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JOB TITLE:              Public Safety Director

REPORTS TO:         City Manager                                      DEPARTMENT:  Police

GRADE:                    35 ($80,000 – $111,000 DOQ)           FLSA: Exempt

EFFECTIVE:            1/1/2022                                              APPROVAL:



JOB SUMMARY:  Appointed by and under guidance of the City Manager, the Chief of Police provides innovative administrative, managerial, and leadership direction for the police department; acts as the emergency management coordinator and acts as liaison with fire/EMS; works within the parameters of state and local statutes, the departmental budget, city and departmental policies, collective bargaining, and civil service.


·       Directs and coordinates activities with all police personnel to ensure consistency in interpretation of and implementation of city ordinances, policies, procedures, and applicable laws and regulations; must be able to perform duties during critical emergency and stressful situations;

·       Using innovative law enforcement practices, develops plans and sets goals and objectives to strive for efficiency in the performance of departmental activities and services;  establishes long and short range planning for the department; prepares and administers departmental budget; ensures effective operational and financial management through forecasting, budgeting, procurement, and managerial controls;

·       Allocates staff and resources; provide direction for traffic safety management by analyzing traffic problems and recommending solutions; addresses citizen complaints; handles personnel matters, such as selection, promotion, discipline, and discharge; monitors training programs to ensure staff is competently trained and developed; oversees internal investigations;

·       Attends City Council meetings; interacts with the City Council; engages in positive and open communication with the public, staff, city officials, employees, law enforcement agencies, and community organizations; provides information, gives instructions, and responds to questions from the public and employees to enhance public relations and employee morale; represents the police department and the city at various community functions and events; speaks before public groups on the plans, programs, goals, and effectiveness of the police department;

·       Actively engages with the Santa Fe Police Officers’ Association (SFPOA) to establish and maintain trust and active involvement in police department operations;

·       Coordinates with area law enforcement agencies to stay abreast of regional trends and activities; actively supports regional policing and finds opportunities to improve regional stability;    

·       Performs related duties as required or assigned.

·       Primary work position is sitting, for extended periods, at desk; must be able to read documents, reports, etc., and to communicate both verbally and in writing; move about inside the police building from one place to another; operate motor vehicle; and maintain proficiency with firearms. 

OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:  May, at times, directly handle investigations, other specific cases, or incidents; be familiar with and able to operate computer equipment, software, telephones, and other office equipment; plan for use of computers in police department operations; and some exposure to dust, odor, electrical, and mechanical hazards, using proper safety precautions.


Bachelor’s degree in business, criminal justice, public administration, or related field preferred; equivalent management training and experience may be substituted for educational requirements;  graduate of FBI National Academy or LEMIT Leadership Command College Modules I, II, III, and IV, or equivalent professional development; Texas Master Peace Officer’s License;  ability to pass a medical, psychological, and vigorous background examination; valid Texas Driver’s License;  good driving record; and current firearms certification. 


·       Five (5) or more years of experience as a Police Chief, Assistance Police Chief, or Captain, or a combination of five (5) or more years in two (2) or more of those positions or seven (7) or more years of command level experience;

·       Extensive working knowledge of laws, principles, theories, and practices of law enforcement, crime prevention, investigation, and other policing operations, including current developments and progressive approaches in policing;

·       Must have a working knowledge of emergency management operations and possess demonstrated proficiency relating to Incident Command System principles;

·       Significant working knowledge and experience in Local Government Code Chapter 143 and collective bargaining agreements;

·       Must possess excellent organizational, managerial, leadership, customer and public relations, personnel management, budgetary, and communicative skills;

·       Ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, prioritize and organize work assignments, make competent decisions, and work well under pressure and in stressful situations;   

·       Must possess good hand-eye coordination to operate police equipment, including vehicles, weapons, radios, etc,

·       Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning personnel matters and criminal and investigative information;

·       Ability to encourage and facilitate a harmonious working environment; display enthusiasm through attendance, performance, and conduct; work effectively and cohesively with others; display courteous, respectful and polite demeanor towards co-workers, members of the public, elected and appointed officials, and other agencies.

First Review 29 November closes 3 December.

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