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The Town of Addison, Texas is offering a superb capstone career opportunity for a contemporary law enforcement leader desiring to serve as the Police Chief in a unique community in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex. Serving as the Addison Police Chief provides a bedrock opportunity for a seasoned police leader to build organizational capacity in a law enforcement organization committed to providing highly responsive services in a unique niche community.
Located immediately north of the City of Dallas, the Town of Addison neighbors the communities of Farmers Branch and Carrollton. Addison, which has developed rapidly over the past five decades, is home to affluent neighborhoods, hundreds of million-dollar companies, more than 2,000 businesses, and scores of quality hotels and restaurants. With a strong pro-business environment, Addison’s business-to-resident ratio is unusually high at 80:20. Because of Addison’s overwhelming commercial atmosphere, its residents enjoy a unique lifestyle not common in other suburban communities. Though Addison has only 16,661 residents in its 4.4 square miles of land space, this urban enclave, which includes 17 public parks spanning 96 acres, has developed into a cosmopolitan center serving a daily population of well over 125,000 businesspersons and visitors.
The Police Department is committed to the Town’s overarching Addison Way philosophy and its core ethos of service. The Addison Police Department is dedicated to a standard of excellence in promoting and maintaining a safe and peaceful community. The police, through collaborative community partnerships, work to preserve order, protect life and property, enforce laws and ordinances, and safeguard individual liberties. Its members conduct themselves according to the highest ethical standards and treat others with fairness, dignity, and respect. The men and women of the Addison Police Department are committed to managing the organization with professionalism, leadership, and integrity.
The Addison Police Department’s annual budget of approximately $12.4 million supports an authorized staff of 78 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions, approximately 50 of whom are police officers. The Department’s current command structure consists of the Chief of Police, an Assistant Chief, a Captain, five lieutenants, eight sergeants, and a non-sworn professional staff leadership team consisting of two management assistants and two supervisors.
The Police Chief is responsible for leading and managing the department’s personnel in the delivery of public safety services to those who live, work, and visit Addison. This exempt, at-will position is appointed by the City Manager. As a crucial member of the Town’s executive leadership team, the Police Chief is a visible leader within the community and the municipal structure. Some of the Police Chief’s essential duties and responsibilities include assuming full management responsibility for all public safety services and activities; managing the development and implementation of public safety goals and objectives, policies, procedures, and priorities for the Police Department; overseeing and participating in the development and administration of the Police Department’s budget, including directing the forecasting of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, supplies, and capital improvements; controlling expenditures, and implementing adjustments.
The ideal candidate must be a proven leader who will embrace and model the responsibilities and accountability inherent in the role as the chief executive of the Addison Police Department. The competitive candidate will possess excellent interpersonal communication abilities – both orally and in writing – and have solid experience with community engagement, and both staff and organizational development.
Any combination of related education, experience, certifications, and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job is qualifying. The most attractive candidates will possess the following:
Experience: Ten (10) years of law enforcement command-level experience OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Education: A Bachelor’s (BA/BS) degree in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Administration, or related field is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.
Required Licenses and Certifications:
Texas candidates must possess a Texas Police Officer License (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement); an Advanced Peace Officer Certificate from TCOLE is preferred.
Out-of-State candidates must obtain an Advanced Peace Officer Certificate from TCOLE within six months of employment.
Before appointment, the selected finalist must successfully complete the following: TCOLE certified background investigation; a comprehensive medical examination, including a psychological assessment; a polygraph examination; and a fitness assessment.
SALARY & BENEFITS
The annual compensation range for this position is $175,000 to $200,000 with final placement in the range dependent on qualifications and experience. Addison also offers an excellent benefits package including participation in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) with a 7% employee contribution with an employer matching contribution at 2:1 for the employees’ retirement program. Addison also provides excellent insurance benefits for employees including health plan options, and dental and vision coverage. Additionally, life insurance and long-term disability are provided. Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. The position includes an assigned vehicle and relocation assistance will be provided to the selected candidate in accordance with municipal policy.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a compelling cover letter and comprehensive résumé below no later than Monday, March 11, 2024.
Due to the public nature of searches in the State of Texas, before submission of materials, confidential inquiries are welcomed to:
This recruitment incorporates existing rules and regulations that govern public sector recruitments in the State of Texas. In accordance with public disclosure/open record laws, information submitted for consideration may be made available to the public upon request by interested parties.
The Town of Addison is an Equal Opportunity Employer.