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Police Chief, Township of Patton, PA
By the McGrath Human Resources Group
May 31, 2017 - 4:04:06 PM

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Police Chief

The Township of Patton is seeking a leader with strong law enforcement knowledge, efficient management and accountability skills, and exceptional leadership skills to lead their police department.

About the Township of Patton

Patton Township was established in 1794. Patton Township is located in Centre County, and is part of the State College, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.

As a result of expansion at Penn State University and throughout the State College area, Patton Township has continued to grow as a residential community. The population of the community was 15,311 at the time of the 2010 US Census, which is a 34.1% increase from the US Census.

The Township governing body is comprised of a five-member Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors is an integral part of the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG), a consortium of six (6) municipal governments in the Centre Region. Patton Township operates under the “Council-Manager” form of government. The Board appoints a professional manager as the chief administrative officer of the Township.

The Township’s operating budget is approximately $9M. Total funds, including capital expenditures, totals $14M.


The Police Department consists of 18 budgeted full time sworn personnel including 11 Patrol Officers, three (3) Criminal Investigators, three (3) Sergeants, and the Chief of Police. Civilian staff include an Administrative Secretary, Data Entry Clerk, and two (2) part-time Crossing Guards.

The annual budget for the Police Department is approximately $3M.

The Department is currently in the process of transitioning to a new regional records management system.

Candidate Profile

Patton Township seeks a professional police administrator who is innovative and will work to continuously improve the Department.

The Township seeks the following characteristics in their next Police Chief (not inclusive):

  • Knowledge of, and experience in implementing modern police practices.
  • Fosters an environment of teamwork with other Township Department Heads.
  • Ensures continuous and ongoing training for Department personnel.
  • Knowledge and experience with the use of electronic Records Management Systems, and understanding of information reports that can be derived from System.
  • Follows budgeting best practices and the understands the implications of a budget for a smaller police agency.
  • Communicates effectively with the Town Manager and elected officials with relevant and complete information for effective decision making.
  • Communicates relevant and necessary information to the public.
  • Provides continuous leadership and consistent administrative procedures within the Department
  • Works closely with citizen groups, public and private officials, and outside agencies; serves as liaison for other law enforcement agencies to provide technical assistance; and ensures responsive, appropriate delivery of law enforcement services.
  • Exercises independent judgment in planning work of the position and work of other management staff within the Department.
  • Provides overall supervision, leadership, and direction for division managers; ensures they are performing their duties competently;assigns areas of accountability; and delegates authority to subordinate supervisory personnel.
  • Exercises authority over all Department staff including hiring, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination of individual employees within established policies. Coordinates all requests for positions and recruitment efforts via Township procedures.
  • Provides staff development and supervisory training programs.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, law enforcement or related field.
  • Ten years law enforcement experience, of which five years is supervisory/command level policing experience.
  • Police Management/Executive training (desirable).

A combination of education, training, and experience commensurate with the position of Chief of Police may be considered.


Patton Township offers an excellent compensation package, illustrated as follows:

  • Annual Salary: $95,000 - $100,000
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • ICMA RC Pension Plan

The final package design is flexible and will be structured for the successful candidate.


Email the following items:

· Letter of Interest

· Resume

· Salary History

· Five (5) professional references (who will not be contacted until there is mutual interest)

To: Malayna Halvorson Maes

Senior HR Consultant

McGrath Human Resources Group

The final filing date for this position is June 30, 2017.

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