• Public Safety Director

    City of Mitchell
    Job Description

    The Public Safety Director is appointed by the Mayor, with confirmation by the Mitchell City Council.  The position is recognized as a community leader and commands the Police, Fire/EMS, and E911 Divisions.  The person in this position is responsible for leadership and direction to the department's employees, consisting of 30 in the Police Division, 11 in the E911 Division, and 25 in the Fire Division. The Department also provides contracted services for six area counties for E911 Services, 12 square miles for rural response, ambulance services for the communities in Davison and Hanson Counties, and participates in regional drug task forces and the local emergency response teams.

    Major duties of the position:

    • Plans, directs, coordinates, and oversees department activities to ensure effective performance.
    • Hires, trains, assigns, directs, evaluates and provides corrective action for personnel.
    • Develops annual budget requests and manages approved funds; reviews and approves expenditures.
    • Develops, updates, and implements department policies ,  procedures, and training  to ensure compliance with industry standards.
    • Oversees and directs major law enforcement, fire, and public safety operations. 
    • Attends City Council meetings and serves as liaison between the department, city management, and the general public.
    • Prepares and makes presentations to community organizations.
    • Communicates with the news media; develops press releases and holds press conferences.
    • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with county, state, and federal agencies.

    The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: Demonstrated leadership in the Public Safety field. Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to Public Safety. Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the sub-units of the department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience. The ability to meet current requirements set forth by the SD Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission.

    Special Requirements

    Knowledge of all facets of Public Safety principals to include applicable constitutional guidelines, federal and state criminal laws, traffic laws, fire/EMS/dispatch requirements, and local ordinances. Knowledge of management and supervisory principles and practices. Knowledge of budget management principles. Skill in oral and written communication, interpersonal relations, and public relations. Skill in the use of computer and office equipment. Skill in the interpretation and implementation of union contracts.

    The Selection Process for the Position will consist of:
    June - Position Announcement
    July  - Candidate Review
    August - Interview Process
    September - Completed Process

    Applications available at www.cityofmitchell.org on the Employment Opportunities page.

    The City of Mitchell is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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