Posting#: 201940



City of Dover, Delaware


The City of Dover, Delaware, Capital of the First State, is seeking interest from qualified applicants for the Chief of Police position. This opening is available due to retirement.  The Dover Police Department has an authorized strength of 101 sworn officers including the Police Chief and Deputy Chief.  The Administrative Support staff includes thirty-three (33) civilian members.  In addition, the Cadet program consists of six (6) part-time civilian members.  The fiscal year 2019-2020 departmental operating budget totals $17,256,100.  Of this amount, $16,735,500 represents personnel, $1,1135,000 represents operating expenses, and $753,900 is for Capital Outlay. The Dover Police Department is CALEA certified.  The City of Dover operates under a modified Mayor/Council/Manager form of government.  There are nine (9) elected Council members, two (2) from each of the four (4) districts with one (1) member serving at large. Dover’s population is approximately 38,000 citizens.  The position of Police Chief reports directly to the elected Mayor.  The Mayor serves a four (4) year term. 

The essential function of the position within the organization is to oversee and direct operations of the City’s Police Department. The position is responsible for supervising staff; establishing long-range plans; developing policy and procedures; preparing budgets; law enforcement; departmental records; and evaluating, documenting, and reporting on events and activities to senior management and elected or appointed officials. Decision-making is the main focus of the job, affecting the entire organization and surrounding population. Please visit the City of Dover’s webpage (Human Resources),, to review the entire job description. 

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in business administration criminal justice, public administration or a related field. Master’s degree in same field is preferred. Must have completed an executive level leadership/management course such as FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command or NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy. Requires ten years of experience with at least five (5) years of supervisory experience. 

A pre-employment criminal background investigation, driving record, and pre-employment drug/alcohol screening will be required.   

Applicants who can be creative in delivering efficient services to the community we serve are highly desired. Candidates will be instrumental in assisting to make Dover a place where people want to live through our motto – 

Dedication, Ownership, Vision, Excellence and Reliability 

The City of Dover offers a total compensation package, which includes pension, health, dental, vision insurance and group life insurance. Paid vacation and sick leave is provided. 

To apply, submit a City of Dover employment application, resume and cover letter to: City of Dover, Attn: Human Resources Dept.  An application can be obtained from the Human Resources Department within City Hall or at the website . Applicants are encouraged to visit the Dover Police Department’s website, to learn more about the Department. 

Maximum Weekly Rate: $2,365 Weekly salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.  

Closing Date: October 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 

The City of Dover is an Equal Opportunity Employer.