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Chief of Police
  • Are you a law enforcement executive who embraces community policing to effectively keep citizens engaged and safe? 
  • Are you a law enforcement executive who has a vision for leading a municipal police department during changing times in law enforcement nationally?
  • Are you a law enforcement executive who is committed to developing a culture of excellence in your staff using innovative, modern, and multi-disciplined strategies that match community needs?  
  • Do you want to work with a supportive Town Manager, colleagues and elected officials?
If the answer to these questions is yes, consider applying to be the next Zebulon, NC Police Chief!
Due to the retirement of its Police Chief, the Town of Zebulon, North Carolina, operating under a Council-Manager form of government, is seeking a Police Chief who is proactive and has a demonstrated history of innovative leadership using best practices for law enforcement AND engagement that fosters a safe community. The Chief of Police is the public face of the Police Department. He or she must be a leader who “walks the talk” on community-oriented policing strategies and initiatives both with staff and the community in order to develop and maintain effective relationships with the citizens, elected officials, Town administration, and police department staff. The next chief will deeply value personal engagement, leading and working alongside their officers to meet community goals.
The Community: Zebulon, with a residential population of about 5600 is Wake County’s eastern-most town and located just 20 miles from the downtown of North Carolina’s Capital City of Raleigh. Experiencing similar growth patterns of the region, the Town adds as many as 4 people a day to its population with current strategic planning and development forecasts nearly doubling the population by 2027.  Zebulon offers a wide variety of housing options from historic residential neighborhoods that consist of homes built in the Victorian, Craftsman and Colonial Revival styles to newly constructed developments. The Town is also home to the Milwaukee Brewer’s single A affiliate Carolina Mudcats and Five County Stadium as well as to industries such as GSK, Nomaco, Vinventions, US Foods, and Truist (formerly BB&T). 
Residents enjoy a small-town feel while having all the amenities of access to a metropolitan area of over 1.1 million people including Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Research Triangle Park, world-class healthcare, higher education, the state’s largest public school district and entertainment. Wake County and its communities have received national and international rankings and accolades from publications such as MoneyFortune, and Time magazines as being one of the best places to live and work. Bordered by four counties at the confluence of NC 64 (Future I-87) and NC 264 (future I-587), Zebulon boasts easy access to many points of interest and is approximately 3-hours from the mountains of North Carolina and 2-hours from Atlantic Coast beaches. 
Department and Position description and responsibilities: 
The Zebulon Police Department (ZPD) practices true “Community Policing” realizing that making Zebulon a safe place to live, work and visit is a partnership that includes the cooperation of town departments, residents, businesses, visitors and faith community. 
Reporting to the Town Manager, the Police Chief is responsible for planning, directing, implementing, and evaluating the activities of the Police Department. The Department has a $2.6 million overall budget, 22 sworn FTE personnel, 3 part-time officers, 2 reserve officers, and 1 civilian position. Dispatch is handled by Wake County. ZPD has a take-home vehicle policy for officers who live within 15 miles of Town limits. ZPD has three divisions: administration, patrol services, and detective. Given Zebulon’s proximity to four counties and major Interstate highways, effective coordination with local, regional, and State partners is critical. 
The next Chief will work to enhance the sense of safety citizens desire while facing public safety challenges that result from local and regional growth along a busy suburban corridor adjacent to the state’s Capital City.  He or she will also play a vital role in meeting objectives of the Town’s strategic plan—Zebulon 2030, which focuses on “creating a Vibrant Downtown, maintaining Small Town Life, and Growing Smart”.
(To learn more about the strategic plan, visit:           https://www.townofzebulon.org/sites/default/files/uploads/administration/final_06-04-18.pdf.)
 More information about the department can be found at https://www.townofzebulon.org/services/police
Key priorities for the next Chief of Police are:
  • ensuring a community-oriented policing philosophy permeates at all levels of the organization that continues to build community trust;
  • ensuring a culture of accountability for use of modern policing practices which foster a sense of security and respect for citizens and officers alike;
  • working with Town leadership to address recruitment, retention and turnover issues due to regional competition;
  • responding to an increase in the crime rate and managing public safety challenges and opportunities that result from growth within and around Town limits; and,
  • building on existing partnerships with local and regional law enforcement and intergovernmental organizations.
Qualifications:   Requires a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or other relevant field, and 15 years of progressive law enforcement experience across functional areas such as patrol, internal affairs, administration, investigations, etc. to include 6-7 years of executive-level experience at the rank of Captain or higher.   Must possess current advanced  NC LE certification or be eligible to acquire.  A master’s degree and executive law enforcement training are preferred. Must have a valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain a valid NC driver’s license within 60 days of relocating to NC.  Residency is strongly preferred

Transfers:  In-state candidates may transfer their law enforcement officer certification to another agency in NC provided he/she has less than a 12-month break in service at time of appointment. In-state candidates with less than a three-year break in NC service may receive partial credit toward basic law enforcement training.  Out of state candidates who are serving or have served as a local or state law enforcement officer must have successfully completed a basic law enforcement training course accredited by the state from which they are transferring and cannot have a break in full-time service exceeding three years at the time of appointment.  Individuals with Federal law enforcement officer certification who have not had a break in service exceeding three years at the time of appointment may receive partial credit toward NC basic law enforcement training.  NC does recognize and give partial credit for military police (MP) training if the candidate has completed a formal military basic training program and been awarded a military police occupational specialty rating and has served as a military police officer for not less than two of the five years preceding the date of appointment.

Salary range and Application Process:  The full salary range is $74,956-$112,433
with an anticipated hiring range of $95,000 - $105,000 (beginning salary will be commensurate with qualifications). The Town offers a highly competitive benefits package. Additional information about the benefits package is available  here.
To apply, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser: https://developmentalassociates.com/client-openings/), and click on Public Safety Openings, then the Chief of Police - Zebulon link.  All applications must be fully completed and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with the application.  Application review begins August 24, 2020.  Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on September 29-30, 2020.   Interviews with the Town Manager will follow at a subsequent time.   All inquiries should be emailed to hiring@developmentalassociates.com. Zebulon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.
Position: Chief of Police
Organization: Town of Zebulon
Location: Zebulon,  NC 
United States
Salary: $75,000 - $112,000
Posting Start Date: 8/1/2020
Date Posted: 7/31/2020
Requirements  The successful candidate:
  • is accessible and visible to staff and community by participating in Town and community events, embracing community organizations and collaborating across Town departments to reach strategic goals;
  • embraces a community of diversity, who proactively brings members with conflicting values and cultures together using well-honed skills in developing trust among members of the community and the police department while leveraging opportunities for collaborative and innovative problem solving and partnerships;
  • has a track record of ensuring that staffing reflects the community it serves in terms of diversity;
  • effectively and creatively advocates for staff resources such as training, equipment, and compensation, in order to positively impact recruitment and retention, while managing within a resource constrained environment;
  • is an outstanding communicator both verbally and in writing and possesses well-developed interpersonal skills to speak assertively and transparently with internal and external stakeholders;
  • demonstrates personal responsibility and leadership initiative that has led to crime reduction and strong community relationships in current or past positions;
  • develops and supports staff to achieve excellence through increased training, responsibility, productivity, morale, and retention;
  • is experienced across functional areas such as patrol, support, investigations, SET, K-9, or other specialized units;
  • develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with community organizations, homeowner associations, adjacent police departments, other municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies, in order to leverage resources and maximize quality of life opportunities, ensuring that the Zebulon Police Department is fully engaged and a vital part of the community;
  • is up-to-date on current trends and best practices (e.g. protests, De-Escalation training, mental health training, etc.) and has a track record of evaluating and making appropriate evidence-based recommendations to ensure optimal departmental response;
  • understands and utilizes crime data statistics and other performance metrics to evaluate operations, identify trends, develop benchmarks and measure performance and achievement of established policing goals;
  • is tech-savvy, understands and embraces how technology and how social media can enhance effective law enforcement;
  • has experience working in a council-manager form of government and skills in navigating the complexities of varying roles; and,
  • is skilled in budget development and management, policy development, and application and progressive policing strategies despite budget constraints.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/30/2020
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Organization Information
Town of Zebulon
1003 N. Arendell Ave

Zebulon,  NC 27597
United States
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