Police Chief - Hobbs Police Department

Hobbs Police Department - Hobbs, New Mexico

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Salary Information

Entry Level Salary:
$96,018.00 annual
Top Pay:
$161,169.00 annual

Job Description

Performs a variety of complex administrative, supervisory, and professional work in planning, coordinating, and directing the activities of the Police Department. Represents the City and the Police Department while working closely with citizen groups, public and private officials, and outside agencies. Serves as liaison for other law enforcement agencies to provide technical assistance, and to ensure responsive, appropriate delivery of law enforcement services.

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  • Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork.
  • Analyzes complex technical and administrative police service problems, evaluates alternative solutions, and adopts effective courses of action.
  • Exercises sound independent judgment within general policy and administrative guidelines.
  • Fosters strong community relations and partnerships through the creation and administration of model community policing programs and activities.
  • Directs departmental public information.
  • Confers with elected or appointed officials, other law enforcement officials, business representatives, public citizens and City officials on law enforcement problems and assists the development of innovative municipal law enforcement policies.
  • Develops positive relations with community groups, businesses and citizens.
  • Maintains involvement with community organizations and activities in a manner that promotes a positive image of the city.
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity in dealing with diverse groups both internal and external.
  • Leads organizational development, reorganization, program development, evaluation, and goal setting.
  • Manages and supervises the police department to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains and develops staff, motivates, evaluates, and holds staff accountable when necessary; reviews progress and directs changes as needed and delegates appropriately.
  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range plans.
  • Directs the development of management systems, procedures and standards for program evaluation; monitors development related to police service matters, evaluates their impact on city operations, and implements policy and procedure improvements.
  • Prepares and presents the annual budget for the department; directs the implementation of the department’s budget; plans for and reviews specifications for new or replaced equipment.
  • Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures to assure sound fiscal control and efficiency; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
  • Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures. Performs or assists subordinates in performing duties.
  • Maintains harmony among workers and peers and resolves grievances; adjusts for errors and complaints.
  • Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes.
  • Reviews department performance and effectiveness, formulates programs or policies to alleviate deficiencies.
  • Coordinates the information gathered and work accomplished by various officers; assigns officers to special investigations as the needs arise for their specific skills.
  • Ensures that as a department, cultural and ethnic diversity is valued; Supports initiatives to focus on the variety of personal experiences, values and creativity that arise from differences in culture and circumstance.
  • Develops policies and procedures for the Police Department that are reflective of the directives and policies as outlined by the City Manager and the City Commission.
  • Evaluates evidence, witnesses, and suspects in criminal cases to correlate all aspects and to assess for trends, similarities, or for associations with other cases.
  • Oversees the training and development of department personnel.
  • Prepares and submits periodic reports to the City Manager regarding the department’s activities, and prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate.
  • Cooperates with County, State and Federal law enforcement officers as appropriate where activities of the police department are involved.
  • Ensures that laws and ordinances are enforced and that the public peace and safety is maintained.
  • Attends all regular meetings of the City Commission; attends special meetings of the City Commission, departments, or administration at which attendance may be required.


Attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in the field; represents the police department in a variety of local, county, state and other meetings; participates in professional organizations related to areas of responsibilities. Directs investigation of major crime scenes. Performs the duties of subordinate personnel as needed.

Coordinates activities with the Emergency Response and Preparedness Personnel, Legal, and Fire Chief, as needed.


Works under the direct supervision of the City Manager.


Supervises the Deputy Chief and Department Secretary directly, and other departmental staff through subordinate officers and supervisors.


Follows and complies with all instructions as directed.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a related field.
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years at a command level position in a progressive law enforcement agency. A combination of education and experience may be substituted on a year to year ratio.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must possess a diverse background in municipal police management.
  • Dedication to internal communications and employee involvement, community interaction and participation, and analytical thinking and problem solving are essential.
  • Thorough knowledge of modern law enforcement principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment; considerable knowledge of applicable laws, ordinances, department rules and regulations and technology systems related to law enforcement.
  • Ability to train and supervise subordinate personnel; Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, peers and supervisors; Ability to exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and in making decisions


Must possess, or be able to obtain by time of hire, a valid state issued driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in any state; NM Police Officer Certification or the ability to achieve NM Police Officer Certification through the NM Law Enforcement Academy.

**Residency Requirement **

The Chief of Police position is required to live within a five (5) mile radius of the City.

Contact Informaton

Valerie Rojas

Hobbs Police Department
300 N Turner
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
phone: 575-397-8071

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