Police Chief- Bozeman

  • City of Bozeman
  • Bozeman, MT, USA
  • Dec 08, 2020
Full time Government Law Enforcement

Job Description


The principal function of an employee in this class is to provide leadership and direct the operations and activities of the City Police Department. The work is performed under the direction of the Assistant City Manager, but extensive leeway is granted for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative. Supervision is exercised over the work of all City Police Department personnel. The nature of the work performed requires that an employee in this class establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, other City personnel, elected and appointed officials, representatives of a variety of State, Federal, and municipal agencies, and the general public. The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office environment, and also in a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations which may involve exposure to potential personal danger.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Provides administrative management, leadership, and motivation to all Department personnel to facilitate the provision of efficient and effective public safety measures, a positive work environment, the maintenance of a positive quality of life for all city residents, and to ensure  professional standards are maintained by Department personnel at all times;
  • Confers with the City Manager and City Commission in the development of policy and procedures to meet determined goals and objectives, including reviewing and evaluating existing policies and procedures for efficiency and effectiveness as necessary;
  • Directs the development of departmental personnel through training, formal education, and establishment of the Code of Conduct to ensure excellence and achievement in all law enforcement standards and practices, including planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating, the work of Department personnel in implementing the expressed goals, policies, and directives of the Department;
  • Oversees the handling of all serious complaints regarding officers;
  • Prepares and administers an annual departmental budget;
  • Develops policies and procedures designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement operations, and to address the City's public safety needs;
  • Interprets and facilitates the implementation of departmental policies and rules as required;
  • Advises subordinates on current problems, instructions, the outline of policies, and other matters of importance affecting daily operations;
  • Evaluates programs within the Department to appraise effectiveness, and to assess general conformance with orders, rules, and regulations;
  • Develops solutions, and determines the appropriate course of action necessary to address deficiencies, and to meet the Department's changing needs;
  • Develops, reviews, and discusses proposals and ideas for policies, programs, procedures, and/or operating standards;
  • Stays abreast of trends and developments affecting law enforcement management;
  • Analyzes and recommends approaches to current and anticipated law enforcement problems;
  • Confers with City Administration and elected officials in the planning and implementation of efficient and effective public safety measures;
  • Enforces all local, State, and Federal laws within City jurisdiction, and in coordination with surrounding jurisdictions and law enforcement entities, including State and Federal agencies as necessary;
  • Provides effective professional liaison between the City Police Department, media representatives, and the general public to ensure the promotion of goodwill, cooperation, and open communication between the Police Department and the community at large;
  • Serves as a spokesperson for the Police Department at a variety of community events, meetings,  and other public relations activities;
  • Evaluates major incidents or situations, and determines the necessary action to ensure an efficient and expedient resolution, including ensuring the determined course of action is carried out by designated command officers in a timely and efficient manner as required;
  • Studies crime reports and adjusts personnel assignments to ensure all major incidents and trends are addressed in an appropriate manner;
  • Monitors the work of all City law enforcement personnel to ensure all official Police Department business is conducted in a professional manner, and in accordance with established laws and procedures;
  • Communicates with all related personnel in efforts to encourage, motivate, promote leadership, and encourage teamwork in accomplishing set forth objectives;
  • Develops and revises a ten-year strategic plan;
  • Develops and revises a five-year business plan;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to departmental personnel;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops, and training sessions, and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to remain current on the principles, practices, and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs other duties consistent with the role and function of this classification.


  • Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, or a closely related field; AND
  • Extensive (at least 10 years) related experience, with considerable (at least 5 years) responsibility in a supervisory capacity;
  • OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential duties of the position.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of law enforcement administration and management techniques;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current methods and techniques of supervision and management;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of local, State, and Federal laws as applicable to community law enforcement;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current law enforcement policies, procedures, and practices;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of investigative and patrol procedures and techniques;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of arrest procedures, prisoner restraint, and transportation;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of tactical response and rescue operations;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of court procedures and practices;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of all related law enforcement equipment, weapons, and emergency vehicles;
  • Thorough knowledge of personnel safety procedures;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Manager,  other  law enforcement personnel, local officials, emergency response, court personnel, news media, and the general public;
  • Ability to efficiently evaluate work in situations involving potential danger to self, citizens, and/or other Police Department and to make quick decisions to ensure the safety and security of all individuals involved;
  • Ability to supervise, train, evaluate and coordinate the work of others;
  • Ability to efficiently operate a vehicle in dangerous traffic conditions and prevent harm to oneself and others;
  • Ability to use good judgment;
  • Ability to command authority from members of the public and department personnel through a calm demeanor and appropriate actions;
  • Ability to quickly learn the policies and procedures of the City Police Department;
  • Ability to quickly learn the geographical layout of the City;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing, using both technical and non-technical language;
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures, and instructions;
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations;
  • Ability to operate a personal computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks;
  • Ability to use logical and creative thought processes to develop solutions according to written specifications and/or oral instructions;
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines;
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology;
  • Integrity, ingenuity, and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks;
  • Consistently performs assignments in accordance with the City's Core Values of Integrity, Leadership, Service, and Teamwork.


  • Possess a valid Class D Driver's License and obtain a Montana Driver's License within 60 days of employment;
  • Possess Montana POST (or equivalent) Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, and Command Certifications;
  • As a condition of employment:
    • Must possess and retain the ability to provide credible testimony in a court of law;
    • Must be eligible for Montana POST Administrative Certificate within one (1) year of employment;
  • Offers for employment are conditional upon satisfactory response to thorough background and reference checks;
  • The successful applicant will be required to complete a financial disclosure form.