Website City of Clinton, NC


The City of Clinton is a beautiful city located in North Carolina, within easy commuting distance of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg, Raleigh and Research Triangle, and the beaches. Clinton is the county seat of Sampson County, NC with a population of approximately 8700. Clinton residents can take advantage of the many cultural, economic, and recreational offerings while still enjoying life in a smaller community.   The School System serves over 3,000 students with three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. All of the schools are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Sampson Community College is located on Sunset Avenue and seven other community college campuses are within an hour’s drive from Clinton.  A Council-Manager form of government governs the City of Clinton which includes, a Mayor(who is elected every two years) and five council members, each representing electoral districts, who serve four-year terms. The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city and is appointed by and works at the pleasure of the City Council.  The Police Chief reports directly to the City Manager and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

The Clinton Police Department is a full-service accredited law enforcement agency. The department is responsible for the enforcement of all local and state laws and the investigation of any crimes within the city limits of Clinton, North Carolina. The department is currently composed of 28 full time sworn police officers, three civilian support staff members, and one non-sworn animal control and is divided into three sections – Services, Operations, and Administration.

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The City of Clinton seeks a Police Chief who is a dedicated and ethical team player who can quickly gain the confidence of the community. The Chief must possess the ability to build community trust through the development of partnerships and use of proven community-oriented policing techniques. As a key member of the City Manager’s Leadership Team, the ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to embrace change and help guide the community and the department through challenges and opportunities.  The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vision of excellence, gain credibility and provide consistency in delivery of police services, promote diversity in the department, and motivate others to embrace change.   The Police Chief must possess highly developed communication and presentation skills with an ability to perform well under pressure and meet deadlines.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s Degree required in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Police Administration or similar degree; Master’s Degree preferred; with five years of experience in upper-level police management; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

·         Completion of a major law enforcement management training program such as the FBI National Academy, Northwestern Center for Public Safety’s School of Police Management and Command, North Carolina State University Administrative Officers Management Program, the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officers Course, the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police or the IACP’s Leadership in Police Organizations course.

·         Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid North Carolina driver’s license, and possess or acquire, within one year, North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Training Certification for Police Officers.

·         Experience in providing upper-level leadership in a police department that is comparable in size and complexity to the Clinton Police Department is expected.


Compensation & Benefits:

The expected starting salary range for this position is between $85,000-$95,000 (depending on qualifications of the selected candidate), with a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance options.  The city provides employer paid time off including sick, annual and holiday leave. The city participates in the NC Local Government Employees’ Retirement System (LGERS). LGERS is funded with a 6% employee contribution and 12% employer contribution. The city also offers a 401k program with a half percent contribution from the employer.   Negotiable relocation expenses.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants must submit by email a cover letter, resume, at least five job-related references and salary history no later than close of business on July 30, 2021 to:  Lisa Ward, Senior Associate, Mercer Group Associates, at  Please direct any questions to Lisa Ward at 706-983-9326.   Mercer Group will begin the process of developing a short list of candidates for additional vetting after closing of applications. Interviews will be conducted in early September.

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