Deputy Police Chief

City of Hilliard, OH | Full-time

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The City of Hilliard, Ohio, is seeking a Deputy Chief of Police who would become the Chief of Police within 6-12 months of appointment. The ideal candidate will have progressive experience in law enforcement leadership, exhibit a strong commitment to community policing, and demonstrated success working as part of a collaborative citywide team of dedicated public servants.

The City of Hilliard’s Promise

In Hilliard, our team of passionate public servants comes to work each day exhibiting “Hilliard’s Promise” in every action we take. We believe and exemplify the following as part of this promise to each other and our community:

  • A Heart for Service that results in Exceptional Service from Exceptional People.
  • Strength in Teamwork that results in One Team Delivering Bold Results.
  • A Drive for Excellence that results in Quality and Innovation in All We Do.

In addition to these commitments, those who wear the Division of Police badge display core values of integrity, commitment, cooperation, and professionalism.

The Division is a partner with the community, and that partnership and trust keeps Hilliard’s crime low while promoting the quality of life that makes this a community where people want to live, work, and raise a family.

About the Division

The Hilliard Division of Police (HPD) is a dynamic organization serving a diverse and growing community of approximately 39,000 residents in a suburb of the greater central Ohio region. The City’s Police Division focuses on community-oriented policing strategies and seeks to ensure community involvement in the public safety process.

Started in 1957 as a special police force to serve the growing village of Hilliard, the Division of Police has developed into an organization with a strength of 64 police officers and 16 support team members. HPD’s 2021 General Fund Operating Budget is $12.6 million.

The Division serves the City of Hilliard and Norwich Township, providing police and community safety services to approximately 17 square miles. With a focus on values and a commitment to collaboration, the Division leads in many regional policing initiatives. The City of Hilliard works to ensure team members have access to state-of-the-art equipment and training.

The City of Hilliard transitioned to a City Council/City Manager form of government on Jan. 1, 2020. This transition ensures a professionally managed City and a commitment to building a strong team of talented public servants.

Our Community

Hilliard is a thriving central Ohio community with an estimated population of approximately 39,000 residents.

In many ways, it’s your typical All-American hometown, balancing scenic beauty and residential diversity with dynamic businesses and corporate development. Approximately 1,358 businesses call Hilliard home. Two-thirds of our workforce is white-collar, and our median household income is more than $93,000 per year.

And Hilliard is a safe community; 95 percent of our surveyed residents report they feel secure.

But just 15 minutes from Hilliard’s quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods is downtown Columbus, the heart of the 14th largest city in the United States. That means Hilliard residents enjoy big-city amenities such as an eclectic dining scene, ranging from more than 60 regional craft breweries (including Hilliard’s own Crooked Can) to fine restaurants. There’s family fun, from the internationally acclaimed Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to professional sports, including Columbus Blue Jackets hockey, Columbus Crew soccer, the PGA’s Memorial Golf Tournament, and Columbus Clippers’ minor league baseball (not to mention The Ohio State University Buckeyes!)

Hilliard City School District (hilliardschools.org) is Ohio’s eighth largest, with more than 16,600 students. It is also one of the state’s most highly regarded, fulfilling its mission in preparing every student to be “Ready for Tomorrow.” This requires a balance of personalized academic instruction to ensure a strong foundation in specific content and knowledge. Hilliard Schools provides individual opportunities to explore areas of interest with time to expose students to potential careers and jobs of the future. There is also a focus on the mindset and social-emotional development of all students. This commitment to the whole child creates equity in services and equality in opportunities in an increasingly diverse community. (Among the Hilliard students, more than 56 different languages are spoken by students from 68 different countries.)

Residents and corporate citizens enjoy dependable city and safety services, 26 developed parks, more than 36 miles of scenic multipurpose trails, popular recreational programs, diverse community celebrations, and a variety of safe and attractive neighborhoods. The city was ranked No. 10 among the hottest zip codes in the country by Realtor.com in 2017; more than 77 percent of residents own their homes.

At-a-glance

  • Population: 39,000
  • Median household income: $95,199
  • Education: 59.2% have an associate degree or higher
  • Home ownership: 77%

Deputy Chief of Police Position

The City of Hilliard is hiring a Deputy Chief of Police who will be ready to move into the Chief of Police role within the next 6-12 months, after the retirement of the current Chief. (This type of transition has been the City’s past practice for the Police Division.) The current Chief will work with the Deputy Chief to ensure a smooth transition, with the first six months focused on learning about the department, City, and community needs. The City Manager will be making this appointment in close consultation with the current Chief of Police.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, at least ten (10) years of law enforcement experience, and at least three (3) years of command-level experience with leadership in all areas of police operations and community policing. Equivalent experience/qualifications will be considered.

Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree and certification from the Ohio Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program, the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, or other law enforcement executive leadership course. Demonstrated leadership in a community-focused police department, mentoring and developing officers at all levels, and transparency and engagement with the community is also preferred. Experience with implementing body-worn cameras, preventive policing, OPOTA certification, and CALEA accreditation is also preferred.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate is a community-oriented policing professional who demonstrates the utmost level of integrity and is prepared to lead as the next Chief of Police. The ideal candidate will have exceptional communication and leadership skills, employ data-driven decision-making, and be committed to transparency within the department and community. The Deputy Chief will be poised to learn about the department, city government, and community and be fully prepared to lead the department as Chief of Police within 6-12 months. The candidate will have the demonstrated ability to bring fair and consistent leadership along with best practices of 21st-century policing. The selected applicant will continue to use technology to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and officer and community safety. The ideal candidate will be focused on ensuring the health and well-being of all members of the organization.

The next Chief of Police will earn the respect of the community and officers and be politically astute, apolitical, and diplomatic. This individual will be an accessible and visible member of the community and work collaboratively to meet the high expectations of residents in an environment that is growing, supportive, and increasingly multi-cultural. The ideal candidate will be a part of the City’s leadership team, partner with other departments, and encourage officer participation on cross-functional teams to achieve organization-wide and community goals.

This person will motivate and inspire personnel, meet regularly with staff to build relationships and instill trust, set clear expectations, and hold personnel accountable for high standards at all levels of the organization. This individual will foster a healthy work environment that cultivates staff training, development, and mentorship. The ideal candidate will recognize the importance of sworn and nonsworn staff and bring the department together to achieve its goals. The selected candidate will involve department personnel in developing both short- and long-term goals that align with the City’s vision. This individual will demonstrate decisiveness and be resilient in the face of adversity. This person will exhibit emotional intelligence, empower employees, and have the ability to influence others to move toward a unified vision.

The ideal candidate is a team player with a good sense of humor who exemplifies professionalism and commitment to providing police services as equitably and efficiently as possible. This person will continuously work to invest in community-police relations, department morale, retention and recruitment of talented personnel, and police operations. This individual will be fully invested in the City of Hilliard and the community’s continued success.

Compensation

The expected hiring range of the Deputy Chief of Police is $130,000 - $137,000, depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefits package, which includes City contributions to the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund (OP&F), twelve (12) paid holidays, one (1) personal day, and tuition reimbursement.

Additional information

Applying

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on June 15.

Questions

Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or (513) 221-0500.

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