Chief of Police
Fort Collins Police Services
City of Fort Collins, CO
Hiring Salary Range: $160,000 - $185,235
Deadline: December 31, 2017
The Opportunity: The City of Fort Collins, Colorado is seeking
an engaging and experienced professional, committed to the ideals of
accountable, progressive, and collaborative law enforcement services, to become
the next Chief of Police. Candidates must
have a demonstrated record of leadership founded upon the values of
transparency, respect, integrity, service, and stewardship. Additionally, candidates must exhibit an
appreciation for diversity in the community and the agency, along with a
commitment to building strong and healthy organizational culture and practices
based in experienced leadership in policing and effective communication skills.
The Community: Incorporated in 1873, Fort Collins is
nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the
Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate,
four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With
167,500 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth largest city and spans 57
square miles. At full build-out, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach
255,000 residents. From the early days,
Camp Collins became Fort Collins and has transformed into a vibrant and healthy
city with ample attractions and amenities. There are abundant outdoor
recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy
lifestyles. The nearby Horse Tooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the
Scenic Byway Poudre Canyon. Within the City, the Old Town district provides
many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife. Fort Collins is also home to Colorado State
University. With a student enrollment of
32,000, the University significantly affects the composition and culture of Fort
Collins. More than half of Fort Collins’ residents are college graduates and
the City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. If you
are seeking the Colorado lifestyle in a community in which you can reinvent and
reinvigorate yourself, then Fort Collins is your city.
Government: The City of Fort Collins is a home rule city
with a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is composed of six
District Council Members who are elected for four-year terms and a Mayor who is
elected at-large for a two-year term. All elected offices are non-partisan. The
City Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, and the Municipal Judge.
The City Manager has overall responsibility for all other City employees. The
City of Fort Collins directly provides a full slate of municipal services
including operating its own electric, water, wastewater, and storm water
utilities. Fire protection is provided by the Poudre Fire Authority (PFA).
TheCity of Fort Collinswas chosen as a 2017 Malcolm Baldrige
National Quality Award Recipient. The Baldrige Award is a Presidential-level
honor, recognizing exemplary practices among American organizations and
businesses including an unceasing drive for radical innovation, thoughtful
leadership, and administrative improvement. Fort Collins was selected from a
field of 24 applicants after evaluating them in seven areas defined by
strategy; customers; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce;
operations; and results. The City of Fort Collins has a “AAA” credit rating and
ranks in the top 10 percent of cities nationally as a place to live and work,
and for quality of culture and recreation, job opportunities, air quality and
attractiveness. It ranks in the top 1 percent for drinking water quality and
Department: Fort Collins Police Services (FCPS) is a
CACP-accredited and community-focused agency that provides full-service
policing to a vibrant and complex community. It is the vision of Fort Collins
Police Services to make Fort Collins the safest city in the nation. FCPS is
organized into five Divisions: Administration, Information Services, Criminal
Investigations, Patrol, and Community and Special Services. The Deputy Chief of
Police leads the Administration Division, a civilian Director leads the
Information Services Division, and Assistant Chiefs lead each of the other
divisions. FCPS has a total staff of 328 employees, 214 of which are sworn
officers. The 2017 budget for FCPS is $46.5 million.
Challenges: The Mission of Fort Collins Police Services
is “To provide professional and compassionate police services.” To achieve that goal, the next Chief of
Police will encounter, and must address, the following challenges facing the
of transparency through effective agency and community engagement which promotes
the good work of Fort Collins Police Services while accepting
responsibility for all police actions and identifying ways to continually
and nurturing allied organizations and community partnerships to address
pressing public safety and order maintenance issues throughout the city.
community confidence in the policies, practices, training, and overall
provision of Police Services including, but not limited to: use of force,
respect for diversity, and the legal and ethical application of police
and modeling a strong and healthy leadership culture within Fort Collins
Police Services that supports the City and Department Values, constantly
seeking improvement, and embracing accountability within the organization
and the community.
collaborative and innovative policies and strategies that respond to the
complex public safety needs of a growing city.
The Position: 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 Fort Collins
Police Services. Pursuant to the residency requirement in the City
Charter (Article IV, Section 3), during the term of employment, the Chief of
Police must reside within the Fort Collins Urban Growth Area. As the
leader of Fort Collins Police Services, the Chief of Police heads the Police
Executive Staff consisting of one Deputy Chief, three Assistant Chiefs, and one
civilian Director. The Chief of Police is an integral member and contributor to
the City of Fort Collins Executive Leadership Team, and is expected to be a
transparent and accountable ambassador for Police Services throughout the
community. The Chief must have experience working collaboratively with all
stakeholders, embracing innovation and evidence-based practices to address the
public safety issues in a vibrant and growing city. The Chief must be accountable
and transparent, building trust both within the department and the community.
The Chief must be a humble, engaging, effective, and experienced police
executive, adept at communication skills that build trust, confidence, and
respect throughout the department and the community.
Competencies and Personal Characteristics:
integrity, exhibiting personal and organizational accountability.
· Excellence in
external and internal communication with the ability to instill understanding
and build trust.
· Progressive and
collaborative leader, skilled in building partnerships with allied agencies and
community stakeholders to problem solve and pursue solutions.
genuine commitment to leading an open and transparent police department.
· Experience with
the challenges of a complex and growing
city and department.
acumen—ability to effectively maneuver complex political situations.
and demonstrated success building strong relationships of trust, mutual
understanding, and accountability with the City Executive Team, Police
Executive Staff, employees of the Agency, members of the community, and
organizational and management skills.
leadership experience with the components of contemporary and effective
policing practices in a complex and growing department and community.
ability to collaborate well with members of a collective bargaining unit.
demonstrated commitment to community and department-wide equity and
inclusiveness beginning with cultural awareness and sensitivity.
commitment to staff development and progressive department-wide training that
is consistent with and responsive to the needs of the community.
· Bachelor’s degree in a
related field from an accredited college or university required. A Master’s Degree is highly preferred.
· Must be a recognized
peace officer who preferably has served as a first line supervisor, middle
manager, top-level manager, and/or executive administrator in a law enforcement
agency of similar or larger size, with the ability to become a sworn member of
Fort Collins Police Services.
· Must have a minimum of
15 years of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience.
· Valid Colorado driver's
license, or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of selection/hire and
· Colorado POST certified
Peace Officer, or certifiable, within one year of selection/hire.
· Executive Law
Enforcement Training Highly Preferred:
Compensation: The hiring range for this at-will executive position is $160,000
- $185,235, dependent upon qualifications. Additionally, the selected
candidate will enjoy excellent benefits
including vacation, medical insurance, life insurance, assigned automobile,
paid holidays, sick leave, administrative leave, and retirement provided
through a 401(a) plan, with the City of Fort Collins contributing 10% of the
base salary toward the plan. Additionally, a Deferred Compensation plan is
available with matching funds up to 3% of contributions.
The City of Fort Collins is an equal
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