Deputy Police Chief

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First review of applications will be October 11th for interviews on October 13th.  This position is opened until filled. 
Position Purpose:
This position performs highly responsible and complex planning, organizing and direction to divisions as assigned by the Police Chief; supervises Commander and assigned Sergeants. Under general direction of the Police Chief, work is performed with initiative, discretion, and independent judgment based on extensive knowledge of policies, procedures, laws, and operations. Serves as a senior member of the department's management team. Serves as the Police Department’s Public Information Officer. Directs all activities of the department in the absence of the Police Chief.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

Task Specific:

  • Provides highly complex assistance to the Police Chief in matters related to a wide variety of department activities and programs including, but not limited to budgeting, risk management, inspections, and audits; conducts research and special studies
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, and manages the day-to-day operations of one or more police divisions
  • Participates in the overall oversight of all police functions with the management team
  • Coordinates and assigns staff; delegates work for appropriate and efficient use of resources.
  • Acts as department’s Public Information Officer
  • Interviews and makes hiring recommendations
  • Plans, assists, directs, and evaluates tasks in progress and upon completion
  • Evaluates performance, coaches and mentors subordinates, recommends promotion and disciplinary actions, addresses complaints, and resolves problems
  • Reviews and responds to informal grievances; participates in the formal grievance process per the collective bargaining agreement
  • Participates in labor contract negotiations
  • Evaluates methods, policies, procedures, and personnel training needs; recommends changes for department improvement and efficient operations
  • Participates in long- and short-range planning, identifying goals and objectives
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with staff, other agencies, news media, elected officials, administrators, and the general public
  • Coordinates task forces and other cooperative law enforcement efforts with other agencies
  • Schedules and conducts meetings with personnel with emphasis on accountability, problem solving  and evaluation of new, modified, or changed methods and procedures
  • Informs the Police Chief of significant activities by means of discussion, conference or written report
  • Manages the workflow and prioritization of assigned projects; meets regularly with staff to discuss priorities and resolve workload and technical issues; takes appropriate corrective actions when necessary
  • Makes recommendations to the annual budget; forecasts future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors expenditures and identifies needs
  • Investigates, resolves and mediates administrative, inter-agency and operational inquiries and complaints; negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant and controversial issues; evaluates and coordinates the resolution of labor relations and community relations issues
  • Coordinates the development of law enforcement strategies to meet City goals and objectives; determines the scope and priorities of programs and special projects; recommends and implements changes and improvements to existing programs, priorities, policies and procedures; ensures effective communication issues
  • Manages critical incidents and criminal investigations; responds to major crime scenes and takes command when appropriate
  • Plans, organizes and directs the activities and operations within assigned functions, ensuring the furthering of department’s mission and goals
  • Prepares a variety of internal and public reports, memorandums and evaluations relating to operational effectiveness; responds to email inquiries from internal and external customers
  • Communicates with City administration, personnel and outside organizations regarding crime prevention and law enforcement administration
  • Provides operational leadership to assure standards are met for productivity, efficiency, continuous quality improvement, customer satisfaction, and teamwork
  • Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and necessary correspondence
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and information
  • Participates as a key member of the City’s Emergency Management Team
  • Maintains ability to perform all essential duties of subordinate positions

Organizational Specific:

  • Endorses, supports and defends organizational objectives by complying with organizational rules, procedures and values, suggesting improvements, and conveying a positive and professional image of the agency
  • Creates a positive team environment through accountability, courtesy, respect, support, and cooperation
  • Assists other Police Department work units, city departments, and outside agencies in a professional and respectful way
  • Demonstrates initiative consistent with job expectations to improve both personal and organizational performance
  • Avoids destructive organizational behavior toward the agency and its employees

Peripheral Duties:

  • Conducts special studies and projects for the department; attends meetings and represents the department at City Council meetings and other gatherings as assigned
  • Initiates City Council Staff Report for issues involving the police department
  • Performs duties of the Chief of Police in absence according to established guidelines
  • Performs the duties of subordinate staff as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described in the attached form and below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the essential functions.

This position works primarily in an office, but occasionally outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including when called to an incident or responding to emergencies, including working in or near moving traffic. Contact with irate and combative citizens may occur; may be required to occasionally and appropriately respond both physically and verbally to combative persons. Must be able to operate various firearms with accuracy and to department standards. Equipment utilized includes standard office equipment, safety equipment, vehicles, police equipment, and personal computer with associated software and peripherals.

Must be able to perform the required physical activities during police training, emergency and disaster scenes; physically able to sit in a vehicle or at a desk for extended periods of time. Employees must be able to perform multiple work tasks at the same time, perform well with frequent interruptions, and tolerate a high level of stress.

Evening or variable hours to attend meetings and for emergencies is required.



EDUCATION:  Bachelor's degree in Police Science, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or closely related field from an accredited college or university desired; and

EXPERIENCE:Minimum of 10 years total law enforcement experience with 5 years of mid-level supervision (i.e., Deputy Chief, Commander, Captain, Lieutenant, etc.);

OR:Any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the required skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job may be substituted for these qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and General Orders of Lake Stevens Police Department
  • Audits and State Accreditation practices
  • Organizational, strategic and operational planning concepts
  • City ordinances, Civil Service regulations, and labor agreements
  • Incident Command/NIMS
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of police science and modern police administration, organization and operations
  • Criminal law enforcement investigation, prevention and intervention methods and strategies; crime prevention methods and techniques
  • Duties, powers, authorities, and limitations of a municipal Police Chief
  • Rules of evidence, criminal procedure and the laws governing the custody of persons
  • Professional, technical, and administrative phases of law enforcement, crime prevention, rules of evidence, criminal procedures, statutory, constitutional and case law
  • Accepted practices and procedures in police leadership/administration and application of theory; and best practices for professional law enforcement in the State of Washington
  • Standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated
  • Use of police records and their application to the solution of police challenges
  • Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration
  • Principles of risk management
  • General social problems and cultural diversity of residents, including local community issues and regional community resources available
  • The geographical layout of the City, street names and numbers
  • Public safety data processing and communications systems including Patrol, emergency communications center, and police records and retention systems
  • Applicable federal, state, and local criminal and civil laws, codes and regulations
  • Current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as: word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases
  • Effective communication principles and practices to include public relations and public speaking
  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation
  • Principles of supervision, training, best management practices, and performance evaluation
  • Lean Management System or Six Sigma principles

Skill and Ability to:

  • Maintain regular, predictable and reliable attendance during scheduled work hours
  • Delegate authority and responsibility
  • Lead and direct the operations, services and activities of the Police Department
  • Identify and respond to community issues, concerns and needs
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in oral and written forms, one-on-one and in groups
  • Analyze problems, identify potential solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
  • Proactively address employee issues
  • Administer specialized law enforcement divisions and/or functions including coordinating police activities such as those related to patrol procedures, community events, crime prevention and disaster response
  • Analyze difficult law enforcement situations and problems and reacting quickly and calmly in emergency situations
  • Use initiative and independent judgment within established legal or procedural guidelines.
  • Understand community and social conditions to determine needs
  • Maintain discipline and respect of employees and to lead and command multidisciplinary staff in law enforcement and crime prevention activities, including leading and commanding effectively in emergency situations
  • Perform negotiations and effectively partnering with other departments and groups
  • Conceptualize, influence, develop, and administer goals, objectives, guidelines and procedures for the Police Department
  • Make effective presentations and speaking effectively during public relations and media appearances
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques
  • Safely and satisfactorily operate a police car, police radio, firearms, and other weapons and equipment as required
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as: word processing, spreadsheets and statistical databases
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of English language, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Demonstrate principles of business letter writing
  • Demonstrate advanced principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration
  • Demonstrate supervisory and training principles, methods and techniques


  • Ability to pass a background investigation, psychological evaluation, medical examination, polygraph examination and other examinations which may be required by law, city ordinance, and/or policies
  • Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy or equivalent academy certification. May require additional certifications based on area of responsibility
  • Valid Washington State driver's license or ability to obtain by time of hire; and a driving record which meets the city’s requirements
  • Must qualify with department authorized firearms, equipment and successfully complete department defensive tactics training
  • Must possess or obtain Washington State Patrol Access Certification within six months of hire
  • Complete Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Executive level management certification within eighteen months of hire


Supplemental Information:

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:

  • An attachedresume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached cover letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

The City of Lake Stevens is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, veteran’s status, disability, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

There are no limitations to who's a best fit to serve this community. If we contact you for an interview and you need specific accommodations, please let us know.  We're happy to make the arrangements. We’ll need to know ten (10) days in advance to make sure we get you situated, so call Human Resources at (425) 622-9400 or email   You're also welcome to mail your request to City of Lake Stevens Human Resources, P.O. Box 257, Lake Stevens, WA 98258.

About City of Lake Stevens
Lake Stevens is a vibrant and growing community - the second fastest-growing city in Snohomish County - with a population of over 35,000 and plans for annexation in early 2021, which would make us the 4th largest city in the county.

Lake Stevens is generally a residential community with access to numerous commercial, retail and recreational opportunities. Of course, the crown jewel of the community is the lake itself, which boasts some of the greatest water recreational opportunities in the county. Lake Stevens is also uniquely situated, being close to the lake, ocean, and Cascade mountains, to take advantage of many outdoor activities. The Lake Stevens Schools are excellent and, coupled with a city priority of parks and increased walkability, makes Lake Stevens an ideal place to raise a family.

The City of Lake Stevens operates under the mayor-council system. The city’s motto, “One Community Around the Lake”, embodies our quality of life, top-ranked school district, and the City Council’s commitment to providing excellent services and amenities for its residents.

Why City of Lake Stevens?

  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle.
  • Flexible Work Schedules – The city offers a variety of work schedules to include potential hybrid/remote work dependent on meeting business necessities and supervisor approval.

Plan For Your Future – The City of Lake Stevens offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to our Benefits page for more information.

1825 S. Lake Stevens Rd, Lake Stevens Full-time
Snohomish County Only This job is either located or can be performed in Snohomish County
Yearly Salary $105,000+
Estimated Start Date 2021/12/01
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