Logan Police to promote current administrator to new assistant chief position

The Logan City Police Department will soon undergo a change to the format of its top administration.Police Chief Gary Jensen said Monday that he intends to promote one of the agencies three captains to the new position of “assistant chief,” a change of administrative hierarchy that he says will help with a “clearly established chain of command.””An assistant chief is that person that is a confidant and assistant in the daily tasks of dealing with a relatively large police department,” Jensen said. “The assistant chief will assist in administering many of the day to day issues and tasks, assist with strategy, budget, and media relations.”Jensen said that up until now, the responsibilities that will fall on the assistant chief have rotated between the three captain positions, jobs which are currently held by Jeff Curtis, Tyson Budge and Tracy Hulse. Jensen noted that the position is just a re-classification of an existing position and will not involve a new hire. He said an outside search will not be necessary given “the nature of the quality candidates that I have at the current rank of captain.” He added that the position of assistant chief would be similar to the chief deputy position that Dave Bennett holds with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office. There are no other administrative changes planned at this time, Jensen added.The full job description of the assistant chief’s position is posted below:JOB DESCRIPTION Assistant Chief DefinitionAs second in command of the police department; performs professional, administrative, supervisory and managerial tasks under the general direction of the Chief of Police, and directs the day to day police operations of patrol, investigations, communications, animal control, evidence, and records. Tasks Assumes total responsibility of the Logan City Police Department in the absence of the Chief of Police; Assures high morale, discipline, and training of officers; provides executive and technical leadership; assists subordinate commanders with planning and organizing programs within the respective divisions of the police department; exercises general supervision over the administrative division; monitors work in all divisions such as daily incidents, arrests and bookings to ensure compliance with established procedures; reviews reports and booking records; receives and investigates citizen complaints against police department employees; coordinates inter-division operations and functions to assure effective cooperation. Assists Chief in department budget preparation by projecting anticipated purchases and projected costs related to personnel needs, training and technical equipment; monitors compliance with established budgets and fiscal guidelines. Assist Chief in personnel matters such as recruitment, selection, promotion, transfers and disciplinary actions. As assigned by the Chief, acts as press release officer and acts as the Logan City Police Department first point of contact for media needs. Knowledge, Skills, and Other Characteristics Knowledge of City of Logan ordinances to be enforced.Knowledge of State, Federal, County statutes, and City codes, and ordinances to be enforced.Knowledge of law enforcement principles and practices, including investigation, identification, patrol, traffic control, records management, report preparation, and custody of persons and property.Knowledge of the basic principles and practices of police/law enforcement administration, including budgeting, program planning and development, employee supervision and training.Knowledge of police operations principles and practices including court procedures, community/public relations and crime prevention.Knowledge of the equipment used in law enforcement, including weaponry, communications, and automotive equipment.Knowledge of the principles and practices of employee supervision, including performance and discipline.Knowledge of the location of streets and addresses in the City of Logan. Minimum Qualifications Fifteen years of progressively responsible experience, one year of which must be at the rank of Captain. Ability to successfully pass annual physical fitness test. Essential Functions, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of law enforcement practices, methods and techniques; legal and political environment associated with police administration; federal, state, county, and city ordinances; principles of law enforcement administration, investigative procedures and practices; legal liabilities associated with arrest and law enforcement; court room procedures and laws of evidence; principles of effective supervision and employee motivation; interpersonal communication skills and public relations; budgetary practices and procedures and fiscal management; local geography; road systems, and boundaries; working knowledge of English, grammar and technical writing skills; management of sensitive law enforcement issues and interdepartmental conflicts; management of relationships with other law enforcement agencies and cooperative approach to law enforcement within Cache Valley and the State of Utah. Ability to administer and supervise city-wide comprehensive law enforcement program; exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations, and making decisions in emergency situations; assure compliance with and follow safety practices and procedures common to law enforcement work; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective relationships with elected and appointed officials, other law enforcement agencies, service and community organization, private business and the public. Preferred Qualification: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, police science, criminology, or other related field. Special Qualifications: Must be Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified and must maintain certification by attending a minimum of 40 hours of specialized training each year; must possess a valid Utah Driver’s License; must maintain firearm proficiency.

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