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Patrol Division Commander - Captain


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Patrol Division Commander - Captain

City of Cordele, Georgia

Closing Date:  Until position is filled.


The City of Cordele, a local municipal government in South Georgia serving a population of approximately 12,000 citizens, is actively searching for Police Captain candidates.  Located 100 miles North of the Florida state line, and served by three exits on Interstate 75, Cordele is the commercial hub of Crisp County and offers excellent growth opportunities for hotels, restaurants, retail, recreational and healthcare facilities.


The purpose of this position is to manage the Uniform Patrol Division; assist the Police Chief  in the managerial and administrative functions associated with overseeing a Division; and departmental administrative activities, protecting life and property, and enforcing federal, state and local laws.  The position is responsible for assisting in the management of the day-to-day operations of the strategic leadership of the Cordele Police Department including the functions of traffic control, traffic ordinance enforcement, accident and criminal investigations, crime prevention, law enforcement, narcotics and intelligence gathering, juvenile and adult offender apprehension, special details and identification of the protection of life and property within the City of Cordele.  Position is under the direct supervision of the Chief of Police.


Performs tasks that require physical stamina and the use of hand tools, cameras, radios, vehicles, firearms, tasers and other police equipment.  Duties are often performed in stressful situations and during inclement weather.  The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining and completing employee performance appraisals; hears appeals to disciplinary actions.
  • Assists the Police Chief with managing and directing, either personally or through subordinate supervisors, the activities within the Patrol Division and departmental administrative activities; reviews/approves overtime, delegates assignments or organizes the workflow.
  • Recommends assignments and transfer of personnel; approves vacations and leave time; adjusts schedules, staffing and authorizes overtime to ensure adequate manpower, approves officers for off-duty employment such as security personnel.
  • Manages and directs emergency planning functions of the Police Department; assumes command of the department in the Police Chief's absence.
  • Prepares supervisors' schedules; ensures proper allocation of personnel and other resources; recommends staffing changes.
  • Assists in the preparation of long-range management and equipment purchase/replacement plans; prepares, reviews and coordinates special programs and project development.
  • Meets with the Police Chief and other City officials regarding policies affecting the administration of the department; updates the Police Chief regarding various activities, program objectives, personnel and organizational changes and budget justifications.
  • Supervises and evaluates police services; determines proficiency level of personnel and identifies areas requiring improvement; formulates and executes action plan to correct deficiencies.
  • Instructs and directs subordinates on proper procedures and protocol of the the department; ensures personnel comply with guidelines, uniform requirements, and other department regulations.
  • Enforces all city and state codes, ordinances, laws and regulations in order to protect life and property and to prevent crime and promote security.
  • Acts as liaison to various federal, state, local, private agencies, organizations and government entities, including school systems, internal departments and othe entities.
  • Develops and implements standards, policies and procedures; interprets new laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
  • Functions as field commander in unique law enforcement situations such as barricaded suspects, riot control and major accidents; coordinates multi-zone assistance for unusual problems, ensures optimal deployment of and accountability for physical resources.
  • Functions as commander of, and coordinates, special work details such as dignitary protection, parades and festivals.
  • Establishes crime patterns and solutions; prepares action plans for crime reduction.
  • Attends official functions, commissioner and community meetings; makes presentations and public speeches to the media, civic groups, churches and schools.
  • Reviews documents processed by subordinates, reports of physical force and vehicle pursuits; discusses errors and recommends methods for corrective/alternative action; provides technical assistance as needed.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws/regulations; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations. 
  • Establishes and maintains a good working relationship with the general public, supervisors and co-workers; assists with community activities and programs
  • Substitutes for other supervisors and/or co-workers in temporary absences.
  • May be required to be on twenty-four hour call and/or work on various shifts, weekends, nights and holidays as deemed necessary.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen or valid resident status.
  • Minimum education of a high school diploma or equivalent.  Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Criminology or a related field.  Bachelor's Degree or 120 semester hours or equivalent quater hours is preferred, or an equivalent combination of extensive experience, education and training.
  • Must have at least six (6) years of increasingly responsible police experience and four (4) or more years of supervisory experience.
  • Must have successfully completed Georgia's Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (P.O.S.T.) program as a sworn law enforcement officer and in good standing..
  • Must be skilled in written and oral communications, general math, grammar and spelling with the ability to express ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Must be computer literate.
  • Must sucessfully complete a background check including criminal and driver history, education verfication, personal and previous employer references; no adverse disciplinary actions within 90 days of applying.
  • Must pass a job-related physical evalauation, drug and alcohol screening, and psychological assessment.
  • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain, a valid Georgia driver's license with a clean driving record.


  • Dependable and punctual with an excellent attendance record.
  • Neat and clean personal appearance and attire.
  • Ability to perform arduous tasks frequently under strenous and adverse conditions and hazardous weather.
  • Knowledge of, or the ability to easily learn, the city street system, physical layout and adjacent areas.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees, supervisors and the general public.

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Interested and qualified candidates should submit an online application available at  Application packages are also available for pick up at Cordele City Hall, Human Resources - Room 246, 501 7th Street, North, Cordele GA 31015.  This position will remain open until filled.

The City of Cordele is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider all applicants without regards to race, color, religion, sex - including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disablity or genetic information, the presence of a non job-related medical condition or handicap, or any other legally protected status.

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