Grand Junction, the western gateway
to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, is located at the junction of the Gunnison
and Colorado Rivers, between Salt Lake City and Denver on Interstate 70.
A city of approximately 60,000, Grand Junction is the regional center for
Colorado's Western Slope and Eastern Utah and serves as the county seat for
Mesa County. The county is comprised of several small suburb towns, both rural
and urban, that in combination with Grand Junction itself make a total population
of over 150,000 in the valley.The local economy is diverse and key
drivers include tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, health care, energy
development and retail and aviation and aerospace. Grand Junction is home
to many specialty manufacturers and high-tech start-ups as well. There
are four area hospitals and a regional airport located in Grand Junction.
Colorado Mesa University, with an annual enrollment of over 10,000 students,
and Western Colorado Community College actively contribute to the quality of
At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm
summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for incredible
year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. The area enjoys nearly 300 days
per year of sunshine. Surrounded by an
abundance of public lands, Grand Junction is also a mecca for world-class
mountain biking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, rafting, skiing, golfing,
rock-climbing, dirt bike and ATV riding. Among Grand Junction's
spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and
the breathtaking 7,000-foot Colorado National Monument. Other attractions
include three national scenic byways, extensive public art displays, museums,
and a vibrant downtown featuring creative culinary options,
shopping, Two Rivers Convention Center and the Avalon Theatre. Grand Junction
is known as Colorado's Wine Country featuring 23 wineries nearby and hosts
community and cultural events throughout the year that include the Junior
College Baseball World Series and Grand Junction Symphony. You can find additional information at www.visitgrandjunction.com
a Council-Manager form of government, the City of Grand Junction enjoys the
leadership of an energetic and thoughtful City Council, talented city
leadership team, and a quality workforce.
City Manager Greg Caton joined Grand Junction in June 2016 bringing with
him over 17 years of local government management experience both in Colorado
and Arizona. He values the executive leadership team. He allows them latitude
to direct their respective departments, but asks to be kept informed of issues
affecting the organization and community.
Junction is a full-service City with all departments reporting to the City
Manager. These departments are Police, Fire, Public Works, Utilities, Community
Development, Parks & Recreation, Finance, Visit Grand Junction and
Administration. The City has 628 full-time employees. The City’s 2018 budget is
$161.5 million with capital spending at $37 million.
in August 2017, the Grand Junction Strategic Plan identifies Public Safety as
one of its four strategic directives or community priorities for the next two
years. As such, key initiatives and success metrics have been developed to further
this priority. To this end, Police Department members join other City employees
in acting with respect, integrity, and bridge building to foster partnerships
and strengthen relationships throughout our community.
The Chief of Police is an at-will position that
is appointed by and reports directly to the City Manager and is responsible for
the management, administration, and operations of the Grand Junction Police
Department. As the leader of the Grand
Junction Police Department, the Chief of Police heads the Police Command Staff
consisting of two Deputy Chiefs commanding the Operations and Services
The Chief of Police is an integral team member
and contributor to the City of Grand Junction Leadership Team, consisting of
Fire, Public Works, Utilities, Community Development, Parks & Recreation,
Finance, Visit Grand Junction, and Administration; all reporting directly to
the City Manager.
The Chief should have experience leading
effective and professional multi-jurisdictional cooperative endeavors,
including a regional emergency services communications center. The Chief must have experience working
collaboratively with all stakeholders, embracing community policing,
innovation, and best practices to address public safety issues in a growing
The Chief must be a genuine, humble, and engaging
police executive, adept at communication skills that build trust both within
the department and the community. The
Chief will possess the following competencies and personal characteristics:
- A strong leader with unquestioned integrity, exhibiting
personal and organizational accountability.
- Excellence in external and internal communication with the
ability to listen, instill understanding, and build trust.
- Innovative and collaborative leader, skilled in building
partnerships with allied agencies and community stakeholders to problem solve
and pursue solutions.
- Demonstrates a solid record of building community
partnerships, and shows past performance as an active, collaborative member of
a municipal management team striving to address the increasing needs of a
- A genuine commitment to leading an open and transparent
police department, which promotes the good work of the Grand Junction Police
Department, while accepting responsibility for all police actions and
identifying ways to continually improve.
- Experience with the challenges of a regional law enforcement
- Political acumen—ability to effectively maneuver complex
- Experience and demonstrated success building strong
relationships of trust, mutual understanding, and accountability with the City
Executive Team, Police Command Staff, employees of the Agency, members of the
community, and regional partners.
- Exceptional organizational and management skills.
- Ability to utilize extensive leadership experience to build
on an existing level of excellence in the Police Department.
With 117 authorized sworn staff, 86
civilians, and a budget of $30.8 million, the Police Department is a full
service law enforcement agency. Because it is the largest municipal agency
within approximately a 250-mile radius and therefore has limited support from
other law enforcement agencies, it must be largely self-sufficient. As a
result, there are capabilities and special units beyond what would be expected
for an agency its size.
The Department is currently composed of two divisions,
Operations and Services, each commanded by a Deputy Chief. The Operations Division, staffed by
approximately 100 personnel, includes patrol, traffic unit including
motorcycles, downtown patrol, street crimes unit, SWAT team, bomb squad, K-9s,
Colorado Mesa University team, community resource unit, school resource
officers, and code enforcement. The Department also is a partner in the
regional drug task force with federal and state agencies. The Services Division
oversees investigations, intelligence and crime analysis, crime lab/evidence
unit, records section, and the regional Communication Center. Of note, the GJPD
has joined with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to jointly house its
forensic scientists at a regional state-of-the-art laboratory facility. The
regional Communication Center, with 50 staff, provides 24-hour dispatch capabilities
for Grand Junction Police and Fire, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department,
approximately 24 other municipal police and marshals, and volunteer fire
departments throughout Mesa County.
At present, the Professional Standards
Unit reports directly to the Chief of Police. The PSU is responsible for
internal affairs; recruiting and backgrounds; training, volunteer programs.
The Grand Junction Police Department has
maintained accreditation for its professional standards through the Colorado
Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited
college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, public
administration or related field.
years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience including five
years of management and command-level responsibility.
of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver's license.
of, or ability to obtain within six months of employment, a valid Colorado
- A Master’s degree.
- Executive Law
Enforcement Training, such as:
o Police Executive
Research Forum-Senior Management Institute for Police,
o FBI-National Academy,
o Northwestern University
Center for Public Safety- School of Police Staff and Command, or
o Similar Command College.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The salary for the
Police Chief is in the $145,000 to $160,000 range annually, dependent upon
qualifications. The City also offers an
attractive benefits package, which can be viewed at http://www.gjcity.org/siteassets/government/2018-executive-benefits-overview.pdf
The City is being assisted in this search by
KRW Associates, LLC. Applications
will be accepted electronically until 5PM (MST) March 2, 2018 by KRW
Associates, LLC, firstname.lastname@example.org and must include a cover letter, resume (with salary
history), and 6 professional references.
Questions should be directed to Ron Sloan, KRW Managing Partner at email@example.com or 303-325-1113.
The City of Grand Junction is an
equal opportunity employer.