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POSITION TITLE:  POLICE DEPUTY CHIEF   (Full-Time Regular) (Classified)
REQUISITION #:  req1139
BENEFIT CATEGORY: Police (CBU) View Classifications & Benefits
EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Full-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $135,890.00 - 144,967.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 5/1/2017.
You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check and drug test required.


Under the direction of the Police Chief, is in charge of a Division of the Police Department, and is a member of the Executive Staff. 


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Plans and supervises the operational activities and services of a Division.
  • Participates in the preparation and control of the Department budget and in the development and enforcement of policies.
  • Responsible for the overall planning, direction, budget, coordination, and evaluation of a Division.
  • Deputy Chiefs are required to serve as Acting Chief of Police in the absence of the Chief of Police and Assistant Chief.
  • Represents the Chief of Police and Police Services at a variety of community meetings and Fort Collins City Council meetings.
  • Interacts with other City departments to further City-wide goal accomplishment.
  • Leads and coordinates groups and task teams on a variety of issues within the Division, Agency, and City government.
  • Analyzes issues and prepares written reports and correspondence for a variety of customers.
  • Has cooperative authority for administration of discipline or corrective action except as limited by Agency policy, Collective Bargaining Agreement (if any), City administrative policy, and ordinances.
  • Must be able to render credible testimony in judicial and administrative proceedings.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES  This position is responsible for the supervision of City employee(s).

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees;
  • Planning, assigning, and directing work;
  • Appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees;
  • Addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATIONS   The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the necessary functions of this position.



  • Knowledge of general accounting principles.
  • Knowledge of police procedures and practices.
  • Ability to perform statistical analysis and advanced math.
  • Ability to do word processing, use computer software to prepare graphics, operate software packages, develop computerized spreadsheets, and use Desktop publishing.
  • Ability to perform basic vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Ability to perform functions of police personnel.
  • Knowledge of technology specific to law enforcement industry.
  • Knowledge of public management practices and issues.
  • Ability to make effective presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.



  • Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university required.
  • Must be a recognized peace officer who has served at the rank (or equivalent) of sergeant and/or lieutenant in a law enforcement related field with the ability to become a sworn member of Fort Collins Police Services.  
  • Must have a minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible supervisory/management experience.



  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.



  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. 
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.



  • Valid Colorado driver's license (or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of selection/hire).
  • Colorado POST certified or certifiable within one year of selection/hire.
  • At least one Executive Law Enforcement Training previously completed or within one year of selection/hire:
  • Police Executive Research Forum-Senior Management Institute for Police,
  • FBI-National Academy,
  • Southern Police Institute-Command Officers Development Course, or
  • Similar Command College.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. 
  • The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; and use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel.
  • The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


WORK ENVIRONMENT  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; risk of electrical shock; explosives; risk of radiation; and vibration. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act.