Police Chief

City of Newberg, OR | Full-time

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Police Chief Position

The Police Chief oversees and administers the activities of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department in the areas of law enforcement, protection of life and property, criminal investigation, and communication dispatch services. Reporting to the City Manager, the Police Chief is an active member of the Executive Leadership Team and collaborates with colleagues on citywide initiatives.

The Police Chief provides leadership through planning, organizing, directing, and supervising all department activities to achieve defined goals within available resources related to all police activities. The Chief reviews the department’s performance, studies trends, standardizes procedures, and formulates new programs or policies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. This position develops the annual budget and long-term financial plan based on staffing and resource requirements and program goals and objectives. Additionally, the Chief routinely monitors the budget to ensure compliance with approved budget levels and standards.

The Chief plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments to ensure appropriate service and optimum effectiveness. The Police Chief hires staff, evaluates performance, recommends promotions, directs training and ongoing professional development, and takes corrective action when needed. The Chief oversees and assists in investigations where major crimes, accidents, or other unusual incidents are involved and responds to the most sensitive or complex inquiries. Specifically, this position directs the resolution of inquiries, complaints, problems, or emergencies affecting the availability or quality of services.

The Police Chief establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with law enforcement personnel in other jurisdictions. The Chief represents the City on committees and commissions regarding public safety issues and coordinates activities with outside agencies. The Police Chief meets with elected and appointed public officials, business representatives, and members of the public to promote department activities and further positive community relations. Additionally, the Chief makes public safety presentations to community groups and works closely with the community in helping neighborhoods, special interest groups, businesses, and individuals achieve their goals without interfering with individual rights or the law.

Priorities

  • Take the necessary time to learn and understand our diverse community. Build meaningful relationships, establish trust, and ensure the Police Department is connected to the community at all levels.
  • Further educate the community on police department policies and procedures. Continue to collect and analyze data, making information available to the public to increase transparency and accountability with the community.
  • Actively recruit new police officers. Prioritize hiring staff that reflects the growing diversity of the community, including bilingual officers, while filling current vacancies with teammates that contribute to our strong culture and positively impact our work environment.
  • Continue to support the health and wellbeing of our police officers. Enhance the new Peer Support Program and provide ongoing training in the areas of crisis intervention, de-escalation, trauma informed practices, and mental health.
  • Encourage continuous improvement while honoring the history and traditions of the police department. Lead ongoing efforts to improve the department, update policies and procedures, and ensure our police officers have an active voice in maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Actively listen to officers, agency partners, and residents to support ongoing efforts to meet both department and community expectations and needs.
  • Proactively engage as a member of the City Leadership Team. Collaborate on citywide initiatives, support an equitable and inclusive environment, and actively champion our efforts to strengthen a values-driven culture.

The Successful Candidate

The Police Chief is a seasoned law enforcement professional energized by the opportunity to lead a progressive department with a talented and respected workforce dedicated to providing outstanding services to the community. The successful candidate is committed to community policing and working side-by-side with community members to create a safe, livable, and vibrant community.

A highly effective leader with unquestionable integrity, the Chief is committed to addressing the inherent biases in policing and identifies opportunities for reform to ensure the department remains a culturally competent organization. The ideal candidate is sensitive to the lived experiences of our community members and successfully serves as a bridge between the community and the police department. Hearing, balancing, and respecting a variety of views during the decision-making process while conducting police activities openly and transparently is essential.

The Police Chief is a strategic thinker who understands the importance of creating a vision while maintaining excellence in our programs, services, and daily operations. A progressive leader, the successful candidate brings proven expertise in change management and supports innovative ideas that positively impact the department. The Police Chief is approachable and routinely models behaviors expected throughout the City organization, including trust, mutual respect, and accountability. Importantly, the Police Chief creates an equitable and inclusive environment and supports the health and wellbeing of all officers.

A natural convener and collaborator, the Police Chief is a highly visible member of the community and recognizes the importance of relationships and partnerships at all levels. The successful candidate is a highly effective communicator who is open, honest, and transparent in all interactions. Above all, the Police Chief is committed to the Newberg community with a demonstrated passion for developing positive relationships.

Qualifications

Minimum of ten years of experience in a public safety police department with at least five years’ progressively responsible command and supervisory experience, equivalent to the rank of Police Sergeant or higher. Strong labor relations experience required. Demonstrated experience and an ongoing commitment to community policing is essential. Prior experience in a municipal police department in a similar size community ideal.

Possession of or eligible to obtain Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Management Certification within one years of appointment. A bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or related field required with a graduate degree preferred. Bilingual in Spanish preferred. An equivalent combination of experience and education that enable success as the Police Chief will be considered.

Inside City Hall

Newberg is governed by a seven-member City Council consisting of a Mayor and six Councilors. The Council employs three officers to carry out the day-to-day business of the City and manage its operations. The City Manager oversees administration, the City Attorney serves as the chief legal officer, and the Municipal Judge handles the City’s Municipal Court.

Newberg is transitioning to a high-performing, continuous improvement culture that hires the right people, provides them appropriate direction and oversight, trains them to do their work, and focuses on results. With a track record of finding creative solutions and working collaboratively between federal, state, county, and other partners, the City is working hard to achieve the long-term vision of residents, the Council, and community partners.

Newberg employs 118 full-time and 28 part-time staff, and the 2020-21 budget of $109 million reflects Newberg as a steadily growing community that implements City Council priorities. City services are provided through the following departments: Administration; Community Development; Central Services, which includes Finance, Information Technology and Human Resources; a contract City Attorney; Library; Police; and Public Works.

Fire and emergency medical services are provided by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue after the City of Newberg and the Newberg Rural Fire Protection District officially annexed into their service area in July of 2018. Parks, trails, open space, and recreational opportunities are provided by the Chehalem Park and Recreation District.

Newberg Dundee Police Department

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department is a full service, progressive, and contemporary agency supporting the communities of Newberg and Dundee. With a budget of $7.2M, the department has 35 sworn police officers and two records-evidence staff. The Police Department is accredited by the Oregon Accreditation Alliance for Law Enforcement and has successful maintained its accreditation since 2004. The Newberg-Dundee Police Department promotes individual responsibility and works in partnership with the communities to reduce crime, fear of crime, and to enhance the livability of Newberg and Dundee.

The Patrol Division provides 24-hour service and protection to the community and is the most active and visible component of the police department. The Division includes traffic safety, drug canine, patrol canine, the School Resource Officer, Domestic Violence Response Team, and Mental Health Response Team. 

The Special Operations Division is responsible for all major crimes and includes computer forensics, person crimes detective, property crimes detective, narcotics detective, and the Community Response Team. 

The Support Services and Communications Division includes the Newberg-Dundee 9-1-1 Communications Center which provides emergency communications services for police, fire, and medical, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Support Services is responsible for police records, public records and discovery requests, subpoena response, and processes and maintains evidence and found property.

The inner operations of the police department are nearly all automated. With computer terminals in the patrol cars officers can write police reports and search databases without having to rely on dispatch or spending time in the office. The implementation of automated systems has improved the efficiency of department operations and officers’ time allowing them more time for patrol, investigation and apprehension of suspects.

The Newberg Community

In support of its 24,045 residents, the City of Newberg cultivates a healthy, safe environment where community members can work, play, and grow. A friendly, dynamic, and diverse community that values partnerships and opportunity, Newberg is growing because of the high standard of living; clean, green environment; and strong economy.

Newberg is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Portland on the northeast side of Yamhill County. The Chehalem Mountains surrounding the community and the Willamette River create a natural bowl, providing a special sense of place that is cherished by the residents of Newberg. The community’s strategic location provides easy access to varied and plentiful recreational opportunities. A short drive also provides access to the many urban assets of Portland. Countless rivers and forests are within easy driving distance, offering a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. From Newberg, the Cascade Mountains are a one-hour drive east offering skiing, camping, fishing, and hiking. A one-hour drive west offers breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline with its many beautiful beaches.

Newberg has a balanced economic base that is led by manufacturing, health care, tourism, and education. World-class wine tasting is available throughout Yamhill County. As the gateway to Oregon wine country, Newberg’s leisure, hospitality, and tourism industry is growing. With fertile agriculture lands, there are dozens of wineries located in the countryside north and west of the City. In addition to winemaking, international corporations have invested in the fields of electronics and food processing. The strong manufacturing base includes dental equipment, food handling equipment, medical devices, advanced machining, and machine shops, all supporting the manufacturing sector. Newberg is home to George Fox University, a nationally recognized Christian university, and the Portland Community College Newberg Campus. Education and health services are growing with the expansion of Providence Newberg Medical Center and the new George Fox University Health Occupation facility.

The City of Newberg is served by the Newberg School District, which has six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools: Newberg High School and Catalyst Alternative High School. There are also two private Christian grade schools: Veritas School and C. S. Lewis Academy.

With a farmers market, first Friday art walks, and festivals, Newberg is a lively community. Providing far more than just books, the City Library is always a hub of activity. The Chehalem Cultural Center is a community asset that inspires and enriches lives through art and cultural offerings. The Center houses a fine arts gallery and exhibition hall, three multipurpose arts studio classrooms, a state-of-the-art clay studio, a recording studio with four music practice studios, meeting space, and an elegant grand ballroom for public and private events. The Chehalem Park and Recreation District maintains more than 200 acres of recreational sites and trails with activities for all ages. The residents of Newberg believe strongly in volunteering and provide countless hours of support to the community’s many churches and service organizations.

Based on the recently completed 2040 Community Vision plan, Newberg residents have reaffirmed their focus on preserving livability and expanding on existing community engagement, community leadership, cultural assets, and economic development.

Compensation and Benefits

The hiring range for the Police Chief is $113,652 to $145,500. Starting salary will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. Newberg has a robust benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, employee assistance program, and participation in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. Vacation, administrative leave, sick leave, and holidays are also included for this position. Additional information can be found in the Employee Handbook.

How to Apply

The City of Newberg is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination. The City is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive.

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 May 2, 2021.

For more information or questions regarding the City of Newberg or the Police Chief position, please contact Heather Gantz at hgantz@thenovakconsultinggroup.com.

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