Job Details

Chief of Police
City of Olympia, WA
Job Description

The Police Chief is responsible for a staff of 110 employees and an annual operating budget of $21.8 million; overseeing 76 commissioned personnel, 13 corrections officers, and 21 civilians.
Like most cities, Olympia experienced the passions and turbulence rising from the racial justice demonstrations that swept the nation this summer. The City of Olympia is poised to begin reimagining public safety through a community discourse that will include broad and diverse voices from our community. Olympia seeks to develop collaboratively crafted and strategic improvements that impact how public safety services are delivered. OPD and the Police Chief will play critical roles in this process as listeners, subject matter experts, and champions of the community’s vision for public safety.

About the Position
The Police Chief is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction for the Department and for planning, organizing and operating to ensure effective and responsive services are available to all community members. This is a key leadership position reporting directly to the City Manager and is responsible for serving the public safety needs of a growing, diverse community. Essential functions of the position include:

• Enhancing the trust between Olympia residents and the Department and building a residents-first relationship in which all community members feel safe, protected and empowered
• Advancing a racial equity framework that will examine and improve the Department’s internal policies, practices, and systems to eradicate structural and institutional racism
• Developing within the Department a strong internal culture of transparency, accountability, compassion, integrity, professionalism, and trust so that sworn and non-sworn employees feel more invested and comfortable to come to leadership with questions, concerns, and ideas
• Promoting de-escalation and disengagement tactics, and building trauma-informed approaches
• A commitment to the professional development of command staff and employees to enhance their success, to be better informed and responsive to changing community needs, and facilitate positive employee morale and strong organizational performance
• Cultivating positive community relations through sustained, in-person interaction with all of Olympia’s diverse neighborhoods and civic and community groups
• Leading the development of Department goals, policies, and priorities, and implementing data-driven strategic plans
• Holding all Department employees accountable in their public interactions and in representing the City as well as ensuring that all Officers perform policing responsibilities in a fair, equitable, unbiased and procedurally just manner
• Planning, directing, supervising, and coordinating the activities of the Department personnel in serving the public, preserving order, protecting life and property, and enforcing laws
• Stressing integrity as a core value; reviewing employee performance evaluations; and taking appropriate disciplinary action where necessary
• Aligning systems, developing staff, building teams, organizing functions, determining priorities, and improving processes to provide exceptional service
• Promoting de-escalation and disengagement tactics, and building trauma-informed approaches
• Supporting expansion of non-enforcement programs as an alternative to traditional policing
• Uphold and defend Olympia’s role as a Sanctuary City

Desirable Qualifications
An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least seven years’ experience in a senior leadership role within a police department that involves leading a diverse staff and management of significant funds. Candidates should bring experience in developing and implementing innovative crime reduction and community policing strategies.

Total Compensation
The annual salary for this position is $182,956. The City offers a competitive benefit package including health, vision, and dental insurance, as well as vacation and sick leave. The City participates in the State of Washington retirement system.

The successful candidate will be covered by in the LOEFF 2 retirement plan.

The City of Olympia is seeking a courageous, credible, unifying leader who is deeply committed to playing a significant role in reimagining public safety by listening to the needs of the community, examining internal policies, and procedures, and engaging OPD staff in the process. The Chief will be an active, involved and highly visible leader with a proven reputation for being accessible, honest, transparent, and whose actions match their words. The Police Chief must be open-minded and ready to engage in a dialogue that challenges conventional wisdom and embraces new approaches to public safety. Successful candidates will be known for being inclusive, insightful and adaptable. The next Police Chief will have a track record of being a forward-thinking, strategic leader who will work with the community, City leadership and stakeholders to create a new vision for public safety.

The next Police Chief must promote deep, structural institutional enhancements and foster a culture of self-examination and continuous improvement within the Department. The Chief will be expected to have strong communications skills as well as exceptional cultural sensitivity in order to respond to concerns raised by an informed and engaged public and the City Council.

The preferred candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas:
• Passion for public service and safety for all Olympia community members
• High level of integrity, ethics and transparency; committed to doing what is right to uphold community values
• Champion of workforce equity and diversity and demonstrated cultural competency
• Successful experience developing partnerships with marginalized and diverse communities; incorporating fair, equitable, and inclusive approaches
• Ability to build strong and authentic relationships both internally and externally
• Well-versed in community-oriented policing and open to creative methods of problem solving
• Ability to build partnerships between the Police Department, Prosecution/Defense, Fire, Social Service providers, surrounding jurisdictions, and others who can help address crime and quality of life challenges
• Large-scale leadership and management experience
• Creative problem solver, bringing fresh ideas and a progressive approach
• Customer service and the ability to mentor, coach and direct the work of staff
• Collaboration and relationship building skills
• Champion of workforce equity and diversity and demonstrated cultural competency
• Politically astute
• Significant fiscal responsibility in a complex organization managing budgets that include multiple funding sources
• Ability to make internal policy decisions with large- scale implications
• Successful experience working with business, labor, tribes, social service providers, community leaders and other stakeholders and partners
• Commitment to leading in a guardian-mindset environment
• Experience supporting and responding to public demonstrations
• Experience in responding to issues related to houselessness, mental health and substance abuse
• Has a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with fellow Executive Team Members and with peers from surrounding jurisdictions
• Labor relations experience in a represented organization
• Open, honest and accessible

Job Details
Job Function:
Chief Law Enforcement Official
Position Type:
Full Time
City of Olympia
PO Box 1967
Olympia, WA 98507-1967
United States
Population: 47,266
Form of Government: Council-Manager

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