VALDOSTA â€“ The City of Valdosta is officially seeking a chief of police.
In a jobs opening post released Thursday, the city stated it is looking for a person to manageÂ the administrative functions of the police department, such as developing policies and procedures, personnel/employment decisions, formulating long-range plans and preparing the departmental budget.
Interim Chief Leslie Manahan replacedÂ Brian Childress who retired as police chief in August after 18 years with the department.Â
At the time of Manahan’s appointment, City Manager Mark Barber said the search for a police chief would take about five months. He saidÂ whether Manahan will be included in the search is not his decision to make and will be left up to her to decide.
The department consists of 149 sworn officers who respond to more than 82,000 calls for service each year, city officials said.Â
The jobs opening post states the chief must possess the ability to build community trust through the development of partnerships and use of proven community-oriented policing techniques.Â
“As a key member of the city managerâ€™s leadership team, the ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to embrace change and help guide the community through important challenges,” the post states.
Other important qualifications include:
â€“ Bachelor’s degree required in criminal justice, law enforcement, police administration or similar degree; masterâ€™s degree preferred; with five years of experience in upper level police management; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
â€“ Certified by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards Training or be able to obtain certification during the first six months after appointment. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
â€“ Graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy; or the Southern Police Instituteâ€™s Administrative Officers Program or Command Officer Development Program highly desired; comparable specialized police leadership and management training in ethics and integrity, emergency management, cultural and generational diversity, problem solving and community policing will be considered.
â€“ Experience in providing upper level leadership in a police department that is comparable in size and complexity to the City of Valdosta Police Department is highly desired. Significant leadership role in a department that has been accredited byÂ Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement AgenciesÂ or state accreditation agency for at least two consecutive accreditation periods is highly desired; experience in securing substantial federal resources is desired.
Salary for this position is expected to be in the range of $95,000 to $115,000 with a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, paid time off and negotiable relocation expenses.
Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job-related references and salary history no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 25 to: Lisa Ward, vice president, The Mercer Group, Inc., at [email protected].Â
Anyone with any questions should call (706) 983-9326. Interviews are expected to be conducted the week of Feb. 26, city officials said.
Thomas Lynn is a government and education reporter for The Valdosta Daily Times. He can be reached at (229)244-3400 ext. 1256