental health needs within the community, and fostering a transparent culture of mental health awareness and education both within the department and the community to reduce stigmas.

Model a culture of accountability for application of effective law enforcement practices which foster a sense of security and respect for community members and officers alike.

Recruit and retain diversity among sworn and civilian staff while leveraging internal talent and closing gaps through engaging employees in training, development, and succession planning.

Minimum qualifications
Gaston County seeks a law enforcement leader with a minimum of 10 years of progressive law enforcement experience, including 5 years of senior supervisory/management experience at a command staff level; a BA/BS degree (Master’s degree strongly preferred); a valid NC driver’s license, or the ability to obtain a valid NC driver’s license within 60 days of relocating to NC. The position requires certification as a Police Officer through the NC Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission. A successful out-of-state candidate will be required to meet the Commission’s criteria within a reasonable time frame to be determined upon accepting the position. For more information, please visit

Executive law enforcement training (e.g., FBI National Academy, SMIB, FBI LEEDA, Administrative Officers Management Program, etc.) preferred.

Please note that North Carolina law does not recognize nor have a reciprocal relationship with Federal law enforcement certification.

Required documentation
Cover Letter

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