Director of Public Safety

Franklin Township Police Department

Franklin Township (Somerset County), New Jersey


Centrally located at the crossroads of Middlesex, Mercer, and Somerset County, New Jersey, Franklin Township features an idyllic mix of farms, historic homes, nearly a dozen schools, and a thriving economic development initiative. With close to 70,000 residents and 46.5 square miles of urban, suburban, and cosmopolitan landscape, Franklin boasts being the largest municipality by population and second largest by area in Somerset County. 

The mission of the Franklin Township Police Department is to protect and enhance the quality of life via its Community Policing Operational Philosophy which holds community partnership in high regard. The Department is dedicated to bringing about a safer and more secure Franklin, free from crime and the fear of crime. With an annual operating budget of 16 million dollars, a staff of 108 sworn officers, and over 50 professional staff, the Franklin Township Police Department continually thrives to maintain public peace and order through fair, impartial enforcement of the law, an environment of cooperation and trust within our organization and the community, and challenging the future with a spirit of optimism and innovation. 

Franklin Township is proudly ranked amongst the top 10 most diverse municipalities in New Jersey by several organizations. Its diverse population of 44.76% White, 26.55% Black or African American, 19.98% Asian, 12.92% Hispanic or Latino, 8.4% from other races lends to a diverse tapestry of economic, cultural, and religious richness within this unique community. With a large cross-section of all socioeconomic classes, cultures and religions within its borders, the ideal candidate for Franklin Township Public Safety Director will be a progressive leader with a demonstrated history of working with populations from all walks of life. 

Candidates must possess a minimum of six (6) years executive level experience in a Municipal, County, State or Federal law enforcement agency.  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major/concentration in Police Science, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a closely related field is preferred. Specialized education/certification such as completion of the FBI National Academy, New Jersey Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership and/or Northeastern University Community and Leadership preferred. Salary range is $120,000 - $190,000 dependent upon qualification and experience. 

Franklin Township offers a full range of health and retirement benefits, including a variety medical, dental and prescription plans, a pension and/or 457b deferred compensation retirement plan and much more.  Complete job description available on the Franklin Township website:

Candidates interested in this exciting career opportunity should submit their letter of interest, comprehensive resume and professional references to the Franklin Township Human Resources at [email protected]. Closing date: February 7, 2020.