Draft of Dover police chief job description to be discussed today

DOVER — A draft version of a Dover police chief job description is up for discussion at today’s 4 p.m. selection committee meeting at City Hall.

City Human Resources Director Kim Hawkins said she researched the market for police chief positions online before recommending to add and delete items from the current job description last updated on Feb. 23, 2009.

Ms. Hawkins emphasized that the draft is just a starting point for review and has not been officially approved.

The new job description draft proposes that a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, criminal justice, public administration or a related field be required. Currently, “education and training equivalent to four years of college education” can also meet academic requirements.

The proposal has added that a “Master’s degree in the same field is preferred.

“Must have completed an executive level leadership/management course such as FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, or NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy” along with a “Desire to continuously seek and attend training.”

The draft proposal was updated on Dec. 27, 2016.

A five-member selection committee is in place to recommend to city council a new police chief to replace retired Paul Bernat. Deputy Chief Maj. Marvin Mailey has directed the department in the interim.

Mayor Robin R. Christiansen — who has the final say on a candidate to bring before council — earlier said he hopes a candidate will be chosen by the end of April. He pledged to conduct a national search and emphasized conducting a transparent process with strong committee input throughout the proceedings.

Maj. Mailey attended the first selection committee meeting on Feb. 1, and was referenced along with attendees Capts. Tim Stump and Dave Spicer as being potential candidates for the open leadership position.

Today’s meeting is scheduled to adjourn by 5:45 p.m.

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