Chief of Public Safety

City of Longmont, CO

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20210144 Chief of Public Safety
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
Department: Public Safety
Division: Police/Fire/OEM

Hiring Range: $14,360 - $15,955/monthly
Varied including evenings and weekends
Regular Full-time with Benefits
Benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision, Flex Spending, 401 Money Purchase Plan, FPPA, Term Life & AD&D, Long Term Disability, Bereavement, Jury & Witness Duty, FMLA, Military Leave, Sick, Vacation, Holiday pay, EAP, Tuition Assistance.
Other benefits: Optional, employee elected, voluntary benefits are available.

The Public Safety Chief provides effective leadership through strategic planning, organizing, directing, and supervising activities to achieve defined goals within the Police Department (Administrative Services, Communications, Detective Services, Information and Technology, Patrol Services, Support Services and Special Operations - available resources), Fire Services (Administration, Operations, and Support Services and support activities), and Emergency Management (Emergency Management, LEAD and CORE programs). The Chief reviews the department’s performance, studies trends, standardizes procedures, and formulates new programs or policies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations via a data driven approach that involves the community.

The Public Safety Chief reports directly to the City Manager and works closely with the Assistant City Managers and all department directors. The Public Safety Chief establishes and maintains cooperative working relationship with law enforcement, fire, and emergency management personnel in other jurisdictions. The Chief represents the City on public safety issues and coordinates activities with outside agencies. The Public Safety Chief will meet with elected and appointed officials, business representatives, and members of the public to promote City and department activities and further positive community relations. The Chief will make public safety presentations to various community groups and works closely with the community in assisting neighborhoods, non-profits, businesses, and individuals on issues that are important to improving the community.

The Public Safety Chief is required to be a community-oriented professional, who engages with staff at all levels and understands change leadership. The Chief must demonstrate the highest level of personal and professional integrity and lead the department in its mission within a culturally rich and diverse community.

Principal Duties:
• Takes the time to learn and understand Longmont’s diverse community. Builds meaningful relationships, establishes trust, and ensures that the Public Safety Department is connected to the community at all levels.

• Is culturally competent and understands and implements the concepts of social equity, community policing, restorative justice, prevention and mitigation, and can become the champion of these concepts within the Public Safety Department and in the community.

• Has understanding of and experience in both Police and Fire operations.

• Understands the role as a highly visible member of the community; creates and maintains professional and collegial relationships and partnerships at all levels.

• Is approachable and models behaviors expected throughout the entire City organization including trust, mutual respect, and accountability.

• Coordinates the Public Safety Department’s effort to form partnerships with the community. Analyzes community needs and develops new programs for service where appropriate.

• Creates an equitable and inclusive environment and supports the health and well-being of all public safety staff members. Understands the concept of Longmont’s Peer Support Program and has the ability to enhance this activity. Understands and can enhance the areas of crisis intervention, de-escalation, trauma-informed practices, and mental health awareness.

• Proactively engages as a member of the City Leadership Team. Collaborate on city wide initiatives, support an equitable inclusive environment, and actively champion our efforts to strengthen a values-driven culture.

• Encourages continuous improvement and leads ongoing efforts to improve the department, update policies and procedures, and ensure that the public safety staff have an active voice in maintaining a positive work environment.

• Actively listen to the community/residents, public safety staff, other City departments and agency partners to meet both the department and community expectations and needs.

• Delivers presentations on the Public Safety Department’s positions, goals, and strategies. Represents the City before citizens, elected officials, committees and boards on matters of the City.

• Formulates long-range strategic planning for public safety services. Direct the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, priorities, and procedures for the Public Safety Department.

• Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Department including field operations, investigations, crime prevention, training, and records. Develops and maintains management systems and processes to support the philosophy of community policing.

• Informs City Council of budget status, ordinance changes, resolutions, and all other significant activity including changes within the Public Safety Department or within the community that relate to public safety. Prepares and presents financial and administrative reports, ordinances, and resolutions pertaining to public safety to the City Council.

• Provides guidance to division chiefs in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs, training, budget, and personnel management. Coordinates the building of teams within the Public Safety Department.

• Develops, creates, and coordinates additional resources for delivering public safety services.

• Responds to complaints, concerns and questions from the community. Provides statements to the press and maintain media relations on the activities performed by the Public Safety Department in conjunction with the City’s communication team.

• Prepares, administers, and presents the Public Safety Department's annual budget to the City Manager and City Council.

• As a member of the Executive Management Team, set citywide goals and policies and assist in completing objectives of the City Council annual work plan.

• Prepares, presents, and reviews reports relating to Department activities. Identify and coordinate the research and implementation of strategies to build public safety awareness in the community.

• Coordinates Public Safety Department operations and activities with other City departments and external agencies. Develop partnerships and teams with other City departments.

• Recruit, select, supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff. Work to create a department that reflects the community, including bilingual staff members, and fill current vacancies with teammates that contribute to the organizations culture and positively impact the work environment.

• Performs essential duties and additional tasks in a manner which enhances City Attributes.

Working Environment:
Work is performed in a standard office environment. Occasional light lifting and carrying of up to 15 pounds is required. The work requires reading, writing, and analyzing financial documents. The work includes frequent verbal and written communications, organizational skills, problem solving, and performing detailed work. Work requires the ability to perform under rigorous time constraints, constant interaction with others, occasionally of an adversarial nature. Work requires a non-traditional work schedule including evenings and weekends as required.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement or a related field or the equivalent. A Master's Degree in Public Administration or a related field is preferred. Ten years of progressively responsible experience in a public safety related field, with at least two years at the rank of Division Chief/Captain or the equivalent. Special Qualifications: Possession of a current and valid Colorado Driver’s License or the ability to obtain upon hire. Serves at the pleasure of the City Manager and must meet current residency requirements (Longmont resident)/meet residency requirements within 6 months of hire.

The selection process will include complete job description review, personal interview, background investigation, criminal background check, and substance screening.

DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
Online application (required) must be successfully submitted. This position is Open Until Filled. An online application process is available for this position on our website at Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the City Application. For more information, call (303) 651-8609.

The City of Longmont offers Equal Opportunity for employment to all qualified applicants. It is the policy of the City of Longmont not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, veteran status, or disability unless related to a bona fide occupational requirement. If you need special assistance in the selection process, please contact the Human Resources Department in advance to make arrangements.


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Job Details

Job Function
Other, Department Head/Director
Position Type
Full Time

City of Longmont


350 Kimbark St
Longmont, CO 80501-5500
United States

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