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Director of Public Safety

Gordon State College
Barnesville, Georgia
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The position is responsible for managing and organizing all public safety operations for Gordon State College.


Salary is 63,892.06. 






  • Serves as the chief law enforcement officer of the agency; plans, coordinates, and directs the activities of a police department. Plans, organizes, and directs the department’s crime prevention, investigation, and law enforcement activities. Directs the preparation of required crime incident reports. Ensures the appropriate training and development of department personnel. Develops and manages the department’s annual budget; researches, seeks and manages grant funds; oversees purchases; plans for and reviews specifications and needs for additional personnel and equipment. Develops and maintains lines of communication and cooperation with peers in surrounding local, state and federal agencies; coordinates joint operations. Oversees parking enforcement operations and related revenue. Develops, implements and drills threat mitigation strategies. Identifies intelligence resources for use by staff; participates in briefings concerning classified information. Trains, assigns, directs, supervises, evaluates and disciplines department personnel. Performs related duties.







  • Knowledge of modern law enforcement principles and practices. Knowledge of community policing principles. Knowledge of emergency preparedness, response and recovery principles. Knowledge of public safety principles as related to college campuses. Knowledge of budget development and management principles. Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices. Skill in the delegation of responsibility and authority. Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs. Skill in decision making and problem solving. Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public. Skill in oral and written communication.






The Vice President of Business Affairs assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The supervisor reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities.








Guidelines include the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, department standard operating procedures, the Board of Regents Policy Manual, college parking policies, Georgia Crime Information Center guidelines, Department of Justice guidelines, Georgia Police Officer Standards and Training Council regulations, state crime lab rules, and college policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application. This position develops department guidelines.








  • The work consists of varied management, supervisory, law enforcement, and emergency response duties. The necessity of responding to a variety of circumstances combined with strict state and federal guidelines contributes to the complexity of the position. The purpose of this position is to direct the college’s public safety operations. Success in this position contributes to the safety of the campus community and to the enforcement of federal and state laws as well as college rules and regulations.







  • Contacts are typically with co-workers, subordinates, other college employees, students, parents, members of the news media, elected and appointed officials, representatives of other law enforcement agencies, representatives of other emergency response agencies, victims, witnesses, suspects, and members of the general public. Contacts are typically to provide services; to give or exchange information; to resolve problems; to motivate or influence persons; or to justify, defend or negotiate matters.







  • The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, driving, stooping, walking, bending or crouching. The employee occasionally lifts light and  uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity. The work is typically performed in buildings and outdoors, occasionally in cold or inclement weather. The employee may be exposed to noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases, irritating chemicals, and hazardous or dangerous situations. Work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, gloves, etc. as well as other specialized law enforcement equipment.







This position has direct supervision over Police Lieutenant (2), Police Sergeant (2), Investigator (1), Police Officer (6), and Administrative Assistant (1).








  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field. Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require three to five years of related experience. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated. Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the Police Standards and Training Council for the State of Georgia.
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