Police Chief

Description :

                      CLASS TITLE:  Police Chief




Provides administrative direction and leadership for all Police Department functions, operations and personnel through the supervision of staff and a review of their activities.



  • Selects, orientates, trains, assigns, schedules, coaches, counsels, disciplines, directs and otherwise supervises employees;  communicates job expectations; plans, monitors, appraises and reviews job contributions; enforces policies and procedures.
  • Supervises the activities and operation of the Police Department including investigations, patrol and administrative support to ensure adherence to quality standards, deadlines and proper procedures; corrects errors or problems.
  • Develops and directs the implementation of goals, objective, policies, procedures and work standards for the department.
  • Prepares and administers the department’s budget; develops department budget requests.
  • Seeks out additional funding for police initiatives through state and federal grants and leads the team for submitting, receiving and reporting on grants.
  • Plans, organizes, administers, reviews and evaluates the work of sworn and non-sworn staff through subordinate levels of supervision.
  • Oversees all City police functions including community-oriented policing, patrol, crime prevention, investigation, traffic enforcement and records.
  • Directs the investigation of major crimes in coordination with other agencies; assists the City Attorney and District Attorney in the preparation of cases.
  • Prepares, recommends and implements strategic plans to meet the City’s current and long-range needs.
  • Works closely with the City Manager, the City Council, other City departments, a variety of public and private organizations and citizen groups in developing programs and implementing projects to maximize police services.
  • Prepares and directs the preparation of a variety of written correspondence, reports, bid and requests for proposals, contracts, procedures, ordinances and other written materials.
  • Monitors changes in laws, court decisions, regulations and technology that may affect departmental operations; implements policy, procedural and operational changes as required.
  • Reviews reports; maintains records; makes reports.
  • Operates office equipment such as fax machines, copiers and phone systems and uses computer for spreadsheets, word processing, database management and other applications; learns to operate new office technologies as they are developed and implemented.
  • Performs other work as necessary and or as assigned.
  • Must report to work on a regular and timely basis.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position.



The Police Chief reports directly to the City Manager. 


The Police Chief supervises all non-uniformed and uniformed personnel in the Police Department.



Training and Experience:  Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience, with ten (10) years of progressively responsible work experience in a law enforcement agency, including five (5) years at shift command or equivalent level.  FBI National Academy graduate is preferred.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:  Knowledge of the theories, principles and practices of effective public administration, with special reference to Police Department policies, personnel and budget administration; modern management techniques, supervisory practices and evaluation methods; governmental organization and management; the principles and practices of effective administration with particular attention to short- and long-range strategic planning; the principles and methods of budget preparation and monitoring; the activities, objectives and ideals of police safety services and operations; the facilities, equipment and personnel needed to provide protective  services and operations; the methods, equipment and materials used in providing police services; and progressive approaches to employee relations programs.  Ability to plan, organize, lead and direct a progressive public agency with several functional areas; organize and direct the activities of a large staff engaged in providing optimum police services; plan, prepare and administer an annual departmental budget; effectively analyze and resolve operational and procedural problems; develop formal agreements and contracts with other agencies and communities; make effective oral and written presentations; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, City officials, community organizations, other agencies and City departments and the general public.


Physical Requirements:  The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.  On a case-by-case basis, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, arm and hand steadiness and finger dexterity will be needed enough to use a key board and telephone.  Occasional sitting and standing is required.  Occasional lifting and carrying of objects up to twenty (20) pounds.  Occasional reaching, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crawling, twisting, handling and repetitive movements.  Vision, speech and hearing sufficient to perform essential tasks.  Punctuality and reasonable attendance is essential.     Must submit to drug screening and fitness to work physical exam.


Licenses and Certificates:  Possession of a valid Oklahoma Class D driver’s license is required. 


WORKING ENVIRONMENT:  Work in this classification is primarily indoors in an office environment.  Will travel to other City locations as required. 


STARTING PAY:  $76,781.00/yr. - $98,925.00/yr.  Excellent employee benefits (insurance, vacation leave, sick leave, retirement, holidays).


WORK HOURS:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


WORK LOCATION:  City of Muskogee Police Department, Administrative Division, 112 South 3rd Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Contact :

RESUMES MAY BE SUBMITTED BUT WE REQUIRE THAT OUR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED ALSO.  The employment application can be found on our website:  http://www.cityofmuskogee.com.  Just click on “Menu” at the top left side of the page (in the green bar), then under that go to “Departments” and click on “Human Resources”, then click on “Links and Downloads” on the left hand side of the page, then click on “Applications” (toward the bottom of the page), then click on “Employment Application” (print and fill out) or “Fillable Employment Application” (fill out online), or one can be faxed, emailed, or mailed to you or you can pick one up from the City of Muskogee Human Resources Department at 229 West Okmulgee Street (the three story red brick building (Muskogee Municipal Building) at the southeast corner of 3rd and Okmulgee Streets).  The Human Resources Department is located on the First Floor, Room 102.  Applications can be returned to the same address or by mail:  City of Muskogee, Human Resources Department, P. O. Box 1927, Muskogee, OK  74402-1927; by fax:  918-684-6223; or by email:  jkennedy@muskogeeonline.org.  If you should have any questions, please call the Human Resources Department at 918-684-6221 or inquire in person at the address above or fax or email (above).


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  There is no deadline for applications for this position – it will be open until filled.



Deadline for Applying : Open until filled