Assistant Chief of Police

Town of Chapel Hill, NC

The Town of Chapel Hill, NC, a thriving multicultural University town, seeks an Assistant Chief of Police (ACOP) to join its progressive police department. The next Chapel Hill ACOP will support the department’s commitment to growing and strengthening community relationships and partnerships. The ACOP must embrace and uphold the department’s holistic approach to policing – a community-oriented and problem-oriented policing philosophy that permeates all levels of the organization and continues to build community trust. The next ACOP is known for their impeccable interpersonal skills - an approachable leader who is fair and equitable in their interactions with all staff and stakeholders. The ACOP must have a track record of training, mentoring, and developing officers in their technical skills and for career advancement.

About the Department and Position: With a $12M budget and 109 employees (84 sworn and 25 nonsworn), the Town of Chapel Hill Police Department (CHPD) provides Patrol operations, Investigations, Traffic enforcement and education, Community Services, a Crisis Unit, Records Division, Legal Unit, Training Unit, School Resource Officers, K9 Unit, and Virtual Report Unit. Reporting to the Chief of Police, the ACOP is responsible directing staff, policy development, program planning, fiscal management, and operational and strategic oversight of the department. The ACOP will be a supportive leader and mentor who will motivate and develop others through relationship building and demonstrate a commitment to the ongoing health and wellness of employees. The successful candidate is a natural collaborator, a leader who will pursue opportunities to improve and enhance the department through partnerships and be guided by the departments values and mission to shape their decision making.

Qualifications: The Town seeks a public safety executive with a minimum of 10 years progressive law enforcement experience and 5-7 years of cross-functional and progressively responsible experience including administrative and command work at rank of Captain equivalent or higher; a BA/BS degree in public administration, law enforcement administration or related field is required. Master's degree preferred. Evidence of collaboration across public safety disciplines required. Strong preference for executive law enforcement training (e.g. FBI National Academy, Administrative Officers Management Program, LEEP, etc.).

Salary and Benefits: The hiring range for the position is $109,074 - $141,955. The Town’s excellent benefits package can be viewed here.

To apply, please visit and click on the Assistant Chief of Police – Town of Chapel Hill, NC title. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants are encouraged to apply by February 27, 2023. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on March 29-31, 2023. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to The Town of Chapel Hill is an EOE. The recruitment and selection process are being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.

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Chief Law Enforcement Official

Town of Chapel Hill


405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
United States

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