Fort Walton Beach Police Department – Chief of Police

Position Title:

Chief of Police


Fort Walton Beach Police Department

Position Type:

Commissioned Law Enforcement Position

Introduction Statement:

The Fort Walton Beach Police Department is currently seeking a Police Chief to direct the department and continue to advance its commitment to public safety. The Fort Walton Beach Police Department (FWBPD) is a full-service Department. The Department maintains a Uniform Patrol Division and Operations Support Division. The Police Department is responsible for protecting and promoting community safety, ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic, and for seeking solutions to any problems that threaten the quality of life in the City of Fort Walton Beach. Through its community policing initiative, the Department uses innovative approaches to problem solving and crime prevention. FWBPD budgets $6 million per year to operate its Police Department with 46 sworn officers and 26 civilian personnel to serve approximately 20,000 citizens within its jurisdiction.

The ideal candidate will have a consistent presence within the department, strong leadership qualities to direct the department’s personnel, encourage positive employee morale, encompass a progressive vision in directing the department and will have a good and proper technological and social media knowledge to share information with the public and department personnel.


Full Time


The established salary range for this position is $85,000-$100,000.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement, Criminology, Public Administration, or a related field. Ten (10) years of law enforcement experience with 5 years at the command level, captain rank or above preferred, in a comparable department and a record of successfully setting and accomplishing goals and objectives. Preference will be considered for applicants who graduated from the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers course, the FBI National Academy, and/or other comparable course.

Other Qualifications:
• Possession of a Florida Law Enforcement Certification or the ability to acquire within 180 days.
• Possession of a valid Florida Driver’s License required or the ability to obtain one.
• Knowledge of and ability to guide the department to an accredited status with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. or another comparable agency.

Information for Obtaining an Application:

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To apply please forward a cover letter and resume to The Florida Police Chiefs STARS Program via email at no later than January 1, 2019.

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