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The City of Covington, Tennessee is seeking a Chief of Police. The City of Covington, Tennessee is located in Tipton County, just north of Shelby County and Memphis, TN. While Covington, the county seat, has industry, retail, medical care – including a beloved and well-respected community hospital, a municipal airport, restaurants and entertainment of our own, we are within easy access to Memphis, Interstates 40, 240, 55, and 69 and a 45 minute commute to the Memphis International Airport. Covington has a population of just under 10,000, a Chamber of Commerce, several banking and financial institutions, a lovely downtown area with historic charm, and a much lower cost of living than in Memphis and Shelby County.  Being the county seat, the courthouse, justice center, jail, and other local headquarters are all within just a few minutes of each other within our city limits.  We are the home of the Tipton County Board of Education, one of the best public school systems in Tennessee, and also have access to two private school systems and two institutions of higher learning – Dyersburg State Community College, Jimmy Naifeh Center, and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, which is undergoing a large expansion.  Having the only industrial complex in Tipton County, Covington is home to Charms (a subsidiary of Tootsie Roll), Unilever – the world’s largest ice cream manufacturer of its kind, US Cold Storage, and Sugarite making us the “sweet spot” of West Tennessee.  The City of Covington is a service-oriented organization of more than 150 employees operating with a budget of approximately $20 million. We want Covington to be the #1 small town of choice for families and businesses in Tennessee.

The Police Department supports this vision through the implementation of strategic goals to provide a healthy and safe living environment. The Department consists of 35 sworn officers whose primary goals include the safety and security for the city’s residents, businesses, property and critical infrastructure resources. Covington Police Officers respond to an average of 28,000 calls for service each year.

The Police Chief is responsible for directing the operations of the Covington Police Department and is also expected to have a close working relationship with the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department, the Tipton County 911 Board, and all other safety-related entities in and around Covington. The position is responsible for managing the administrative functions of the department, such as developing policies and procedures, personnel/employment decisions, formulating long-range plans and preparing the departmental budget. Additionally, the Police Chief is responsible for overseeing all matters related to police department activities; planning and implementing comprehensive community policing, law enforcement and public safety programs. The Chief must possess the ability to build community relationships through the development of partnerships and use of proven community-oriented policing techniques. As a key member of the Mayor’s leadership team, the ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to embrace change and help guide the community through important challenges.

Other important qualifications may include:

• Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Police Administration or similar degree; Master’s Degree preferred; with five years of experience in upper level police management; or any equivalent combination of education, training and upward moving experience.
• Certified by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards Commission (POST) or be able to obtain certification during the first six months after appointment. Must possess a valid driver's license.
• Graduate of the FBI Academy; or the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Program or Command Officer Development Program highly desired; comparable specialized police leadership and management training in ethics and integrity, emergency management, cultural and generational diversity, problem solving and community policing will also be considered.
• Experience in providing upper level leadership in a police department that is comparable in size and complexity to the Covington Police Department is expected. It is desirable that a qualified candidate also have significant leadership role in a department that has been accredited by a state accreditation agency.

Salary for this position, DOQ of the selected candidate, is expected to be in the range of $75,000 - $80,000 with a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement through the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, paid time off, and paid sick leave options.

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related references and a City of Covington job application by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2019. The job application may be found at the City of Covington website: covingtontn.com

Materials should be emailed to: trose@covingtontn.com.

Any questions please call 901-475-7170 or email HR Director Tiny Rose at trose@covingtontn.com. Interview times and locations will be set after the application process closes.