Chief of Police - City of Thomasville, NC

City of Thomasville, NC

The small-town community of Thomasville in central NC seeks an experienced and ethical law enforcement executive to lead its police department as the next Chief of Police. The Chief must be highly competent in policing methods, a genuine leader with excellent communication skills who remains calm in crisis and demonstrates impeccable decision-making and problem-solving skills. The successful Chief will effectively lead and invigorate the department with a community policing mindset that embodies the principles and pillars of the 21st Century Policing philosophy. Thomasville operates under the Council-Manager form of government with the City Manager reporting to the Mayor and seven at-large elected officials. The City employs over 300 employees, including the Chief of Police position, across 12 departments. The Chief is responsible for managing the department’s budget of approximately $10M and a team of 74 (68 sworn officers and 6 civilian staff members).

Qualifications: The City seeks a law enforcement leader with a minimum of 10 years of progressive law enforcement experience and 5-7 years of cross-functional and progressively responsible experience including administrative and command work at rank of Captain or higher. A BA/BS degree is required while a Master’s degree is preferred. Executive law enforcement training (e.g. FBI National Academy, SMIP, FBI LEEDA, Administrative Officers Management Program, etc.) is highly preferred. Candidates must have current certification as a municipal or local government law enforcement officer by his/her respective state or with no more than a three-year break in full-time sworn service at time of appointment. Please note that North Carolina law does not recognize nor have a reciprocal relationship with Federal law enforcement certification. A valid NC driver’s license is required or the ability to obtain a valid NC driver’s license within 60 days of relocating to NC. For information regarding transfers, please refer to the full job ad via the link below.

Salary and Benefits: The anticipated hiring range for the Chief of Police is $80,000 - $110,000 (pay range = $74,293.27 - $126,298.74). The City offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance as well as enrollment into the State Retirement Plan through the NC Local Government Employees Retirement System and longevity pay after 1 year of service. For more information about the City’s benefits, click here. There is no residency requirement but after-hours response to emergencies is expected for the role.

To apply, please visit and click on the Chief of Police – City of Thomasville, NC title. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the City Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants must apply by March 29, 2023. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on May 2 - 3, 2023; candidates should reserve these dates should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to The City of Thomasville is an EOE. The recruitment and selection process are being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.

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Chief Law Enforcement Official

City of Thomasville


10 Salem St
Thomasville, NC 27360-3904
United States

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