Police Police Chief
The Ideal Candidate for Police Chief
The Town of Brookline is seeking a proven leader with exceptional management, interpersonal, and communication skills and demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with government officials, community and civic groups (including private-sector partners), and police department employees. Experience working in an urban police setting in a labor relations environment is highly preferred. Under the administrative direction of the Town Administrator, the successful candidate will be expected to expand upon the innovative policing practices and community engagement efforts of the department, and to have a proven track record of openness, transparency and working with diverse communities. The new chief must be well versed in best practices in policing and have the ability to work collaboratively as a part of the town’s management team in addressing issues of public safety in an inclusive, democratic governing environment.
The position requires a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree in criminal justice, police administration, business administration, or related field is strongly preferred. Ten years of progressively responsible police experience is required, five of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity. An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job will be considered. Additional specialized leadership education, such as the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) and the FBI National Academy, is desirable.
The Brookline Police Department (BPD) currently has an authorized strength of 135 sworn officers, and 42 full-time and 20 part-time professional staff members. The department currently has 15 officer vacancies and is in the process of hiring and training 7 new officers. With a budget of $17.4 million, BPD currently operates with one chief, one superintendent, four deputy superintendents, 11 lieutenants, 16 sergeants, 102 police officers and 16 professional dispatchers. Officers are currently selected and promoted through the rank of lieutenant through the Massachusetts Civil Service System. Officers and sergeants are represented by the Brookline Police Association (International Brotherhood of Police Officers).
How to Apply
The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is assisting the town in the selection process. For questions about this position, contact Charlotte Lansinger at 301-639-3020 or email BrooklinePC@policeforum.org. The position is open until filled. Qualified candidates may apply in confidence. For immediate consideration, candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and the names and contact information for five references by January 10, 2022 to: BrooklinePC@policeforum.org.
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The Town of Brookline is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to maintaining a diverse workforce.