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Thornton, CO

Chief of Police


City of Thornton

Chief of Police

A national search is underway to attract a highly qualified individual to become the next Police Chief for the City of Thornton, a diverse community with more than 140,000 residents in the Denver Metropolitan Area. Thornton wants to build on an excellent police-community relationship that engenders trust, advances community policing and increases public safety. The City seeks a Police Chief who is passionate about that mission and enthusiastic about this opportunity. The ideal candidate will recognize the complexities of policing in a large metropolitan area, including the necessity of strong relationships with allied agencies, community-based organizations and other regional partners.

The successful candidate will lead a professional police agency with 243 commissioned officers and 78.5 professional staff and a $41.4 million budget. The next chief will be an experienced executive who will inspire confidence and trust from the community and earn the respect of both commissioned and non-commissioned personnel. The selected candidate will be a collaborator with an infectious “can do” attitude that inspires others to accept and manage change while upholding high-performance expectations. The most competitive candidates will possess at least 10 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, including senior executive assignments and management of community policing and crime reduction efforts. While an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered, a bachelor’s degree, preferably augmented by graduate studies, is desired. Candidates must have a proven track record of working collaboratively within an organization, the community, and with local, state and federal partners.

The salary range for this at-will position is $145,133 – $191,575, with placement within the range depending on qualifications, salary history and accomplishments. The salary is augmented by an excellent benefits package. The first review of applications will occur on April 30, 2020. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply immediately.

Email your submission to mark@publicsectorsearch.com and include a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume and six references.

Confidential inquiries should be directed to Mr. Gary Peterson at (916) 622-5323 or gary@publicsectorsearch.com. Select the “Download Recruitment Brochure” icon on the left to view more details and information.

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