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City of Portage: Deputy Director of Public Safety- Police & Fire Closing Date: September 30, 2022

We are seeking a proven and energetic leader to serve as the Deputy Director for the Public Safety Department.

The successful candidate will perform complex administrative work directing the operational activities of both police and fire divisions. Work involves overseeing the daily operations of the public safety department and assisting the Director of Public Safety ? Police and Fire Chief in developing and carrying out the mission and vision for the department. Work is performed in conjunction with and in assistance to the Director of Public Safety. Work in this class is extremely independent and requires a high level of responsibility and decision-making. Supervision is exercised over management personnel (Deputy Chiefs) who are engaged in directly leading the police and fire divisions of the department.

The position exercises considerable accountability and responsibility. The position will serve as the Acting Director in the absence of the Director and may be the Incident Commander during major events. They will be directly responsible for supervising the Division Deputy Chiefs and will provide direct supervision and oversight of the day-to-day functions of the organization. The position will have primary oversight of the Professional Standards Unit, personnel matters, planning and research, agency financial management, and budget preparation, among other high-level leadership responsibilities.

The position reports to the Director of Public Safety and has responsibility for performing general and specialized public safety (police/fire) duties and administrative work in the coordination, planning, review, and supervision of the activities in the department. Work includes assisting in developing and managing the department budget, monitoring for safe working conditions, investigating complaints from citizens concerning department policies or employee conduct; problem-solving with staff on various issues and activities; assuring quality control; researching leading practices and revising policies and procedures as needed; coaching and mentoring staff for improved performance; maintains accurate accountability and/or ensures departmental records are accurately maintained; assisting the Director of Public Safety in researching and implementing improvements in departmental services, and any other work as assigned. Work involves frequent public contact requiring tact, firmness, and decisiveness.


  • Considerable knowledge of state and federal laws, local ordinances, policies, and written directives of the police and fire divisions and principles, practices, methods, and equipment.
  • Working knowledge of the application of computers to modern public safety work.
  • Working knowledge of the City personnel policies, budget and purchasing procedures, and supervisory practices.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other police equipment as required to maintain state certification and comply with state mandates.
  • Ability to act with sound judgment in routine and emergency situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Ability to present effective court testimony and make public presentations.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise administrative and activity reports.
  • Ability to build and maintain cooperative and effective public relations with the citizens, department staff, and City officials.
  • Ability to lead and direct the activities of police officers and firefighters.
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of police and fire operations and to institute improvements.
  • Ability to analyze complex public safety problems and situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances.


The ideal candidate will be MCOLES Certified/Certifiable Police and/or Fire I and II certified at minimum. Knowledge of law enforcement and fire service best practices, leadership, budget, and personnel management is required. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, fire science, public administration, or related field, supplemented by advanced courses in police and/or fire science and administration and extensive progressively responsible experience in public safety work, including considerable supervisory and management experience at a rank of Lieutenant or above (positions with other rank titles may be considered if the actual job duties and experience are substantially similar to those of a Deputy Chief or a Division Chief in a similarly sized, municipal agency).

Preference may be granted to a candidate with a Master's degree and/or successful completion of an advanced law enforcement and/or fire science executive leadership development course (i.e. FBI National Academy, National Fire Academy, Police/Fire Staff and Command).

Special Requirements:

Ability to meet annual in-service training requirements.


State of Michigan Driver's License

MCOLES Certification and/or Firefighter I & II, Fire Officer Certifications are preferred 

Opening Date: 08/24/2022  
Closing Date: 09/30/2022  

Contact Person: Shannon Hertz  
Telephone: 269-329-4533  
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