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Police Chief - Pittsburgh, PA


The Chief of Police, City of Pittsburgh, reports to the Public Safety Director and is responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the Bureau of Police. 

There’s enthusiasm in the air around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This enthusiasm is caused by the hope brought about by new leadership, and the promise of new and innovative thinking that will be deployed to address civic issues. On January 6, 2014 William “Bill” Peduto was sworn in as the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, the second largest city in the state. A self-described “Reform Democrat”, while a member of Pittsburgh City Council Bill Peduto wrote the most comprehensive package of government reform legislation in the City’s history. He strengthened the Ethics Code, created the city’s first Campaign Finance Limits, established Lobbyist Disclosure and Lobbyist Registration and ended No-Bid Contracts. Mayor Peduto loves Pittsburgh and understands what makes our city unique. With a population of more than 300,000 that is growing younger and increasingly more diverse, Pittsburgh is a city on the move. Thanks to a relatively low crime rate, affordability, healthy economy, and vibrant restaurant and arts scenes, publications like Forbes and The Economist have labeled Pittsburgh America's "most livable city." With 90 diverse and distinct neighborhoods, Pittsburgh has something for everyone. We’re building an exciting, new administration and we’ve got some serious work to do. Come grow with us.

The focus of this role is on achieving results which are aligned with the larger picture of the organization and its strategic goals. Initiative, coupled with a sense of competitive drive, and the ability to stay focused on results despite changing conditions, is the key to achieving the performance objectives of this role. Because environmental and organizational conditions change rapidly, the work involves innovation and creativity in generating ideas for quick response. Decision-making is focused on implementing practical, timely solutions. The role requires getting things done quickly and handling a variety of activities. Self-assurance, and the confidence to purposely drive toward results while constantly problem-solving and engaging the commitment of others is essential. A leadership style that is firm and goal oriented, and yet motivates, trains, and engages others in an enthusiastic way is important. The emphasis on building rapport and relationships with individuals and groups requires an outgoing, poised and persuasive communication style.  Because the pace of the work is faster than average, the ability to learn quickly and thoroughly while continually recognizing and adapting to changing conditions is critical. The scope of the role requires effective delegation to proven people, especially routine and repetitive details, but with responsibility for follow up and accountability for timely results.  While the role requires the ability to act independently, a sense of urgency and the confidence to handle a variety of challenges, a full commitment to the success of the city and high standards of achievement are expected in this role. The emphasis is on results, and effective systems that achieve results through and with people.

About The Bureau:

The mission of the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is to protect and enhance the quality of life in the diverse neighborhoods of Pittsburgh by working in partnership with citizens, faith based organizations, and businesses, to prevent and solve problems while remaining sensitive to the authority with which it has been entrusted.  It is the challenge of the Bureau to provide quality service with accountability, integrity, and respect. 

The Bureau of Police provides law enforcement and public safety services.  It is organized into four units:  the Chief’s Office, which provides administrative oversight and is responsible for managing the vehicle fleet, the Administration Branch, which manages training, reporting, personnel and finance matters, planning, intelligence, and analysis functions, support services, and school crossing guards, the Operations Branch, which comprises the six police zones and the Special Deployment Division (motorcycle unit, SWAT, and collision), and the Investigations Branch, which is further divided into Major Crimes and Narcotics and Vice.

The Bureau of Police has an overall budget of $72,346,870. For more detail on the Bureau access the most recent Annual Reports at

Scope and Responsibilities:

The general administration and control of the Bureau of Police is vested in the Chief who is responsible for the government, efficiency, and good conduct of the Bureau.  The Chief of Police is supported by the Deputy Chief of Police, who also manages the vehicle fleet.  

The Police Chief’s primary responsibility will be to provide leadership for this Bureau to ensure that a high level of service and professionalism is maintained and improved upon.  Specific management goals include; improving the Police Bureau's community-oriented policing approach by partnering with other agencies (City, other governmental/non-profits and the private sector); advancing a multi-sector public health approach to violence prevention with specific strategies to address Pittsburgh’s most underserved neighborhoods; working collaboratively with other city departments and authorities to prepare Pittsburgh neighborhoods for growth and investment.

Other key issues include long term, broad scope planning and building greater diversity and employee involvement within the Bureau.


  • Knowledge of organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs.
  • Law enforcement theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control, records management, care and custody of persons and property, and crime prevention.
  • General Operational characteristics of police apparatus and equipment.
  • Court decisions and how they affect department operations. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of municipal organization, administration and personnel management.
  • Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Firearms, self-defense and crowd control, motor vehicle code, crimes code, Manual of Procedural Orders, criminal justice procedures, and City geography.
  • City and departmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Relevant labor agreements and personnel policies and procedures.
  • Community oriented policing philosophy.


The successful candidate will have broad experience in all areas in a municipal police department including law enforcement, police administration, safety and maintenance of motor vehicle codes, external relations and planning for future law enforcement needs and public safety concerns. He/she will have a successful track record of effectively managing the functions and activities of a police department of comparable or larger size and similar complexity of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

Significant Police Operations and Police Management experience preferably in departments serving populations of 300,000 or more and must include successful progressive levels of responsibility culminating in a role equivalent to Police Chief or a top Deputy/Assistant Chief. 

  • An open, collaborative leader who can drive agreements on police cooperation. Experience with regional cooperation initiatives and a track record of managing effective working relationships with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Ability to successfully work in a highly unionized environment.
  • Skills as a people-oriented manager with a history of high visibility and accessibility within the work setting.  A history of clear and concise communication with department staff, the Mayor’s office, elected officials and the public. The Chief should be an adept professional in media relations and interactions with print and electronic media.
  • Principal centered leadership style that motivates rank-in-file officers as well as command staff.  Demonstrated experience in creating and maintaining effective cooperation/partnerships with neighborhoods, citizens, businesses, religious organizations, and civic organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement and effect change in a bureau of comparable size.
  • Excellent fiscal and human resource management skills including the development and mentoring of internal human resource talent to include the creation and implementation of a succession plan.
  • Innovation in service delivery, employee recruitment/selection, employee development and managing personnel matters.      

Personal Attributes:

  • A Champion of the Department with the highest integrity and ethical standards; leads by example. A proven record of consistency, fairness and accountability in application of policies and discipline of Department personnel.
  • An innovative administrator capable of inspiring a vision and leading change for the enhancement of better policing methodology. Confident and willing to consider new methods, technology and training to better respond to the trends and cycles of crime and violence prevention
  • A proactive and decisive leader capable of gaining respect from both internal and external constituents. A humble command presence aimed at reflecting the police department as a whole as capable, effective and one of the best in the country
  • An excellent communicator who can effectively represent the Police Department and communicate issues regarding the needs, expectations and perception of the organization to the community at-large. A credible representative of the capabilities and function of the Department to the media
  • A responsive, visible and respected member of the community who is accessible to City departments, citizens, schools, the business community and other law enforcement agencies
  • A track record of developing effective and credible relationships with the leadership of a diverse constituency; the ability to value the differences and build on the similarities of need to accomplish a mutually inclusive goal of making Pittsburgh one of the safest areas in the region
  • Problem-solver mentality accepts and leads new challenges, able to think strategically and to critically analyze a variety of issues. Well-honed political sense without being a politician

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with major course work in Criminal Justice, Police Service Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, Management, Business Administration or related field preferred. Advanced or Master’s degree strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will have ten or more years of progressively responsible police enforcement work with at least 8 of those years in progressive leadership roles in management/command to include supervision, strategic planning, internal investigations, community relations, labor relations, training and budget administration. Generally be available for off-hour emergencies.

This position is at-will and non-union. Applicants must become residents of the City of Pittsburgh prior to employment and remain a resident throughout employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

The search is open until filled.

To apply, please visit us at All inquiries will be held in the strictest confidence.





Police Chief - Topeka, KS


The City of Topeka, KS is seeking an experienced professional with proven leadership, management, and communication skills to serve as the next Chief of Police. The City of Topeka is the capital of the state of Kansas and has a residential population of 127,473 and supports an MSA totaling 228,265. The community is culturally diverse and is redeveloping its downtown and riverfront.

Topeka offers a quality living experience at a below average cost.  In 2010 Topeka was named in “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of Top Ten Cities for the Next Decade”, citing the quality of schools, good hospitals, and low housing costs among the reasons for Topeka being included. Topeka’s cost of living is attractive when compared to other mid-western cities.

Reporting directly to the City Manager, the new Police Chief will manage an annual operating budget of approximately $38 million with 367.5 full-time equivalent positions, 302 of which are sworn personnel. The Topeka Police Department has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 2004.

The candidate must demonstrate competence in effective leadership and the ability to inspire confidence as a representative of the Police Department and the City. The Chief of Police must have in-depth knowledge of the federal, state, and municipal laws relating to the functions of his/her subordinates and department, and must have an extensive knowledge of police policy, rules and regulations, and police standards. Extensive experience in many aspects of policing a diverse urban community is necessary. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in community policing is vital.

The candidate must have a strong commitment to data-driven policing and using current strategies, systems and technologies to optimize the delivery of police services and programs to the community. The successful candidate must be willing to maintain a visible profile in the community. He/she must have a positive track record building strong relationships and fostering effective channels of communication with elected officials, the general public, law enforcement agencies, city executives, and among the rank and file. The candidate must have a verifiable track record of unimpeachable ethics and integrity, projecting a positive professional image and setting the example for all subordinate personnel of the department. The successful candidate must have the proven leadership and management skills to build a strong leadership team and a highly trained, empowered, and diverse workforce. He/she must also be proficient in fiscal management.



A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or related area is required as well as advanced police leadership training such as the Southern Police Institute, FBI National Academy, or equivalent leadership training. A Master’s degree is preferred. Successful candidates must currently hold or be able to obtain appropriate Kansas Law Enforcement Training Certification. Over six years of experience in a supervisory/administrative capacity at a commanding officer level in a comparably sized police department. Within 6 months of his/her employment, the new Police Chief must become domiciled with the City of Topeka. Salary is D.O.Q. We also offer an excellent benefit package.

The City of Topeka is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The City of Topeka will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified individuals.


How to Apply:

This position will remain open until filled. The first review of applicants will be completed by July 10, 2014. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit electronic employment application, cover letter and resume with current salary to


Additional details:

Topeka Police Department website

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  Police Captain - Golden, CO


Hiring Range: $87,800-$131,600 DOQ Annually

The Golden Police Department is seeking an experienced professional with proven leadership, management and communication skills to serve in the position of Police Captain. We seek a progressive and innovative individual committed to the professional development of policing for themselves and their personnel.


 Hiring Process Timeline:

Application Closing Date: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. MST
Assessment Center: Wednesday, Sept. 24 & Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Additional Interviews and Background: October & November 2014


Candidate Criteria:

The desired candidate is a professional with proven experience in the area of community policing and problem solving as well as leadership development with the ability to inspire confidence and set a positive example for department personnel.

Must have strong budgetary and organizational skills. Must be a strong communicator, possess a high level of integrity and honesty, and have a sense of humor. Demonstrated contributions to the law enforcement profession and the community required.

A Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public or Business Administration or related field required. Master’s degree preferred. Must possess or be able to obtain POST Certification pursuant to Colorado’s POST regulations. Minimum 4 years of law enforcement experience with supervisory responsibilities at the rank of Sergeant or above. Advanced leadership training such as FBI National Academy, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command College preferred. CALEA Accreditation experience a plus.


The City of Golden:

Nestled in the foothills just west of the metro Denver area, Golden is a beautiful place to live, work and play. Golden is a destination visited by tourists and recreational enthusiasts from all over the world each year. We are home to Coors, the Colorado School of Mines, the Colorado Mountaineering Museum and more. With 19,000 residents within nine square miles, Golden boasts a small town atmosphere with educated, involved, and concerned citizens who want to maintain an excellent quality of life. The City of Golden is a home rule municipality and serves as the county seat of Jefferson County. Golden is a “full service” City that provides all municipal services to its citizens. Put your talents and skills to work, and “Make the City of Golden a Great Place to Live, Work and Play.”



The Golden Police Department: 


The Golden Police Department (GPD) is an important part of this community. GPD is a value based organization whose mission is to work in partnership with the community to provide a safe, secure, and orderly environment by being responsive to the needs of those we serve. To serve our community effectively, the focus of our mission is; protecting life and property; reducing crime and the fear of crime; enforcing the laws and arresting criminals; and enhancing citizen and police relationships.

GPD consists of 44 sworn personnel, 22 FT and 14 PT civilian personnel, and 4 reserve police officers, with a 2014 annual budget of $7.2M. Golden provides its officers and civilian personnel with competitive wages, excellent benefits, state-of-the-art equipment, exceptional training opportunities, and a progressive and positive working environment. GPD has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 2008.

The men and women of the Golden Police Department are extremely proud of the work they perform in service of the citizens of Golden. The department is committed to the ideas of community service, leadership, technical excellence, and creating and maintaining a positive work environment. We take pride in our ability to work with all segments of the community. Problem solving and our open communication policy with the public remain a major component of our service commitment. GPD consists of Patrol and Administrative staff, School Resource Officers, K-9 Unit, Bicycle Patrol, Traffic Unit and Investigations Section. We also have officers assigned to the regional SWAT team, and West Metro Drug Task Force. We operate a state-of-the-art communications center staffed by a dedicated team of communications experts. Additional services are provided in the areas of Code Enforcement, Animal Management, Records Management, Evidence and Property Control as well as Professional Standards.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates that meet our qualifications must submit a completed online application including a professional cover letter and resume. Incomplete packages will not be considered. Please apply online at We offer a premier position with a competitive wage and excellent benefits package. The City of Golden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.





Deputy Chief of Police - Port of Los Angeles


The Port of Los Angeles is seeking a Deputy Chief of Police to oversee the Field Operations and Emergency Management Group. Field Operations is the 24/7 command and control function overseeing technical planning, coordination of operations and patrol methods, crime reduction programs, HazMat, and Mutual Aid/training coordination for the Harbor Department’s Operations Center (DOC) and the Port Police Operations Center. Emergency Management is responsible for the direction and coordination of emergency preparedness activities for the Port that includes emergency planning, training, exercises and other programs dealing with natural disasters, technological emergencies or other emergency incidents that may occur within the Port’s jurisdiction. The Deputy Chief of Police may also serve as the acting Chief of Port Police, as may be required.

Candidates will be successful law enforcement managers who have attained the rank of Captain or higher within a respected law enforcement agency and will have integrated emergency management responsibilities and functions into their career path. Annual salary range is: $135,072 - $167,812, DOQ, and includes a highly competitive Executive Benefits package. Please view a comprehensive brochure at the link below for additional information. To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, please provide a cover letter, resume, salary history and at least four professional references electronically no later than August 18, 2014 to:

Clark Wurzberger, The Mercer Group, Inc.
P.O. Box 546, Weimar, CA 95736; Tel. (530) 637-4559; Fax (530) 637-1048
EOE Women and Minority Candidates are encouraged to apply.

Research Assistant - Police Executive Research Forum


The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a leading national police research institution and membership organization based in Washington, DC, seeks candidates to fill an entry level research position.  PERF focuses on critical issues in policing, such as police use-of-force, violent crime trends and prevention, officer safety, technology issues and cybercrime, youth and gang violence issues, sexual assault, racial bias in policing, evaluation of promising practices, performance measurement, and community policing.  PERF has earned a national reputation for identifying emerging trends and developing promising practices for police practitioners. PERF has an excellent relationship and track record of collaborating with police agencies across the nation. These relationships provide PERF researchers with a unique level of access to conduct high profile law enforcement projects and are instrumental to PERF’s consistent record of high participation rates.


PERF offers a unique learning environment that examines current policing issues on a national scale.  This position will involve hands-on experience with law enforcement research, public policy and training projects.  Duties will include conducting database searches and literature reviews of policing and criminal justice issues, contributing to survey development and dissemination, conducting phone interviews, fielding incoming information requests, assisting with administrative tasks related to project management and other organizational needs, and helping staff with tasks related to on-going research projects. 

Candidates interested in the assistant position are required to have a bachelor’s degree in one of the social sciences (preferably in criminal justice or a related major). Qualified candidates must have excellent verbal, written, organizational and analytical skills.  Candidates need to be proficient with MS Office and Excel and should be capable of conducting exhaustive Internet and database searches.  Knowledge of databases, academic or other, is a plus. 

Applying for a position at PERF:  PERF offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. Email your letter of interest, resume, and a writing sample Deputy Director Jessica Toliver at  Application review will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

PERF is an equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce.





Police Chief - University of Illinois at Chicago


The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Chief of Police. UIC is a major research university in the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. UIC's student body is nearly 28,000 (about 17,000 are undergrads) strong and is recognized as one of the nation's most diverse. UIC has 15 colleges - including the nation's largest medical school - and annual research expenditures exceeding $335 million. UIC's 250 acre campus is an oasis within a bustling city, where 5,000 trees surround award winning concrete and glass buildings. More than half of all freshman live on campus and 25percent of students reside in surrounding neighborhoods.

This individual serves as the chief law enforcement officer and is responsible for designing, developing, implementing and overseeing the University's law enforcement and security strategy for the entire campus, including the Rockford, IL, and Peoria, IL, locations. He/she will be responsible for the human resources, budget (currently $8.3 million), management, administration, and planning of the University's Campus Police Department, including police services (Campus Police), security services, crime prevention and emergency management. The Chief of Police will work collaboratively with other University offices to ensure that effective emergency management and safety programs and procedures are established, tested and implemented. A significant responsibility for this individual, in conjunction with other campus officials, is helping to ensure a safe and welcoming environment while enforcing campus, city, state and federal government ordinances.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, the Chief of Police shall have the ability to lead 75 police officers and 55 professional support personnel and an understanding of the unique role that security services play in a complex and diverse university environment. An important qualification will be demonstrated experience and sensitivity in dealing with college or university students, faculty and staff representing many cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

 Requirements include a Bachelor's degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or a related field; a Master's degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or a related field is preferred, along with satisfactory completion of a senior law enforcement management program. Also required is a minimum of 10 years of progressive experience within law enforcement, including experience in a supervisory, management, and/or command capacity, in a union/civil service environment with preference to prior law enforcement experience in an institution of higher learning or a complex campus/environment. Certification as a law enforcement officer in good standing is required, as is a valid State of Illinois driver's license (or within 60 days of employment); NIMS certification (or within 12 months of employment); and a FOID identification card. Excellent communication and team building skills are required; proficiency with computers and related software is expected. Experience with health care policing is strongly desired.

This is a fulltime academic professional position. Salary is open and is dependent on qualifications and experience. The position is available as soon as possible after closing date. To ensure full consideration, application materials (including a letter of interest outlining relevant skills and experience, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references) and nominations (including the nominee's name, current position, contact information, and a brief description of qualifications and experience for the position) should be received by August 26, 2014. Candidates may create a profile and submit electronic materials through The Hollins Group ( is the University's executive search partner for this engagement.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution/employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disability status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.





Research and Information Analyst - Philadelphia, PA


This is full performance level research and information management work conducting analytical studies for a law enforcement, correctional, public or behavioral health, human services, or revenue collecting department or agency. Employees in this class have responsibility for researching, collecting data and performing statistical analysis needed to monitor trends, patterns, and changes in revenue, populations, socioeconomic and demographic factors, technology and operating activities that impact quality and delivery of service to the community and clientele, or patterns and trends in tax and water collections and delinquencies. Work includes utilizing computer hardware and software for reporting purposes and management analysis. Responsibility for the design, implementation and maintenance of computer based management information systems necessary for the evaluation and analysis of ongoing programs or trends is an important aspect of the work. Employees assigned to the law enforcement agency have responsibility for performing analysis of specific crimes to project crime trends. Employees assigned to the Fiscal specialty have responsibility for data analyses related to economic development and tax policies or tracking revenue and performing analysis of fiscal related procedures. Work is performed under the supervision of a technical or administrative superior.

To Apply: