Police Chief Wanted

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Town of Otis

The Town of Otis seeks a responsible and experienced law enforcement professional for the position of Police Chief. The position is a full time, benefitted, non-civil service position. Applicants must be certified as a police officer by the MA Municipal Police Training Council or be able to obtain certification if from out of state. This is a working Chief position with both patrol and administrative duties. The successful candidate must possess a proven record of community and organizational leadership; outstanding executive management skills; have thorough knowledge of police administration; support 21st century policing principles; successful experience implementing community policing programs and; expertise in effective community relations and customer service programs. The preferred candidate will have ten years of progressively responsible experience as a certified police officer with a minimum of five years command or supervisory experience. Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume, and application to: Town Administrator, 1 North Main Road, P.O. Box 237, Otis, MA 01253 or via email to: townadmin@townofotisma.com. Otis is an equal opportunity employer. Position will remain open until filled.

Employment Application

Position Title: Chief of Police Grade Level: VI
Department Police Department Date:  
Reports to: Town Administrator/Board of Selectmen FLSA Status:  


Statement of Duties:  The Chief of Police is the chief administrative and law enforcement officer of the Otis Police Department in accordance with M.G.L. c.41, section 97A responsible for the administration and supervision of the Police Department and to work with all citizens to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community involvement. The position is a non-union work environment and includes short and long-term planning, administration, staffing, rules and regulations within the Department and for the enforcement of all laws and by-laws within the Town of Otis’s legal jurisdiction.  The employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.


Supervision Required:  Under the administrative direction of the Board of Selectmen, working from state and federal laws and municipal policies and objectives and in accordance with local, state and federal regulations, the employee establishes short and long-range plans and objectives for a major department of the Town; establishes Department and employee performance standards and assumes direct accountability for department results. Consults with the Town Administrator and Board of Selectmen where clarification, interpretation, or exception to municipal policy may be required. The employee exercises responsibility in the development of department operating and capital budgets and the recruitment and training of employees. The employee is expected to resolve all conflicts, which arise and coordinate with others as necessary.


Supervisory Responsibility:  The employee is accountable for the direction and success of the Police Department’s programs and services as accomplished through others. The employee is responsible for analyzing department goals and objectives, determining the various work operations needed to achieve them, estimating the financial and staff resources required, allocating the available funds and staff, reporting periodically on the achievement and status of the department’s objectives; and recommending new goals and objectives as necessary. The employee determines the department’s organizational structure operating guidelines and work operations; formulates, prepares and defends budget and manpower requests and accounts for the effective use of funds and staff provided; coordinates program efforts within the unit and with other departments; delegates authority to subordinate supervisors and holds them responsible for the performance of their unit’s work; reviews work in terms of accomplishment of program objectives and progress reports, approves standards establishing quality and quantity of work; in addition the employee is responsible for the provision of personnel services including recommending hiring, training and disciplining of employees.


The employee supervises a major department of the Town consisting of four to six (4 to 6) full and part-time employees. Work operations are subject to frequent, abrupt, and unexpected changes in deadlines, volume of work, sudden emergencies, and goals due to uncontrollable or unpredictable circumstances.  Large numbers of employees are physically separated for substantial portions of time due to multiple work shifts or concurrent work.


Confidentiality:  The employee has regular access at the departmental level to a wide variety of confidential information, including official personnel files, CORI records, client or department records, collective bargaining, criminal investigations, and court records.


Judgment:  Guidelines only provide limited guidance for performing the work. They may be in the form of administrative or organizational policies, general principles, legislation or directives that pertain to a specific department or functional area. Extensive judgment and ingenuity are required to develop new or adapt existing methods and approaches for accomplishing objectives or to deal with new or unusual requirements within the limits of established guidelines, laws (state or federal), regulations or policies. The employee is recognized as the department’s authority in interpreting the guidelines, in determining how they should be applied, and in developing operating policies.


Complexity:  The work consists of the practical application of a variety of concepts, practices and specialized techniques relating to a professional or technical field. Assignments typically involve evaluation and interpretation of factors, conditions or unusual circumstances; inspecting, testing or evaluating compliance with established standards or criteria; gathering, analyzing and evaluating facts or data using specialized fact finding techniques; or determining the methods to accomplish the work.


Work Environment:  The work performed requires a high degree of individual tolerance to combinations of extremely unpleasant elements, or mental stress from constant conflicting urgent time and attention demands of the utmost priority. The nature of the physical environment may be such that the employee’s personal well being and/or safety may be compromised. Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours in response to emergency situations or to attend meetings on a 24/7 basis, 365 days per year.


Public Contact:  Employee has constant interaction with local, State, and Federal government officials, community leaders and any other individuals to protect and promote government relations and the municipality’s overall interest.  Employees must possess a high degree of diplomacy and judgment. Duties require a well-developed sense of strategy and timing in representing the municipality effectively in critical and important situations that may influence the well being of the municipality.


Accountability:  Duties include department level responsibility for technical processes, service delivery, contribution to municipal wide plans and objectives, and fiscal responsibility for the department including buildings, equipment and staffing utilization. Consequences of errors, missed deadlines or poor judgment could severely jeopardize department programs or services, have adverse public relations, personal injury, extensive financial and/or legal repercussions to the Town, and danger to public health/safety.


Occupational Risk: Duties may involve exposure to hazardous life threatening conditions conditions. Job duties may entail the possibility for serious personal injury or exposure to conditions that could result in total permanent disability or loss of life such as when restraining violent persons. For example, danger of physical attack or work during extreme weather conditions. Extreme care and safety precautions are required at all times in order to prevent personal injury.


Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


  1. Plans, coordinates, controls, observes, enforces and directs the provision of police law enforcement operations, issuance of Department-owned firearms and necessary equipment, as well as the development of the department’s organization structure including staffing in order to enforce all laws which the Department or its officers have the authority to execute including emergency management, Homeland Security and in accordance with the town’s personnel bylaw.
  2. Performs active patrol related duties that encompass all of the duties of a patrol officer.
  3. Organizes, directs and controls all resources to establish a daily routine and tasks for all personnel of the Department including the most effective utilization of all department resources.
  4. Responsible for indentifying, evaluating, and managing the risks and hazards impacting public safety and the quality of life in the community.
  5. Provides and oversees the department’s organizational structure and employee performance of all department staff including professional development, discipline, crime prevention, suppression of crime, community policing as well as maintaining the efficiency and effectiveness of all department personnel.
  6. Oversees training requirements and success as implemented by the Sergeant.
  7. Prepares and coordinates the presentation of the department’s annual operating budget; directs the implementation of the departments’ budget; plans for and reviews specifications for new or replaced equipment including maintenance needs as communicated by the Sergeant, and controls the expenditures of the department within annual budgeted appropriations.
  8. Reviews, administers, and develops the department’s operating and capital budget plans to insure adequate and timely replacement and/or repair of department capital equipment.
  9. Responds to incidents and ensures command at the scene of emergencies in accordance with department polices; National Incident Command System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS).
  10. Oversees and maintains and controls access to police department records, statistical data, evidence and property control.
  11. Represents the Town at various local and/or state ceremonial events.
  12. Communicates with and attends public events as requested by various local organizations, service clubs and civic groups.
  13. Initiates the investigations of alleged or apparent misconduct by Department personnel as required.
  14. Reviews search and arrest warrants; appears and testifies as a witness in an official proceeding to assist the department’s role in the judicial and administrative process.
  15. Oversees the design and implementation of the department’s community relations, press releases, relations with the media, and community policing programs; attends related meetings as required.
  16. Provides information and reports regarding the police department’s activities and operations as may be required by competent authority and for the Department’s relations with local citizens, the local government and other related agencies.
  17. Conducts independent research and prepares various reports for local, state and federal authorities as required regarding department operations; ensures for the safekeeping and accountability of criminal evidence and recovered property and is responsible for maintaining the chain of custody for evidence and property in accordance with Massachusetts General Law and Department policies and procedures.
  18. Coordinates and cooperates with State and federal law enforcement authorities such as the State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security as necessary.
  19. Responsible for communication with the public, media, local, state, and federal officials relating to all activities of the department; coordinates with other local, state, and federal agencies as situations dictate.
  20. Establishes a routine of daily duties to be performed by police officers as designated by the Police Chief and designate an officer to assume command of the Department (as per command protocol) in his/her temporary absence; ensures that all members of the department have available to them copies of the Department’s Rules, Regulations, Policies, and Procedures.
  21. Promulgates all General, Personnel, and Special Orders of the Department and issues orders, written and oral consistent with the powers, duties and responsibilities of the Police Chief position.
  22. Informs himself/herself of the affairs of the department including the analysis of reports, statistics, professional journals and other information to recognize trends and develop response measures to be assured that the duties and responsibilities of subordinates are being properly discharged.
  23. Exercises general supervision and inspection of all public places within the Town and causes the laws and ordinances concerning them to be obeyed. Performs arrests and arrest related activities including evidence and property management, the creation of appropriate records, and record preparation.
  24. Ensures that all department personnel are kept abreast of new statutes or changes in existing laws, techniques, methods of safety and other developments in the field of law enforcement.
  25. Serves as the custodian of all funds collected, evidence, and personal property submitted to the police department.
  26. Prepares and administers grants awarded to the Police Department
  27. Serves as the Town’s Emergency Management Director and on the Emergency management Committee in Otis and in cooperation with neighboring towns.





Minimum Qualifications:


Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a related field; more than ten (10) years of experience in the law enforcement field with at least five (5) years experience at a command or supervisory level; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Special Requirements:

Valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator License

First Aid/CPR/First Responder and Defib Certification (AED)

MPTC Certification as a Massachusetts police officer or Certification of equivalent training from another state.

Massachusetts Class A License to carry firearms

Must reside within 20 miles of the Town of Otis line

Prior to employment must complete physical and psychological tests and a full background check, including criminal history.

Attendance and completion of the Executive Development Series for Police Commanders (MPI) within one (1) year of hire date


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill


Knowledge: Extensive knowledge of pertinent Mass. General Laws pertaining to the provision of municipal law enforcement services, knowledge of Police Reform policies and practices, Town By-laws, federal, constitutional, and statutory laws as well as the principles and practices of modern police administration and law enforcement methods and techniques (i.e. community policing etc); extensive knowledge of the standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated and the use of police records and their application to police administration; thorough knowledge of statutes and ordinances relating to law enforcement; the ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of a large number of subordinates performing varied operations connected with police and emergency medical activities.  Working knowledge of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.  Working knowledge of budgeting, personnel management, fleet management, facility management, and occupational risk management.  Knowledge of hardware and software technology in support of department operations and administration including the Internet. Comprehensive knowledge of the community, its character and its expectations for the Police Department; knowledge of the layout and geography of the community.


Abilities:  Ability to supervise subordinates and delegate authority as required in a positive and effective manner and to delegate authority efficiently; ability to establish and maintain harmonious and productive working relationships and maintain discipline and morale with employees; maintain effective working relationships with town officials, town departments, local, county, state, and federal law enforcement officials, and the public; ability to plan, assign, direct and review the work of subordinates and to direct large scale operations of personnel and equipment making sound judgments under stressful life-threatening situations; ability to deal with disgruntled members of the public in a diplomatic and effective manner and to deescalate violent situations and combative individuals.  Ability to perform the duties and functions of a police officer including the operation of firearms in a safe and accurate manner and to operate department equipment including motor vehicles in emergency situations under adverse weather and/or road conditions. Ability to exercise sound judgment and to enforce laws and regulations in an impartial manner often under emergency, life threatening situations.


Skill: Proficient oral and written communication skills.  Effective leadership, supervisory and personal computer software skills in support of department operations.  Effective budgetary personnel management skills.


Physical and Mental Requirements:

The Police Chief must be a working chief performing all patrol related duties. Work involves frequent and recurring assignments requiring strenuous effort and endurance or quick reflexes to perform the work, such as lifting and carrying on a continuous basis for extended periods of time, or regular travel on foot or bicycle over rough terrain or barriers, or the potential need to subdue or restrain violent persons or animals.


Motor Skills: 

Duties may involve close hand and eye coordination and physical dexterity. Manipulation and motor control under conditions that may require extreme accuracy may be critical. The manual skills required are comparable to those which might be needed to safely operate emergency vehicles at high rates of speed, to fire a gun and to restrain violent persons.


Visual Skills:  Visual demands require the employee to constantly read documents and personal computers for general understanding and analytical purposes, as well as to review non-written materials such as maps or blue prints. Ability to safely discharge firearms. Employee is required to determine color differences.