City of Moab, UT
  • Moab, UT, USA
  • 42.32-63.48
  • Full Time

Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Wellness, Retirement, Gym & Aquatic Membership

Wage: $42.32-$63.48, depending on qualifications

Lateral Hire Bonus: $15,000 -- Three Annual Payments of $5,000 with the first payment made after completion of FTO. This is a discretionary bonus determined by the Police Chief.

General Purpose

The Assistant Police Chief assists in the planning, directing, and coordinating of activities in the Police Department and is responsible for the supervision of Police personnel. Work involves resolving problems of the highest technical nature when required and participating in the determination and formulation of City policies. Duties include: assisting in planning, staffing, and directing police activities; assisting in coordinating, preparing, and administering the budget for the Police Department; conducting administrative studies of management problems and concerns; developing comprehensive programs designed to effectively correct operational deficiencies; investigating citizen complaints about police personnel conduct and services; and making recommendations on performance ratings, disciplinary actions, and related matters. The Assistant Police Chief represents the department at various meetings and conferences and speaks before community groups on the role of the Police Department. In the absence of the Chief of Police, the Assistant Police Chief has the authority to represent or act as the Chief of Police.

Reporting Relationships

Supervision Received: The Assistant Police Chief is appointed by and works under the general supervision of the Chief of Police.

Supervision Exercised: The Assistant Police Chief provides general and close supervision for other officers and employees in the Police Department. Police Sergeants and the Animal Control Supervisor report directly to the Assistant Police Chief.

Essential Functions

  • Acts as division commander for all divisions of the Police Department.
  • Exercises general supervision over all operational activities of the Department.
  • Reviews all police reports for accuracy, procedural compliance, and readiness for prosecution.
  • Assists in the planning, organizing, and monitoring of activities of the Police Department.
  • Assists in the development of department policy, procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Coordinates staff meetings, trainings and other department-wide activities and programs.
  • Performs duties that put life and/or personal safety at risk.
  • Performs duties that actively prevent or detect crime and enforce criminal statutes or ordinances of the state of Utah.
  • Responds to situations involving threats to public safety, makes emergency decisions affecting the lives and health of others.
  • Performs various duties consistent with ensuring and providing community protection.
  • Assists the Chief of Police in the development of the department's long-term planning and vision.
  • Reviews and analyzes reports to determine trends and make recommendations to the Chief of Police for changes in programs, policies, procedures and/or organizational structure.
  • Assigns duties to subordinate personnel.
  • Trains employees.
  • Conducts employee performance reviews.
  • Initiates disciplinary actions.
  • Performs other related supervisory activities.
  • Reviews employee problems.
  • Receives and handles complaints.
  • Provides general supervision and policy direction for criminal investigations.
  • Monitors the status of cases.
  • May supervise and monitor criminal investigations, accident investigations, questioning of witnesses and prisoners, and record keeping activities of the Department.
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual departmental budget.
  • Reviews and monitors departmental expenditures.
  • Determines need for supplies and equipment.
  • Oversees maintenance, disposition and use of supplies, equipment, and facilities.
  • Oversees department information technology and computer systems.
  • Works with outside computer technical consultants in the maintenance and operation of all computerized systems within the Department; coordinates system purchase and maintenance.
  • Ascertains and coordinates computer system purchasing requirements.
  • Oversees a variety of department and community programs that may include, but not be limited to; training, special events, off-duty employment, reserve officer, peer support.
  • Operates police vehicle and other department equipment in a manner that will maximize its life span and provide the utmost safety for the officer and the public.
  • Maintains visible presence to deter and prevent crime.
  • Performs ongoing public relations to enhance the image of the department within the community.
  • As assigned, represents the department by speaking at public meetings and schools to educate and inform citizens.
  • Presents a professional image in both appearance and demeanor.
  • Assumes duties of Chief of Police in their absence.
  • Represents the Chief of Police at meetings, conventions, and other official functions.
  • May provide assistance to the Patrol Division for all patrol duties.
  • May provide back-up patrol coverage; and
  • Performs other law enforcement duties as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of Police Department policies and procedures, State law, City ordinances, and standard law enforcement practices and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of supervisory and administrative practices and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of computerized police information systems and applications.
  • High level of skill in computers and computer programs.
  • Thorough knowledge and skill in the appropriate use of firearms and other standard law enforcement tools.
  • Problem solving and conflict mediation.
  • Skill in supervising employees.
  • Ability to establish effective and courteous working relationships with fellow officers, the public and other agencies.
  • Ability to act with tact and impartiality.
  • Ability to promote positive morale.
  • Ability to play an effective leadership role in the Department, the city organization, and the community.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; and
  • Skill and ability in public speaking and in making public and training presentations.

Special Qualifications (Licenses, Certifications, etc.)

  • Upon employment, must possess a valid Utah driver's license; Utah P.O.S.T. Certification, and Firearms Certification.
  • Must possess Utah P.O.S.T. Instructor Development, Supervisory and Leadership and Employee Discipline and Administrative Procedure certifications, or similar certifications issued by other states and/or organizations.
  • Successful completion of a department approved report writing class, i.e., Bulletproof Report Writing.
  • Successful completion of a department approved basic Internal Affairs Investigations class, i.e., FBI-LEEDA or Public Agency Training Council (PATC).

Minimum Education

Education and Experience

  • Associates Degree or Equivalent; and
  • Six (6) years full-time experience as a police officer, with at least two (2) years of experience at the rank of Sergeant or higher; or
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Moderately heavy physical activity. Required to push, pull, or lift medium heavy weights. Difficult working positions. Must stand, walk, or sit uncomfortably for extended periods. Moderate exposure to elements such as heat, cold dampness, fumes, noise, dust, or grease. Exposure to hostile, life-threatening situations. May be required to use physical force to include deadly force in course of assigned duties.

Considerable exposure to stressful situations as a result of human behavior. In field operations, exposure to stress as well as occupational hazards is of considerable magnitude.

Required to work irregular hours in addition to regularly scheduled shift on an as needed basis.

Talking, hearing, and seeing are essential to performing job requirements. Common eye, hand and finger dexterity is required for most essential functions.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified.


Formal application and selection process; review of training and experience; appointment by Police Chief.

City of Moab, UT
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