Deputy Police Chief

$106,975.00 - $176,508.00 Annually

Rockville, Maryland 20850

Job Type

Rockville City Police Department


Job Summary

Appointed by and reporting to the Chief of Police, the Deputy Chief will oversee the day to day operations of a modern, full-service agency dedicated to policing the City with a highly engaged and community-involved approach. The Deputy Chief of Police develops and administers programs and activities to ensure the safety and security of the community and to reduce fear of criminal activity. The incumbent must be versatile, and highly motivated.  The work can be dangerous with moderate physical demands.  The position mandates a high degree of job motivation and initiative and requires a managerial approach with others involving difficult negotiations to obtain desired results. This Position is subject to functional policies and goals under the managerial direction of the Chief of Police.

The Deputy Chief is a key member of the police Department's leadership team and the position requires highly developed technical skills, polished communication and presentation skills, the ability to perform well under pressure, the capacity to meet deadlines, and the ability to develop and maintain credibility and trust within the Department and with City staff, the public, elected officials, and cooperating agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge and experience in the management of municipal police Departments, especially those providing a high level of community engagement and advanced crime prevention practices. The ideal candidate will have significant operational experience in the various ranks of a police Department as his/her career has progressed and be current on contemporary best practices in policing. The Deputy Chief will display impeccable character, candor and professionalism.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assigns, directs, and supervises police personnel.
  • Responsible for the day to day operation of the Field Services Bureau and Administrative Services Bureau of the Police Department or any other supervisory duties as assigned by the Chief of Police.
  • Responsible for ensuring that appropriate staffing levels are maintained, and daily assignments are made and completed.
  • Responsible for the Department coordination and recording of assignments that are given to patrol teams as well and the other units within the police Department.  These assignments may come from a variety of sources such as other officers, citizens, city employees, Mayor and Council.
  • Receives and deals with requests from the public, city employees and other allied law enforcement agencies.  These types of requests can range from calls for assistance in joint ventures, to nuisance complaints.
  • Develops and maintains cooperation with Federal, State, County and local law enforcement agencies and with City residents, Departments and officials.
  • Attends meetings held throughout the City and deals with any issues raised.
  • Participates in the planning and execution of several special events held during the year. Develops and maintains a good working relationship with other City Departments.
  • Evaluates personnel performance.
  • Receives and acts on complaints from citizens and other parties.
  • Directs and/or conducts investigations as required.
  • Takes or recommends appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the Law Enforcement Officer's Bill of Rights, City Personnel Policy and Procedure and Departmental general orders.
  • Monitors and recommends training requests from Bureau personnel to ensure that the training meets the needs of the Department, the employee and is within the Department's budget.
  • Approves requests for purchases made by assigned Bureau officers from their yearly clothing allotment.
  • Reviews all daily reports and enforcement completed by assigned bureau personnel.  If errors are made or information is missing, ensures this information is obtained and errors are corrected.
  • Reviews time and attendance records.  Approves leave or schedules changes as requested.
  • Reviews existing policies and procedures and recommends changes as necessary to ensure clarity and compliance with changes in the law and standard police practices.
  • Responds to calls for service as needed and ensures that the laws of the City of Rockville and the State of Maryland are upheld, and that law and order is maintained within the incorporated boundaries of the City of Rockville and the rights of its citizens are protected.
  • Participates in required senior Police staff discussions, which establish and update major Police Department policies and procedures.
  • Monitors and directs the background investigations for prospective police officers and is involved in the final interview/selection process.
  • Completes performance evaluations for direct reports.
  • The Deputy Chief can be designated as the second in command of the police Department and when assigned, acts on behalf of the Chief of Police during his absence.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Education and Experience:

A minimum of a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, business, public administration, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university (or a demonstrably equivalent combination of education and experience) is required, with a graduate degree preferred. Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of police Department operations and management, public administration of local governments, and knowledge of best practices in the management of municipal police services. Police management experience in an urban environment is preferred. Advanced training such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, PERF's Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) or an equivalent advanced program is preferred.

The selected candidate must be able to gain Peace Officer certification in Maryland in a reasonable period of time as well as a valid Driver's License for the state or jurisdiction in which he or she lives. The selected candidate must demonstrate exceptional managerial and administrative experience, the capacity to effectively engage the Department staff and community and have a personal and professional background that can withstand close scrutiny.

Special Qualifications:

Must possess a good driving record. Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation without prior convictions.  Must meet and maintain the established physical fitness requirements. Must be a United States citizen.  Possess of an appropriate valid driver's license.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of current principles of police management and organization.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of State penal code, motor vehicle law, City ordinances, and Department regulations.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the geographical layout of the City.
  • Working knowledge of police budgeting and planning procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, direct and control police activities.
  • Must have a record of competent leadership ability.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to effectively allocate time and resources to ensure all duties and responsibilities are fulfilled.
  • Ability to maintain a good working relationship with other Department employees, other public agencies, and the public. 

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