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Assistant Police Chief, City of Savannah, GA
By City of Savannah Human Resources
Feb 27, 2012 - 4:50:32 PM

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Purpose of Job:

This position is responsible for assisting in planning, organizing, directing and overseeing the operation of the Police Department for the City of Savannah, including serving as second in command of the department, assisting in establishing goals and objectives, maintaining the department budget and establishing rules and procedures..

Essential Job Functions:

  • Assists in overseeing all functions and activities of the Police Department.
  • Assists in planning, programming, directing and evaluating the work of the Policed Department in repressing criminal activity, apprehending and prosecuting offenders, recovering property, preventing crime and maintaining order within the community.
  • Assists in implementing policies, programs, procedures and regulations; reviews major changes with administrative superiors; reviews and may prepare operational administrative reports.
  • Assists in the development, preparation and expenditure of the annual budget.
  • Attends various meetings and training sessions as necessary.
  • Assists in supervising, directing and evaluating assigned staff; handles employee concerns and problems; directs work; counsels and disciplines staff; completes employee performance appraisals; recruits, appoints, and trains staff.
  • Assists other law enforcement officers and agencies as needed.
  • Performs the duties of the Police Chief in his or her absence by serving as Acting Police Chief.
  • Assists in monitoring and executing the inter-governmental agreement between the City of Savannah and Chatham County establishing the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and all other legally executed agreements to which Savannah-Chatham metropolitan Police Department is a party or signatory/Assists in directing the maintenance and security of all records and materials associated with law enforcement activities.
  • Participates in enactment and strengthening of laws and ordinances for the restraint of criminal activities; makes periodic public addresses and meets with the media to explain or promote activities and operations of the department.
  • Interprets police policies and objectives to department personnel, media, and the public; takes appropriate action on complaints against department or personnel.
  • Maintains a working relationship between the department, other governmental agencies, and private organizations; participates with professional police authorities and associations in programs of mutual assistance and professional development.
  • Represents the department by participating in various committees and attending various meetings.
  • May participate in major cases to provide advice, consultation and technical assistance.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of all technical equipment assigned and issued to the Police Department.
  • Knowledge of police administration principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of management and supervisory techniques.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Skill in the operation of standard office equipment, including computers, typewriters, telephones, and printers.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in articulating policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Skill in public and interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master's Degree in Police Administration, Law Enforcement, or Criminal Justice; with five years of  experience in upper level police management; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.   Must possess’ Georgia Peace Officers Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) certificate or must obtain certification within six months of employment and must possess’ a valid driver's license.

Minimum Standards:

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:  The Police Chief assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives.  The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities

GUIDELINES:  Guidelines include department policies and procedures and federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.  These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.

COMPLEXITY:  The work consists of varied duties related to assisting in overseeing the operation of the Police Department for the City of Savannah and Chatham County.    

SCOPE AND EFFECT:  The purpose of this position is to assist in overseeing the operation of the Police Department.  Successful performance helps ensure the fair and impartial enforcement of laws.

PERSONAL CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically with co-workers, representatives of other departments, the general public, and representatives of federal, state, and representatives of local law enforcement and judicial agencies.

PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, and motivate personnel.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table.  The employee frequently uses equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity and distinguishes between shades of color.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is typically performed in an office.

SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY:  This position has direct supervision over assigned staff.

Class Code: 3727    PD
Established Date: September 1, 2007
Class Title: Assistant Police Chief
FLSA Status: Exempt/Executive
Civil Service: Unclassified

Pay Grade:   
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