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Our Opportunity: Due to the recent retirement of the Police Chief, the City of Cushing, Oklahoma, operating under a Council-Manager form of government, is seeking a Police Chief who is visionary and has a demonstrated history of innovative leadership and great character.
The Cushing Police Department has a long-standing, positive reputation as a responsive department. The next Chief will work to maintain the sense of safety citizens experience while facing 21st Century policing challenges by identifying solutions that fit our community.
Who We Are: With a diverse population of 7,826 residents, Cushing is home to the largest crude oil storage facilities in America. Known as the “Pipeline Crossroads of the World,” Cushing’s storage tanks and pipelines have the ability to move as much as 1.5 million barrels of oil a day. The town is located less than 25 minutes from Big 12 Conference member Oklahoma State University, which is located in Stillwater, the county seat. Cushing is ideally positioned an hour between Oklahoma City and Tulsa, offering quick, easy access to their amenities.
Our Facility: Opened in 2013, at a projected cost of nearly $6 million dollars, the 23,638 square foot state of the art Cushing Public Safety Center is home to police and fire. The safety center boasts a fitness center, multi-discipline training/conference room, which can double as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and 911 Emergency Call Center/Jail among other amenities.
Our Expectations: The Cushing Police Department is committed to providing quality police services, responsive to the needs of the community. Officers deliver dedicated and compassionate assistance by promoting personal and professional excellence, cooperation and leadership. The Cushing Police Department strives to enhance its reputation and practice of delivering on its core values of integrity, honesty, respect, professionalism, loyalty, image, service, and commitment to the employee.
Reporting to the City Manager, the Police Chief is responsible for planning, directing, implementing and evaluating the activities of the Police Department. The Police Chief will be responsible for leading a Department in a community that expects high levels of service and engagement. The Department has a $1.9 million-dollar budget, 16 sworn personnel to include the Chief and Deputy Chief, a 911 Call Center with six civilian personnel, one civilian Support Services Officer, one civilian Animal Welfare Officer and one part-time Animal Welfare Shelter Attendant.
The next Police Chief must be a strong leader who will work well with the City’s Management Team, police union, community members and surrounding law enforcement agencies, and will be experienced and confident in managing all areas of a full-service police department. The Chief is expected to be actively engaged both internally and externally, interacting with staff at all levels, trusting them to manage incidents and collaborating with fellow department heads, citizens and partners throughout the area.
Key priorities for the next Chief of Police are:
managing police challenges and opportunities that result from growth within and around the town limits;
building on existing partnerships with local, regional and state law enforcement and intergovernmental organizations;
ensuring a community-oriented policing philosophy permeates at all levels of the organization;
building on existing partnerships with the major energy companies that serve the Cushing Energy Hub;
maintaining and enhancing the "esprit des corps" of the Police Department;
evaluating equipment and technology needs against best practices to determine what upgrades may be needed, and
working cooperatively with the police union to foster a positive, forward relationship that benefits the best interest of the city, officers and citizens of Cushing.
Our Ideal Candidate: The next Police Chief must be a highly effective leader and law enforcement professional, who models the highest ethical standards and holds others accountable to the same. He/she is approachable, trustworthy, apolitical and committed to the excellent delivery of service to Cushing residents. He/she also has a passion for public service and is committed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement programs, services and processes while enhancing officer safety. He/she supports diversity within the department and building collaborative relationships with the police union and community groups. He/she communicates openly and honestly and is comfortable meeting with diverse groups of people and the media. He/she is forward thinking and will develop, support and introduce other innovative and/or best practice methods and processes for reducing crime and fostering positive community/police relations.
•Must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age.
•Must be a citizen of the United States.
•Must be willing to establish residency in Cushing.
•Must have a minimum of an Associate’s degree, preferably in a law enforcement related field.
•Must have a minimum of five (5) years' experience in a senior level position of a law enforcement agency of like size or larger.
•Must possess a valid driver license.
•Must be certified as a peace officer in Oklahoma by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), or meet all requirements necessary for CLEET certification and obtain such certification within six (6) months of assuming the position, or as otherwise allowed by state law.
•Must successfully complete a course of training meeting at least the minimal criteria established by CLEET for police chief administration and successfully complete an approved police chief administrative school, which has been developed by the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police and approved by the Council within twelve (12) months of assuming the position.
•Must meet annual CLEET training requirements.
•Must have experience developing and administering a multi-million-dollar budget.
•Must have experience speaking in public to groups and the media.
•Must have experience collaborating and working as a strategic partner with local, state, and federal law enforcement jurisdictions and civic and community leaders to address public safety issues and concerns.
•Must have skill in handling conflict and criticism.
•Must have skill in managing, supervising and evaluating law enforcement personnel in a unionized environment.
•Must have skill in interpreting and applying law enforcement-related federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.
•Must have skill in communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing.
•Must have ability and willingness to work in a high-stress environment
Our Compensation and Benefits: The salary range for this position is $62,500.00 – $68,638.00 annually, depending on qualifications and experience. The City of Cushing offers a wide array of benefits, which include employee paid health insurance and very low-cost family health insurance.
How to Apply: Please submit a one-page letter of interest, resumé detailing educational, work and salary history, and list five professional references with contact information. Packets may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Terry Brannon, City Manager, City of Cushing, Post Office Box 311, Cushing, Oklahoma 74023. The last day to apply will be Friday, August 9, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. The first review of applicants will occur the week of August 12, 2019.
Statement of Nondiscrimination / Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Cushing is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, mental or physical disability, religion, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or source of income in the admission or access to, or employment in, its programs or activities.
NOTE: Upon a conditional offer and acceptance of employment, the candidate may be required to undergo a polygraph examination. A pre-employment medical physical, a drug screen and extensive background investigation will be mandatory.
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