The City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is seeking a Chief of Police to lead a dynamic and diverse department seeking CALEA accreditation in the future. The police chief must be personally committed to community engagement, regional partnerships, and visible leadership. The next Chief will be a transformative and visionary leader focusing on increasing trust and partnerships between the Police and stakeholders. The Chief of Police is the public face of the Rocky Mount Police Department. The Chief must foster effective relationships with the community, elected officials, regional partners, City administration, command staff, supervisors, officers, and civilian members of the department. Possessing outstanding communication, advocacy, and critical thinking skills, the successful candidate will be a proactive law enforcement professional with a proven track record in effective change management, 21st Century Policing, and innovative strategic leadership. Rocky Mount is a community that values diversity, expects and deserves an exceptional leader to be its next Police Chief.
About the Department: The Police Chief reports to the City Manager. The individual selected to be the next Chief of Police will take over from a well-respected and trusted Chief to lead a Department of approximately 165 sworn and 41 non-sworn employees working across the divisions of Administration, Criminal Investigations, Patrol Services, Special Operations, and Support Services and manage an annual budget of $16.9M. Due to retirements, there will be increasing opportunities for promotions and building a new command staff.
Crucial challenges the Chief is faced with include violent crime due to gang activity, high call volume, recruitment challenges but s/he will face these challenges with the resources of a committed City Manager, Council, and Community. The Chief of Police must play a vital role in working across the community to problem solve, collaborate, and create partnerships. The Chief will play a visible and proactive role in the criminal justice system to create a path for the Rocky Mount Police Department to be a leader in building trust and relationships to develop effective responses to reduce this statistic.
Minimum of a BA/BS degree or knowledge and/or level of competency commonly associated with completing a baccalaureate degree in a related field. Appropriate advanced degree highly preferred, along with executive law enforcement training (e.g., FBI National Academy, Administrative Officers Management Program, PERF, LEEP, etc.) and minimum of 15 years law enforcement experience and 5-7 years of cross-functional and progressively responsible experience, including administrative and command work at the equivalent rank of Captain, Major, Assistant/ Deputy Chief, or higher. Must have a valid NC driver's license or the ability to obtain a valid NC driver's license within 60 days of hire. Must have current certification as a municipal or local government law enforcement officer by his/her respective state or with no more than one-year break in full-time sworn service at the time of appointment. Please note that North Carolina law does not recognize nor have a reciprocal relationship with Federal law enforcement certification but does recognize and give partial credit for military Police (MP) training, receipt of an MP occupational specialty classification, and performance of MP duties.
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About City of Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount is a city in Edgecombe and Nash counties in the Atlantic coastal plain region of the U.S. state of North Carolina. The city's population is estimated to be 53,922 as of 2019. It is the principal city of the Rocky Mount metropolitan area, often called the "Twin Counties", which had an estimated population of 146,021 in 2018. Rocky Mount is also an anchor city of the Rocky Mount-Wilson-Roanoke Rapids Combined Statistical Area in northeast North Carolina with a total population of 297,726 as of 2018.
Incorporated in 1867, the community at the falls of the Tar River that became the city of Rocky Mount dates from the middle of the 1700s. Historically strong in rail transportation, textiles, and agriculture, the economy of Rocky Mount has diversified into biomedical pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and logistics. Forbes ranked the city as No. 6 for cost of doing business on its list of "Best Small Places For Business And Careers" in 2018. Rocky Mount has also twice received the All-America City Award from the National Civic League in 1969 and 1999.