Police Chief

City of Columbia Falls   Columbia Falls, MT   Full-time     Law Enforcement / Security
Posted on June 28, 2024

Now accepting applications for Police Chief.

The City of Columbia Falls is seeking a community-oriented Police Chief with demonstrated leadership capabilities, professional demeanor and the ability to convey a sense of integrity, inspiration, respect, trust and operational excellency. The future Police Chief should be a strategic visionary who brings positivity and mentorship to the department. The Police Chief reports to the City Manager and serves as a key member of the City’s management team. This position leads the City’s 12-member Police Department including sergeants, detective, police officers and one non-sworn police clerk. The Chief directs the planning, delivery and evaluation of all department services and activities; plans and assigns work and reviews and evaluates performance of subordinate personnel; assesses workload and the administrative support system to identify opportunities for improvements; directs the implementation of changes; and promotes positive community relationships. The successful candidate will have a strong law enforcement background with thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern community policing, and all aspects of police work; considerable knowledge of public budgeting and fiscal control; ability to write and administer grants; and must be technologically proficient. The successful candidate must be experienced, well qualified, personable, and possess exceptional management skills. All applicants that meet the minimum qualifications must pass a written test, psychological test, in-basket exercise, and an oral interview.

The minimum education and experience qualifications are: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a minimum of an associate’s degree, ten (10) years of experience in police work, five (5) years of supervisory experience, and must be able to possess a Montana P.O.S.T. Certificate and a P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate within one year of hiring. The salary range for the Police Chief position is $100,000-115,000 depending on experience and education. The City of Columbia Falls offers a competitive benefit package that includes MT Municipal Police Officers Retirement System, paid vacation and sick leave in accordance with State statute, 12 paid holidays, optional IRS 457 flexible benefit plans, and substantial contributions to health, dental and vision coverage for employee/spouse/family.

The City of Columbia Falls is located within the scenic and growing Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana, and centrally located within numerous outdoor recreational opportunities to include fishing, hiking, hunting, golfing, skiing, water sports, and many more family-friendly adventures. Columbia Falls is in close proximity to Glacier National Park which receives over 3 million visitors each year, most of which travel directly through our jurisdiction to their destination. The Columbia Falls School District supports over 1500 students and provides exceptional sports teams and club opportunities. Our community appreciates and supports its law enforcement partners, and in return, we strive to provide exceptional community policing services.

Columbia Falls Police Department Mission Statement: The Columbia Falls Police Department, as a part of, and empowered by the community, is committed to protect the lives, property, and rights of all people, to maintain order, and to enforce the law impartially. We will provide quality police service and partnership with the other members of the community. To fulfill our mission, we will strive to attain the highest degree of ethical behavior and professional conduct at all times.