Town of Springfield, Colorado 


Job Title:         Police Chief

Department:  Police Department

Date:               September 2018

Salary:             $50,000 – $60,000

Position Summary:  Performs administrative, managerial, and technical functions involved in directing the Police Department and enforcing all statutes, ordinances, laws, and regulations.  Plans, coordinates and directs all aspects of department operations.  Supervises staff and oversees the budget.

Supervision:  Works under the direct supervision of the Board of Trustees

Supervision Exercised:  Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of a town department.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.  Responsibilities include supervising subordinate supervisors and direct reports include interviewing and discipling employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.  Supervises police department staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required.  The Town of Springfield retains the right to modify or change the essential duties and additional functions of the job at any time without notice.  Examples of duties are not intended to be all inclusive or restrictive.)

Required to be a working Police Chief, to work as an active officer on duty including observation of the activities of the Town throughout various times of day to assess law enforcement needs. 
Enforces and maintains compliance with all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
Enforces codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations. To protect life and property, prevent crime, and promote security. Enforces staff observance of high ethical standards in conduct and performance of duty.
Maintaining the physical, mental and emotional conditions required by POST and Colorado State Statutes, codes, rules and regulations.
Supervises, directs, and evaluates staff, handling employee concerns and problems, assigning work, and recommending disciplinary and other personnel actions.
Responsible for Police Department personnel selection, training and development, evaluation and discipline.
Responsible for police departmental scheduling including shift, training, court appearances and duties.
Responsible for planning, administration, coordination and operation of the Police Department; including patrol, traffic, investigations, crime prevention, communications, records maintenance, community relations including neighboring agencies.
Develops short-term and long-term planning for department staffing and identification of department needs.
Researches the type of equipment, supplies, services or contracts the department should engage; prepares bid specifications for equipment and projects.
Receives and investigates, or assigns investigation of, employee matters and follows up to ensure adequate resolution.
May be called upon to direct operations at major occurrences involving automobile accidents, misdemeanors and felonies; may supervise and participate in general police officer duties.
Advises and assists staff in non-routine investigations.
Defines and monitors performance, productivity, and compliance of subordinates with departmental mission, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures to ensure all work meets the required expectations.
Establishes short and long-term goals for police department and operations, leads the department in process improvement and organizational improvement by producing, gathering, and analyzing data.
Receives and/or prepares various reports, forms, invoices, correspondence, and other documentation; processes, completes and/or forwards as appropriate, maintains files and logs.
Works closely with and supports all of the Town Departments.
Reviews all departmental expenditures for accuracy.  Prepares departmental spending reports.
Prepares the annual Police Department budget with submission to the Town Manager each year for the following budget year.
Cooperates with County, State and Federal Officers in apprehension and detention of wanted persons; cooperates with other agencies involving police department activities.
Responds to questions, complaints and requests for information/assistance by telephone or in person from the general public, news media, court personnel, employees, officials or other persons. Maintains positive public relations with new media and civic groups; interacts with media on police related matters, special activities, public education, crime prevention etc. 
Represents the Town’s best interests related to the Police Department when speaking to citizen groups, Town Board and other interested groups.
Attends citizens' meetings to explain policy and regulations. Prepares and presents oral and written reports; participates in public functions; maintains communication between the department and other governmental areas.
Answers citizen inquiries and resolves problems and complaints with regard to Police operations
Attends meetings with Town Officials; maintain regular communication with the Town Board regarding administrative issues and program activities and operations; attends Board meetings to ensure directives of the Board has been performed.
Takes steps to improve police operations; plans/supervises enforcement of regulations and plans/supervises crime prevention and detection programs. Administers all operations, activities, and policies of the Police Department. Develops, executes, and evaluates policies and procedures in consultation with the Board of Trustees. Formulates departmental orders, regulations, work methods, and procedures; ensure uniform interpretation of, and compliance with, orders, regulations, and policies.
Prepares and presents oral and written reports; participates in public functions; maintains communication between the department and other governmental agencies.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to analyze situations quickly and make independent decisions based on sound reasoning, good judgment, established procedures and proper interpretation of City ordinances.
Ability to focus on and conceptualize how administrative decisions will affect the organization in both the near and distant future.
Ability to ensure compliance with Town and departmental policies, procedures, rules and regulations through effective management of subordinates.
Ability to perform duties independently and with initiative.
Ability to analyze problems and use skills to implement appropriate corrective actions.
Knowledge and skill to effectively manage the coordination of resources to respond successfully to crisis and critical incidents.
Ability to explain the rationale of policies, rules and procedures to subordinates to ensure compliance and heighten awareness of potential problems regarding non-compliance.
Ability to assist in training programs and instruct employees on new equipment.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, while being able to maintain a professional and courteous attitude.
Demonstrate strong organization skills and a willingness to be pro-active and accept new challenges.
Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions.
Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
Ability to prioritize projects and daily workload.
Knowledge of business or administrative practices including budgeting, record keeping, technology, organization, file maintenance and records retention.
Knowledge of computers and programs, utilities, and municipal operations.
Operate a Personal Computer and be familiar with current computer software applications. Set up and type a variety of letters, memos, reports, maintain moderately complex administrative reports from such records.
Ability to maintain effective working relations with superiors and subordinates.
Ability to communicate with the public.
Ability to reliably and predictably carry out duties.


            Education and/or Experience:

An Associate’s Degree, plus a minimum of five years of experience in a command-level position within a law enforcement agency or the equivalent of the same are required.  Area of study in criminal justice, law enforcement, criminology or related field.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Valid Colorado Driver’s License
Obtain Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification from the State of Colorado within 2 months of employment.
Must maintain qualification in firearms, first aid, and maintain a working knowledge of the current laws and department issued policies, procedures and rules.
Successful candidates must pass a background investigation and drug screen prior to employment.

Tools and Equipment Used:

Personal computer, Microsoft Office Suite, and databases; phone; fax and copy machine. Equipment such as a vehicle, gun, bullet proof vest, radio, baton, Taser, duty belt, or additional prescribed items.

Physical/Working Conditions:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and/or move up to 75 pounds with or without assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Ability to move heavy objects or persons, give chase on foot, and restrain persons within the course of proper police procedures; work in confined areas; walk, sit or stand for long periods of time; possess the physical strength and agility to defend self and/or others in a hostile or combative situation.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; risk of electrical shock, dampness, direct sunlight, dust, pollen, insect stings, and animals.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. This position is subject to being on call or called out during emergency situations. This position may work nights, holidays, and weekends.