Job Opportunities

Lavergne, TN
Posted September 3, 2020

Responsible for the planning, organizing and directing of all activities of the Police Department. The employee is under the general supervision of the City Administrator. Instructions to the employee are general, and the employee must routinely use independent judgment when performing tasks. Accepted professional standards and standard operating procedures help guide the employees work. This employee may be required to discuss courses of action, policies, and procedures with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

Job Responsibilities
Essential Duties are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it. Employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned.

• Operates a variety of equipment including firearms.
• Plans, designs, organize, directs and provides overall supervision of personnel, programs, and activities of the Police Department, including the general office staff, patrol, CID, and Narcotics divisions.
• Directs and participates in the preparation of the annual departmental budget, and in the control and expenditure of appropriations.
• Formulates and prescribes the work methods, policies and procedures to be followed by the department.
• Responsible for the supervision of the maintenance of records and reports needed by other law enforcement agencies, units of government, and the city governing body.
• Takes necessary steps to improve police operations.
• Attends community organizations to explain and promote the activities and functions of the police department and establish favorable public relations.
• Cooperates with individuals from the county, state, federal, and other jurisdictions, in order to achieve common goals.
• Testifies in court and legal proceedings.
• Interacts well with citizens including parents, youth, and others as needed.

Job Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience
• A bachelor degree in Criminal Justice or related field from an accredited college or university required or a combination of education and experience may be substituted.
• Experience must be 20 years or more of increasingly broad based experience as a commissioned police officer with a recognized law enforcement agency with 10 years or more of proven management and command-level responsibility.
• Must be Tennessee POST certified.

• The demands of this position can be stressful both mentally and physically.The employee is required to be physically fit.Must pass an agility test if offered and required.Must pass a medical examination and a drug screen by a licensed physician.Must pass a certified psychological examination.
• Must be a citizen of the United States.
• Must not have been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor involving Moral Turpitude as the term is defined by law, and not to have been released or discharged under any other than Honorable conditions from any of the Armed Forces of the U. S.
• Must reside within 25 miles of the City of La Vergne.
• Must possess a valid Tennessee operator license.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police organization, operations, and administration.
• Knowledge of the standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated and the application of police records to administration and solution of problems.
• Knowledge of the functions of other governmental jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to public safety coordination.
• Knowledge of city ordinances, state and federal laws.
• Knowledge of modern supervisory practices and procedures.
• Ability to maintain a high level of discipline and morale.
• Ability to prepare and effectively present oral or written information.
• Ability to explain and interpret pertinent provisions of laws, ordinances and regulations.

Closes On: September 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM CST
Rate of Pay: $87,609.00 - $101,517.00

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Patrol Officer
Signal Mountain, TN
Posted September 1, 2020

The Town of Signal Mountain is seeking professional candidates for the position of Patrol Officer. Under the general direction of the Lieutenant, the Patrol Officer is responsible for protecting life and property, deterring criminal activity within the community, enforcing all town ordinances, laws and regulations of the State, responding to the needs of the general public and preserving the peace and fostering positive relations with the citizens and community 

The candidate must have:

  • Minimum 21 years of age;
  • High School Diploma / GED; preferably a BA or Associates in Criminal Justice
  • Valid Tennessee Driver’s License or equivalent in state of residence is needed prior to employment;
  • Applicants must pass background and driver history check; medical and physical exams, psychological/personality exam, as determined by a town designated psychologist and drug screen.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:  traffic enforcement, Town Ordinances and State laws enforcement, prompt response to service calls and investigation of crimes. The ideal candidate must be able to become Tennessee P.O.S.T. certified, within one year.  Any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the person with the knowledge and abilities required to perform the job may substitute for the above education requirements

The Town offers a competitive entry level wage based on certifications, education and experience.  $35,334 (non-certified),  $37,101 (certified and less than 3 years’ experience), $38,867 (certified and more than 3 years experience) annually. The town offers a comprehensive benefit package and a take home vehicle. 

Applications with copies of current certification(s) and a short resume can be submitted:  

  1. In person between the hours of 8:00 and 4:30, Monday through Friday at Signal Mountain Police Department, 1111 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain, TN 37377
  2. Mailed directly to Signal Mountain Police Department, ATTN: Administrative Assistant, 1111 Ridgeway Ave., Signal Mountain, TN 37377
  3. Emailed to:
  4. Faxed to: 423-886-2137.  

For an application, go to (appl. is under Employment Opportunity on the right) or call (423) 886-2124. Applications accepted until Monday, September 14, 2020.


Nashville, TN
Posted August 25, 2020

The Chief of Police serves as the administrator in planning, directing, and managing the law enforcement program and activities of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD). The Chief of Police is charged with ensuring the highest possible degree of protective service, law enforcement, and crime prevention for citizens of Davidson County. This is a civil service position with hiring authority vested with the Mayor.

Typical Duties

  • Directs administration, planning, and organization of the Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Oversees the annual preparation and administration of the budget.
  • Evaluates services of the department to determine level of service and problem areas where resources may be better utilized.
  • Establishes long- and short-range goals and objectives for the department that include continuously improving, innovating, and implementing evidence-based public safety strategies.
  • Develops and regularly reviews rules, regulations, policies, and procedures by which to govern operations of the Police Department.
  • Analyzes operational and service demands and develops plans and strategies for meeting those needs.
  • Confers with citizens and city officials on law enforcement problems and engages with community members to enhance partnerships, promote trust, and engage in collaborative problem-solving. 
  • Makes decisions relative to emergency conditions not governed by established policies and regulations.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of administrative and special reports. 
  • Prepares and transmits communications, instructions, and policies to subordinates. 
  • Oversees disciplinary hearings and enforces discipline when necessary.
  • Maintains control over the appointment, stationing, promotion and transfer of all members of the department.
  • Oversees professional development and training of all members of MNPD.
  • Travels and attends meetings at various times and locations as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university and ten (10) years of experience in Law Enforcement, including three (3) years of upper-level management experience in Law Enforcement.

No Substitution


P.O.S.T. Commission Certification.

The selected candidate will also be required to successfully complete all Tennessee, Basic Law Enforcement Training requirements within 6 months of hire date.

Public Sector Search & Consulting is assisting Metro Nashville by providing police executive recruitment services. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Mr. Gary Peterson at (916) 622-5323 or Wanda Hadley (Metro Human Resources) at (615) 862-6631 with confidential inquiries and questions regarding the recruitment process.

Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.

Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. SO94-1078. All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Senior management experience. Previous experience in senior police management in a large city; strong understanding of performance management for all levels of the organization; skilled at increasing policing effectiveness, including data driven and modern problem-solving; fiscally conservative and able to control expenditures, especially overtime. A history of making significant improvements in a police agency.
  • A history of effective community engagement and collaboration. Experience using strategies that promote trust, reflect community values and enhance public safety such as community policing. A proven ability to partner with community groups, businesses and nonprofits, to collaboratively address public safety needs. A demonstrated commitment to transparency and accountability. 
  • Proven ability to develop and implement evidence-based strategies to increase public safety. Broad knowledge of modern police strategies, training and technologies. Up to date with findings from research and constantly seeking new ideas, strategies, and evaluation of new approaches. Sophisticated about use of crime and intelligence analysis. The experience to establish Nashville as a national model for 21st century policing. 
  • A track record of working creatively and collaboratively to address the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations. Ability to address the concerns and needs of New Americans and other vulnerable communities such as children and youth, undocumented residents, unhoused residents, victims of domestic violence, LGTBQ residents, the elderly, and other groups at high risk of criminal victimization. 
  • Strong communications, speaking, and listening skills. Proven ability to communicate with the public and with police department employees. Substantial experience as a public speaker. Ability to paint a picture of potential futures that attracts and inspires police department employees and the broader community.
  • A record of productive employee relations. The ability to work well with a unionized workforce and create a fair culture that values officer and civilian input. Having the ability to positively interface with employees, explaining the basis of decisions; recognizing the importance of procedural justice within the police organization; a history of listening to employees and crafting a vision that they can buy in to. 
  • A demonstrated commitment to officer well-being. The ability to promote and support professional development as well as wellness and safety at all levels of the police department. A history of promoting diverse candidates and creating and maintaining a fair and respectful workplace that values diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization. An understanding of diversity that encompasses race, gender, language, sexual orientation, life experience, and other cultural backgrounds.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity. A proven ability to engage with community activists and propose strategies for addressing key concerns such as racial equity. A thorough understanding of the past and commitment to equitable treatment of all citizens and communities and the ability to explain that to members of the police force. 
  • Crisis and emergency management experience. Demonstrated understanding of the importance of leadership, decision-making and full transparency when situations arise that create public concern; skilled at overseeing preparations for and responses to natural or civil disasters, major events, and demonstrations and protests; experienced in managing incidents from response to recovery and developing resilience.

    Deadline to apply is September 20.

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Columbus, GA
Posted August 12, 2020

The City of Columbus is seeking an experienced and passionate leader to serve as Police Chief. The successful individual must be a strong and visionary leader who is team-oriented, possesses exceptional communication skills, and utilizes a management style that supports mutual trust and openness among all levels of the Department's operations. The Police Chief will be a key member of the City's leadership team possessing highly developed communication and presentation skills with an ability to perform well under pressure and meet deadlines. The successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge and experience in the management of a municipal police department, providing a high level of community engagement and advanced crime prevention and problem-solving practices.

Minimum Candidate Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, criminal justice or related degree in business, psychology, sociology, or communications; Master’s Degree preferred;
• Ten (10) years of progressive experience in police work, five (5) of which must have been in an Executive Leadership role;
• Completion of a major law enforcement management training program such as the FBI National Academy, Northwestern Center for Public Safety’s School of Police Management and Command, the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course, the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police or the IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations course;
• Must possess or acquire within a reasonable time a valid Georgia driver’s license, Georgia P.O.S.T police officer certification and Georgia Chief certification.

Compensation & Benefits include: The starting salary for this position will be established commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate and is expected to be in the range of $106,000-$117,000. A comprehensive benefits package includes: Health, dental and vision insurance, Retirement plans and 457 Deferred Comp, Paid Time Off, life insurance, and long-term disability, as well as a comprehensive wellness program and family health center. Relocation assistance is negotiable.

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How to Apply: Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job related job references, and salary history not later than 5:00 pm (ET) September 4, 2020 to:, any questions should be directed to Lisa Ward, Senior Vice President, The Mercer Group, Inc. at 706-983-9326.

Interviews are expected to be conducted the middle of October 2020.


Johnson City, TN (East Tennessee State University)
Posted: July 28

Campus Emergency Management seeks to fill an Emergency Preparedness Specialist. This position is responsible to Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Public Safety for managing emergency preparedness including:

  • Training for students, faculty and staff
  • Maintaining responsibility for the protocol and implementation of drills and exercises
  • Managing emergency preparedness policies in accordance with all applicable regulating agencies at the federal and state levels
  • Functioning as liaison with local emergency management agencies
  • Maintaining a record system of drills, exercises and events

Working with partner departments, the Emergency Preparedness Specialist will design and oversee implementation, management, monitoring, and continually improve campus-wide and departmental emergency preparedness, to improve the University’s ability to recognize and respond to emergencies and effectively manage incidents. The position will also establish and maintain:

  • Vigorous and continuing efforts to identify strategic and operational vulnerabilities
  • The need for response or continuity planning through exercises, surveys, and operational reviews
  • Opportunities to engage with faculty, staff and students to develop a campus-wide culture of emergency preparedness
  • Best practices in the industry for application to our University approach

Additionally, the position will lead the development and maintenance of the University’s emergency operations, preparedness, response, recovery, and business continuity protocols and policies consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS). The Emergency Preparedness Specialist will:

  • Lead and/or coordinate a project team to write and/or review Incident Action Plans (IAPs) and Emergency Operation Plans (EOPs) that incorporate diverse viewpoints and capabilities assessments
  • Assist in developing EOC processes and position-specific checklists, and test and maintain EOC equipment on a regular basis
  • Provide incident notification and share situational awareness as needed or requested
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Position is contingent upon sufficient funding.

ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all of our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a diverse range of people.
  • Strong leadership skills, interpersonal skills, consensus building skills.
  • Ability to train large and small groups on emergency and safety topics.
  • Operational problem solving/decision making experience.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of electronic word processing and spreadsheet software.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in emergency preparedness, business or public administration, or related field required. Equivalent experience with emergency management with certifications along with some college may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Experience as an instructor for courses related to emergency management.
  • Two years of experience with emergency management or related professional environment required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and understanding of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) are preferred.
  • Certifications of FEMA 100, 200, 300, 700, 800 are preferred.

Position is open until filled.

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