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Chief of Police


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Essential Functions:

Independent judgment is required to identify, select and apply the most appropriate of available guidelines and procedures as well as interpret precedents.

The Police Chief is responsible for planning, directing, and leading the operations of the Police Department. Work involves general responsibility for the planning, development, and directions of all programs and policies. Some administrative duties include budget development and administration, policy development, and personnel administration.

  • Plans, directs, supervises, and leads the work of the Police Department; schedules and assigns work; establishes priorities.
  • Ensures the training of officers to redirect incorrect methods and procedures.
  • Assures that personnel are assigned to shifts or working units that provide optimum effectiveness in terms of current situations and circumstances governing deployment; reviews and evaluates employee performance.
  • Develops comprehensive short and long-range plans to ensure the effective delivery of quality services to the public through the effective operation of all areas within the department.
  • Maintains ultimate authority and accountability for all fiscal matters and financial operations of the Police Department.
  • Develops and implements departmental rules and regulations and work methods and procedures; ensures departmental rules and regulations and work methods and procedures are followed; enforces disciplinary measures as necessary.
  • Communicates with the City Manager regarding departmental concerns, problems, and related issues.
  • Prepares the annual departmental operating budget and obtains City Manager and Council approval; monitors expenditures throughout the year; operates the department within the approved budget and ensures expenditures are made in strict compliance with City purchasing policies and ordinances.
  • Performs public relations duties; answers questions, addresses concerns, and gives information to the public, civic organizations, neighborhood groups, business groups, the media, and other groups; attends meetings as necessary.
  • Communicates and cooperates with other municipal, city, state, and federal agencies in the accomplishments of criminal justice system objectives.
  • Attends professional meetings and conventions to maintain and upgrade knowledge concerning new technology and developments within the field.
  • Prepares reports, departmental correspondence (both internal and external), other correspondence, and other documents.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that logically relate to the position.

We seek candidates who are flexible, well-organized, creative, inquisitive, resourceful, detail-oriented, ethical, collaborative and committed to inclusive educational excellence.

The ability to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks in a dynamic environment while maintaining quality work products is essential for success in this position. The candidate will have experience planning, directing, and supervising personnel, ensuring the timely and efficient completion of projects, and the completion of the annual budget for the Department. The Chief periodically consults with the City Manager in finalizing plans and policies to be observed in the conduct of police operations and in carrying out day-to-day activities. Work is reviewed through the discussions of problems with the City Manager and through periodic reports and summarizations.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of procedures, methods, and techniques in law enforcement patrol, traffic control, crime prevention, investigations, apprehension, criminal process, and arrest.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of search and seizure and preservation and presentation of evidence.
  • Knowledge of principles of personnel management, city budget preparation, and administration.
  • Knowledge of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation; and so forth.
  • Knowledge of the geography of the City of Madison.
  • Skill in coordinating various departmental functions to ensure efficient services in a cost-effective and timely fashion.
  • Skill in the proper use and care of firearms.
  • Ability to recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing effective and efficient law enforcement services.
  • Ability to serve in a law enforcement capacity responsibly and effectively, often under difficult and stressful situations.
  • Ability to observe accurately and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
  • Ability to manage, direct and coordinate the work of supervisory and sworn personnel.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
  • Ability to interpret and apply Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including City and other government officials, community groups, and the general public.
  • Must be able to prepare and maintain accurate reports and records;
  • Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Federal, State, and City agencies, City employees, City officials, and the general public.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling objects of average-weight up to fifty (50) pounds, standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Note: In compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA), those functions of the job which are identified as essential are required to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. Requests to facilitate the performance of essential functions will be given careful consideration.


  • Bachelor's degree in political science, criminology, criminal justice, or related field; Master's degree preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be taken into consideration.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of law enforcement experience including a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience.
  • Completion of law enforcement management program.
  • Certified Peace Officer under regulations of Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) or the ability to become certified within one (1) year of employment;
  • Possession of a valid State of Georgia driver's license and a satisfactory motor vehicle record (MVR)
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience in communicating with diverse communities, and in establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, as well as knowledge and understanding of the organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.
  • Extensive hours and weekends will be required at times.
  • Pre-Employment screening is required: criminal background check and drug testing.

Supplemental Information

In addition to the completed application, candidates must submit a list of three professional references (at least one from a previous employer) that includes names and contact information. Review of application materials will begin ASAP and will continue until the position is filled.


Interested candidates should submit a completed City of Madison Application for Employment to Cover letter, resume and professional vitae are welcomed as supplementary documentation.


You can obtain an application from the City's website: or the Human Resources Department located at 132 N. Main Street, Madison, Georgia 30650.


The City of Madison is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


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