Chief of Police, Winston-Salem, NC

The City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, operating under a Council-Manager form of government, seeks a seasoned Chief of Police who demonstrates the passion and commitment to build bridges among members of a diverse community with rapidly changing and multiple priorities. The successful candidate also has a track record of sustainable community oriented policing initiatives, developing department members for retention and succession planning, collaborating with other departments to leverage scarce resources. The position is open due to retirement.

The Community: Winston-Salem, often called the “City of Arts and Innovation”, is the County seat of Forsyth County and the fourth largest city in North Carolina. With a population of over 241,000, Winston-Salem is part of the Piedmont – Triad region that also includes Greensboro and High Point and a total population of over 1.6M. A city of dual histories, Salem was a Moravian community in the 1700’s and Winston was historically home to the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. Winston-Salem has grown into a vibrant community marked by a strong economy based in health care, higher education, research and service. Home to excellent higher education institutions such as Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts, Salem College and Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem is located within easy access to the beautiful mountains and the beaches of North Carolina.

Position description and responsibilities:  Reporting to the City Manager, the Chief of Police will lead a CALEA accredited (reaccredited 2015) police department with a $71,460,000 budget and 748 budgeted personnel (approximately 570-sworn; 178-non-sworn) who work in the three bureaus of Support, Field, and Investigative Services. Specialized units include criminal and special investigations, investigative support, street crimes and operational support. The department operates its own recruit school for BLET and sponsors a Citizen’s Police Academy.  

The successful candidate:

  • Is an individual with impeccable integrity and a proven record of consistency in managing both internal and external relationships to mitigate challenges and maximize opportunities;
  • Is skilled in developing trust among community members and creating opportunities for collaborative problem solving;
  • Has a proven track record in developing and supporting staff to achieve excellence through increased training, responsibility, productivity, morale and retention;
  • “Walks the talk” on community oriented policing initiatives both with staff and the community;
  • Has experience working in council-manager form of government and skills in navigating the complexities of varying roles; (need for building relationship, educating Council, clear communication, reestablishing trust)
  • Embraces a community of diversity and has a track record of proactively bringing members with conflicting values and cultures together using innovative solutions;
  • Has held multiple assignments across functional areas such as accreditation, investigations, SWAT, K-9, or other specialized units;
  • Is skilled in budget development and management, policy development and application and progressive policing strategies despite budget constraints;
  • Reaches out to staff and citizens alike by being engaged and visible;
  • Understands the significance of diversity within all aspects of the department and has a proven track record of developing innovative solutions to attracting, retaining and promoting diversity;
  • Communicates excellently both verbally and in writing and possesses well-developed interpersonal skills and abilities;
  • Thrives in a culture of high performance expectations and personal accountability and has a track record of developing the same departmental standards as a highly accomplished law enforcement leader;

Qualifications:  The City seeks a law enforcement leader with a minimum of 20 years progressive law enforcement experience with cross-functional and progressively responsible experience including administrative and command work at rank of Captain or higher; a BA/BS degree (Master’s degree highly preferred) along with executive law enforcement training (e.g. FBI National Academy, Administrative Officers Management Program, LEEP, etc.). Must have current certification as a municipal or local government law enforcement officer by his/her respective state or with no more than one year break in full-time sworn service at time of appointment. Please note that North Carolina law does not recognize nor have a reciprocal relationship with Federal law enforcement certification.

Salary and Benefits: The pay band is $90,726-$175,910.  Base salary and compensation is negotiable within the band based on experience and qualifications.   Supplemental benefits include participation in two defined benefit retirement plans, the North Carolina Local Governmental Retirement System and Winston-Salem Police Officers Defined Contribution System. Both plans provide an unreduced retirement benefit with thirty years of service or a reduced benefit with five years of service at age 60. Other supplemental retirement benefits include a special separation allowance until age 62 and a 401k contribution without an employee match. 

To apply, please go to, click on the “View Current Career Opportunities” button and then the Chief of Police – Winston-Salem link. All applications must be submitted online.   All inquiries should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application closing date is June 4, 2017 and an assessment center will be held July 20-21 2017 in Winston Salem for selected finalists. The City of Winston-Salem is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.