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Police Chief

Santa Fe, New Mexico



City of Santa Fe

P.O. Box 909

Santa Fe, NM 87504-0909

Phone: 505-955-6597

Fax: 505-955-6810






Salary: $41.32 - $68.40/hour



Application Deadline: 4/14/14




Recruitment Announcement # 2014-179





Highly responsible law enforcement position involves directing employees, functions, and operations of the Police Department.  Work involves responsibility for control and coordination of police activities, including budget and fiscal control; ensures that public order is maintained throughout the city; that laws and ordinances are enforced, and that all necessary measures are taken to prevent crime, and protect lives and property.  Work is performed with wide latitude for independent judgment and action.  This position reports directly to the City Manager.





Works under the general guidance and direction of City Manager.





Provides close to general supervision to Deputy Chief and Office Manager.





(A position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all duties, which may be found in a position of this class).

  • Plans, organizes, directs and controls activities of Police Department to enforce laws, ordinances and regulations for protection of persons and property as required and makes recommendations accordingly.

  • Oversees and directs budget operations including expenditures, requisitions, travel, mid-year and annual budget preparation.

  • Participates in selection of employees; directs training assignments; conducts performance appraisals, and recommends discipline of subordinates.

  • Makes public addresses, meets with citizens and carries out other activities in dealing with the public.

  • Confers and cooperates with other city agencies in the apprehension and detention of wanted persons and criminals, in recovery of stolen property, and in all other matters of mutual interest.

  • Receives, analyzes, and delegates requests for assistance on special operations, security, investigations or traffic programs.

  • Advises on development of or changes to ordinances; meets with judges and prosecutors concerning application and interpretation of new laws.

  • Prepares periodic and special reports.

  • Other duties as may be required.



  1. Education and Experience:


    A. Bachelorís degree in police science, law enforcement, criminal

    justice, business administration, public administration or related field, AND


    B. Ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in police administration and enforcement, two (2) years of which must have been in a supervisory and administrative capacity; OR


    C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Relevant experience may be substituted for education at a rate of one (1) year equal to thirty credit hours. 


  2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


    Demonstrated knowledge of the geography of the City of Santa Fe, and surrounding areas, and of resources available for disaster and other emergencies are mandatory. Comprehensive knowledge of police record and crime reporting methods, and of modern police practices and procedures. 


    Considerable skill in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing. 


    Ability to plan, organize and implement police training programs;

    and a general knowledge of the functions and procedures of law enforcement agencies of the United States government are required. Ability to plan, schedule, direct, supervise and review the performance of subordinates in a manner conducive to productivity and high morale; and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with the public, law enforcement officials, and other employees are essential. 


  3. Special Qualifications:


    Must possess a valid New Mexico Class D driverís license.


  4. Work Environment:


    Work is performed in an office setting with regular field travel required.  Work involves on-call duty status, and may occasionally involve personal danger.  May be exposed to VDTs or CRTs.  Requires light physical exertion, including some sitting, walking, standing, squatting, stooping, kneeling and reaching.


ADA/EEO Compliance


The City of Santa Fe is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the American's with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.





Pursuant to City of Santa Fe Resolution No. 2013-079, the City of Santa Fe Human Resources Department (HRD) has implemented a Veteransí Hiring Initiative policy in order to provide opportunities for veterans who meet or exceed the minimum qualifications for city employment to obtain City employment. The Governing Body does not guarantee that a veteran shall be hired for the position being applied for, only that the veteran will be given an interview; and it does not intend to supersede or modify any collective bargaining agreement that is currently in place with the City of Santa Fe.





Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the city application form.


Submit City of Santa Fe Application by

one of the following methods:


Fill out application at:


Human Resources Department

City Hall

200 Lincoln Avenue

Santa Fe, NM




Mail application to:


P.O. Box 909

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-0909




Fax application to:


(505) 955-6810.



Applications may be downloaded from our website:




Apply online at:


Applications become public record upon receipt and may be made available for public inspection upon request.


When required of the position, attach a copy of certification(s) or license(s).  Copies of high school diploma/GED & college degree must be provided at time of interview.  Pre-placement physical exams are required for some positions.


Incomplete applications may delay or exclude consideration of your application.











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