Police Chief, City of Charleston, SC
By the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Oct 5, 2017 - 5:42:24 PM
of Charleston, with a population of 142,848, is the second largest city in the South
Carolina. It is located on Charleston
Harbor on the state’s southeastern coast and is a primary tourist destination
and seaport in the region. The city is approximately 110 square miles and
includes over 90 miles of beautiful shoreline.
Its vibrant and historic business district covers an area of eight
square miles. Incorporated in 1783, Charleston
is a unique and attractive city that has earned the designation of being one of
the “Best Places to Live” in the United States.
its rich history, well-preserved architecture, renowned restaurants and
hospitality, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received many honors.
It has been voted #1 Best U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for the past six years, as well as Travel
and Leisure World’s Best Awards for the past four years, including World’s Best
City in 2016. Charleston is a perfect
year-round destination and attracts visitors and locals to many festivals and
events held across the Lowcountry region. Approximately 4.5 million people visit the
city annually, generating an estimated economic impact of $3.2 billion.
30 years in Charleston have seen major new investments in the city, with many
municipal improvements and a commitment to historic preservation to maintain
the city’s unique fabric. The city has
two shipping terminals that are part of the fourth-largest container seaport on
the East Coast and the thirteenth largest in North America. Charleston has experienced recent growth in
its information technology sector, helping to make the region one of the best
performing economies in the United States.
is governed under a “strong mayor” form of government. The Mayor is the chief executive officer of city
government and is elected to four-year terms.
The police chief reports directly to the Mayor. The current mayor, John Tecklenburg, took
office in 2016. The City Council has 12
members, who are elected for staggered four-year terms from single-member
The Police Department
The Charleston Police Department (CPD) employs 458 sworn officers and 117 non-sworn
personnel. With a budget of $48 million, CPD has enjoyed stable leadership,
with only two police chiefs in the past 34 years. The department was the first
municipal law enforcement agency in the State of South Carolina to be
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
(CALEA). The department is organized
into nine teams, comprised of six geographically designated patrol units, a
Traffic Unit, a Civil Disturbance Unit, a Family Violence Unit, and a Forensic
Services Division. The Crime Information
Operations Center (CIOC) serves as a state-of-the-art Real Time Crime Center
for the department.
Department holds citizens advisory group meetings throughout the city. Through its Community Outreach Unit, the
department has revitalized its efforts to improve the communities and the lives
of all Charleston residents, business owners, and at-risk youths. Community partners collaborated with the Police
Department on a community initiative titled “The Illumination Project,” an
innovative approach to enhancing relationships between police officers and
citizens, building trust and legitimacy, and dispelling negative perceptions. The
RISEE project (Responsible Inspiring Students Embracing Excellence), which was
developed and implemented through community partnerships, brings high school
students together to learn critical concepts such as conflict resolution and
community policing. After completion,
students work with the Police Department on community service projects.
2006, the City has experienced a 64% reduction in Part I crimes and a 24% decline
in Part II crimes.
Ideal Candidate for Police Chief
of Charleston is seeking a proven leader with exceptional interpersonal and
communication skills who can inspire the confidence of the community and the Police
Department as the city’s Police Chief.
The successful candidate will be expected to expand upon the community
engagement efforts of the department and have a proven track record of working
with diverse communities. Candidates must possess exceptional management and
communication skills, and must be team players, cultivating an attitude
throughout the organization that promotes excellence in policing. The new chief
must be well versed in best practices in policing, and have the ability to work
collaboratively as a part of the city’s management team in addressing issues of
public safety in a growing, tourism-oriented environment.
position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in law
enforcement, public administration or a related field; plus 10 years of related
experience and/or training, of which at least five must be in management or
supervision; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional
specialized leadership education, such as the Senior Management Institute for
Police (SMIP), FBI National Academy, or the Southern Police Institute is highly
appointed, the Police Chief must reside within the City of Charleston and
obtain police certification in the State of South Carolina.
range is $150,000 to $170,000, based on qualifications. The city offers an
excellent benefits package.
How To Apply
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is assisting the city in the selection
process. For questions about this
position, contact Charlotte Lansinger at 301-639-3020 or email CharlestonPC@policeforum.org.
is open until filled. Qualified candidates
may apply in confidence and should send a cover letter, résumé, and a list of
five references by October 13, 2017 to: CharlestonPC@policeforum.org
The City of Charleston is
an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City of Charleston does not discriminate on
the basis of race, sex, age, religion, ethnic origin, sexual preference or
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