Chief of Police for Rockville, Maryland

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Chief of Police for Rockville, Maryland
Posting Number 201200360
Organization City of Rockville, Maryland
Position Category City Government

Position Summary Information

Job Description


(Starting Salary Range of $150,000 to $175,000 DOQ/E Plus Excellent Benefits)

Located just 12 miles northwest of the nation’s capital, and 35 miles southwest of Baltimore, Rockville is an historic, vibrant and ethnically-diverse community of nearly 70,000 citizens residing within 14 square miles. As Maryland’s 3rd largest city, Rockville benefits from a highly-educated, diverse and engaged citizenry, and is poised for continued future success. Uniquely positioned along the I-270 BioTech corridor rich in technology-based businesses and an employed labor force of more than 80,000, Rockville possesses a strong sense of community with stable neighborhoods, a vibrant downtown that serves as the county seat for Montgomery County, and a wide range of recreational and cultural opportunities, and annual celebrations. The City has easy access to the region with two Metro rail stations and another nearby, plus a short drive to three major airports; BWI Thurgood Marshall International, Ronald Reagan National, and Dulles International. Rockville residents are served by the award-winning Montgomery County Public School system, along with a number of private and parochial schools.

The City of Rockville operates under the Council-Manager form, and the governing body consists of an independently-elected Mayor and four Council members, all of whom are elected at-large, every four years. The City Manager is appointed by the Mayor and City Council, and serves as the City’s chief administrative officer overseeing the appointment of all personnel, and the administration of all financial and operational affairs of the City. Rockville’s FY2017 budget (July-June) operates with a combined funds budget of $126M with 612 full time equivalent employees.

The Chief of Police reports directly to the City Manager and is a key member of the City’s management team, leading a nationally accredited agency of 91.5 members, of whom 62 are sworn officers. The Department has a strong reputation for effectiveness and operates using a $12.6M budget supporting the Field Services, Administrative Services, and Special Operations Bureaus. RPD has concurrent jurisdiction with Montgomery County Police, and most complex investigations, especially homicides and sexual assaults, are handled by Montgomery County.

The City seeks a strong and visionary leader who is team-oriented, possesses exceptional communication skills, and utilizes a style that engenders mutual trust and openness with the community and among all levels of the Department’s operations, including command staff, sworn and non-sworn personnel, and FOP leadership. Priorities include officer recruitment and retention, staff relations and development, community engagement, implementation of policing best practices, and partnerships with other local law enforcement agencies.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in criminal justice, business, public administration, or a related discipline; a graduate degree is preferred. Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of police department operations and management, and law enforcement best practices. Command level experience in a comparable or larger agency is required. Advanced training such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute or equivalent programs is highly preferred. The selected candidate must be able to obtain Peace Officer certification in Maryland and a Maryland Driver’s License in a reasonable period of time.

Preferred Qualifications
Physical Requirements

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 12/21/2017
Close Date 02/14/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume above at “Apply for this Job”. This position is open until filled; First review deadline is Wed., Feb. 14, 2018. Following the first review date, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in the recruitment brochure. For more information, please contact Art Davis at, or by phone at 816.868.7042; or contact Chuck Rohre at, or by phone at 214.466.2436. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal history/credit/driver’s license check prior to an on-site interview.

The City of Rockville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce (EOE).

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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