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(A) There is established the office of chief of police.
(B) Chief of Police shall be a full-time employee.
(C) The minimum requirements for the Chief of Police shall include the following.
(1) Training and experience.
(a) Experience in modern police work, including supervision and responsibility;
(b) Graduation from an accredited high school, supplemented by formal training in modern police administration and in scientific methods of crime prevention and detection or the equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities;
(c) Minimum of five (5) years full-time police officer and additional five (5) years full-time in command/top management position;
(d) Certified or certifiable under the KLEFP Fund; and
(e) Active participant and experience in and involvement with active patrol functions.
(2) Special knowledge, skills, and abilities.
(a) Thorough knowledge of the laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations affecting the official capacity and operations of the department and the city;
(b) Thorough knowledge of modern police practices and techniques of crime detection, criminal identification, and radio communication;
(c) Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police administration;
(d) Thorough knowledge of the geographical characteristics and road networks of the city in contiguous areas;
(e) Considerable knowledge of printed matter and sources of information on police-related matters;
(f) Ability to carry out special and general assignments requiring organization analysis and development of procedures and methods to maintain and approve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Police Department;
(g) Ability to prepare and present clear and concise reports of department activities orally and in writing;
(h) Ability to command others and to plan, assign, supervise, and review their work in a manner conducive to maintaining full performance and high morals;
(i) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, city officials, and the general public;
(j) Skill in the safe and proper use of firearms and equipment used in modern police work; and
(k) Possess a equanimity and the physical strength and ability to perform the duties of the position.
(D) The duties of Chief of Police shall include:
(1) Planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating the activities of the Police Department within the scope of accepted police techniques in enforcing laws, ordinances, and other regulations effective in the city to prevent crime and protect life and property;
(2) Supervising all subordinate officers, as well as the administrative staff; and
(3) Receiving general supervision from the Mayor and Council who review the Department through reports, conferences, appraisal of the general effectiveness of police work in the city, and public reaction to services received.
(E) The compensation, hours, and vacation of the Chief of Police shall be set by the City Council by ordinance.
(F) The Chief of Police shall take the constitutional oath of office within thirty (30) days of receiving notice of appointment.
(Prior Code, § 2.44.010)