THE POSITION


For a copy of the Executive Search brochure, visit City of Grand Prairie : News : Grand Prairie Seeking Police Chief

The City of Grand Prairie is seeking a strong, innovative and progressive leader with a collaborative management style who will engage employees through teamwork and motivation, and promote diversity within the Police department.

When asked, police personnel said they wanted a chief who is:
- visionary
- pro-active
- a leader by example
- a good listener
- a communicator
- decisive

The chief should have a commitment to leading-edge technology, regional partnerships and professional training. The chief is expected to demonstrate a commitment to Raving Fans service and maintain an open door policy. Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills are imperative to effectively interact with staff, the Police Association, the City Council, the community and the news media. The successful candidate will effectively command leaders, set and achieve goals and monitor performance. The successful candidate will have unquestioned personal and professional integrity, and adhere to the highest ethical standards. The chief must be politically astute and effectively able to analyze issues, gather facts and make fair, appropriate and timely decisions.

The Police Chief is appointed by and reports to the City Manager, Tom Hart. The Chief will work closely with other internal city department heads, the Mayor/Council or staff on issues that arise.

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT


The CALEA-certified Police Department has 220 civil service officers, 128 civilian, 10 volunteer reserves and 72 crossing guard employees. The department just moved into a spacious, beautiful 150,000-square-foot headquarters.
Police Department Divisions and Functions
SWAT traffic patrol K9 lake narcotics jail
anti street-crime records crime analysis dispatch
criminal investigations school resource officers
gun range mobile command unit mobile lab
Sky-Watch surveillance units neighborhood offices
lake patrol office speed boat and jet ski
training center laser gun range two fitness rooms virtual driving simulator federal task forces

The department's budget is $34 million. Each year the department receives approximately 122,000 calls for service, makes 9,000 arrests and issues 48,000 citations.

CITY MISSION STATEMENT
Create Raving Fans by delivering World Class Service

THE COMMUNITY



Conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Grand Prairie is the 15th largest city in Texas and in the top 150 nationwide. Grand Prairie, population 175,396, offers relaxation, family fun and friendly neighbors. With six school districts from which to choose, families have many options when it comes to the education of their children. In Grand Prairie, families who have lived here for generations welcome newcomers who move here for the same reason the natives don't leave - location and hometown atmosphere.

The U.S. Census listed Grand Prairie one of the fastest growing cities in the nation in 2005 and 2006. Money Magazine listed Grand Prairie a Best Place to Live in 2008.

With a park system recently named Best in the Nation, businesses and residents feel right at home. Fifty-eight parks include the award-winning Summit Active Adult Center, a conference center, three recreation centers, golf courses, public swimming pools, softball and baseball complexes, soccer fields, tennis courts, a camp ground, beach parks, an aggressive skate park and football fields. With a cent sales tax devoted to parks, improvements to parks throughout the city are made annually.

More than 6 million people a year visit Grand Prairie's entertainment and tourist attractions: Lake Joe Pool, Lone Star Park Class I Thoroughbred Horse Race Track, Verizon Theatre, Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Traders Village flea market, historic Uptown Theater, Turner Park Disc Golf Course and QuikTrip ballpark, home of the Grand Prairie AirHogs minor league baseball team.

DEMOGRAPHICS


According to 2010 U.S. Census, 30 percent of Grand Prairie residents are Caucasian, 20 percent are African-American, 42 percent are Hispanic of any race and 8 percent are other. Forty-two percent are 24 and younger, 45 percent are 25-54 years old and 13 percent are 50 and older. Single-family homes number almost 42,000 and multi-family units total about 17,000. The median household income is $51,000.

Grand Prairie boasts a wide range of housing stock for all income levels, from quaint older homes to spacious new homes. The average price of a new home is $215,000.

THE CITY GOVERNMENT



The city of Grand Prairie is a Council-Manager form of government. A Mayor and eight Council members provide policy direction. Six Council members represent single member districts. Two are elected at large.

The city provides a full range of services, from aviation to water, planning to public works, environmental services to parks, fire to ambulances, police to courts and more. The operating budget is $202 million, with a General Fund budget of $97 million. The city employs approximately 1,100 full-time employees.

LOCATION


The city is located directly between Dallas and Fort Worth. Just five minutes south of DFW International Airport, the city enjoys easy access to anywhere and everywhere on Interstates 20 and 30, State Highways 161 and 360, Loop 12 and Spur 303. Grand Prairie stretches 30 miles long by 8 miles wide and covers 81 square miles.


THE REQUIREMENTS



Experience

- Minimum of 10 (ten) years law enforcement experience with a minimum of 5 (five) years command experience in a senior-level police management position.
- Record of progressing responsibility and making innovative change throughout career.
- Broad experience in all aspects of municipal law enforcement, modern police practices, criminal investigations, crime prevention and community-oriented policing.
- Experience with Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 143, in urban law enforcement a plus.
- Experience working with a multicultural staff and community preferred.

Education
Bachelor's degree in public or business administration, criminal justice, or related field is required. Master's degree in public administration or related field preferred. Completion of the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute Police Executive Research Forum, Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), or similar program is strongly desired. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate active and successful experience in advanced professional education, including drug enforcement and successful labor management experience.

Compensation and Benefits
The city of Grand Prairie offers a competitive starting salary, depending on qualifications and experience. The current chief's salary is $141,324, plus a take-home vehicle. The city participates in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) at a 7% employee deposit rate with a municipal match of 2-1. A full range of leave and insurance benefits is provided. A relocation package will be considered.

To Be Considered
To apply, please e-mail resume and cover letter to:
Lisa Norris, SPHR
Human Resources Director
lnorris@gptx.org
972-237-8192

Please include your current salary, the size of your department, number of employees you supervise, demographics of the community you serve, your current position and highlights in your tenure related to the qualifications requested. Finalists will be subject to a comprehensive background check.

The position is open until filled; however, the first review is expected in early April 2011 with additional applicant testing and/or interviews offered for finalists to narrow down the candidate of choice.

The city of Grand Prairie is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workforce.