This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the person assigned to this position. Principal duties and responsibilities outlined below are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this position and is not intended to imply that these are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position.  Employees holding this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned at the direction of the City Administration.


SUMMARY – This is a high-level management position within the Police Department. This employee performs under the general supervision of the Chief of Police and is responsible for effectively managing various Divisions within the Police Department. The person in this position must frequently exercise independent sound judgement and administrative discretion in making decisions. This person shall see that all orders and directives of the Chief of Police, written or verbal, are fully carried out. This person may represent the Department at any time as directed by the Chief of Police and serve as Acting Chief in the absence of the Chief. This person shall, in conjunction with the Chief of Police, oversee the development and ensure the implementation of Department plans, goals and objectives, as well as undertake research to improve the effectiveness of all police operations.  The Deputy Chief position is an appointment made by and serves at the pleasure of the Chief of Police.



  • Confers daily with each Division Commander and/or Deputy Commander, coordinates and assists in the work assignments of the Patrol Bureau, Special Operations Bureau  the Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Management/Administrative Services Bureau.
  • Performs periodic inspections and daily reviews of reports from throughout the Department to determine existing conditions and to ascertain where and if any improvements can be made.
  • Confers daily/throughout the day with the Chief of Police.
  • Directs the review and preparation of morning, weekly and monthly reports.  As well as other administrative reports as may be required for the proper functioning of the agency.
  • Coordinates the routing of all reports regarding the injury and disability of personnel, giving special attention to the Workers Compensation reporting requirements.
  • Assists the training coordinator with ensuring completion of recruit training, in-service training, mandated and other specialized training, and develops written examinations as required.
  • Coordinates the random Drug and Alcohol testing program for the Department.
  • Maintains an effective liaison with appropriate law enforcement and criminal justice agencies and with other City Departments.
  • Administers disciplinary actions as appropriate according to City and Department policy and consistent with the provisions of the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights, and other laws and policies as may be applicable.
  • Conducts an annual review of disciplinary actions, use of force instances and pursuits, analyzing for patterns and the need for corrective actions and policy adjustments as may be appropriate.
  • Coordinates grievance procedures and the maintenance and control of grievance records and conducts an annual analysis of all departmental grievances.
  • Provides direction to the Compliance Manager and other staff in matters concerning compliance with any mandated standards and policies.
  • Monitors and ensures compliance by ALL employees with the Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action policies of the City and the Department, as well as state and federal policies/laws that may apply.
  • Promotes overall Department morale and maintains communication with civilian and sworn personnel throughout the department.
  • Fosters the attitudes, conditions and environment that build consensus and effectively encourages a collaborative Department-wide team approach to providing quality police service.
  • Generates and develops new ideas to improve existing and future organizational conditions and problems.
  • Reviews and coordinates intra-Departmental transfers with the Chief of Police.
  • Administers key aspects of the Department’s promotion process.


    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES – The person in this position directly manages a number of executive officers who each supervise numerous employees assigned to the various Bureau’s and Divisions of the agency.  This person is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units and carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the policies of the City and the Department, as well as applicable laws. Responsibilities include making recommendations to hire; training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints, problem solving, implementing community policing initiatives, developing and maintaining positive community relationships and resolving problems.



  • Background - Applicant must be a citizen of the United States (U.S.) with no convictions of a felony or a serious crime. Applicant must also complete a background examination that may include but is not limited to,  a criminal history check, education and professional certification verification, credit check and drug testing before employment with the city
  • Education / Experience - A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in a field relating to Management, Public Administration, Law Enforcement, Police Administration, Criminal Justice or a related field, preferably augmented by graduate studies. The most competitive candidates for this position will possess at least twenty (20) years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, including seven (7) years working in senior executive assignments; will have a comprehensive understanding of the principals and practices of law enforcement; will have demonstrated active leadership qualities in actively implementing and overseeing community policing efforts, as well as initiatives directed at strategies to most effectively reduce crime issues facing the community, and in providing for the safety and welfare of all members of the community, to include crime fighting strategies, traffic and pedestrian safety programs, emergency management and effective community outreach and crime prevention initiatives. This candidate must also possess strong interpersonal skills; the ability to critically analyze issues and develop effective strategies to resolve same; to include effectively managing confidential matters involving criminal and administrative investigations.  It is preferred that this experience is with a similar-sized or larger law enforcement agency in a metropolitan area.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations – Must possess a current and valid Class “C” Maryland driver’s license, or a comparable driver’s license issued by the employee’s state of residence, and a proven safe driving record. Must obtain a Maryland Driver’s License within six months of hire, unless waived by the Chief of Police. Completed a program(s) of advanced studies in law enforcement management and leadership, such as the F.B.I. National Academy, The Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, or comparative studies/training programs.  Like work, training and educational experience(s) can be considered in lieu of the above referenced qualifications at the sole discretion of the Chief of Police. The position does require the ability to obtain certification as a Police Officer and/or Deputy Police Chief in Maryland, as the candidate must possess a current and valid certification from the Maryland Police Training Commission, or the ability to acquire certification within six (6) months of hire if certified outside of Maryland.  The candidate must also possess a Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission First-Line Administrator certification, or the ability to acquire this certification within twelve (12) months of hire.  Completion of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) command courses required by the City Office of Emergency Management within six (6) months of employment with the City. 
  • Computer Skills - Ability to operate a personal computer.  Proficient in the use of typical word processing software such as Microsoft Word and the use of spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel.  Able to perform research in a Geographical Information System (GIS).  Able to learn and apply other office software and automated office procedures.


    REQUIRED COMPETENCIES - To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required.

  • Communications Skills - Ability to read, analyze, and interpret police technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to present ideas orally and in writing in a clear, concise and organized manner to peers, subordinates, superiors and public officials inside and outside of the City Government. Demonstrated effective listening and questioning skills. Ability to respond to common and sensitive inquiries or complaints from citizens, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to treat all with courtesy, respect, tact and diplomacy while fostering positive relationships within the department and with our partners in the community and elsewhere.
  • Mathematical Skills - Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, proportions and statistical inference to practical situations, including technical reports and analysis and budget preparation
  • Job Knowledge – A thorough working knowledge of Federal, State, County and City ordinances and laws, as well as the ability to quickly obtain the same abilities regarding Department rules, regulations and procedures. Working knowledge of the physical layout and limits of the City of Laurel and the surrounding area. Comprehensive knowledge of, and the ability to apply the principles, practices and procedures of modern police administration, community policing and accreditation.
  • Leadership Skills – Ability to confront performance and other employee issues without arousing antagonism and effectively resolve conflict situations. Ability to be consistently fair, objective and impartial in delegating responsibility, assigning duties, evaluating others, making recommendations for rewards and discipline, and interacting with persons inside and outside the Department. Ability to motivate others to achieve their best performance as individuals and team members. Ability to incorporate the vision and values of the Department clearly in daily activities.
  • Reasoning Ability Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, build logical and reasonable approaches to addressing problems in a timely manner in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Ability to understand the current impact and future implications of decisions.
  • Strategic Thinking – Ability to take a broad and long-term approach to problems and opportunities for improving the operations of the Department and the quality of police service. Ability to propose, develop and implement innovative strategies for resolving problems and issues.
  • Operational PlanningAbility to establish strategic goals and objectives, to determine priorities and allocate time and resources effectively. Ability to structure, schedule and coordinate work assignments and programs emphasizing timeliness and quality. Ability to anticipate and adjust to change.


    PHYSICAL DEMANDS - To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to meet the Medical Selection Guidelines established by the Maryland Police Training Commission.


    WORK ENVIRONMENT - While performing the duties of this position, the employee may be exposed to everyday risks or discomforts requiring normal safety precautions typical of an indoor office environment. The employee may also be exposed to the extremes of outdoor weather conditions and emergencies which require special safety precautions. The employee must observe safe work and driving practices and established safety policies and procedures under changing conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Under federal law, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position.


The City of Laurel is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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The Laurel Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of law enforcement service to the City of Laurel citizens by aggressive Crime Prevention and vigorously pursuing and arresting criminals.  

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