Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Please view the Police Chief Recruitment brochure and video for additional information about this exciting opportunity as the Town of Queen Creek seeks its first Police Chief.  In addition, a comprehensive Law Enforcement Study in the community was completed in December 2019.

In addition to completing the online application, a cover letter and resume must be attached in the online application process for an application to be considered complete and move forward for further consideration. This job posting closes on 5/31/2020 at 5:00 PM (Arizona time).  

Up until May 11, applicants were required to complete a third document called an "Applicant Experience Document" which contained eight (8) questions. Applicants will still be required to answer those eight questions, however, as of May 11, those eight questions are now incorporated in the "Supplemental Questions" section of the online application.
Important dates
* First round of interviews are scheduled to take place June 9 and 10.
* Second round of interviews for finalists, along with community forums, are scheduled to take place the week of June 15.
* Expected start date is early July 2020.

If you are having technical (computer-related) difficulties while completing the application, please contact the "Applicant Support Line" at 1-855-524-5627.

The starting salary for the Police Chief will be market competitive, depending on experience and qualifications of the candidate selected and will be in the range of $170,000 to $190,000 annually. The full salary range for this position is up to $196,273 annually.

Incumbent is responsible and accountable for directing the Town Police Department including its personnel, budget, and resources.  Responsibilities include making recommendations to the Council and Town Manager; developing and implementing policy initiatives; setting the tone, climate and vision for the department; ensuring compliance with statutory responsibilities and directives; and, providing for a multi-jurisdictional approach.

Examples of Duties

TYPICAL CLASS ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

1. Manages entire department including staff, budget, and departmental services.  Meets and confers with departmental management staff to coordinate projects, programs, resolve issues, and plan division operations.  Provides visionary, innovative leadership, which encourages and recognizes creativity, innovation and flexibility at all levels of the department, and programs.  Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate personnel to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities; maintains regular contact with Town Manager to keep apprised of situations and issues; formulates departmental rules, regulations, and procedures; maintains an orderly and equitable distribution of the workload; plans, assigns, directs and evaluates the activities of departmental employees; develops and implements policies and procedures for the effective functioning of the department.
2. Communicates official plans, policies and procedures to employees and the general public as required; respond to media and other public inquiries in-person, telephone, correspondence or public meetings.   Responds to requests for information from the Town Council, Mayor, Town Manager's office, businesses, organizations, and citizens; responds to politically sensitive inquiries and concerns; resolves issues within a reasonable time frame; provides advice and counsels as needed.  Conducts meetings with departments and committees; prepares presentations for Council, management and staff, citizen leadership program and citizens. 
3. Supervises, selects, trains, motivates and evaluates personnel; provides and coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
4. Monitors and prepares budget; performs cost control activities, monitoring revenues and expenditures ensuring effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time; approve requisitions.
5. Attends weekly meetings with Town Manager and staff; serve and participates on various town teams and other agencies.
6. Makes presentations and prepares reports to Town Manager, Town Council, and other departments as needed.

7. Plans, designs, operates, reviews, monitors and guides the continued improvement of departmental programs; assist with planning, coordinating and monitoring special programs and projects initiated by Town leaders.
8. Oversees the reporting of crime statistics; prepares monthly crime reports by obtaining, compiling, and documenting statistical information for Town Management and the Council.
9. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.

Typical Qualifications

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):
Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Public Administration, Business Management, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university; and ten years of increasing responsible experience, including seven years of management responsibility as a Lieutenant or above in a law enforcement agency of comparable size or larger; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.  

Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Management, Business or a closely related field from an accredited institution preferred.

Licensing Requirements
* AZ Driver's License
* Must be certified as an Arizona Police Officer within three months of hire and continue to maintain Arizona Peace Officer's and Standard Training (AZ POST) standards. 


Supplemental Information

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):
Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of modern municipal police administration, including mission, vision, objectives, policies, procedures, and operations;
  • Principals and practices of effective short and long range strategic planning;
  • Local, state and federal laws as applicable to municipal law enforcement;  contemporary legal issues, such as criminal, civil, and labor laws, and municipal ordinances that affect police agencies;
  • The operation and capabilities of the various types of equipment used by a police department;
  • Effective methods of planning, training, assigning and directing the personnel and equipment for the most efficient community policing efforts;
  • Budget planning, project management and programming;
  • Applicable state, local and federal laws relating to operation of local government;
  • Management techniques and options to successfully motivate and supervise staff;
  • Budgeting and municipal finance;
  • Personnel related laws and policies;
  • Customer service principles and practices.

Skills (position requirements at entry):
Skill in:
  • Problem solving and decision making;
  • Demonstrate efficiency in the use and care of firearms;
  • Operate a motor vehicle;
  • Supervise, lead and direct the Police Department and cross-departmental municipal workgroups and teams;
  • Plan, implement and oversee programs of departmental operations and activities, and personnel training;
  • Work in a team environment under extremely stressful situations;
  • Quickly make determinations as to the best course of action for community policing or responding to other related emergency situations;
  • Effectively analyze and resolve operational and procedural problems;
  • Develop formal agreements and contracts with other agencies and communities;
  • Computer software including word processing, spreadsheet and database applications;
  • Communication, command confidence, and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with subordinates, coworkers, supervisors, the Town Council, the media, and the general public.
Physical Requirements:  
Positions in this class typically require:  climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions.

Medium Work:  Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subject to hazardous physical conditions (mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibration, etc.), atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, dusts, gases, and poor ventilation), hazardous materials (chemicals, blood and body fluids, etc.), extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noise, travel, and environmental dangers (disruptive people, imminent danger, threatening environment).

Note: These physical requirements are meant to represent the entire classification and not all of these may be attributed to every single body of work included in the classification.

Special Requirements:
This position has been identified as a safety-sensitive position by Human Resources, per State and/or Federal Law. Upon conditional offer of employment, the candidate selected will be required to undergo testing for alcohol and controlled substances within twenty-four (24) hours of acceptance of the offer.

Application Instructions

A Town of Queen Creek electronic employment application is required for employment consideration. Obtain this by clicking on the link below or go to

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