Position Vacancies
Police Chief, Montgomery County, MD Department of Parks
By The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Human Resources
Nov 9, 2017 - 8:08:58 PM


invites applications for the position of:
Park Police Chief (11696, Grade P09)

An Equal Opportunity Employer

SALARY: $98,753.00 - $157,932.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 11/06/17

CLOSING DATE: 12/06/1711:59 PM


The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, a six-time National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner, is seeking a Police Chief for the Montgomery County Department of Parks located in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Montgomery County Department of Parks serves a diverse population of over one million residents in Montgomery County, Maryland, by managing more than 419 parks on approximately 37,000 acres of parkland. The Department serves an estimated 14 million visitors per year, with an annual operating budget of over $100 million, and a career staff of approximately 779 employees.

The Police Chief reports directly to the Department of Parks Director and serves as a key member of the Department management leadership team. This position is responsible for an annual budget of about $14 million and for providing leadership to a management staff of over 20 command and supervisory personnel. The total staff of the Park Police Division is approximately 94 sworn officers and 22 civilian personnel.


  • Manages programs, works on issues and resolves problems requiring extensive knowledge of park police or recreational services.
  • Candidate must demonstrate exceptional managerial and administrative experience, effectively engage the department staff and community.
  • Considerable knowledge of technical skills, polished communication and presentation skills, the ability to perform under pressure, and the capacity to meet deadlines.
  • The candidate must be passionate about making a positive and lasting impact on a community in a diverse urban area through effective management of a mid-size police department.
  • Develops policies, procedures, and keeps Division staff informed of Commission policies and procedures; establishes work program goals and objectives of the Division
  • Manages and assigns work standards; enforces work rules; plans, schedules, reviews directives concerning all areas of park operations affecting public safety.
  • Considerable knowledge of budget preparation and monitoring.
  • Develops annual goals, ensure compliance with legal and statutory requirements and work closely, communicates effectively, orally and in writing, with law enforcement officials from other jurisdictions, as well as local, State, federal, and civic and community leaders.
  • Ability to develop and maintain credibility and trust within the department and with county staff.
  • Develops and provide quality police services through the prevention, detection, investigation of crime, and prosecution of criminals while providing a safe and enjoyable recreational environment against gang and theft-related crimes.
  • Embrace and adopt the strategies of the 21st Century Report on Policing.
  • Ensure department officers are trained to handle emergency situations that may occur at Commission events or during civil disturbances.
  • Negotiates, resolves problems, and establishes communications with Fraternal Order of Police.
  • Develops and manages training programs for staff while valuing employee input into decision-making engagement to provide better safety and security measures for the community.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of increased utilization of technology in law enforcement operations.


1. High level experience in managing and in administering law enforcement functions related to patrol, investigation, communications and records maintenance; or an equivalent combination of training and experience which would indicate possession of the following:
a. Eighteen (18) months time-in-grade as a Captain or a position of equal rank or responsibility in a law enforcement agency.


Preferred candidates will possess the following:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, business, public administration, or a related discipline form an accredited college or university (or demonstrably equivalent combination of education and experience), 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 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.

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