Chief of Police – City of South Miami (FL)

Date Posted: August 4, 2023

Employer: City of South Miami (FL)



The City of South Miami offers a stellar career opportunity to collaborative law enforcement leaders as it seeks to identify its next Chief of Police. Under the skillful leadership of its previous Chief, the South Miami Police Department has built tremendous community relationships, and consequently garnered much support. Building upon this strong community support, the next Chief will have the opportunity to develop organizational culture and prepare the department for the future.


The South Miami Police Department (SMPD) strives to be a world-class law enforcement agency that exhibits traits for other agencies to emulate and is constantly endeavoring to improve and stay on the cutting edge of the policing profession. SMPD is an agency that impresses its citizens the first and every time, always striving to improve upon its successes and one that empowers and encourages its employees to serve the public and protect life and property with dignity, honor, and pride.

Despite the City’s small population, the SMPD is well staffed and equipped, and provides many specialized services directly. The SMPD is organized into two bureaus, Operations and Administration, each led by a Captain. Overall staffing is 58 employees, with 50 sworn positions and 8 civilian positions. The SMPD’s budget for FY 2023 is $7.8 million.


Appointed by the City Manager and confirmed by the City Commission, the Chief of Police is a highly responsible professional and administrative position responsible for the direction and operation of the South Miami Police Department. The Chief is responsible for the enforcement of all laws and ordinances, crime prevention, protection of life and property, and community policing efforts throughout the City. Some of the essential functions of the Chief of Police include overseeing all police functions including community-oriented policing, patrol, crime prevention, investigations, traffic enforcement, dispatch, and records; developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and standards for the police department; preparing and monitoring the department budget; and serving as the police department spokesperson, responding to inquiries from the media and the public.

The ideal candidate will be an authentic, values-driven leader, able to inspire and unify a police department around a shared vision and have a demonstrated record of collaboration and dedication to community connections.


Any combination of education and experience which indicates an ability to perform the essential functions of the position may be considered for qualification in lieu of the following qualifications:

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Criminology, or related field. A Master’s degree is preferred, as is graduation from the F.B.I. National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, Southern Police Institute or a similar professional leadership program.

Experience: At least ten years of progressively responsible professional experience which includes supervisory and administrative command staff responsibility in an agency of similar size or greater.

Certification: A current Florida Department of Law Enforcement certification as a law enforcement officer is required for in-state candidates. Out of state candidates must possess a valid certification as a law enforcement officer in their current state of residence and have and ability to obtain a Florida certification within one year of hire.


The salary range for the Chief of Police is up to $165,000, with placement in the range dependent on qualifications. In addition, an excellent executive benefit package is provided as outlined in the detailed recruitment brochure at www.mosaicpublic.com/careers.


Interested candidates should submit a comprehensive resume and compelling cover letter online at mosaicpublic.com/careers no later than Monday, August 28th, 2023.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Chief Greg Nelson (ret.) or Chief Bryan Noblett (ret.) at (916) 550-4100.

This recruitment incorporates existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Florida. In accordance with public disclosure/open record laws, information submitted for consideration may be made available to the public upon request by interested parties.

For more information, please visit: www.mosaicpublic.com/careers

The City of South Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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