Police Chief

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First review of resumes occurs on April 18, 2023.

The Town of Matthews, North Carolina (pop. 30,088) is seeking a Police Chief. Located in southeastern Mecklenburg County, Matthews is just a few miles from Charlotte, one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. Matthews has kept its small-town identity and welcoming charm and boasts an outstanding reputation in the cultural and social landscape of the region.

The Police Chief directs all activities of the Police Department, including establishing goals, policies, and evaluations, planning special enforcement activities, preparing reports, analyzing crime trends, cooperating with other law enforcement agencies, budgeting, and supervising personnel. The Police Chief reports to the Town Manager.

The Matthews Police Department budget is $8.8M, and the Department is staffed by approximately 87 full and part-time employees. The Department is aided in its mission by two reserve officers and 18 dedicated citizen volunteers.

Responsibilities of the position include:
• Oversees and manages the Police Department and law enforcement services in the Town; meets with supervisory staff on a regular basis to clarify mission and objectives; builds a sense of team within the Department; ensures that all are informed; and obtains input on decisions and issues
• Supervises all Departmental personnel through subordinate supervisors; establishes policy; sets priorities; reviews performance standards of the department; directs procedural changes as appropriate
• Oversees the recruitment, selection, and training of civilian and sworn personnel for the Department; advises, directs, and consults with subordinate officers on matters of training, work assignments and scheduling, work performance, promotions, and discipline
• Prepares and presents written reports and documents to staff, Town management and elected officials
• Prepares and recommends annual budget in consultation with the Town Manager; supervises and participates in the application for grants
• Receives and investigates inquiries or complaints from the public concerning police activities and services
• Supervises the preparation of periodic reports of crime and accident activity and Police Department activities in relationship to this information; analyzes data for trends. Works with the public on difficult or unusual crime situations; cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in crime prevention and investigative activities
• Promotes the Department’s work and goals to the public through individual contact and addressing civic groups, school groups, and other organizations
• Develops emergency response plans and oversees their implementation during emergency situations
• Performs law enforcement tasks as needed, especially in disaster and community emergency situations
• Performs other related duties as required

Compensation and benefits:
The starting salary range for this position will be $107,618 – $137,213. The Town offers a competitive benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, longevity pay, and participation in the North Carolina Local Government Employees Retirement System. Relocation reimbursement is negotiable. EEO.

Desired qualifications:
This position requires graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in law enforcement, public administration or related field and extensive law enforcement experience of a progressively responsible nature in police science or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

The hired candidate must meet and maintain minimum training and experience requirements for the position as established by the Town and State of North Carolina. This includes the ability to obtain the credential of sworn law enforcement officer, as issued by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, within 12 months of hire.

Qualified candidates will possess or be able to possess a valid North Carolina’s driver’s license and an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate issued by the North Carolina Justice Training and Standards Commission.

Special instructions:
This position is open until filled; however, first review of resumes occurs on April 18, 2023. Following the first review date, we will evaluate all applications against the criteria outlined in the recruitment brochure.

For more information, please contact Yolanda Howze at [email protected] or by calling 312-240-3401.

For more information about the Town of Matthews, visit: https://www.matthewsnc.gov/

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