The City of Gainesville is not just a great place to work, but also an amazing place to live. From sports to the arts to outdoor recreation, Gainesville has something for everyone.

Gainesville is the largest City and County seat of Alachua County serving as the cultural, educational and commercial center for the north central Florida region. 



The City of Gainesville operates under a Commission-Manager form of government.  The Police Chief is appointed by and reports to the City Manager.

The Gainesville Police Department consists of over 300 sworn officers and 70 support staff with a budget of over $33 million annually.

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The City of Gainesville is seeking an innovative and forward-thinking Chief Inspector that will embrace the organization's citizen-centered vision.

This position reports directly to the Police Chief and have a staff of one (1) Lieutenant, three (3) Sergeants and a staff assistant.

This position builds trust within the Gainesville Police Department and with the community.

The new Chief Inspector should have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, law enforcement, or political science or other related field; minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible law enforcement management experience including at least five (5) years at the rank of Police Captain or higher. Preference for experience with law enforcement agencies with more than three hundred (300) sworn officers.

Chief Inspector will:

  • Inspect any police division, unit, district, etc. for efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity. 
  • Keep the Chief of Police informed of departmental performance and problems.
  •  Propose changes to policies, rules, regulations, plans, training, and operational methods,.
  •  Recommend changes in deployment of personnel.

Chief Inspector will have considerable knowledge of:

  • Modern police methods, practices and techniques.
  • Technical and administrative phases of crime prevention, law enforcement, and  rules of evidence
  • Social psychological implications of law enforcement work on personnel and the community.
  • Functions and objectives of state, county and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Police department rules and regulations and interpretations.
  • Skilled as effective leader among the law enforcement community.

Ability to:

  • Plan, direct and supervise the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Interact with a diverse community to identify and resolve complaints and issues.
  • Analyze complex police problems and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Prepare and present well organized, accurate, timely, clear and concisely written reports.
  • Deal with the public firmly and courteously.
  • Establish effective working relationships with the public, news media, city officials.
  • Manage Agency Training Division.
  • Work with Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies and the Judiciary.
  • Skilled in care and use of firearms, motor vehicles, and other related equipment.



The salary range for the Chief Inspector is $92,823 - $143,414, depending on experience and qualifications plus fringe benefit package.


For additional information on this outstanding opportunity,


A letter of interest and resume by 5pm,

October 5, 2018 to: W. D. Higginbotham, Jr.

Senior Vice President, The Mercer Group, Inc.

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