Deputy Chief

Job description

Deputy Chief

About Eastern Washington University:
Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to our primary campus in Cheney, we also offer programs in Spokane’s innovative University-District, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.

Job Summary:

  • Eastern Washington University invites applications for the position of Deputy Chief of Police. The Deputy Chief of Police reports and works in partnership with the Director for Public Safety / Chief of Police in managing department operations for the Campus Police Department.
  • The Deputy Chief of Police plays an integral role in providing an open, transparent leadership environment that emphasizes employee engagement, promotes diversity, encourages positive morale, and promotes effective employee mentorship and development within the department. The successful candidate possesses a proven history of high integrity, accountability, including having difficult development conversations with employees when required, and the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons.
  • The Deputy Chief of Police provides effective and efficient law enforcement and public safety services to the citizens of the University community. Manage a staff of approximately 11 employees and 1 part-time student employee who provide campus services while maintaining exemplary professional standards. Receive and respond, or oversee the response to citizen complaints concerning misconduct, rule violation, and/or other special confidential investigation requests; examine personnel and case records to ensure that personnel conform to prescribed standards of conduct; conduct in-depth case analyses and make disciplinary recommendations to the Chief, if applicable; oversee the department's training, recruitment/selection and accreditation efforts; prepare periodic reports; monitor staffing and take command in emergencies in civil disorders or disasters; and perform other related duties. Assist the Chief of Police in the development and control of the annual budget. Second in command of the Campus Police Department and to assume command of the department in the absence of the Chief of Police.
  • The candidate selected for this position will be rewarded with competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package which includes highly subsidized health/dental plans, retirement plan with 100% university match, generous paid vacation and sick leave, 11 paid holidays (adjusted accordingly), tuition waiver benefit and more.

Required Qualifications:
  • Graduate of an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public Administration, or related field, plus a minimum of five (5) years of experience in a supervisory capacity in law enforcement administration.
    • OR
  • High school diploma or GED, plus a minimum of 10 years of law enforcement experience including 5 years in a supervisory capacity equivalent to Campus Police Sergeant.
    Equivalency can be used in substitution for a degree, but cannot be used where there are legal requirements, such as license/certification/registration
  • State of Washington commissioned officer or able to obtain commission status through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Equivalency Academy within one (1) year of employment.
  • Possess a thorough knowledge of applicable federal laws as well as the local and state laws in which the candidate resides and, within twelve (12) months of hire, possess a thorough knowledge of the state of Washington and local laws.
  • Valid motor vehicle driver’s license.
  • No previous felony convictions
  • Demonstrated interest in best practices through self-improvement by taking advantage of educational opportunities in new laws, innovative administrative practices, and modern police sciences.
  • Demonstrated leadership with establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, including the public, leadership, governmental authorities, and employees.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, research and coordinate within a complex organization, and to develop and write policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise a large number of people and projects, and to train, develop, and mentor employees.
  • Demonstrated integrity and high personal standards of conduct, and ability to maintain confidentiality on sensitive cases and projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and effectively present both oral and written information concerning the activities and operations within the department.
  • Candidate must demonstrate interest, ability and/or experience promoting cultural competency, universal accessibility and/or diversity.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, or similar type executive training program.
  • Experience in higher education policing.
  • Working knowledge of Public Safety-related software/applications (New World).
  • Working knowledge of budget development and control, including monitoring expenditures, making projections, and preparing budget documents.
  • Working knowledge of the requirements and compliance issues of the Clery Act, Title IX, and Violence Against Women Act.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Job Duties:
% of Time: 100
Responsibility / Duty:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to
  1. Provide leadership to a multi-faceted organization. Plan, direct, and manage the operations of Patrol and Support Services and over the entire department in the absence of the Chief of Police. Assist the Chief in the development and control of the annual budget including monitoring expenditures, making projections, and preparing budget documents. Assist the Chief in the formulation and implementation of departmental policy, procedures, rules, regulations, and programs.
  2. Maintain a present, hands on awareness of the EWU Police Department, including a working knowledge of personnel for the purposes of mentorship, training, and development. Monitor department operations by attending various meetings and by regularly reviewing schedules, timesheets, criminal reports, operational reports, and other department activity reports for quality and approval.
  3. Evaluate subordinate performance; participate in personnel actions such as appointments, promotions, demotions, discipline and scheduling; review crime trends. Participate in the recruitment and placement of personnel, assign and/ or conduct background investigations on candidates that successfully complete the selection process.
  4. Supervise the efforts of department personnel to conduct departmental self-assessment and related accreditation activities.
  5. Foster communications and cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, departments and personnel.
  6. Respond to scenes of major crimes, emergency situations or other critical incidents, and supports or directs activities as necessary.
  7. Assign and/or conduct internal investigations for alleged violations of department policy, procedures, and standards.
  8. Monitor compliance to departmental and university policies and procedures such as ADA requirements.
  9. Oversee the training for all department personnel.
  10. Serve as the department’s public information officer in the absence of the Chief of Police.
  11. Participate in labor/management relations and negotiations.
  12. Manage all investigations conducted within the EWU Police Department.

Essential Function Indicator: Yes

Conditions of Employment:
  • The successful candidate must be a CJTC certified commissioned officer or other state’s equivalent. Candidate must be physically fit and able to perform the basic job functions of the position.
  • This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check prior to beginning employment.

Salary Information: $96,155 - $112,181

Posting Date: 10/29/2020
Open Until Further Notice: No
Closing Date: 11/22/2020
Screening to Begin: 11/23/2020

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit your application materials through our online applications portal provided below. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.

To apply, visit

EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.

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Posted: 11/17/2020
Application Due: 11/23/2020
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