JOB: Police Chief, City of Miami Beach

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    Patrick Fiorenza

    Police Chief, City of Miami Beach

    Post Date Sep 28, 2011 Salary $126,367.80 – $204,095.06
    Start Date
    Application Deadline 11/23/2011
    ICMA Members Only No ICMA Credential (Details) not required
    Normal Population 90,000 Seasonal Population
    Employer Location Miami Beach, Florida United States Job Reference Number
    Job Description
    Miami Beach is a 24-hour/7-day-a-week, entertainment / residential full service community, encompassing seven square miles, populated by approximately 90,000 year-round residents, but with a daily population of nearly 200,000. Miami Beach’s international appeal brings over 10 million tourists annually to its beaches, restaurants, clubs, cultural facilities, convention center and other establishments.

    The City of Miami Beach was incorporated in 1915 and operates on a Commission/City Manager form of government. The Commission consists of an elected Mayor and six Commissioners who serve as the policy-making body of the City. The City Manager ensures that policies, directives, resolutions and ordinances adopted by the City Commission are enforced and implemented. The City Manager is also charged with all the daily operations of the City. All Department Directors, including the Police Chief, are appointed by and report to the City Manager.

    The Miami Beach Police Department (MBPD) is responsible for the enforcement of all laws within the City limits of Miami Beach. The MBPD has an annual budget of approximately $90 million and approximately 500 employees (of which approximately 370 are sworn officers). The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) represents the non-command staff sworn employees and three other general employee unions represent most other employees. The MBPD is one of approximately 20 citywide departments that all work together to accomplish the City’s overall mission and vision.

    The MBPD is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Additionally, the MBPD is currently recognized as an elite “Flagship Agency,” an accomplishment attained by a limited number of police departments. Flagship Agencies are selected by CALEA based upon their past awards, current assessments, and overall professional standing in the public safety community.

    The current Police Chief is retiring after a 28 year career with the MBPD.

    The Police Chief is a highly responsible senior level management position that involves the planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling of all of the Police Department’s functions and activities. This position requires extreme confidentiality and professionalism. The Chief exercises extensive independent judgment and professional managerial knowledge in the administration of a large and complex 24-hour/7-day-a-week public safety and law enforcement department to provide the highest level of protection to the City. The position requires the ability to proactively and successfully work with staff at all levels and with the City Administration to deal with personnel, safety and administrative issues. Supervision is exercised through various levels of command staff in the Police Department over a variety of sworn, technical professional, administrative, specialized, and clerical employees with assigned responsibilities in various operations of the department. The Police Chief reports to the City Manager. The Police Chief is responsible for the attainment of desired objectives, the professional management of all of the MBPD operations, and for the quality of services provided by MBPD employees to the City and its customers.

    The selected Police Chief will lead the transformation and transition of the MBPD to an even higher performing organization with particular emphasis on developing a well trained and well respected organization applying traditional community-based and problem-oriented policing strategies. Special attention to the use and implementation of technology and automation to ensure increased accountability and transparency of the department is expected. The Chief will also deal with a number of other challenges, including: (1) striking the balance between more community-oriented services delivered to our residents and the demands and workload generated as a 24-hour tourist destination; (2) Managing and policing several large scale events that take place in the City which attract large crowds particularly during holiday weekends ie: (New Year’s Eve, July 4th, Memorial Day etc.), spring break, the winter season and other special events throughout the year; (3) Focusing on streamlining the organization in light of extremely challenging budget constraints; (4) Collectively bargaining with the FOP and other unions in 2012 as the current contracts expire on September 30, 2012 with particular focus on wages, benefits and pension issues; (5) Ensuring that all MBPD employees are committed and connected to the City’s and MBPD’s mission, vision, and values, and are held accountable at all levels and at all times, (6) Ensuring the Delivery of good customer service by police personnel and the attainment of high employee morale; and, (7) focusing on other high priority tasks to be addressed immediately.

    Minimum Requirements:
    – A minimum of fifteen (15) years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, which must include at least five to seven (5-7) years of executive management and police command staff experience.
    – Certification as a Florida law enforcement officer in accordance with Chapter 943, Florida Statutes (or ability to obtain within six months of employment).
    – Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, in Public Administration, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Public Safety Management, or related field.
    – Other combination of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may substitute the education prerequisites.
    – Progressively responsible senior-level police command staff experience in Florida law enforcement. (Not a minimum requirement but highly desired)
    – Graduation from a nationally recognized executive development command-training program (i.e. FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern, or other related professional law enforcement programs). (Not a minimum requirement but highly desired)
    – Master’s degree from an accredited institution, in Public Administration, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Public Safety Management, or related field. (Not a minimum requirement but highly desired)


    1700 Convention Center Drive
    Miami Beach, FL 33009
    United States
    Ph: 305-673-7524
    FAX: 305-673-7529
    City of Miami Beach Information

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