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Police Chief-City of Dover, Delaware
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Police Chief
City of Dover, Delaware

Police Chief-City of Dover, Delaware PDF Flyer

The City of Dover, Delaware, Capital of the First State, is seeking interest from qualified candidates for the position of Police Chief. This opening is available due to retirement.  The Dover Police Department has an authorized strength of 101 sworn officers including the Police Chief and Deputy Chief.  The Administrative Support staff includes thirty-two (32) civilian members.  In addition, the Cadet program consists of nine (9) part-time civilian members.  The fiscal year 2016-2017 departmental operating budget totals $17,256,100.  Of this amount, $15,711,300 represents personnel, $1,245,000 represents operating expenses, and $299,800 is for Capital Outlay. The Dover Police Department is CALEA certified.  The City of Dover operates under a modified Mayor/Council/Manager form of government.  There are nine (9) elected Council members, two (2) from each of the four (4) districts with one (1) member serving at large. Dover’s population is approximately 38,000 citizens.  The position of Police Chief reports directly to the elected Mayor.  The Mayor serves a four (4) year term.

The essential function of the position within the organization is to oversee and direct operations of the City’s Police Department. The position is responsible for supervising staff; establishing long-range plans; developing policy and procedures; preparing budgets; law enforcement; departmental records; and evaluating, documenting, and reporting on events and activities to senior management and elected or appointed officials. Decision-making is the main focus of the job, affecting the entire organization and surrounding population.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree or education and training equivalent to four (4) years of college education in business, liberal arts, or any field other than engineering or the hard sciences. Requires a valid Driver’s License, Police Training, and CPR and First Aid certification. Requires over ten years of experience.

Please visit the City of Dover’s webpage (Human Resources),, to review the entire job description as well as obtain an employment application. The Dover Police Department’s website, provides details of the Department.

A criminal background investigation, driving record, and pre-employment drug/alcohol screening will be required.   The City of Dover offers a comprehensive benefit package.  To apply, submit a City of Dover employment application, resume, and a cover letter to:  City of Dover, Attn: Human Resources Director, P.O. Box 475, Dover, DE 19903.

The City of Dover is an equal opportunity employer.

Minimum Weekly Rate: $1,700 - $2,347

Weekly salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Closing Date: March 17, 2017

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