Police Commander: City of Maricopa

General Purpose

Open until filled - First review Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., or when a sufficient number of applications have been received.

The City of Maricopa is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Management's vision is "to be open, responsive and accountable while serving the public with integrity."

Job Description

The following duties are normal for this position.  The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position.  Other duties may be required, assigned and expected.

Pursuant to Section 1.3.3(b)(i) of the City of Maricopa Personnel Policies and Procedures, the City Manager has designated the Commander position as an unclassified service, non-merit system, at-will position.

General Purpose

The fundamental reason this classification exists is to command and administer within the Police Department. Although largely administrative in nature, certain assignments require extreme physical exertion. A Police Commander is responsible for planning, supervising, and reviewing the activities of all personnel assigned to a major division, which may include a patrol or support functions. Supervision is exercised over a large staff of sworn and/or civilian personnel primarily through subordinate supervisors. Work involves participating in the preparation of the budget by recommending personnel and capital needs for a division; directing or personally investigating citizen complaints about Police personnel conduct and services; commanding the Police Department, when assigned as duty Commander, by organizing and directing personnel and equipment during major events or emergencies; interacting with community organizations and representing the Police Department on various city/state/regional committees and boards; coordinating activities with other law enforcement agencies; and participating in various Citywide projects and/or programs. Will provide or participate in presentations to community groups, general public and/or city council. A Police Commander recommends comprehensive goals and objectives and is responsible for their implementation and results achieved. A Police Commander serves under the direct supervision of the Police Chief, dependent upon assignment, will serve as Acting Chief of Police when assigned due to Chief's absence. Duty hours of this class vary significantly due to the requirement for 24 hour availability. This class is responsible for performing related duties as required.

Essential Duties:

Essential Duties are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.  They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it.  Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.

  • Oversees management of sworn and non-sworn personnel positions in the Police department.
  • Plans and directs operations and administrative resources to accomplish department goals and objectives.
  • Supervises patrol operations; special event planning; and emergency management investigations.
  • Leads department recruitment and selection of sworn and non-sworn department staff, ensures (new hire) field training & evaluation is consistently completed,
  • Conducts crime prevention education and community based outreach & initiatives.
  • Assumes command of the police department in the absence of the Police Chief as assigned.
  • Manages criminal and non-criminal case loads employing proper investigative and interview techniques, including processing of crime scenes, rules of evidence, court system and proper courtroom procedures, search and seizure laws, and federal and state asset forfeiture procedures.
  • Consistently demonstrates excellent customer service based skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently both orally and in writing (i.e.: preparing professional business correspondence, policies manuals and presentations).
  • Effectively relates with the general public and representatives of other law enforcement agencies, on the municipal, regional, county, state and federal levels and private agencies in coordinating activities and resolving problems.
  • Supports the mission and vision of the Maricopa Police Department by way of positive and meaningful community interactions that support strong working relationships and partnership building.
  • Demonstrates excellent planning and organization skills, including ability to direct, coordinate and review assignments and projects; assess and secure proper staffing levels; and, coordinate activities with those of other departments and outside organizations.
  • Investigates, analyzes and reports on employee performance and misconduct; recommends specialized training, professional development, disciplinary and corrective actions.
  • Coordinates all matters pertaining to accreditation and compliance with regulations relating to CALEA, FEMA, Homeland Security and other federal, state and local Emergency Management matters pertaining to the department.
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory agencies (i.e.: fire, police, EMS, environmental health & safety) and encourages timely and appropriate information sharing.
  • Leads the department's efforts to develop safety, crime awareness and crime prevention education and outreach initiatives.
  • Identifies, researches, and evaluates best practices in municipal policing; facilitates corrective actions; implements process improvement initiatives; and, formulates proposals and recommendations based on cost analysis and supporting data/research.
  • Develops, implements, and maintains internal policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Composes, revises, and communicates departmental general orders and policies.
  • Ensures that all operational, administrative, and organizational matters are uniformly executed, effectively communicated.
  • Plans, organizes and directs the work of management, professional, clerical/technical and other personnel in administrative/support services.
  • Demonstrates precision in identifying problems, relating findings, reporting facts to the Police Chief.
  • Incumbent exercises considerable knowledge, training and experience for executing duties independently, and within applicable legal/ policy parameters and limitations.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in widely used and contemporary computer based applications (i.e.: MS word, excel, power-point.)
  • Evaluates operations, develops recommendations for the Police Chief which include, impact on resources, anticipated results, costs and benefits
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience* with at least five (5) years' experience in a management capacity in a mid to large law enforcement agency. *This would not include Reserve Status.

Special Requirements:

  • Must obtain an Arizona driver's license within 30 days of hire
  • Must be Arizona POST certified at the time of appointment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in criminal justice, public administration or related field
  • Successful completion of IACP/AZ Post leadership in police organizations course
  • Attendance at FBI National Academy or Northwestern Command School or other Executive Police Management course equivalent

Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job, may be substituted forPreferred Qualifications at the discretion of the hiring authority.

Knowledge of:

  • Modern law enforcement management principles, practices and methods
  • City, county, state and Federal laws, regulations and ordinances
  • Arizona criminal justice and court systems, procedures and protocols
  • Law enforcement methods, practices, and procedures; including case laws governing arrest, rules of evidence, probable cause, and search and seizure
  • Strategy and tactics for management and deployment of personnel and equipment in complex tactical and emergency situations
  • Principles and practices of supervision and management
  • Investigative and interrogative procedures; and techniques and protocols for observation and memorization of critical details
  • Principles and practices of criminal justice records management

Skills required:

  • Effective supervision, including delegating tasks and authority
  • Analysis of complex law enforcement and security issues, and problem solving
  • Clear, concise, and persuasive communication skills, in both written and oral presentation form.

Ability to:

  • Exercise tact and sound judgment
  • Develop and implement agency goals and objectives
  • Work as a team player with city staff, fire personnel, and emergency medical service providers
  • Counsel and motivate staff; maintain harmonious relationships


Information contributed by: Maricopa City