Police Chief

City of Gastonia
November 1, 2022
181 S. South Street, Gastonia, North Carolina
Billing Address
PO Box 1748
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https://www.cityofgastonia.com/images/files/human_resources/documents/Police_Chief_Brochure_2022.pdf (Download PDF reader)

The City is conducting an open recruitment process for a dynamic Chief of Police who motivates and communicates with colleagues, management, Mayor/Council, and citizens.  It is important to embrace a culture of transparency and inclusion within the Department itself while maintaining a strong police/community relationship that builds trust with all citizens. The next Chief must have a keen understanding that department morale drives recruitment, retention, and excellence in service delivery and actively works to establish and maintain a positive working culture. Significant experience building high functioning teams where members feel valued and appreciated is required.

The Gastonia Police Department serves a population of over 80,000 residents. The department has an annual budget of $24 million. Gastonia is the 13th largest city in NC and second largest city in NC west of Charlotte.  The city is experiencing well managed growth in residential, retail/commercial, and industrial sectors.  Gastonia is located in the southern piedmont of North Carolina, approximately 15 minutes west of Charlotte. Traversed by I-85 and US 321, Gastonia is uniquely situated within convenient drives of picturesque mountain landscapes and family-friendly beach destinations.

The City has a land area of over 56 square miles and is experiencing growth throughout the City. The police department organizational chart currently features a Police Chief, two Assistant Police Chiefs, five Captains, twenty-six Sergeants and one hundred forty-three Officers (including SID, CID, Office of Professional Standards, Training).  In addition, the police department has twenty-three civilian positions including one Police Attorney, one Records Supervisor, twelve Records Specialists, four Administrative Assistants, one Police Research Specialist, one Property and Evidence Custodian, one Property and Evidence Technician, one Quartermaster, one Crime Scene Investigator and nineteen part-time employees.  The Gastonia Police Department is CALEA accredited.  The City has recently made significant investments in compensation, equipment, training, and improved work conditions in order to be the best police department in North Carolina. Pay will exceed $150,000 annually and review of applications will begin December 12th.

Performs complex advanced protective services and administrative work planning, organizing and directing all police operations, handling personnel and public information matters; ensuring that all laws, regulations and procedures are followed; does related work as required. Work involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the Assistant City Manager – Admin. Services and the City Manager. Departmental supervision is exercised over all personnel within the department.

Essential Functions/Duties


Essential Functions Percentage of Time (avg) Spent Plans, programs, directs and evaluates the operation of the Police Department. 40% 30 Develops annual budget proposal and controls budget expenses. 10% 15 Formulates and implements police policy, procedures, rules, regulations, and programs. 5% 5 Interviews, hires, promotes, assigns and disciplines all police personnel. 5% 5 Supervises maintenance of all records and materials associated with law enforcement activities or administration. 10% 15 Attends meetings and serves on committees, boards and agencies related to promoting crime prevention and improving law enforcement. 20% 10 Makes periodic public addresses. 2.5% 5 Meets with the news media for interviews. 2.5% 5 Evaluates work of subordinates. 2.5% 5


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of Federal and State laws and municipal ordinances, rules and court decisions relating to the administration of criminal justice and law enforcement; comprehensive knowledge of scientific methods of crime detection, criminal identification and radio communication; comprehensive knowledge of controlling laws and ordinances; thorough knowledge of the geography of the City; demonstrated ability to lead and direct the activities of police officers; ability to maintain cooperative relationships with Attorney General, district Attorney, Court officials and other City officials and with the general public; ability to evaluate the effectiveness of the police operation and to institute improvements; ability to prepare and review reports; resourcefulness and judgment in emergencies; demonstrated integrity; tact.



$150,000.00-160,935.36 annually


Education/Experience/Physical Demands/Special Requirements/Additional Information

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree is preferred. Candidates should have at least 10 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience with at least 5 years in a command/leadership position including extensive experience in police administration and management.. This position also requires certification as a Police Officer through the Criminal Justice Education and Standards Commission of North Carolina. North Carolina experience is preferred.

Special Requirements

BLET certified by the NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission.
Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate issued by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission within twelve months of hire.
NIMS IS-100, IS-200, IS-400, IS-700,IS-800 within twelve months of hire.


The physical activity of this position includes:
Climbing:  Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.   This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion.

Stooping:  Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.  This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.

Kneeling:  Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.

Reaching:  Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

Standing:  Particularly for sustained periods of time.

Walking:  Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

Lifting:  Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position.  This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.

Fingering:  Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.

Grasping:  Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

Talking:  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.  Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.

Hearing:  Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal spoken word levels with or without correction.  Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on machined parts.

Repetitive Motions:  Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.

The physical requirements of this position:
Office Environment Work:  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.  Office environment work involves sitting most of the time.  Jobs are categorized as office environment if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other Office Environment Work criteria are met.

The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision:
The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform one or more of the following: preparing and analyzing data and figures; accounting; transcription; computer terminal; extensive reading.

The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position:
None:  The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (such as in a typical office or administrative work environment).

Drug screening, criminal background, and a POET (post offer employment testing) are required.


The City of Gastonia is committed to creating and maintaining a work environment that is inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We value diversity and promise to honor your experiences, perspective and unique identity.
The City of Gastonia is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/H

Please apply at: Websitehttp://www.cityofgastonia.com