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3/25/2024 - Employment Opportunity: Chief of Police

The Town of Southbury is hiring Chief of Police. The successful candidate has the opportunity to lead a solid team of committed professionals and serve as an important member of the Town’s executive leadership team. This position entails the proven ability to:

  • Administer and supervise a Town-wide comprehensive law enforcement program;
  • Exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations and making key decisions in emergency situations;
  • Assure compliance with law enforcement best practices and procedures;
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials and other law enforcement agencies;
  • Provide support and outreach to service and community organizations, private businesses, and the public

The Ideal Candidate

  • A community policing advocate - visible and connected in the community and with a track record for ensuring public confidence in the Police Department.
  • A visionary and strategic thinker - demonstrates strong leadership while planning for the future.
  • A collaborator - builds strong professional alliances within the Town and with area law enforcement/emergency service agencies.
  • An experienced leader and incident commander - able to oversee emergency operations, providing support to the officers and community during and after a critical incident.
  • An excellent communicator - demonstrates strong communication skills, both written and verbal. Comfortable in PIO role, when needed.
  • Financially savvy - proficient in the development, management, and oversight of the PD budget.
  • Accountable - operates with a high degree of personal integrity.
  • Committed to officer training - ensures public and officer safety and the use of best practices in current law enforcement.
  • Diplomatic - a creative problem-solver and able to effectively manage sensitive law-enforcement matters, both internally and externally.

Opportunities and Challenges

This is an excellent opportunity to lead a dynamic and committed Police Department in a community positioned for growth. Southbury Police Department has enjoyed years of stable leadership and the support of the First Selectman, Board of Selectmen and community members. The successful candidate will build on this strong foundation of success and community-orientated policing.

The primary challenge, as with most all law enforcement agencies, is recruiting qualified and well-suited officers to keep the department at full staffing. The new Chief will be expected to help ensure that the retention of trained and qualified officers continues to be a top priority for Southbury. As with any community, it is important that the successful candidate be committed to the safety of the community and be committed to addressing issues before they become a problem.


  • A bachelor’s degree, with major course work in law enforcement administration, criminal justice, criminology, public administration or a related field.
  • A master's degree in a related field is considered a plus.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience with progressive advancement within a municipal police department or law enforcement agency, including five (5) years of command level experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and supervisory roles.
  • Must possess at time of employment, and maintain, a valid Connecticut driver’s license.
  • Must be Connecticut P.O.S.T. certified.
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience, which provides the individual with the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job may be considered.

Deadline to Apply:

Deadline for receiving applications is April 11, 2024.


Applications are available online. A completed application and a resume should be emailed to or returned to the Finance Office at 501 Main Street South Southbury, CT 06488.

Town of Southbury is EOE/ADA employer. For more job listings, please visit Employment Opportunities page.