The City of Ludington is pleased to announce that the city seeks experienced police leaders as applicants to serve as the community’s next Chief of Police. Ludington is located in Western Michigan (Lower Peninsula) on the shore of Lake Michigan.
The Ludington Police Department is currently staffed by an authorized 15 sworn Police Officers and 2 non-sworn individuals. Sworn positions include 9 Police Officers, 4 Sergeants, 1 Captain and the Chief of Police. Police Officers and Sergeants are represented by the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council. The Chief of Police is appointed by and reports to the Ludington City Manager.The City of Ludington experiences a low rate of criminal activity and is an excellent and safe place to live and work. The Police Department budget for 2020 is $1,775,300.
The City is seeking a dynamic and collaborative professional with proven law enforcement leadership and managerial experience and strong interpersonal and customer service skills. The ideal background and qualifications for the Chief of Police position include:
• Minimum of Ten (10) years’ experience as a police officer of which five (5) years show progressively responsible experience in supervision and management at a command level position or higher.
• Certification by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards Board (MCOLES) or eligibility for such certification within six (6) months of employment.
• A bachelor’s degree in Police Science, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience sufficient to demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of Ludington’s Chief of Police.
• Master’s degree and Command/Leadership level training such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command or similar training experience is preferred.
• Outgoing, positive and approachable personality to encourage accessibility with residents, business and governmental leaders.
• Open and available to Police Department staff and City employees by using an effective communicating philosophy, seeking input, and being welcoming of and encouraging racial and gender diversity.
• Commitment to continued training, professional development and community engagement.
• Demonstrated experience building successful partnerships with community stakeholders.
• Proven history of practicing the principles of community policing and building community problem solving partnerships. Demonstrated experience receiving positive outcomes applying problem solving approaches within the community.
• Labor relations experience.
• Knowledge, and experience with media relations, including experience and support of the use of social media as an opportunity to engage Police Department stakeholders and promote the mission and goals of the Department.
• History of intergovernmental cooperation and relationship building.
• Experience interacting and collaborating with other law enforcement agencies and mutual aid groups.
• Knowledge of current best practices and policies in policing.
• Sufficient experience to review organizational structure, staffing, and personnel assignments and make changes when appropriate, to ensure departmental capability to carry out its mission and responsibilities.
• Experience in addressing internal organizational and personnel issues present in most police agencies as well as having demonstrated ability in addressing these problems in a positive, professional, timely and impartial manner.
• Strategic thinker, anticipating issues or trends and must be open to new approaches and technologies while also thinking beyond the walls of the Police Department, understanding the needs of the City as a whole and of the region’s public safety community.
• Excellent financial management skills, knowledge of capital planning and organizational management and a clear understanding of resource and budgetary limitations while avoiding micromanagement.
• Well-developed writing and public speaking skills and the ability to adjust one’s approach based upon the audience.
• Excellent reputation and a high level of honesty, integrity and confidentiality.
In addition, the selected candidate will need to relocate to within twenty (20) miles of the City of Ludington.
The annual salary range for this position is Minimum: $75,115, Maximum: $85,846. The starting salary for this position will fall between the two commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to salary, the candidate also receives a highly-competitive benefits package including a Police Pension, health insurance, and the same benefits as all other administrative employees including paid time off.