Police Chief

  • Town of Cary
  • Cary, NC, USA
  • Oct 30, 2018
Full time Government

Job Description


The Town of Cary, NC, a progressive community recognized for its quality of life, with a population greater than 164,000; is seeking a forward-thinking, collaborative, self-aware leader for its' CALEA accredited department of 244 personnel to carry forward the work of its retiring Police Chief. The Police Chief directs the activities of the Police Department with minimal supervision while also working in concert with the Town Manager, Deputy Town Manager, Director of Public Safety and other key leadership staff. 

More information regarding the Town and the Police Department can be found on the Town's website, http://www.townofcary.org.

More information about working for the Town of Cary Police Department can be found here; http://www.townofcary.org/services-publications/police/recruitment.


Typical Tasks

Leads by example;

Seeks out opportunities to pursue excellence and encourage innovation;

Applies broad law enforcement knowledge and best practices to decision making;

Engages in work that encourages organization and/or community-wide collaboration;

Displays courage by taking on adaptive challenges;

Participates as a key member of the Town's management team offering leadership and collaboration on initiatives spanning all aspects of local government;

Participates and contributes toward the development of quarterly reports and presentation to the Town Council as well as bi-weekly staff reports and presentations for Town Council meetings;

Contributes as a member of group that sets town-wide budget priorities and makes difficult financial decisions;

Challenges him/herself as well as other colleagues and town and/or community-wide leaders to experiment, fail and adjust when working on problems that require more than just a technical solution;

Plans, programs, directs and evaluates the operation of the Police Department including field operations, support services, and administration;
Oversees managerial level staff engaged in the daily supervision of the operations of the department; provides guidance and direction on specific issues; provides guidance and opportunities for professional development;
Develops and implements long-range programs designed to enhance police operations; works with the Town Manager, Deputy Town Manager and Director of Public Safety to respond to long-range issues raised by the Town Council and others;

Remains abreast of current and future strategic issues related to policing and works with Town management to develop response plans;

Develops annual budget for the department and is responsible for controlling budgeted expenses; receives input from ranking personnel on departmental needs;
Formulates and implements police policy, procedures, rules, regulations and programs;
Prepares and reviews operational and administrative reports; makes reports to Town officials on special situations;
Responds to questions and complaints from citizens and the Town Council;
Oversees and gives direction to the hiring, training, supervision and disciplinary actions of employees within the department; evaluates work of subordinates;
Oversees the maintenance of all records and materials associated with law enforcement activities and administration;
Reviews reports and crime statistics and makes recommendations to address specific issues;
Makes periodic public addresses;
Meets with the news media for interviewing;
Attends meetings and serves on committees, boards, and agencies related to promoting crime prevention and improving law enforcement;
Performs other job-related tasks as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to distinguish between problems that should be solved with technical fixes versus those that require more adaptive and thoughtful approaches
  • Ability to view situations from both an operational and bigger-picture or balcony perspective
  • Ability to effectively manage the pace and process of change
  • Ability to have productive, difficult conversations and deal effectively with extremely difficult problems
  • Ability to view every employee and/or citizen for their unique and individual strengths and contributions and understand each on a human level
  • Ability to show initiative, fail, take responsibility and adjust and to encourage these traits in others
  • Ability and willingness to bring attention to uncomfortable situations for the betterment of the organization and/or community
  • Ability and willingness to be vulnerable, convey vulnerability and demonstrate a strong sense of self-awareness
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and direct the activities of police officers
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain cooperative relationships with colleagues, Town officials, regional law enforcement leaders and the general public
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate the effectiveness of the police operation and to institute improvements;
  • Demonstrated ability to use resourcefulness and sound judgment in emergencies
  • Comprehensive knowledge of laws, rules and court decisions relating to the administration of criminal justice and law enforcement
  • Comprehensive knowledge of scientific methods of crime detection, criminal identification and radio communications
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Town laws, ordinances and geography



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Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college of university with major coursework in the field of law enforcement, public administration or related area; and a minimum of ten years' experience of a wide and progressively responsible nature in police service, including at least five years supervisory experience. Also requires drug testing and background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment.

Special requirements include possession of a valid NC driver's license or the ability to obtain a valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire and the ability to obtain Law Enforcement Certification issued by the State of North Carolina. Out-of-state candidates must have current certification as a municipal or local government law enforcement officer issue by his/her respective state and have no more than one-year break in full-time sworn service at the time of appointment. Please note that specific certification requirements exist  for candidates with federal law enforcement certification. Applicants with federal law enforcement experience should check with the North Carolina Department of Justice - Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission to identify specific individual requirements for obtaining North Carolina Law Enforcement Certification.

Preference will be given to candidates who possess any of the "Knowledge and Abilities" listed above, management experience in law enforcement, a master's degree, advanced certification and/or a willingness to give a minimum five-year commitment.