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Chief of Police, City of Takoma Park, MD
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Oct 4, 2017 - 9:36:12 AM

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(Starting salary range is negotiable and competitive DOQ; the projected starting range is low to mid-$100K range with attractive benefits)

Takoma Park, Maryland offers its next Chief of Police an exceptional professional opportunity and an inviting quality of life in a diverse and involved community. Takoma Park is a dynamic, multicultural community of over 17,500 residents in Montgomery County, on the border of the nation’s capital. The city of 2.4 square miles is primarily residential, with about one half of its housing units in multifamily structures. The community benefits from the excellent Montgomery County public schools, attractive tree-shaded neighborhoods, several parks and playgrounds, convenient access to regional transit systems, and many bike and pedestrian paths. Takoma Park residents enjoy a multitude of cultural, recreational, shopping and dining offerings within the city and in nearby Silver Spring and Washington, D.C. the community is a sanctuary city and is welcome and inviting to those of any race, age, ethnicity or political persuasion.

The community includes families with young children, a growing senior population, and many working adults in one and two-person households. The racial/ethnic mix of the community is 43 percent Caucasian, 34 percent Black/African-American, 15 percent Hispanic, and four percent Asian. Over 30 percent of Takoma Park residents were born outside of the United States, mostly in Central America and Africa. Over 30 percent of the population speaks a language other than English at home. The City provides key information in English, Spanish, Amharic and French.

Appointed by and reporting to the City Manager, the Chief of Police leads and manages a modern, full-service agency dedicated to policing the City with a highly engaged and community-involved approach. The Chief of Police develops and administers programs and activities to ensure the safety and security of the community and to reduce fear of criminal activity. The department offers patrol, crime prevention, criminal investigations, communications and records management, and administers the speed camera enforcement program. The department staff includes a total of 61 members, 42 of them sworn officers. The annual operating budget for the Police Department in Fiscal Year 2018 is about $7.9 million.

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, business, public administration, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university (or demonstrably equivalent combination of education and experience) is required, with a graduate degree preferred. Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of police department operations and management, public administration of local governments, and knowledge of best practices in the management of municipal police services. Police management experience in an urban environment is preferred. Advanced training such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute or an equivalent advanced program is preferred. The selected candidate must be able to gain Peace Officer certification in Maryland and a Maryland Driver’s License in a reasonable period of time.

Qualified candidates should submit his/her resume online at The application deadline is October 16, 2017. Applications will be screened against criteria provided in this brochure. For more information, Chuck Rohre at or by calling (214) 466-2436 (direct) or (214) 608-7477 (mobile).

The City of Takoma Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce!

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