Abilene, Texas Seeks Chief of Police
More than 120,000 friendly people call Abilene home, as the city offers a comfortable mix of Old West heritage, contemporary culture, and traditional values. Conveniently located at the center of a 22-county area known as the Big Country, and just 180 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex near the state’s geographic center, Abilene is a centerpiece for employment, retail, and medical services in West Texas that offers the perfect balance between urban and rural life.
The City of Abilene is a home rule city with a council-manager form of government. The City of Abilene is seeking a servant leader with strong interpersonal skills and an inclusive management style to serve as its next Chief of Police. The ideal candidate will be a person of integrity who sincerely cares about people and has a proven record of building a positive, engaging organizational culture. He/she should possess humility and lead by example, both within the organization and in the community at large.
The selected candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Law, Business Administration, Public Administration, or related field. A master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of five (5) years as a Chief or Deputy Chief in a comparably sized community is required. Successful completion of a recognized executive law enforcement management and leadership program such as The FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police at PERF, the Southern Police Institute, and/or the Leadership Command College at LEMIT is preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills will be considered. Eligibility for Master Peace Officer certification through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) is required. Texas Police Chief’s certification is required within two years of hire.
For more information on this position contact:Kurt Hodgen, Sr. Vice President
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