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Reviewed Date: June 21, 2017

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Sep 26, 2002


Chief of Police (2)

Job description for the position of Chief of Police.

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The employee is under the general supervision of the Commissioner of Fire and Police. This employee is responsible for the planning, organizing and directing of all activities of the Police Department. Instructions to the employee are general, and the employee must routinely use independent judgement when performing tasks. The employee must occasionally consider different courses of action in order to complete tasks. However, accepted professional standards and standard operating procedures help guide the employees work.


The employee will operate a variety of equipment including firearms, radio and communications equipment, police vehicles, radar, and fingerprinting and emergency equipment.
The demands of this position can be stressful both mentally and physically. The employee may be required to run, jump, bend, climb, crawl, squat, lift and carry heavy objects.
The employee will work both indoors and outdoors with the possibility of being exposed to adverse weather conditions and hazardous or extremely dangerous situations.


Plans, designs, organizes, directs and provides overall supervision of personnel, programs and activities of the Police Department.
Directs and participates in the preparation of the annual departmental budget, and in the control and expenditure of appropriations.
Formulates and prescribes the work methods, policies and procedures to be followed by the department.
Responsible for maintaining records and reports needed by other law enforcement agencies, units of government, and the city governing body.
Appraises the work of subordinate personnel and departmental working conditions.
Takes necessary steps to improve police operations.
Attends civic clubs, schools and other community organizations to explain and promote the activities and functions of the police department and to establish favorable public relations.


Cooperates with individuals from the county, state, federal, and other jurisdictions, in order to achieve common goals.
Coordinates, directs and/or performs formal and in-service training programs for departmental personnel.
Testifies in court and legal proceedings.
Assists subordinates in preparation for court and legal proceedings.
Counsels parents, youth, and others as needed.
Performs related work as required.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police organization, operations, and administration.
Knowledge of the standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated, and the application of police records to administration and solution of problems.
Knowledge of the functions of other governmental jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to public safety coordination.
Knowledge of firearms, batons, and other defensive equipment and measures to provide personal safety and safety to others.
Knowledge of the geographic area of the city.
Knowledge of city ordinances, state and federal laws.
Knowledge of modern supervisory practices and procedures.
Ability to maintain a high level of discipline and morale.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other city officials, county, state and federal authorities, other employees, civic leaders and the general public.
Public contact is frequent.
Ability to design and coordinate training programs.
Ability to qualify for use of firearms and other defensive equipment.
Ability to operate all law enforcement equipment required in the performance of required duties.
Ability to prepare and effectively present oral or written information.
Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine the proper course of action.
Ability to explain and interpret pertinent provisions of laws, ordinances and regulations.


Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, preferably graduation from a college or university with major course experience in police administration or related field.
Must possess a valid Tennessee driver's license.
Must have five (5) years experience in law enforcement administration.
Must not have been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor involving Moral Turpitude as the term is defined by law, and not to have been released or discharged under any other than Honorable conditions from any of the Armed Forces of the U.S.
Must pass a medical examination by licensed physician.
Must be free of all apparent mental disorders as described in the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Third Edition (DSM-11) of the American Psychiatric Association and must be certified as meeting the criteria by a qualified professional in Psychiatric and Psychological fields.
Must be POST approved with a satisfactory score in all fields, including firearms qualifications, physical education, and defensive techniques.

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