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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Chief of Police


Fort Lauderdale, FL

Chief of Police

A national search is underway to attract an engaging, community-minded Chief of Police to lead the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Situated in the center of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area with more than six million people, Fort Lauderdale is the county seat of Broward County and is known as the “Venice of America” due to its expansive canal system, trendy restaurants, and world-famous beach. As one of the top American vacation destinations, tourism is the economic engine for the 10th largest city in Florida. The City’s population is just over 189,000, but the influx of millions of visitors and sizable revenues provides a stark contrast with the issues that plague some of the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Florida. This paradox offers the complexity generally associated with a major U.S. city. This opportunity to lead one of Florida’s top law enforcement agencies also comes at a time of historic social awakening with respect to systemic racism, political unrest, and some segments of the community questioning the role of police in public safety. The selected candidate will be an engaging, community-minded Chief of Police who will strengthen community trust; increase transparency and embrace fair, impartial, and constitutional policing while maintaining a proactive approach to reducing crime. The next Chief will be a strong communicator and crisis manager. Successful candidates will have an exceptional career history and will be known for being engaging, inclusive, insightful, and adaptable. The next Chief will work with the community, city leadership, and various stakeholders to create a new vision for public safety in Fort Lauderdale. With a 2021 budget of $134 million that authorizes 722 positions, including 530 sworn officers and 192 civilian employees, the FLPD has successfully implemented several initiatives to reform policing and address an array of issues, including police accountability, diversity recruitment and hiring, and employee wellness. The FLPD has also made progress on the planned construction of the new police headquarters. This position requires five years of command experience in a larger or similar-sized department and a demonstrated track record of working effectively in a diverse community. Experience should also include developing and implementing innovative crime reduction and community policing strategies. A bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or related field from an accredited college or university is required. A master’s degree in Public Administration or a related field is highly desirable. Advanced executive-level training or the ability to speak another language is considered a plus. The City offers a competitive salary based upon the selected candidates’ qualifications. Salary is augmented by an excellent executive benefits package.

For more information, please contact the recruiter. Candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a comprehensive resume, compelling cover letter, and list of professional references via email to apply@publicsectorsearch.com. The first review of candidates will occur Friday, April 23, 2021. This position will be considered open until a final selection is made. Candidates should direct inquiries to Mr. Gary Peterson at Public Sector Search & Consulting at 916.622.5323 or gary@publicsectorsearch.com

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