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Police Chief

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The City of Fairborn is seeking qualified police professionals for the position of Chief of the Fairborn Police Department.  The current chief is retiring after 34.5 years of service to the Fairborn Police Department with 3 years as the Chief.

Fairborn, Ohio, located northeast of Dayton, Ohio, is a community that combines history with innovation. While there is a nod to the achievements from the past, there is also a focus on looking towards the future and continuing to move the community forward.  The City of Fairborn strives to be inclusive, diverse, equitable, and a place where everyone, from all backgrounds and experiences, can have a strong sense of belonging. With a population of over 34,000 Fairborn is the second largest city in Greene County but takes pride in being a community with a small-town character and feel. With Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as our western border, and the home of Wright State University, Fairborn is often working and partnering with Department of Defense Contractors, local entrepreneurs, innovators, and pioneers in their respective fields.

The Police Department has an outstanding and young workforce with the Chief overseeing a sworn staff of 3 Captains, 7 Sergeants, 7 Detectives, 1 K-9 Officer, 3 SRO/DARE Officers, 2 NET Officers, and 29 patrol officers. The Chief also oversees a 911 communications center that dispatches police, fire, and EMS. The dispatch center has an authorized strength of 12 dispatchers and a 911 Telecommunications manager.

The Fairborn Police Department enjoys working openly in partnerships with the Fairborn community to foster an atmosphere of cooperation and trust. Candidates who meet the position criteria, have a proven history of exceptional leadership, can partner with the community and stakeholders, and can demonstrate a track record of effective leadership are encouraged to apply.

Police Chief

Under the administrative direction of the City Manager, is responsible for all employees and activities of the Police Department. Work involves the planning, organizing and directing of a law enforcement organization concerned with protection of lives, and property; and enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work is performed with considerable independence and latitude. Performs other work as requested.

Examples of Duties:

Identifies goals, direction and activity for departmental programs. Works closely with subordinates to direct, supervise and review program activities through written reports or personal observation.

Directs the development, administration and review of departmental budget and exercises control over expenditures.  Prepares the budget, evaluates the need for and recommends the addition of new employees, materials and equipment.

Develops departmental policy and administrative rules and regulations governing personnel, standards of performance, operating procedures and other activities. Reviews adherence to policies through written reports or personal observation.

Participates in more serious or non-routine criminal investigations. Works closely with other law enforcement and related agencies at the county, state and federal level.

Establishes effective working relationships with news media; establishes rapport with community groups and other civic organizations through meetings, speeches, presentations or other means. Represents City of Fairborn Police Department at meetings.

Responds to citizen’s complaints, comments, requests, or inquiries whether in person, in writing, or by telephone.


Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, criminal justice, police administration or closely related field; supplemented by certification as a police officer; ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in general law enforcement administrative functions; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Must have a valid Ohio Driver’s License.

Leadership training such as FBI National Academy, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Public Safety Leadership Academy, or similar program highly preferred.

Knowledges, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of governmental budgetary development, administration and control.

Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in modern law enforcement administration.

Knowledge of community profile, including special area needs.

Knowledge of procedures, practices, and policies of effective leadership.

Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

Knowledge of case law as applies to City of Fairborn.

Knowledge of modern office equipment.
Knowledge of collective bargaining and labor negotiations.

Knowledge of communication centers and jail operations.
Skill in the safe use of firearms and related police equipment.

Skill in the safe operation of light motor vehicles.

Skill in dealing with the public, news media and citizen groups.

Skill in administration of employer-employee relations.

Ability to be available twenty- four (24) hours a day for emergency situations.

Ability to command personnel and equipment during emergency situations.

Ability to plan, assign, coordinate and evaluate activities performed by the Police Department.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, subordinates, and the general public.

Ability to make effective presentations.

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