Organization: City of Austin, Texas
Salary: A competitive salary, negotiable depending on qualifications, plus an excellent benefit package will be provided.
Close Date: Open until filled
Austin, TX, with a population 719,000, is the sixteenth largest city in the U.S. The City covers 295 square miles of central Texas hill country. As the state’s capital city, Austin is the center of Texas government. However, it is far more than that. In fact, quality of life is Austin’s proudest hallmark. Austin’s residents are among the most socially, culturally and economically diverse in the nation. The City is consistently ranked among the most livable and safest in America. Austin is well known for its active and involved citizenry, its high level of political tolerance and its thriving business climate. Home to America’s fourth largest public university and named the “Live Music Capital of the World”, Austin is America’s youngest and 2nd most highly educated big city. Austin boasts an array world-class sports and cultural amenities as it has a comfortable year-round climate and has a 150 mile long chain of lakes. Austin is truly one of America’s great cities.
Austin’s Municipal Government is a progressive, dynamic, full-service organization operating under the Council-Manager form of government. Accordingly, the Mayor and six City Council Members set policy and appoint a professional City Manager to implement policy and to manage the day-to-day affairs of the City. The City’s FY 2005-2006 total budget is $2.3 billion and there are approximately 12,000 municipal employees.
The Austin Police Department (APD) functions on a current budget of $183.4 million. APD employs 1,435 uniform and 595 civilian personnel. Its Mission Statement is “to protect and serve Austin’s diverse community so that residents and visitors feel safe and are safe.” To accomplish this, APD utilizes a neighborhood-based policing model which divides the City into nine-area commands. Issues include trust-building between APD and various segments of the community, labor relations, trust building between management and rank and file employees, improving traffic safety and fully developing APD’s new command staff.
The Police Chief is appointed by the City Manager and reports to Assistant City Manager. The successful candidate will be a team player with a proven track record for fostering effective multi-directional communications, strong and decisive internal and external leadership, and the ability to relate effectively to all members of the Austin community.
Requirements include the equivalent to a Bachelor's degree (Master’s preferred) combined with at least five-years of police chief, assistant chief or police management level experience in a community of comparable size, complexity and diversity to Austin. The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of municipal police operations, a strong commitment to community-oriented policing, be adept at labor relations and knowledgeable of the Council-Manager form of government. Newly appointed Chiefs of Police are required by Texas statute to obtain initial and continuing education training. The new Police Chief must be licensed as a peace officer by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement no later than one year after the date appointed.
A competitive salary, negotiable depending on qualifications, plus an excellent benefit package will be provided.
This position is open until filled. Please send your resume to:
Robert E. Slavin
SLAVIN MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite B-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071
Phone: (770) 449-4656
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