Police Chief of Police
Department Mission Statement
The Marblehead Police Department is committed to the protection of lives and property and enhancing the safety and peace of the community for which we serve. Our goal is to maintain the highest standard of professionalism and to preserve the individual rights and liberties of the public, while serving the needs of our citizens. We are dedicated to a cooperative effort with the community to identify and address concerns, reduce the fear of crime, participate in criminal justice and social service diversion programs and to enhance the quality of life of our residents.
Officially organized on April 15, 1853, the Marblehead Police Department is one of the oldest police departments in the United States.
The Marblehead Police Department has an annual operating budget of approximately $4.23 million. The department includes 32 sworn officers, including the chief, one captain, four lieutenants, four sergeants and 22 patrol officers. The department also oversees 911 dispatchers, school traffic supervisors, and the Animal Control Department, for a total of 60+ personnel.
In 2019 the Marblehead Police Department was awarded full accreditation by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission, a voluntary process viewed as a high-water mark for municipal police in Massachusetts.
The Marblehead Police Department is a member of the North Shore Drug & Anti-Crime Task Force and works cooperatively on cases involving cross-jurisdictional drug trafficking and distribution as well as the investigation, apprehension and prosecution of those engaged in serious criminal activity within the member communities. MPD is also a member of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) a mutual aid and specialty service network consisting of member police departments from more than 70 cities and towns in Essex County and Middlesex County as well as the county sheriffs in both counties and various state leaders.
Chief of Police Qualities & Priorities
The Town of Marblehead is seeking a Chief of Police with strong character who can inspire trust and confidence. The individual must be committed to collaborative leadership and available to work cross-departmentally with town leadership to improve the quality of life for all residents. The selected applicant must be able to balance a respect for the long history and tradition of the Marblehead community with a willingness to bring a fresh perspective to the role.
The Marblehead Police Department places a strong emphasis on community-based policing and positive interactions between police officers and constituents. The Chief of Police should be invested in connecting the department with residents, business owners, and area civic and cultural organizations and maintain open communication around quality-of-life issues and public-safety concerns. In addition, the candidate must pursue establishing and continuing partnerships with area advocacy groups aimed towards mutual goals, as well as membership and participation in regional police organizations.
The Marblehead Police Department has been under steady leadership for more than a decade, during which time the department reached accreditation by adhering to a wide variety of standards related to police work, including jurisdiction and use of force, victim/ witness assistance, and property and evidence control. This standard of excellence should continue to be upheld and monitored under the leadership of a new Chief of Police.
The selected applicant must take an active role in community conversations around diversity, and be ready to listen openly and with empathy to community member experiences. As the conversation evolves the new Chief of Police will need to stay open to reflecting on department policies and procedures and making responsive updates as needed. The new Chief of Police is expected to continue to grow and foster the Town’s strong relationships with community organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, Task Force Against Discrimination, Racial Justice Team, and Team Harmony, among other groups.
As a community leader the Chief of Police will be held to the highest standards and be accountable for actions of all members of the department. A fervent commitment to transparency of Marblehead Police Department operations, as well as open communication with town leadership, the community, and the media is critical.
The Chief of Police is expected to empower all members of the department to maintain the highest ethical standards, handle policing situations in a professional and competent manner and with a commitment to fair, safe and impartial policing. In accordance with the recent adoption of Police Reform legislation in Massachusetts, the Chief of Police should be familiar with the legislation and its requirements and will be expected to prioritize de-escalation and disengagement techniques with officers who are in the line of duty.
The incoming Chief of Police will be immediately responsible for updating the Marblehead Police Department Strategic Plan to lay out the department’s specific goals and objectives over the next five years.
Chief of Police Position Description
OVERALL MANAGERIAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND BUDGETARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MARBLEHEAD POLICE DEPARTMENT
MAINTAIN THE PEACEFULNESS AND LAWFULNESS OF THE COMMUNITY
- Plans, develops, and implements for the department short- and long-range plans so as to aid in its ability to prevent unlawful activity.
- Provides direction to supervisory personnel assigned to operations, traffic, criminal investigations, etc.
- Responsible for making recommendations for hiring and the promotion of all police personnel to the Board of
- Responsible for training all police personnel.
- Develops, prepares and recommends the annual department budget for labor, equipment, materials, maintenance and Monitors actual expenditures against budgeted forecasts and takes corrective action as necessary.
- Directs the maintenance of all equipment and facilities within the department.
- Directs the continual training of all police officers through a variety of service programs including CPR and firearms training.
- Directs and develops law/security/safety programs and oversees the presentation of such programs to the public.
- Develops and implements a security plan for elderly.
- Develops specifications for department computer systems and directs the implementation and maintenance of the system.
- Attends conferences, workshops, association meetings etc., for the purpose of gathering and exchanging information and ideas with other law enforcement professionals.
- Represents the department on matters of law enforcement with local, state and federal authorities.
- Performs other related duties of a similar nature and complexity as requested.
Compensation & Benefits
The Town of Marblehead offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Benefits include health and dental insurance, flexible spending account, life insurance, retirement savings options and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.
Preferred Qualifications & Requirements
Experience, specifically in a management or supervisory capacity, in a small to mid-sized police department is looked upon positively.
A BS or MS in Criminal Justice or related field with 8 to 12 years of directly related experience.
A demonstrated commitment to continued professional development in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement.
Requirements: Applicants must have a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License, a Massachusetts LTC, and meet all of the physical requirements of a police officer.
How to Apply
The Town of Marblehead seeks to recruit a qualified and diverse candidate pool. An initial screening committee will pare down the selection to five candidates who will move on to a competitive assessment center where the candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics will be evaluated. From there the final three candidates will be interviewed by the Marblehead Board of Selectmen and an applicant will be chosen.
Application deadline: Tuesday, April 20 at 4p.m.
How to Apply: Applications should be submitted to the Town of Marblehead Selectmen’s Office via Kyle Wiley at [email protected] Please provide a cover letter and resume.
The Town of Marblehead is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, handicap, veteran’s status or sexual orientation.