Superintendent (Colonel)-Massachusetts State Police (MSP)

Date Posted: September 7, 2023

Employer: Massachusetts State Police (MSP)


The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is assisting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with their search for the next Superintendent (Colonel) of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP).

Deadline to Apply: September 24, 2023

The Superintendent (holding the rank of Colonel) oversees the Massachusetts State Police, directing and guiding the department's operations in order to accomplish the agency's mission of preserving the public peace and providing protection and assistance to the public.

The next Superintendent will be charged with charting the path forward to address the following:
- Spearheading a full top to bottom operational, organizational, and cultural assessment of the MSP.
- Developing a strategic and mission-driven vision based on national and international leading practices for the department's continuous improvement in serving the public.
- Increasing diversity in the department's membership, especially in the higher ranks, by evaluating existing policies and procedures and creating pathways and opportunities.
- Increasing community engagement with constituents beyond interactions connected with a law enforcement function.
- Building morale and fostering an atmosphere of trust, confidence, accountability, and integrity within the department.
- Developing a system to develop leadership within the organization.
- Strengthening relationships and cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, in particular municipal police departments, but also state and federal partners.

A successful candidate will demonstrate the following key attributes:
- Knowledge of contemporary trends and leading practices in the policing profession.
- Ability to identify and assess needed changes in a department and create reforms and organizational policies to address those needs.
- A history of fostering positive and sustained changes in workforce culture.
- An understanding of how the training academy shapes the department culture.
- Ability to be adaptive and flexible, responsive, and accessible leader.
- Ability to build and sustain positive internal and external relationships.
- Commitment to expanding, supporting, and retaining a diverse workforce.
- Knowledge of robust internal and external accountability systems.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Ability to maintain and enhance officer and staff morale, health, well-being, and safety.
- Experience implementing data-driven initiatives for deploying personnel and resources.
- Administrative, budgetary, and strategic management skills to direct a large, complex police agency.

- In accordance with section 3 of chapter 22C of the Massachusetts General Laws, "the colonel shall have not less than 10 years of full-time experience as a sworn law enforcement officer and not less than 5 years of full-time experience in a senior administrative or supervisory position in a police force or a military body with law enforcement responsibilities." Internal candidates must hold the rank of State Police Captain or above prior to appointment.
- Graduate degree from an accredited college or university preferred.
- Demonstration of ongoing professional development, such as graduation from a nationally recognized police management or leadership program.

Special Requirements
- Completion or ability to complete and obtain certification by the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission, which requires the candidate to meet the certification and recertification standards set forth in G.L. c. 6E, § 4(f)(1) and 555 CMR 7.06, as well as training standards mandated by the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC).
- Possession or ability to obtain a current and valid Massachusetts Class Three Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
- No person who smokes any tobacco product shall be eligible for appointment as a uniformed member of the Department of State Police, and no person so appointed after said date shall continue in such office or position if such person thereafter smokes any tobacco product.


The hiring range is anticipated to be $275,000-$300,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers a wide range of benefits, available here.

For more information, please visit: https://policecareers.theiacp.org/job/superintendent-colonel/70656295/

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