We’re excited to announce this opportunity for an experienced chief of police who is capable of preserving (and improving upon) the existing high standards of public safety and is passionate about preparing the City for the challenges of the future.

The ideal candidate will understand the importance of building strong relationships with the community, City staff, nearby communities and all other City stakeholders. The Department is proud that CALEA granted its 6th accreditation in 2017, representing over 15 years of maintaining the 485 standards required for accreditation.

Qualifications (see recruitment brochure at

Under limited supervision of the City Administrator, he/she plans, directs, manages and coordinates all police department operations pertaining to the enforcement of state and local laws designed for public safety and welfare. Position is stressful and high risk. No residency requirement for position within the City. Residency is required within a distance to enable employee to personally address island incidents in a timely manner.

The City has 92 FTE employees, plus part-time/seasonal employees. The FY 2018 total budget for the City is approximately $21M, 21% of which is tourism revenue.

“The Isle of Palms Police Department strives to preserve the public peace, prevent crime, detect and arrest violators of the law, protect life and property, and enforce criminal laws of the State of South Carolina and the ordinances of the City of Isle of Palms”

The Police Department has 1 Police Chief, 2 Captains (1 over Operations and 1 over Support Services), 4 Patrol Sergeants, 2 Detectives, 12 Patrol Officers, 1 Victims Advocate/Investigator, 4 Communications Technicians, 1 Police Administrative Secretary, 1 Animal Control  Officer, 1 Part-Time Animal Control Officer (75%),            and up to 10 Seasonal Beach Services Officers. The total staffing in the Department is 29.

The starting annual salary will be market competitive DOQ/E with benefit plan provided plus a reasonable relocation expense reimbursement will be negotiated.

This position is open until filled. Confidential resumes should be sent by COB on February 8, 2019.  

James L. Mercer, President/CEO, The Mercer Group, Inc., 1000 Cordova Place, #726, Santa Fe, NM 87505. VOICE: 505-466-9500; CELL: 505-660-7725; FAX: 505-466-1274. E-Mail: [email protected]; Website:  EOE.