The Police Chief provides leadership and direction to the El Dorado Police Department to facilitate the enforcement of applicable state laws and local ordinances for the protection of life and property. The Police Chief serves as the primary liaison between the Police Department and the community, and works to build relationships throughout the community and especially with community stakeholders groups. The position supervises all aspects of the Police Department’s operational activities, including training, regulatory compliance, personnel selection and promotion, disciplinary actions, grant administration, budget planning, and financial management. The Police Chief reports directly to the City Manager and is classified as an exempt position.
Compensation: Salary exempt starting at $70,138.00. * Salary may vary depending upon education, experience, or qualifications.
- Facilitates enforcement of applicable state laws and local ordinances for protection of life and property.
- Serves as the primary liaison between the Police Department and community and works to build relationships throughout the community and especially with community stakeholders groups and underserved/underrepresented populations. Maintains a highly visible presence within the community and remains accessible to citizens. Promotes a community policing philosophy within the department. Works with the public in a professional and courteous manner and holds the department to the same professional standards of conduct.
- Supervises all aspects of the Police Department’s operational activities, including training, regulatory compliance, personnel selection and promotion, disciplinary actions, grant administration, budget planning, and financial management.
- Makes decisions regarding employee selection, promotions, and disciplinary actions. Creates frequent opportunities for recognition. Delegates authority to employees and allows them to perform their jobs with appropriate levels of supervision and discretion.
- Provides frequent feedback and guidance to the department regarding overall performance and expectations. Periodically meets with individual officers and employees to review performance and expectations. Creates opportunities for coaching and mentoring of officers and employees with a focus on developing professionalism, community responsiveness, and customer service.
- Supervises the department’s training program to ensure that all officers and employees receive adequate opportunities for pertinent continuing education and training on changes to law or police practices, policies, and procedures. Identifies training opportunities to expand the department’s capacity to serve the community (i.e., crisis prevention or response, mental health response, drug overdose response, etc.) Ensures police officers annually meet or exceed minimum continuing education and training hours as required for certification under Kansas law.
- Frequently engages and builds a professional relationship with community partners, such as the Butler County Attorney’s Office, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Tri-County CASA, Inc., South Central Kansas Mental Health, Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.
- Oversees a complaint review process by assigning internal investigations and determines appropriate remedial or disciplinary actions based on findings from such investigations.
- Prepares periodic written reports to the City Manager summarizing department’s activities, analyzing community trends, and providing policy analysis on topics affecting the department. Conducts weekly department briefs with the City Manager to keep management informed of department activities and trends. Responds to requests from the City Manager in an accurate, complete, and timely manner. Shares in frequent communication with management and the governing body.
- Establishes and exemplifies high standards of excellence for professional conduct and personal and professional integrity. Adheres to the Code of Ethics of the International Association of Police Chiefs (IACP). Models ethical decision-making and advocates for professionalism, integrity, accountability.
Education and Experience:
- Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in law enforcement, political science, public administration, or a closely related field, and ten years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal police work, to include demonstrated experience in an administrative and management/command capacity.
- Master’s degree in a closely related field or completion of an advanced law enforcement training program, such as the Southern Police Institute, FBI National Academy, State Law Enforcement Command Academy, or equivalent is preferred.
- The City Manager may consider years of professional experience as an equivalent to a formal, post-secondary education at his or her discretion.
- The candidate must be in possession of, or have the ability to obtain, a valid Kansas driver’s license and within one year of hire, an appropriate certification as a peace officer in the State of Kansas.
Must pass an extensive background check and post-offer physical and drug screening. Individuals in this position must not have had any prior felony convictions, even if expunged from the individual’s record.
Individual in this position must establish permanent residency within thirty minutes of the corporate city limits of El Dorado within six months of employment unless otherwise waived by the City Manager.
The City of El Dorado invites interested candidates to submit a cover letter and resume for review and consideration. This position will remain open until filled, although candidates should provide their information no later than December 21, 2021.
For more information or to apply, visit www.eldoks.com/jobs.