The Town of Longboat Key is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, who provides hiring preference to eligible veterans and their family members, and has a strong drug free workplace and alcohol abuse policy.

Position Title: Police Chief
Posted: June 2, 2020
Salary Type: Exempt – “At Will”
Closing Date: Until Filled
Salary: $101,000 – $115,000
Probation Period: Six Months

All interested candidates must complete an Employment Application: Please visit our website at and click on Careers which will bring you to Employment Opportunities and the Police Application. The Police Application can be submitted via fax (941)-316-8087 or email to

The Town of Longboat Key is accepting applications for a Full-Time Police Chief in our Police Department. An employment physical will be required, except for current employees who have met this requirement.

Supports the organization’s mission, vision and values by exhibiting the following behaviors:

Be Service Minded
Value Teamwork
Be Professional
Have the Utmost Integrity
Demonstrates Mutual Respect
Bring a Positive Attitude to Work
Embrace Continuous Improvement


This is administrative and technical police work in directing all employees and activities of the police department. Work involves responsibility for the protection of lives and property in the Town through the supervision of all police functions. Work is performed with considerable independence and latitude in the conduct of the police operation, but is subject to executive direction by the Town Manager.


• Formulates orders and regulations governing activities of the police department; confers with the Town Manager in the formulation of policies and practices of the department; communicates policies and practices of the department to subordinate officers and staff; formulates and prescribes work methods and procedures to be followed by members of the department; takes necessary steps in improving police operations; takes appropriate disciplinary action as required.

• Ensures a Community Policing focus of the Department with a strong emphasis on customer service.

• Plans and supervises the enforcement of traffic and safety regulations and programs of crime prevention and detention; cooperates with State and federal officers in the apprehension and detention of wanted persons, and with other agencies where activities of the police department are involved.

• Advises and assists police officers in non-routine criminal or other investigations and personally participates in the more difficult problems encountered by subordinates.

• Promotes and fosters courteous and helpful attitudes by all department personnel in their dealings with the public.

• Attends civic club meetings, churches, schools, and other places of public gatherings to explain the activities and functions of the police department to establish favorable public relations.

• Prepares and maintains the yearly budget; conducts programs to reduce costs in the operation of the police department, and at the same time, attempt to increase or improve services.

• Provides timely communications and reports to the Town Manager regarding the affairs of the department and significant police related activities within the community.

• Report to work on emergency call back, when notified in accordance with departmental procedures. Employees finding themselves in violation of the town’s Drug Free Workplace Policy when called to report back to duty shall report that condition to their immediate Supervisor as soon as possible for purposes of obtaining another individual to be available for normal call in procedures for that instance. Employees are expected to perform all essential functions of their job, including on call duty. Employees who are unable to respond to call back duty may be subject to a performance review, including disciplinary action up to and including termination.

• Report to work as required by the Emergency Management and Continuity of Government Plans and regular attendance during normal work schedule other than excused or job-related absences.

• Active member of the senior leadership team. Support other departments as necessary to accomplish the Town’s mission.

• Any other functions deemed essential by the Town and communicated to the employee by the Town Manager.


Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police administration and law enforcement methods. Experience in pro-active community policing programs. Considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances which are enforced by the Town police department. Considerable knowledge of scientific methods of crime detection and criminal identification. Experience in department level strategic planning and performance measurement. Considerable knowledge of the types and uses of firearms.

Ability to supervise and train a staff of law enforcement officers and clerical personnel.


PREFERRED Graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university with a major in public administration, law enforcement, or criminology. Ten (10) years law enforcement experience with 5 years upper level supervisory and administrative duties.

REQUIRED Graduation from an accredited two-year college or university with a major in public administration law enforcement or criminology, supplemented by advanced courses in modern police administration methods and practices; considerable experience in law enforcement work including responsible supervisory police duties.

A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.

The Town is a Drug Free Workplace, in compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, in § 440.102, FS and Rules 59A-24 F.A.C (Florida Administrative Code). State and federal laws and regulations may subject certain employees to additional drug testing requirements. Any employee who violates the program is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Revised 10/03 – Changed grade from 123 to 125Reclassified 4/07 – Changed grade 125 to 126
Revised 10-01-19 to include Evergreen Compensation Study pay grade.
Revised 05-29-2020