Police Chief

DeKalb County Government

Decatur, Georgia

Salary Range: $135,249 – $209,637

DeKalb County, Georgia seeks an innovative and experienced leader to serve as its next Police Chief. This individual must be a proactive, energetic, transformational executive who has the ability to build morale and help the department enhance safety and the quality of life for DeKalb’s residents. The ideal candidate should have strong communication skills; experience executing strategic plans into operational realities; the ability to work collaboratively with elected and appointed officials, citizen and civic groups; and the appropriate awareness to work effectively within an economically and culturally diverse community. 

The successful candidate will have a track record for effective team management and results-driven leadership; the ability to grow, strengthen, and ensure the agency's sustainability; and an aptitude for effective delegation and quick problem-solving. The candidate must advance integrity and competency within the department through leading by example, setting the tone at the top and strengthening the culture of fairness and respect throughout the agency while emphasizing transparency, and improved community relations.


The Police Chief reports to the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety and directs a department operational budget of approximately $104M. Key objectives involve maintaining law and order, and protecting life and property through strategic policing initiatives.

The Police Department has four major divisions managed by Deputy Chiefs: Uniform, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations, and Support Services. Approximately 725 sworn and 242 non-sworn personnel support four precincts across the County - North Central, South, East, and Tucker.    

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor's degree (Master’s preferred) in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Criminology, Public Administration, or related field; twelve years progressively responsible work  in law enforcement, five of which must include senior management experience in a similar sized jurisdiction, or as Chief in a smaller agency. Additional specialized education (FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, PERF's Senior Management Institute, Georgia Command College) is desired. Candidate must possess or obtain State of Georgia Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Council basic and executive certifications in law enforcement within 18 months of employment.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates may review the detailed job description and submit your resume online by visiting our website: https://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp01/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=DKC&cws=43&rid=9964.  This position is open until filled.  For more information please contact: Laynea Allen, [email protected] or 404-371-2600. DeKalb County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information about DeKalb County, please see the website at www.dekalbcountyga.gov.

About DeKalb County

DeKalb County is Georgia’s fourth largest county with approximately 736,000 residents calling it home. The geographical area of the County covers approximately a 271 mile radius consisting of a portion of the city of Atlanta; the cities of Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Stone Mountain and Tucker; and several unincorporated areas. DeKalb has emerged as one of Georgia’s most culturally diverse communities. More than 64 languages representing Asian, Hispanic, European and African cultures are spoken here. The County also has become a home for African, Iraqi, and Latino asylum seekers displaced by turbulent political circumstances and seeking a new home. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the County’s top elected official. The County has 45 departments with most department heads reporting to the CEO through the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Like other county governments, there is a Board of Commissioners (BOC) that is the legislative branch, and a court system that is the judicial branch. The County’s recommended 2019 Tax Fund Budget is approximately $644 million, with a total annual budget of $1.3 billion, not including capital appropriations. The principal sources of the general fund budget are property and sales taxes. DeKalb is also the headquarters of a number of prominent research organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the only federal agency headquartered outside of Washington, DC.