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Chief of Police-City of Austin (TX)

Date Posted: May 16, 2024

Employer: City of Austin


The energy and momentum of Austin is unmistakable. As the next Chief of Police, embrace the opportunity to lead policing in one of the nation’s most vibrant cities and be a part of Austin’s future!

By any traditional measure, Austin is thriving. Fueled by an influx of people and businesses, Greater Austin is one of the country's fastest-growing regions. Austin is currently the 10th largest city in the U.S. and is projected to be the 3rd largest metro in the U.S. by 2100.

Located at the edge of the Texas Hill Country -- rolling terrain of limestone bluffs, springs, rivers, and lakes -- Austin’s climate is ideal for year-round jogging, cycling, hiking on the city’s many trails, or swimming at Barton Springs or one of the area’s many other swimming holes. There are several excellent golf courses in the area, as well as opportunities for rowing, kayaking, canoeing, camping, rock climbing, disc golf, mountain biking, fishing, and more. People in Austin enjoy the wide variety of what the city offers, including restaurants, museums, and nature trails, attending University of Texas Football tailgating parties and games, browsing local shopping meccas and vintage shops, and cheering on the Austin FC at the Q2 Stadium. Austin has something for everyone.

The City of Austin is a progressive, full-service municipal organization operating under the Council-Manager form of government. Austin’s mayor is elected from the city at large, and ten council members are elected from single-member districts. Terms of the mayor and council members are four years, and terms are staggered so that a general election is held every two years, with half the council being elected at each election. Term limits for the mayor and council members provide for two consecutive four-year terms. The City Council appoints the City Manager, who is the Chief Administrative and Executive Officer of the City, City Clerk, City Auditor, Municipal Court Judges, and the Municipal Court Clerk.

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The Austin Police Department (APD) serves the residents of Austin through neighborhood-based patrol, investigating crimes, providing traffic control, and answering emergency and non-emergency calls. APD is committed to the use of best practices to reduce crime, enhance citizen safety, manage traffic safety, and provide professionally trained staff. The Austin Police Department continues to keep Austin one of the safest large cities in the nation with a violent crime rate among the lowest for peer cities. APD provides its services through 1,812 authorized sworn officers, 528 professional staff, and has a FY 2024 budget of $478 million.

Reporting to an Assistant City Manager, the Chief of Police is accountable for the day-to-day operations of the Austin Police Department, including management of operational and administrative controls, policies, and procedures. The Chief of Police’s executive leadership team includes a Chief of Staff and five Assistant Chiefs of Police.

The most competitive candidate will have direct experience as a police chief in a large, urban city with issues that are similarly complex to those in Austin. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work effectively and forge relationships in the many diverse communities of Austin. The next Chief should have a sound understanding of the history of institutional racism in policing and work to continue to provide public safety services in an equitable manner. The Chief should be a vocal proponent for diversity, equity, and inclusion and should continually work to make the Austin Police Department representative of the community that it serves. Top candidates will have experience working effectively to build strong and healthy labor-management relationships and will take advantage of the City’s innovative and progressive spirit and strive to set APD as the national leader in public safety.

The following are the minimum requirements for the position:

Education: Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public or Business Administration, or a related field.

Experience: Ten years of progressively responsible work in police administration, with at least five years as a bona fide law enforcement officer.

Austin will offer an extremely competitive salary that is commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. The benefits package includes medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, compensated leave, short-term disability, and retirement benefits. The City is a member of the Proportionate Retirement Program. Optional benefits include supplemental life insurance, a 457 deferred compensation plan, long-term disability plan, and a legal plan.

Visit Austin Employee Benefits to learn more about the City’s employee benefits.

To be considered for this position, candidates must submit a cover letter and résumé no later than Monday, June 10, 2024, at:

Information submitted for consideration may be made available to the public in compliance with the Texas Open Records Act. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact one of the recruiters below before submitting materials.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to:

Chief Greg Nelson (ret.) | [email protected] |(916) 550-4100
Chief Bryan Noblett (ret.) |[email protected] |(916) 550-4100

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