ROCK SPRINGS – Now that the smoke has cleared from the November election and newly elected officials are moving into their new positions, those government entities affected are also moving forward. For the city of Rock Springs, this means the search for a new police chief is on.
On Tuesday, the Rock Springs City Council will vote on Rock Springs Mayor Carl Demshar’s appointment for an interim chief. How this takes place is spelled out in City Ordinance 1-402.
The ordinance states the appointive officers of the City of Rock Springs, Wyoming shall be City Attorney, such number of Assistant City Attorneys as the City Council may authorize, Director of Department of Finance and Administration, City Clerk, City Treasurer, Municipal Judge, Alternate Municipal Judges, Fire Chief (subject to competitive testing through the Civil Service regulations), Director of Engineering and Operations, Director of Public Services, Director of Parks and Recreation, Director of Human Resources, and Chief of Police.
Said officers shall be appointed by the Mayor, by and with the consent of the Council. Any officer not appointed or reappointed pursuant to this section shall have his or her employment with the City terminated at the time of the vote taken by the City Council on the appointment.
In such case, the Mayor shall appoint, from within the department wherein the vacancy exists, a person to serve as the appointive officer on an interim basis. This person shall hold the position for no more than thirty (30) days without prior approval of the majority of the City Council.
Every thirty (30) days thereafter, a majority of the governing body shall vote to allow the interim position to exist for an additional thirty (30) days. Within sixty (60) days of the date of the creation of the vacancy, the Mayor shall make the nomination of a new appointee unless an extension of this time period is granted by vote of the majority of the governing body.
New Job Description for position of police chief
Along with the appointment of an interim, the city will vote on a new job description for the chief of police. The council will take action on the job description at the Tuesday night meeting. The job description provided to the council for action reads:
The employee will support the City of Rock Springs mission “To provide all individuals, through the combined efforts of city government and the people it serves, an effective, efficient and productive form of government, while promoting an enhanced quality of life, open communications and economic growth.”
The employee will demonstrate the ability to manage time, maintain a safe and clean environment; practice confidentiality; treat all persons with respect and professional courtesy; accept change; accept and provide constructive feedback; and work as a team player. The employee must also demonstrate the competencies for their position, and adhere to policies and procedures of their department and The City of Rock Springs.
Under general administrative direction, to plan, direct, manage, and oversee the activities and operations of the Police Department including patrol, traffic, investigations, internal affairs,communications, K-9, animal control, and support services; to coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Mayor.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Performs a variety of duties including, but not limited to:
- Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff.
- Assume full management responsibility for all Police Department services and activities including patrol, traffic, investigations, internal affairs, communications, K-9, animal control, and support services.
- Manage the development and implementation of Police Department goals, objectives, policies,and priorities for each assigned service area; establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; allocate resources accordingly.
- Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct the implementation of changes.
- Represent the Police Department to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explain and interpret Police Department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.
- Select, train, motivate and evaluate Police Department personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; recognize commendatory performance.
- Plan, direct, and coordinate, through subordinate level managers, the Police Department’s work plan; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures.
- Manage and participate in the development and administration of the Police Department budget; direct the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; direct the monitoring of and approve expenditures; direct the preparation of and implement budgetary adjustments as necessary.
- Coordinate Police Department activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; maintain and facilitate public relations and cooperative working relationships with news media, schools, local organizations and the general public; attend and speak at various community functions and meetings; prepare press releases and confer with the media in matters related to assigned activities.
- Provide staff assistance to the Mayor and City Council; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
- Conduct a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommend modifications to Police Department programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
- Review and analyze reports, legislation, court cases, and related matters; prepare initial responses for legal actions.
- Participate on a variety of boards and commissions; attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of law enforcement.
- Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive inquiries and complaints.
- Perform other duties and responsibilities and assigned.
ABILITIES AND REQUIREMENTS
Has the knowledge, skills and ability to:
- Effectively direct operations, services and activities of a comprehensive municipal law enforcement program.
- Understand and apply organization and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
- Understand and apply modern and complex principles and practices of law enforcement program development and administration.
- Implement technical and administrative phases of crime prevention, law enforcement, and related functions including investigation, patrol, juvenile welfare, traffic control and safety, records maintenance, supplies and equipment, care and custody of persons and property, training, and communications.
- Apply principles of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving.
- Apply law enforcement theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs in the department and community.
- Research and understand recent court decisions and how they affect department operations.
- Understand functions and objectives of Federal, State, and other local law enforcement agencies.
- Operate of firearms and other modern police equipment.
- Utilize advanced principles and practices of budget preparation and administration and prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.
- Utilize principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation in the selection and training of staff, while providing leadership and direction for the Police Department and develop leadership skills and succession planning with employees.
- Research, interpret and apply pertinent Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances, particularly with reference to apprehension, arrest, search and seizure, evidence and records maintenance, and traffic control.
- Research and understand local geography, City streets, public buildings, and businesses.
- Operate a motor vehicle safely and utilize safe driving principles and practices.
- Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment.
- Develop, implement, and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient law enforcement services.
- Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical personnel; delegate authority and responsibility.
- Identify and respond to community, Mayor and City Council issues, concerns, and needs.
- Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
- Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
- Prepare clear and concise administrative reports.
- Act quickly and calmly in emergencies.
- Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.
- Exercise good judgment, flexibility, creativity, and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs.
- Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including, but not limited to employees, contractors and the general public.
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, with staff and the general public.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Any combination equivalent to experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Seven years of responsible law enforcement experience including five years of management and supervisory experience.
Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in police science, public or business administration, or a related field.
License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
Possession of a P.O.S.T. Management Certificate.
Possession of F.B.I National Academy Graduation Certificate is desirable.
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:
Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, climb, and lift 50 lbs.,
exposure to cold, heat, noise, outdoors, chemicals, mechanical hazards, (3.nd electrical
hazards; ability to travel to different sites and locations.