Now Hiring: Police Deputy Chief

Village of Yellow Springs Employment Opportunity for Police Deputy Chief

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Classification: Non-Classified

Reports To:

Police Chief

FLSA:       Exempt

Appointed By:

Village Manager – Charter Sec. 31(2)

Status:    Full-Time Regular


Public Safety

Posted:   03/06/2023

NOTICE: The Village of Yellow Springs is accepting Applications for
POSITION: Sworn Officer, Chief Deputy
STATUS: Full-time, classified, exempt. Regularly scheduled for 80 hours every two weeks.
PAY RATE: Salary
BENEFITS: As determined by law. The Village of Yellow Springs offers health insurance for this position.

The Village of Yellow Springs has a progressive police department that helps ensure a safe and welcoming environment for those who live, work, and visit.

The department earns trust through consistent, meaningful engagement in our community, and strives for nonviolent conflict resolution whenever possible. We seek inclusion and compassion in all of the department’s workings, and we recognize and proactively address systemic issues of injustice and implicit bias that have led to historic inequities.

Living out this Policing Vision requires intentional policies and management to build an effective culture to match our approach. Our police department is an extremely important institution whose operations encompass nearly half of Village expenditures. We aim for a department structure and size that is appropriate to match our Village needs. Transparency and collaboration in decision making are crucial for external relations, and are also fundamental to the healthy, strong internal culture we want our department to strive for.

General Statement of Duties and Distinguishing Feature of Class

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Police, like Patrol officers, the Deputy enforces federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Additionally, Deputies provide supervision, maintain coaching and development standards and will be available when the Chief is not available in the chain of command for patrol officers.

The work of the Deputy Chief involves responsibility and accountability for the efficient performance of police offers on an assigned shift. The Deputy Chief must have exceptional working knowledge of police work and be familiar with federal and state laws, the Village Charter and ordinances, department policies and orders, in order to instruct police officers in procedures and work methods. General instructions, guidance and direction are received from the Chief of Police regarding assignments and procedures to be followed.

This is a public service job based on trust, credibility, and competency. It is a critical requirement of this position that the incumbent displays the desire and ability to perform and behave (on duty, as well as off duty) in a manner that does not damage or endanger the loss of trust with the public, co-workers, and other public safety forces. Candidate must meet the following qualifications and requirements at time of appointment.


  • Bachelors Degree or higher OR Bachelors degree must be obtained within two years or equivalent relevant experience (to be evaluated by the Chief of Police)
  • Min four (4) years’ experience with the Yellow Springs PD or equivalent experience (to be evaluated by the Chief of Police)
  • Prior supervisory experience, management experience and/or training preferred.
  • The position is a leader, and as such will have a proven track record of building and maintaining positive relations within the department, the community, and the village staff.
  • The successful candidate will have a current performance rating average of at least ‘meets expectations’.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a minimum of 21 years of age at time of appointment
  • Certification as a Peace Officer by The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
  • LEADS Practitioner Certification
  • CPR/AED Certification
  • Applicants must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license by time of appointment, have a good driving record, and live within thirty (30) minutes driving time of the village limits;
  • Officers are required to qualify annually with on- and off-duty weapons, as well as additional training annually on an electronic firearms system that focuses on prudent decision making in the use of force.
  • Must pass a criminal background check (condition of offer) and fitness for duty physical exam (both must be up-to-date and on file).

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)

    • Oversees daily activities within the division and supervises the Operations Division (Operations Corporal, Patrol Division, Special assignments within the patrol division) training, recruiting and hiring, and department awards and accomplishments.
  • As the department’s second in command, the deputy will provide highly responsible and complex operational support to the Chef of Police and performs the duties of Chief of Police during absences.
  • The position would work a varied shift but would primarily be needed during the off hours of the Chief of Police (i.e. second shift or third shift with rotating weekends subject to needs of the organization).
    • Assists with management of all police programs and operations to ensure protection of Village residents’ life and property;
    • Ensures laws are enforced and maintains public peace and safety.
    • Directs investigations of major crime scenes, performs duties of subordinate personnel as necessary.
    • Cooperates with federal, state, local and county law enforcement officers as necessary.
    • Attends training seminars, conferences and meetings to maintain administrative skills necessary for position.
    • Assists with plans, schedules, and directs operations of the police department in accordance with professional standards.
    • Implements and ensures compliance with department policies and procedures by all personnel.
    • Assures rules and discipline are administered consistently and uniformly.
    • Oversees investigations, patrol activities, and crime prevention programs.
    • Manages and makes recommendations to Police Chief regarding selection, hiring, and termination, grievance process, disciplinary action, staffing needs, and employee training.
    • Delegates duties to subordinates to accomplish goals and objectives of the police department;
    • Maintains a liaison with other law enforcement agencies, courts, local businesses, and local public officials, and public speaking engagements.
    • Responds to citizen complaints involving department personnel.
    • Maintains and reviews all reports and records prepared by officers for completeness and accuracy.
    • Prepares daily reports; advises subordinates on policy;
    • Interprets the Ohio Revised Code and the Ordinances of Yellow Springs;
    • Assists officers or dispatchers as necessary.
    • Renders first aid and /or CPR at scenes of medical emergencies
    • Collects complete and accurate evidence of criminal activity including processing crime scenes to collect and preserve evidence, submitting investigative reports to expedite review and follow- up investigations, assisting investigators at crime scenes.
    • Maintains clear and accurate personnel records;
    • Ensures that all subordinates meet physical and mental standards and are able to perform their job functions.
    • Attends training sessions, seminars, and workshops to remain knowledgeable of current law enforcement practices.
    • Conducts in-service training for subordinates.
    • Evaluates subordinates performance and assists other supervisors in performance evaluations.
    • Represents the Village in the community including organizing and conducting community meetings and crime prevention programs.
    • Works closely with residents and community management to resolve problems in assigned area.
    • Speaks to community groups, schools, and other organizations on law enforcement issues.
    • Educates the public in law enforcement practices and application of the law.
    • Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief of Police.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • A Deputy Chief must display good knowledge of approved principles, practices, and methodologies of modern police work with a full understanding of Village Values
  • Must fully understand the Community Policing concept, and apply this to the day-to-day operation of the Police Department
  • Ability to have a positive working relationship with community residents,  Village Manager, Village Staff, and Subordinates
  • Ability to provide supervision, training and guidance to patrol officers
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the Village Charter, Ordinances, Personnel Policy Manual, other Village and Department policies relevant to police work and management of employees
  • Must be able to comprehend, remember, and apply legal concepts involved in the administration of due process of law
  • Must be able to understand, interpret, and apply principles of police procedure in a variety of situations including but not limited to investigative techniques, arrest procedures, techniques in collection and preservation of evidence
  • Ability to apply management principles to solve departmental problems, define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions, exercise independent judgment and discretion
  • Continue certification and knowledge of first aid methods
  • Maintain confidentiality of information
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear and comprehensive written reports
  • Prepare and deliver speeches and respond to inquiries from the public
  • Ability to recognize and identify areas in which training is needed, and to take steps to ensure this training is given, understood, and put into practice
  • Must maintain competency in yearly firearms qualifications as required by the Ohio Revised Code and departmental policy
  • Hold exceptional communication skills by demonstrating the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; as well as read, write, and speak professionally and effectively
  • Must have a high degree of skill in interpersonal relations and integrity. Yellow Springs Police Officers interact with the public on a daily basis
  • Be able to cope with situations firmly, courteously, and tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others
  • Be able to analyze situations quickly and objectively along with being able to determine the appropriate course of action required
  • Must have the ability to understand, interpret, and apply principles of police procedure in a variety of situations
  • Able to effectively evaluate the performance of persons assigned to his/her command.
  • Ability to learn the geography of the Village and its physical and social characteristics
  • Must be able to speak clearly and audibly into a radio microphone in order to call for assistance in an emergency situation, and must be able to speak clearly and audibly to the officers with whom he/she is working
  • Must be able to engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as shift work (8/10/12 hours as assigned), car, bicycle or foot patrols, as well as working outside in various weather conditions, and stressful conditions
  • The Police Officer encounters with regularity situations requiring varied and unpredictable physical movements, must be able to walk and run over uneven ground since the officer is frequently called upon to pursue a fleeing violator of inspect or investigate accident scenes which are off the pavement, and frequently arrives at accident scenes before emergency medical personnel and is required to lift, carry, and pull materials of varying types and wrights which are entrapping victims
  • Be able to safely engage in emergency driving situations without hesitation according to policy
  • Must be able to successfully operate all electronic devices required by the department

Nothing in this description and no oral statements made in connection with this job description can be construed as a contract of employment.

In accordance with applicable federal, state and local law, the Yellow Springs Police Department provides equal opportunities for applicants and employees, regardless of race, gender expression, age, pregnancy, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental handicap, genetic information, veteran status, military status, marital status, sex or any other protected class or status. The Department does not show partiality or grant any special status to any applicant, employee or group of employees unless otherwise required by law. The Department will recruit and hire only those individuals who demonstrate a commitment to service and who possess the traits and characteristics that reflect personal integrity and high ethical standards.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The deadline to apply is March 31, 2023.

The Village of Yellow Springs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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