TOWN OF BLADENSBURG, MARYLAND POLICE CHIEF


POLICE CHIEF JOB DESCRIPTION
The Town of Bladensburg located in Prince Georges County, is a residential suburb of Washington, D.C., bordered by the Anacostia River with a culturally and economically diverse population of 9,148 as of the 2010 Census. Due to the Town’s direct access to Washington, D.C., Interstate 495 and the Baltimore Washington Parkway, Bladensburg continues to see a growth in the Town’ population.

JOB CLASSIFICATION
Department: Police
Job Position: Chief of Police
Job Category: Full-time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary Range: $100,000 to $110,000 – depending experience and qualifications.

REPORTING STRUCTURE
Reports to: Town Administrator
Supervises: Responsible for supervising all subordinate full-time and part-time sworn and non-sworn officers.

JOB SUMMARY
The Town of Bladensburg is seeking a professional law enforcement officer to serve as the Town’s new Chief of Police. The Chief of Police is responsible for directing, planning, and managing all functions and operations of the Police Department in the enforcement of laws and ordinances, the prevention of crime, and protection of life and property. Other key competencies include:  Committed to continuously develop and enhance community-oriented policing  Exemplary leader within the police department and in the community at large  Knowledgeable in best practices in law enforcement and how to implement them  Experience in organizational planning and staff development  Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Town Administrator, Mayor and Town Council, employees of other departments, representatives of outside agencies, and the public.
The position is a key member of the management team, providing advanced professional expertise and guidance regarding public safety and police response; and must demonstrate personal and professional integrity of the highest order, in both public and private life. Activities are conducted with considerable operational independence and sound personal judgment under broad supervision.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

 Plans, organizes, and directs all functions and operations of the Police Department in the enforcement of laws and ordinances, the prevention of crime, and protection of life and property.
 Develops and manages all department planning documents, policies, procedures, directives, and general orders; establishes, directs, and implements goals and objectives, long-range plans, rules, regulations, programs, policies, procedures, and work standards for the department.
 Ensures compliance with all laws which the Department or its officers have the authority to enforce.
 Assumes operational command of police force in emergencies and other major law enforcement operations.
 Oversees, directs, and supervises police department personnel; directs the selection, supervision, assignments, and work evaluation of department personnel; participates in various personnel matters, including investigating complaints and conducting internal investigations when appropriate; provides corrective action as needed.
 Establishes a disciplinary matrix to ensure that similar misconduct results in equitable sanctions in conformance with the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights.
 Directs the development, preparation, and administration of the annual budget for the department and oversees the management of expenditures and resources in a cost-effective manner
 Monitors resources necessary to perform assignments; recommends new programs, training, staff development, and equipment needs.
 Directs the development of management systems, procedures, and standards for program evaluation; monitors developments related to police service matters, evaluates their impact on Town operations, and implements policy and procedure improvements to meet changing conditions.
 Maintains responsibility for custody of all property coming into possession of the department and prepares and maintains necessary records and reports.
 Supervises preparation and maintenance of records and materials associated with law enforcement activities or administration.
 Prepares and reviews operational and administrative reports.
 Makes periodic public addresses concerning police operations and law enforcement.
 Evaluates and implements updated standards and procedures from various law enforcement sanctioning bodies.
 Resolves all citizen and supervisory complaints in conformance with federal and state laws and Town personnel rules and regulations.
 Reviews and analyzes crime/traffic data.
 Cultivates and maintains positive community relations by participating in community functions and special programs, attending meetings and activities, making personal contacts, serving on boards and committees related to promoting crime prevention and improving law enforcement, coordinating law enforcement activities with other police agencies, and conferring with citizens and Town officials on law enforcement issues.
 Advises and assists subordinates with complex police investigations.
 Actively participates as a member of the Town’s Senior Leadership Team.
 Performs related tasks as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
 Knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of modern police administration.
 Knowledge of municipal finance, budgeting, personnel, and labor relations.
 Knowledge of standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated.
 Knowledge of police records and their application to the solution of police problems.
 Knowledge of crime prevention education.
 Knowledge of community based outreach and policing.
 Knowledge of Windows and current Microsoft Office programs (Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint).
 Knowledge of using Internet for information searches.
 Knowledge of use of e-mail and social media to contact individuals and/or groups.
 Ability to maintain discipline and respect of employees.
 Ability to lead and command a sworn and civilian staff in law enforcement and crime prevention activities.
 Ability to perform a broad range of supervisory responsibilities.
 Ability to produce written documents in correct English.
 Ability to communicate in a group and/or one-to-one setting or by telephone.
 Ability to understand community and social conditions to determine needs.
 Ability to maintain moral integrity.
 Ability to work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.
 Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with Town officials, employees, other law enforcement agencies, boards, commissions, and the general public.
 Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Maryland Police Training Commission.

CHIEF OF POLICE MUST POSSESS
 Demonstrated competencies in effective leadership and building strong relationships of trust within the community and among officers of all ranks, along with the ability to inspire confidence and serve as a spokesperson and representative of the police department and the Town.
 The ability to forge community partnerships and leverage resources in order to collaboratively address crime and perceptions of crime in the Town.
 Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a demonstrated capacity to be visible within the department and community.
 Experience in developing strong partnerships with other criminal justice and law enforcement partners.
 The ability to establish standards of fairness and accountability throughout the ranks to affect cultural change and impact overall departmental performance.

COMPLEXITY AND SCOPE OF WORK
 The work consists of varied administrative, supervisory, management and law enforcement duties. The need to respond to unforeseen and dangerous situations contributes to the complexity of the position.
 The purpose of this position is to preserve the peace and safety of the general public. Successful performance contributes to the safety of life and property in the Town.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Any combination of education, training and/or experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education/Training and Experience:
 Undergraduate Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Criminal Justice, and ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement and management with at least three years in a Command Staff position for a municipal or county law enforcement agency, and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
 Completion of Supervisor Training Certification from the Maryland Police Training Academy.
 Must meet and maintain minimum qualifications for the position as established by the Town and/or the State of Maryland or equivalent.
Certification or License:
• Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate driver's license valid in the State of Maryland.
• Possession of Police Officer certification issued by the State of Maryland Police Training Commission.

WORK HOURS
• This is an “exempt” position and is not eligible for overtime compensation under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Town’s personnel regulations.
• Employee is expected to work the hours necessary to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position, including working and attending meetings outside of established business hours. A core work schedule based on operational needs will be determined. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; alternative business/operating hours may be established with the approval of the Town Administrator on a case-by-case basis in order to best meet the needs of residents and other customers.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, bending, crouching or stooping. The employee frequently lifts objects weighing 24 pounds or less and occasionally lifts objects weighing 25 pounds or more. The employee climbs ladders, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, distinguishes between shades of color, and utilizes the sense of smell.
The work is typically performed in an office and outdoors, occasionally in inclement weather. The employee may be exposed to dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, and contagious or infectious diseases. The work requires the use of specialized law enforcement equipment.

BENEFITS
The Town offers an excellent benefits package to include medical, dental and vision.
SUBMITTING RESUME AND RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS
Please submit your letter of interest, resume and response to question no later than December 9, 2019 to Town Administrator Debi Sandlin at [email protected]