Police Chief-City of Alamosa (CO)

Date Posted: October 30, 2023

Employer: City of Alamosa


Alamosa was incorporated on August 30, 1878. Alamosa, which means “cottonwood” in Spanish, is the hub of the San Luis Valley for retail and services. Alamosa is a home-rule municipality and the county seat of Alamosa County. The City of Alamosa is a charter city that operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Under this system, the Council establishes the policies under which the City operates and appoints a trained and experienced City Manager to administer the affairs of the City.

Alamosa is the largest full-service city in the San Luis Valley. The San Luis Valley is the world’s largest alpine valley, spanning almost 8,000 square miles. While the population of 9,806 may not sound large, the Community offers much more than you might expect. Home to Adams State University and Trinidad State College, higher education opportunities, and cultural and community events abound.

The Alamosa Police Department exists to serve all people within its jurisdiction with respect, fairness, and compassion. It is committed to the prevention of crime and the protection of life and property, the preservation of peace, order, and safety, the enforcement of laws and ordinances, and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.

With community service as its foundation, the department is driven by goals to enhance the quality of life, through investigating problems as well as incidents, seeking solutions, and fostering a sense of security in communities and individuals. The department develops public trust by being held to the highest standards of performance and ethics, and to seek solutions that reflect the desires of the community as a whole.

To fulfill its mission, the Alamosa Police Department is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and the development of its members through effective training and leadership.

The City of Alamosa is seeking qualified applications for the Chief of Police position. This position is full-time and is FLSA Exempt. Under the executive direction of the City Manager, the Chief of Police plans and directs the operations of the City of Alamosa's Police Department to ensure the effective enforcement of laws and ordinances; the Chief will manage an annual operating budget of just over $3.4 million and a department of 34, including 26 certified police officers (including the Chief). The department includes an Office Manager, a Records Clerk, two Police Captains, one for support services who manages code enforcement officers and criminal and drug investigations, one Police Captain for patrol services, four Sergeants, four Corporals, twelve Patrol Officers, a K-9 program, a Police Apprenticeship Program, and a Co-Responder program with two licensed clinicians and a Case Manager.

The Chief must be accountable, responsive to issues, and able to provide a vision and direction for the Department. The ideal candidate will possess a thorough knowledge of police administration and a record of proven management and leadership skills with today’s challenging issues. Any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying; typical education would include a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, or a related field of study from an accredited college/university or equivalent. A Master's degree in a related field is a plus. Colorado POST certification is required. Candidates must have at least six years of relevant, progressively responsible command/management experience in a law enforcement agency.

Compensation and benefits include a hiring salary range from $107,869 to $113,000 annually depending on qualifications; FLSA-exempt; a 10% employer and employee match to retirement; paid time off includes 80 hours of vacation leave annually, 80 hours of sick leave annually, 80 hours of additional annual paid time off for exempt positions, two personal days per year, and 11.5 paid holidays; Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits with 75% paid by the employer; employer paid short & long-term disability; Group Life Insurance up to $100,000 in coverage for employee and $5,000 for dependents; a free recreation membership & discounted golf membership; and a take-home patrol vehicle and City cell phone.

To apply, please complete the Law Enforcement Application at https://cityofalamosa.org/, including a cover letter and resume. For questions contact the HR Manager, Jolene at [email protected] or at 719-587-2029. This position is open until filled with a first review of applications on November 17, 2023.

The City of Alamosa provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to Race, Color, Religion, National Origin/Ancestry, Sex, Pregnancy, Disability, Sexual Orientation including Transgender Status, Age, Marital Status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Please submit accommodation requests in writing to HR.

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