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Department: Police Dept/Administration
Office: Police Department
Position Number:60-25-424-1081-1
Job ID#:16139
To be considered for this job:You must attach your resume to the on-line application.
Opening Date for In-House Candidates:03/02/2017
Opening Date to the Public:03/02/2017
Open until filled; for best consideration, apply by:04/03/17
Starting Salary (or salary range):$90,352. to $135,528. DOQ/E
Other information about this position or about working with the City of Rio Rancho:A Drivers License is required for this position. Your driving record must always meet City insurability standards.
Banner:This is the initial posting of this job opening.
If you are called for an interview or to attend a pre-employment testing session:If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via e-mail or telephone with a date, time and place to interview.
Typical schedule :Exempt employee works as necessary to accomplish job duties.

Position Title: Director Police EP
Department: Police
Reports to: City Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt
Bargaining Unit: none  
Pay Grade: 37A
Job Status: Contract, at-will 
Full Time Equivalent: 1.0  

Position Summary

The Chief, Police Department is responsible for the overall administration of the Police, Code Enforcement, Animal Control, and Regional Communications operations. 

Education, Training and Experience – minimum required to proficiently perform the job

Education / higher education: Bachelor's Degree 

           For required college degrees, applicable field(s) of study: Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Business Administration or related field. 

Minimum number of years of directly related experience: Ten years of experience with a minimum of five years supervisory experience in the State, County or Municipal level. 

Other requirements: Free of felony convictions; U.S. Citizen 

Education and/or experience preferences: Master degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Administration, Business Administration and graduation from the FBI National Academy or similar course.  

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Driver’s License requirement: Frequent Driver -- Regular Driver's License      Required Endorsements: None  

Note -- For any driver, driving record must always meet City driving and insurability standards.

Required certifications, licenses or registrations: New Mexico Police Standards Board certification 

Preferred certifications, licenses or registrations: None 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to proficiently perform the job

Knowledge: Must have excellent knowledge of police procedures and be executive certified by the New Mexico Police Standards Board.  

Skills:  Must be able to type sufficiently and accurately enough to successfully produce documents or communicate via e-mail to accomplish the essential functions of the position.   Use of technology, equipment and software typically used in the office environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and public relations experience required. 

Abilities: Ability to serve as needed for emergency response and recovery. 

Interaction with Groups/Agencies/Entities: Internal: Works   with other department directors and managers on interdepartmental issues and   special projects that may have a significant impact on provision of city   services.   Responds to requests for information   from members of the Governing Body and from the City Manager. Maintains harmonious, courteous, and   understanding relationships, while fostering a collaborative work   environment.   External: Works with   members of the business community, regulatory agencies, and with community   organizations to secure support for public programs and respond to problems   and concerns in a timely manner.   Presents a friendly, courteous image for the City to the general   public, customers, and public officials. 

Authorities and Accountabilities

Level of independent decision making: High--incumbent is expected to analyze complex situations and take appropriate action 

Budgetary/Financial/Asset accountability: Moderate - Position is directly accountable to the City Manager. 

Span of control: Responsibility for assigned Department 

For positions that supervise:

  • Approximate number of employees directly supervised: 7 
  • Approximate number of employees indirectly supervised through subordinate managers/supervisors (excludes direct reports): 101 to 300

Essential Functions

The following functions are typical for this position. The omission of specific functions does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned.


  • Plans, directs and exercises management over all divisions of the Police Department.
  • Oversees the operational budget for all the divisions.
  • Ensures that all employees of the department receive training in their field, maintaining and/or updating all necessary or required certifications.
  • Continually monitors each division for compliance with policies and the departments Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).
  • Conducts employee performance evaluations for the upper management staff and reviews all performance evaluations under the police department.
  • Has final approval for all hiring, promotions, disciplinary actions and termination.
  • Conducts grievance procedures in compliance with the Police Bargaining Unit Contract, SOP’s and the City of Rio Rancho Personnel Policies and Work Rules.
  • Maintains open communication with Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other related organizations, serving on various boards and committees.
  • Ensures cooperation with the Municipal, Magistrate and District Courts.  
  • Cooperates with County, State and Federal Officers in the apprehension of felons.


  • Gathers, interprets and prepares data for reports and recommendations to management, administration and the Governing Body.
  • Prepares recommended Council legislative positions on relevant legislation.   Conducts presentations and maintains a high visibility in the community.
  • Oversees reserve units, projects and campaigns for the department.


  • Serves as needed for emergency response and recovery.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Daily activity level:  Blend of sedentary and physical work  

Physical characteristics: Job requires oral and aural communication; Job requires reading and comprehension of written materials; Job requires normal vision ; Must be able to distinguish colors; Must be able to see in dim light; Exposure to high noise levels; Fine finger manipulation; Grasping with hand, gripping; Keystroking or repetitive motion of hands/fingers/arms; Work activities produce impact on hand, wrist, forearm, elbow from vibration; Subduing/restraining humans/animals; Involvement in verbal or physical confrontations; Operation of gas-powered machines or equipment; Use of firearms or weapons; Use of firefighting equipment; Use of medical equipment (i.e., AED, give injections, bandage/splint); Climbing Ladders; Working at heights (towers, poles, bucket lift); Bending/kneeling/crawling; Lifting/carrying/push/pull greater than 100 lbs.; Working while standing for prolonged periods of time; Running while carrying materials/ equipment/ gear/ tools; Working more than 8 hours/day; Shift work, including mid and grave; Working more than 5 days a week; Job involves driving most the shift.  

Exposures: Exposure to biological agents, human/animal body fluids, blood borne pathogens, excrement or tuberculosis; Handling hazardous chemicals or toxic substances; Exposure to excessive amounts of dust, flying particles, toxic vapors, noxious fumes or mists; Exposure to sharp objects including razor blades, teeth, finger/paw nails (incl. biting); Working with extremely hot or cold objects; Working outside in inclement weather conditions; Violent or dangerous situations that could result in serious injury, psychological damage, or death.  

Extraordinary working conditions: None 

Hazardous equipment/machinery used: None  

Required personal protective equipment: Safety Glasses with or w/o side shields; Safety Goggles/chemical splash goggles; Breathing mask; Respirator; Latex gloves; Rubber gloves; Ear Muff; Ear Plugs; Protective clothing (i.e., bullet-proof vest, reflective vest, apron); Gloves (incl. Kevlar gloves); Safety boots; Protective gear. 


If you need an accommodation for a disability that would enable you to apply or interview for this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 505-891-5011 (fax: 505-891-9183).

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