Chief of Police

Cobb County Government Published: January 3, 2017
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Cobb County Government is looking for a Chief of Police to lead the Cobb County Police Department. The Chief of Police serves as a department head, reporting to the County Manager through the Public Safety Director, and will be instrumental in leading the Department into the future.

The Cobb County Police Department is a CALEA accredited and nationally recognized full service law enforcement agency, with an authorized strength of 690 sworn officers, located in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Job Description: 

  • Confers with County Administration and senior management to keep them informed of key issues and progress toward goals and objectives, and to garner or ensure continued support and approval for the department’s strategic initiatives.
  • Develops, implements and directs law enforcement operations including responding to the scene of major incidents, taking charge when necessary to ensure it is handled effectively and overseeing investigation of major criminal offenses and provide communication to the elected officials, public safety director, county manager, public, news media etc.
  • Directs personnel activities including staffing and training by: promoting skilled personnel into critical positions by matching the needs of the department to the abilities of the candidate, demoting or reassigning personnel who are not performing effectively in that position, determining appropriate staffing levels by considering factors such as the number of calls resulting in police responses, traffic patterns and criminal activity, and overseeing the development and training activities by providing broad strategic input on types of training that would be most beneficial to the department.
  • Directs the planning and organization of departmental activities including ensuring appropriate resources are available so units can carry out assigned tasks, reviewing contingency/critical incident plans to ensure effectiveness and creating plans to integrate local, regional and national Homeland Security initiatives.
  • Leads department management teams in short- and long-term strategic planning initiatives for the department’s mission, programs, and related goals and objectives; ensures all goals reflect the county’s strategic plan.
  • Maintains attendance and punctuality within customary tolerances for this position.
  • Maintains current knowledge of industry, regulatory and legislative developments affecting police services to ensure application to areas of responsibility.
  • Manages the administration of appropriated grant funds in accordance with regulatory standards and reporting and documentation requirements.
  • Oversees the management of all personnel in the Police Department including: directing staff to ensure their work activities are focused on appropriate priorities, communicating plans to employees to keep them appraised of issues, reviewing employee concerns to identify critical departmental issues, evaluating staff to determine if the quality of their work meets standards, counseling employees on performance issues to foster their development and disciplining employees appropriately in order to correct and maintain their performance; Reviews complaints or charges regarding officer conduct and takes appropriate action (e.g., discipline, termination) based on findings from an investigation.
  • Oversees the preparation of the departmental budget by soliciting budget requests from relevant personnel, assessing needs, ensuring that the requests are in line with goals and objectives and meeting with Senior Management and the County Manager to get their approval; Monitors the approved budget to ensure that monetary resources are properly utilized, prioritizes requests from personnel based upon needs and available funding and revises as needed to match updated revenue/cost information.
  • Participates in the establishment, communications and implementation of policies, procedures and standards for the department; implements recommended improvements where indicated to provide quality service that is responsive to the community’s needs.
  • Performs special assignments as requested, to include research and preparation of reports and projects, development and implementation of programs, administering state and federal grants and presenting technical data to management, elected officials, and other interested parties.
  • Provides strategic leadership to the police department by: determining goals and objectives, prioritizing activities that facilitate goals and objectives, improving procedures as needed to increase effectiveness, developing strategic plans in the areas of personnel, equipment, training and funds that facilitates long-term growth and performance, coordinating the sharing of information, resources and personnel to ensure each units needs are addressed and maintaining a positive work environment that supports employees’ efforts to achieve objectives.
  • Represents the department to the community and local government by making presentations and public speeches, meeting with business and community leaders to understand their concerns, needs and issues, meeting with the Senior Management / County Manager to discuss and determine department directions and objectives, attending official local government meetings to act as a technical advisor on activities relating to law enforcement, and interacting with other public safety, federal, state and local agencies to ensure mutual response to incidents.
  • Responds to inquiries from the news media in order to provide appropriate information, correct misinformation and enhance the image of the department, and promoting a favorable image by acting in a responsible and professional manner with others and cultivating positive community relationships by enhancing visibility in the community.
  • Maintains a positive working relationship and effective liaison with other local and outside Public Safety agencies (i.e. Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, Cobb County Fire, Cobb County 911, Marietta Police and Fire, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, etc.), local Emergency Management officials, and other community organizations.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or related field; supplemented by twelve (12) or more years of related law enforcement experience that includes five or more years of supervisory/management experience.
  • Must possess or be able to possess and maintain Georgia P.O.S.T. certification as a peace officer within one year of employment
  • Possession of the National Incident Management Systems 100, 200, 300, and 400.
  • Additionally, experience should include working in a management capacity with budgetary, policy, and procedural administration responsibilities and accountability; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • FBI Academy Graduate or equivalent

Physical Requirements:

While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

While performing duties of a Police Officer, tasks may involve the intermittent performance of extremely physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of reaching, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, running, climbing, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of extremely heavy objects (200+ pounds), such as in the event of chasing and subduing a suspect resisting arrest. Some tasks are performed with potential for intermittent exposure to disagreeable elements including, but not limited to, heat, humidity, inclement weather, loud noise, toxic/chemical agents, electrical currents, pathogens, violent behavior, weapons, explosives, traffic and animals. Tasks include working around moving parts, vehicles, equipment, carts, and materials handling, where extremely heightened awareness to surroundings and environment is essential in the preservation of life and property. Standard body gear and equipment applies in the preservation of life and property, as does special equipment based on assignment including, but not limited to, various types of body armor and safety gear.

EEO Statement:

  • Cobb County is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Cobb County Government does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Employment Notice: 

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact us if you require accommodation to apply for a position. If you need assistance, please contact us at 770-528-2541

Cobb County Government is a smoke-free environment for all employees.

Cobb County Government is a Drug-Free Workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing.

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