Chief of Police

Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

 Chief of Police Brochure:


The anticipated hiring range upon starting the Chief of Police position, in Birmingham, Alabama, will be $133,494.40 to $207,188.80, dependent upon qualifications and experience.


The Chief of Police is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction for the Birmingham Police Department.

Through strategic initiatives, the Chief of Police is responsible for planning and organizing various activities and operations of the divisions and bureaus within the Police Department to ensure effective and responsive services are available to all citizens and neighborhoods. This includes:

  • Tasks related to serving the public safety needs of a growing, diverse population;
  • Overseeing the efficiency and safety of the department’s personnel;
  • Establishing procedures to address crimes, crime reporting, emergency response effectiveness, and prevention;
  • Forging valuable and collaborative relationships with the community and local, regional, and federal agencies;
  • Leveraging sophisticated technology and analytics to identify and manage crime trends; and
  • Creating and implementing new programs to face developments in law enforcement.

The Chief of Police formulates and executes a broad range of policies and procedures, establishes short- and long-term financial plans, works collaboratively with internal and external parties, establishes management practices and processes that ensure the accomplishment of performance standards, and provides technical supervision.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Police Science, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, or other related area.
  • Current Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification or eligible to be POST certified.
  • Held role with significant senior command in an urbanized law enforcement agency.
  • Experience with, and/or knowledge of law enforcement operations, including investigations, crime prevention, patrol, traffic control, records management, and care and custody of persons and property.
  • Experience with, and/or knowledge of, community policing techniques and strategies.
  • Experience evaluating and adjusting policing techniques to meet evolving crime trends and community needs.
  • Managed an organizational unit (e.g., division) of at least 250 personnel in an urbanized law enforcement agency.
  • Experience as a third-level executive supervisor (i.e., oversees a supervisor of a supervisory position) in a law enforcement department.
  • Responsible for setting goals and making key decisions for an organizational unit (e.g., division).
  • Managed a budget for an organizational unit (e.g., division).
  • Responsible for evaluating the performance of those within an organizational unit (e.g., division).
  • Experience implementing and monitoring work division strategy.
  • Experience interacting with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience working in environments that require adherence to high professional and ethical standards.

Application and Selection Process:

Interested applicants should learn more about Birmingham, its city government and the Police Department at  Qualified applicants should submit applications and resumes online by visiting

The City of Birmingham has tentatively scheduled a full-day Assessment Center on March 19, 2018 for those named as finalists.

For more information, contact:

  • Candace Harris | 205-582-6847

  • Jim Greene | 205-279-3512

  • Loren Warren | 205-582-6833