The purpose of this classification is to direct, develop, plan, and control the operations of the Police Department in order to preserve public peace, protect lives, property and rights of the public, and to enforce statutory law and municipal ordinances. This classification is responsible for formulating policies and procedures; developing and obtaining resources; directing operations through subordinate supervisors; assessing operations; and identifying current and projected law enforcement needs and developing plans to meet those needs. Under the general direction of the City Administrator, the Police Chief has the ultimate responsibility for the delivery of Police Services for the City of Roswell.


The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Manages personnel functions for the department; plans and oversees the work of subordinate managers who in turn supervise officers, detectives, communications personnel and administrative staff; resolves difficult employee relations issues; interviews, hires, promotes and discharges personnel as appropriate; prepares and/or reviews reports of employee injuries; prepares performance evaluations; investigates complaints against departmental personnel; ensures staff understands the impact and effect of responsibilities; approves out of state training requests and ensures staff receives training and necessary resources to carry out duties effectively.
  • Formulates policy and procedures; plans, develops, and directs department operations; assesses effectiveness and implements changes as needed; develops strategic plan and departmental mission and vision.
  • Identifies needs and obtains and allocates resources for the department; prepares, administers and defends the departmental budget and adjusts priorities as needed; develops alternative funding proposals, such as grant applications and administers same; issues and obtains necessary equipment, materials, and supplies and ensures their proper inventory, record keeping, repair and maintenance.
  • Oversees departmental operations and ensures that all activities comply with policies, procedures, standards and related regulations, including patrol, crime deterrence and arrests, records maintenance and dissemination, and other departmental programs and services.
  • Performs law enforcement responsibilities in the field.
  • Performs a variety of public relations duties including directing news releases, developing collaborative relationships with other law enforcement and public safety agencies, community groups, etc., and responding to questions from the public regarding public safety issues, departmental policies, procedures, and services; provides information and resolves difficult complaints from the general public, other agencies, and community groups; makes periodic public addresses; represents the city at regional functions.
  • Conducts and participates in meetings; attends training; makes presentations to the City Council.
  • Prepares letters of commendation; issues departmental memorandum.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable policies, procedures, codes, laws, regulations, court cases, and relevant case law; conducts research and maintains an awareness of new issues, methods, equipment, trends and advances in the profession; reads case law updates and other professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; participates in physical fitness training and continuing education activities; attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions as appropriate.
  • Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems; responds to requests for service or assistance.
  • Prepares or reviews various forms, reports, and correspondence, including performance appraisals, time sheets, budget reports, revenue/expenditure reports, purchase requisitions, invoices, project status reports, policies, procedures, manuals, reference materials, trade publications, directories, Internet resources, or other documentation.
  • Operates a personal computer, police vehicle, firearm, mobile and portable radios, cellular telephone, audio tape recorder, or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, to include the use of word processing, spreadsheet, or other system software.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Master’s degree in criminal justice, business management or closely related field required. Eight to ten (8-10) years of experience in executive/command level law enforcement. Must possess, or have the ability to obtain, a valid Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification and a valid Georgia driver’s license.


Starting salary is expected to be in the range of $120,000-$150,000. Relocation expenses are negotiable. 

The City of Roswell offers its employees a competitive and comprehensive benefits package which enables it to recruit and retain high-quality employees across the organization. Many of the benefits offered are designed to improve the quality of life of the City’s employees. Some of these benefits are traditional, but others are examples of the City’s progressive work environment.

Benefits are available for full time employees. Benefits begin the 1st of the month following 30 days of employment.

  • Medical Insurance: HSA with employer contributions into a Health Savings Account
  • Dental: The Standard – 2 plans offered (in and out-of-network plan). Cost sharing.
  • Vision Insurance: Affordable premiums 100% paid by employee.
  • Basic Life /Voluntary Life: The Standard – Basic Life (3X Salary) is provided by the City at no cost to the employee. Additional term life insurance available, paid by the employee.
  • Critical Illness Insurance: Paid by the employee.
  • Group Accident Insurance: Paid by the employee.
  • Short & Long Term Disability: Both are 100% paid by the City.
  • Employee Assistance Plan: 6 free visits for employee/family per calendar year.
  • Flexible Spending Account: Dependent Care.
  • Education Assistance: Tuition Reimbursement of up to $5,250 per year, subject to IRS regulations. Eligible after 1 year of full time service.
  • Pension Plan: Defined Contribution Plan. Employer funding at 10% of annual salary with an optional match of 1:1 up to a maximum of 5%.
  • Deferred Compensation (457b) Retirement Plan: Employee voluntarily contributes to investment plan pre-tax. Enroll at any time. No loans available.
  • 401a Employer Match: The City has approved a 1% of base salary match when a full time employee contributes 2% to their 457b plan. Vesting schedule applies. Match is based on approval by Mayor and Council every fiscal year. Enroll at any time.
  • ROTH IRA: Employee contributes to plan after tax. No matching funds from the City of Roswell. Enroll at any time.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO); Paid Sick Leave; Paid Holidays; Paid Volunteerism/Civic Engagement Leave

 Applications can be posted on our website at https://www.roswellgov.com/jobs