Position Announcement


Asheville, NC


The City of Asheville (population 92,000) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Police Chief.  The city is looking for an effective leader who is committed to highly professional and progressive policing and who has knowledge of best practices in the profession.  The successful candidate must have the ability to effectively engage and build trust with residents and visitors in the City of Asheville, along with the men and women of the Asheville Police Department.  The Chief must have an appreciation for the unique culture and history of the City and must have demonstrated experience effectively working with diverse communities. 

The Asheville Police Department has a budget of $29M and a staff of 238 sworn officers and 63 non-sworn professionals.  It is the largest police department in western North Carolina.  It has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 1994 and received Advanced Meritorious Accreditation in 2017. 

For more detailed information regarding this opportunity, see the position profile. 

Bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement Administration, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or related field, with over seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement administration or command work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.  The successful candidate must obtain a valid North Carolina driver's license along with certification as a Police Officer through the Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission of North Carolina. An advanced degree is preferred along with additional specialized leadership education, such as the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) or the FBI National Academy.

Salary Range: $107,362 - $171,779 DOQ, plus a very competitive fringe benefits package.

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is assisting the city in the selection process.  PERF will recruit and perform initial assessments of candidates. The most qualified applicants will be contacted by PERF, and a selected group will be recommended for onsite interviews.  For more information, see the city's webpage

Qualified candidates should apply by October 31, 2019 with cover letter, résumé, and the names and contact information of five references in confidence to:

[email protected] 

Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. 

If you have questions regarding this opportunity, or a recommendation of a colleague, please contact: Charlotte Lansinger at [email protected] or (301)639-3020.

Candidates who applied for this position earlier this year remain under consideration and need not re-apply.