Portsmouth, VA (pop. 96,000). The next Police Chief for the City of Portsmouth must be familiar with the model of 21st Century Policing and application in a diverse, urban, and vibrant city that celebrates its history, while embracing its future. Engaging the community, building trust, and legitimacy in an effort to build stronger neighborhoods, through community policing while creating a safe, friendly, livable municipality is strategically important. This position is responsible for the efficient management and direction of the Police Department through leadership, planning and organizing. Provides leadership and strategic direction for developing, administering and communicating public safety policies and procedures to meet overall city needs and objectives; to meet legal requirements, to promote cost effectiveness, to be responsive to both management and employees, and to attract, retain, and develop a highly qualified, motivated and effective workforce. Has demonstrated experience in implementing and managing diversity programs. Ensures that laws and ordinances are enforced, ethical and professional standards are followed, and that measures are implemented to prevent crimes and protect lives and property. Monitors and directs all operational functions such as patrol activities, criminal investigations, case assignments, and serving court documents. Oversees a staff of 259 sworn positions.
Requires a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or related field and ten (10) years of increasingly responsible command and management experience in law enforcement or equivalent. Graduation from command level management training such as the FBI National Academy, the Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police or the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command is preferred. Membership in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Residency in the City of Portsmouth is required within 6 months of employment. Apply by Friday, May 14, 2021 through our City of Portsmouth website https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/portsmouthva/. All applicants must submit an online application and resume by the posted deadline. The City of Portsmouth is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity and inclusion are particularly important to the City of Portsmouth. The City strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans to apply.