The City of Fernandina Beach Florida has an opening for a Deputy Police Chief.

The City of Fernandina Beach is a residential and business friendly community located in Nassau County on Amelia Island approximately 30 miles north of Jacksonville. A historical downtown and a vibrant beach community draw new residents and visitors throughout the year. These attractive amenities along with community diversity, public schools serving from kindergarten to senior high, a variety of parks in natural settings, and abundant shopping and dining opportunities make Fernandina Beach a great place to live, work, and play.

Fernandina Beach operates under a City Manager/Commission form of government, with a Mayor and four Commission Members serving a four-year staggered term. The City has approximately 13,000 permanent residents; however, thousands more people visit daily, and many others stay within the city seasonally. The city proper is 12 square miles with over four miles of ocean front property and over 30 public beach accesses.

The Fernandina Beach Police Department is community-oriented agency which employs thirty-seven sworn officers, six part-time sworn officers and five support personnel. Additionally, one year-round part-time police service aide enforces parking ordinances while six part-time police service aides work seasonally enforcing ordinances on the beach. The Police Auxiliary Corps, a contingent of approximately 75 volunteers, assists the Department by providing traffic control for special events, traffic direction near the public schools and a program that checks on elderly citizens. The agency’s administration is comprised of the Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, two Captains, and a Police Services Manager and is broken down into three bureaus: the Operations Bureau, the Investigations Bureau and the Support Services Bureau.

The current Chief is retiring after a successful tenure of 15 years and the current Deputy Chief, a veteran law enforcement officer with more than 40 years of service, is poised to move into the Chief’s position. This gives the new Deputy Chief the opportunity to be part of the next secession plan while becoming familiar with the Agency and gaining the trust of the community and staff.

Expected start date after May 1, 2021.

Pay Grade: 144 ($63,332 – $99,791) with an expected starting rate at mid-point or above.

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