The Town of Newton, New Hampshire (population approx. 4600) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of police chief.  Located along the MA- NH border, this rural community is just minutes from the Seacoast and 40 minutes from Boston.

The Police Department has an authorized strength of 8 full-time officers including the chief, several part-time officers, and a full-time administrative assistant.  The operating budget is approximately $1 million.  The Chief is expected to perform all the usual management and administrative duties of the position but given the size of the community may also have responsibilities as a first responder.  Although its CALEA accreditation has lapsed, the department is currently in the self-assessment phase seeking re-accreditation.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field (master’s preferred), ten years of progressively responsible police experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience to demonstrate success in the position.  Salary range to $100,000; starting salary commensurate with qualifications. 

Newton is an equal opportunity employer. 

For further information potential candidates are directed to the Municipal Resources, Inc. website at www.mrigov.com/career or to contact Alan Gould, President, Municipal Resources Inc., at 603-279-0352, x320.

To apply submit a resume and cover letter, in confidence, as a PDF attachment to [email protected] by Monday, March 18th, 2024, at 9 AM EDT.


Executive Director of Public Safety & Police Chief - Salem State University

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Salem State is seeking an Executive Director of Public Safety. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership skills, proven abilities in supervision, interpersonal and management capabilities, ability to manage organizational change, demonstrated strategic planning ability, and experience in developing emergency planning, protocols, and procedures. The executive director specializes in critical incident response, NIMS, and crisis management; excels in written/oral communication and presentation skills; and exhibits a demonstrated commitment to community-oriented policing, procedural justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's degree required in police administration, public administration, business management, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university        
  2. A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible municipal or campus law enforcement experience, including at least 3 years of police management experience at a lieutenant rank or above
  3. Must successfully complete a CORI and background check and pass a psychological evaluation
  4. 4.   Out-of-state candidates will be expected to promptly obtain a permanent exemption from the Municipal Police Training Committee’s (MPTC) entry-level requirements for full-time police officers, including successfully completing the Massachusetts Municipal Police Officer Online Exemption Program and examination. They also will be expected to become POST-certified within six months of hire.
  5. 5.   Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Commonwealth of Massachusetts license to carry a firearm and must satisfy firearms training and qualification standards for police officers that meet or exceed MPTC standards.
  6. Must hold and maintain a valid driver's license
  7. Must have substantial experience in handling personnel matters, preferably in a labor-management environment
  8. Must have the ability to administer a department effectively, including the preparation and maintenance of reports, records, programs, and scheduling
  9. Must have values aligned with Salem State's strategic plan
  10. Demonstrated commitment to community-oriented policing
  11. Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree
  2. Campus policing experience
  3. Professional training such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, Northwestern Center for Public Safety, COPS, etc.
  4. Experience of successful leadership in a union setting 

Working Conditions:

This is an on site, in person position with on-campus, in-person responsibilities which may require work on evenings and weekends. 

Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5-10 pounds. 

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email [email protected]. 

Application Instructions:

Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter. 

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university.  

This position is not eligible for H1B visa sponsorship. 

EEO Statement:

Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply. 

Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time and additional applications will not be accepted.

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Chief of Police - The City of Somerville, MA

Somerville, MA—Chief of Police (Pop. 81,0045)

The City under the leadership of Mayor Katjana Ballantyne is seeking an experienced law enforcement executive to lead and help shape the future of the Somerville Police Department as its new Chief. The ideal candidate will work collaboratively to implement and advance the City’s Public Safety for All initiative and must have an established track record of ethical and effective leadership and management.

The Chief of Police is responsible for overseeing a staff of 127 sworn officers and 32 civilian personnel in a department that comprises three stations, Headquarters, an East Sub Station, and a West Sub Station. The divisions within the Police Department are Crime Analysis, Detective Bureau, Patrol, Special Operations, Professional Standards, and Traffic. The Community Outreach, Help and Recovery (COHR) unit is Somerville Police Department’s in-house program created to aid with assessment, referral, and diversion to alternatives to arrest, as well as pre- and post- adjudication planning for individuals impacted by behavioral health issues.

The next Chief must be a highly experienced, innovative, and engaging law enforcement professional who will embrace the values of equity, transparency, and accountability. The City is seeking a collaborative, transformational leader with proven executive experience and strong interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking, progressive leader with a demonstrated commitment to community-oriented service and engagement at all levels. The next Chief will have a history of leadership that demonstrates a belief in anti-racism. The Chief must have a commitment to reimaging and transforming policing.

Competitive candidates will possess the following attributes:

  • The next Chief of Police will be committed to modeling the Police Department's and City’s dedication to racial and social justice per the Public Safety for All initiative.
  • A firm grasp of municipal law enforcement methods and best practices and the willingness to adapt to evolving standards and practices in accordance with community needs and expectations.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with elected officials, business and community leaders, advisory boards, the news media, and the community.
  • Proven ability to establish strategic planning goals.
  • Respected mentor skilled in identifying, developing, motivating, and collaborating with high-quality staff to achieve effective and efficient service delivery.
  • Ability to attract, support, and retain a diverse staff of sworn and civilian staff that reflects the community.
  • Leads as a positive role model for customer service, ethical behavior, transparency, dispute resolution, and problem-solving, fostering a culture that values and respects all members of the team and the community.


  • Oversees all aspects of the administration and operation of the Somerville Police Department.
  • Ensures the department provides courteous, high-quality customer service to the community and City department staff.
  • Coordinates municipal law enforcement activities with those of other agencies, neighboring communities, and regional entities.
  • Establishes and maintains mutually productive working relationships with residents, community/business groups, and other criminal justice organizations.
  • Develops and submits the budget for the Police Department; originates and implements organization and staffing patterns to effectively address operational needs.


  • A bachelor’s degree in police science, criminal justice, sociology, psychology, public administration, or a similar field.
  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of law enforcement experience and five (5) years of progressively responsible supervisory and leadership experience in a command level position of Captain or higher rank in a similar sized agency.
  • Professional training such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, Northwestern Center for Public Safety, or similar is preferred.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the various divisions and operations within an urban police department.
  • Experience delivering and coordinating multi-modal traffic safety services.
  • Training in and proven capabilities for emergency response and crisis management.
  • Proven ability to effectively coordinate public safety for large community events.
  • Candidates preferred with language proficiency in the dominant languages i.e. English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol, Nepali, Mandarin, and Cantonese
  • Experience providing comprehensive and effective ongoing officer training in areas such as de-escalation, anti-bias, and evolving best practices.
  • Experience of successful leadership in a union setting.
  • Satisfy all requirements set forth by the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission for certification as a Police Officer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.

The salary for the position starts at $225,000. The City of Somerville offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance, paid time off, group life insurance, participation in the Massachusetts Retirement System, and much more.

Somerville is a mid-sized city with a diverse population of 81,000 located directly to the northwest of Boston, and north of Cambridge, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is located on the west bank of the Mystic River. In 2006, the city was named the best-run city in Massachusetts by The Boston Globe.[3] In 1972, 2009, and 2015, the city received the All-America City Award. It is home to Tufts University, which has its campus along the Somerville and Medford border. Thriving business districts, densely populated residential neighborhoods, actively used public parks, and a multi-modal transportation network, including highly used pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, are found within its 4.1 square miles. Somerville is bordered by Cambridge, Medford, Everett, and Arlington and the Boston neighborhood of Charlestown.

Submit your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 5 professional references by February 16th, 2024 at www.GovHRjobs.com. Electronic submissions are required. Telephone inquiries may be directed to Jon Fehlman, Senior Vice President @ 615.692.9264 

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.




Position:         Chief of Police

Location:        Town of Amherst, Massachusetts (population 40,000)

Oversees:        47 sworn police officers; 14 civilian staff (Communications Center -Dispatch,

                        Parking Enforcement Officers, Animal Welfare Officer)                               

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst is located in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts with a population of nearly 40,000. Amherst is a diverse, inclusive community offering numerous educational and cultural opportunities. It has a large student population as host to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts. The Town operates under a Council-Manager form of government and enjoys a strong tradition of professional government with an expectation of high level government services, quality education, support for open space and agriculture, and respect for its history.

The Town of Amherst views its work through the dual lenses of climate action and racial equity & social justice. The Town embraces and is strengthened by the unique and dynamic backgrounds of its community members. The Town believes in fostering and maintaining a safe and welcoming community, which is based on mutual respect for our residents, students, employees, businesses, and guests.

To learn more about the Town of Amherst, please visit our “About Amherst” page on the Town’s website.

About the Amherst Police Department

The Amherst Police Department is a team of 47 sworn officers and 14 civilian employees, including those in the Communications Center (Dispatch). The success of the Amherst Police Department is due both to the strong commitment of the employees and to the support they receive from the community. The Police Department values the trust placed in them by the community that they serve and are diligent in efforts to uphold that trust. The Amherst Police Department continues to identify new and innovative ways to address crime and quality of life concerns, and welcomes input from the community.

The Department works with and cooperates with the other Town public safety agencies: Fire & Emergency Medical Services and CRESS – Community Responders for Equity Safety and Services (an independent unarmed, person centered, trauma informed, antiracist public safety agency).

About the Successful Candidate for the Next Town of Amherst Police Chief

The Chief of Police serves as a strategic partner with the Town Manager to establish goals and objectives focused on the safety and security of the community. The Chief is responsible for enforcing all laws within the Town of Amherst and for overseeing the development and implementation of policies, programs, and practices that best serve the needs of the residents and visitors of the Town.

The next Chief of Police will be a collaborative, transformational leader with proven executive experience, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and a core belief in customer service. The successful candidate will be a highly experienced, innovative, and engaging law enforcement professional who embraces and cultivates a culture of community engagement; who can look at issues differently and find innovative solutions; who fosters and furthers the Department’s community connections, balancing law enforcement and community engagement; and who is proactive in anticipating challenges, recommending innovative solutions, and delivering positive outcomes.

With a focus on creating a strong public presence, the Chief will serve as an ambassador of community engagement, actively participating in holistic conversations on topics such as racial and social justice, mental health, and community policing. The Chief will also act as a servant leader and champion of the needs and concerns of officers within the Police Department, exercising a diligent commitment to improving morale, establishing trust, and building positive organizational culture. The Chief must display humility, flexibility, open-mindedness, and complement the Town's progressive disposition while earnestly cultivating partnerships with stakeholders and constituents.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following:

  • A record of success in a comparable community and an unwavering commitment to equity and inclusion;
  • A firm grasp of municipal law enforcement methods and the willingness to analyze and adapt standards and practices to meet community needs and expectations;
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with elected officials, business and community leaders, advisory boards, the news media, and the community;
  • Exceptional communication skills with the ability to inspire credibility and public trust and interact respectfully with citizens from all backgrounds;
  • Ability to negotiate agreements and/or reach consensus among diverse interests;
  • Ability to act as a positive role model and respected mentor, especially in the areas of customer service, ethical behavior, transparency, dispute resolution, problem-solving, and fostering a culture that values and respects all members of the team and the community;
  • Desire to look critically at the Police Department to determine opportunities for rebranding;
  • Commitment to community policing and the ability to engage in potentially uncomfortable discussions around policing, community, race, and reform. Community policing is meant to be a multi-tiered approach to create and shape public safety policies and engagement that advances racial and social justice across all economic classes, ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and identities. In line with the Town of Amherst’s priorities, community policing initiatives will embody the values of Equity, Transparency, Accountability, Innovation, and Social Justice. The next Chief of Police must be an active participant in this initiative, and must set an example inside the Police Department and in the community during their daily interactions.
  • In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following attributes:
    • Visionary Leadership: Demonstrated competence and willingness to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to develop a comprehensive strategic plan (mission, vision, values, goals, and objectives) and implement community safety metrics that are not just law enforcement related. The next Chief of Police must have the ability to foster a supportive, collaborative, creative, and innovative environment that develops staff capacity.
    • Compassion: Absolute commitment to using head and heart to inspire and influence others by consistently practicing empathy, kindness, and sympathy, thereby positively influencing others.
    • Critical Thinking: Ability to understand logical relationships between concepts and ideas, recognize the importance of the relationships, carefully evaluate options, and make the decisions that will most positively impact desired outcomes.
    • Ethical Leadership: Unquestionable demonstration of appropriate conduct, integrity, morals, and ethics through personal actions, deeds words, and interpersonal relationships.
    • Commitment to Community Policing: Resolute Commitment to community policing. Community policing is meant to be a multi-tiered approach to create and shape public safety policies and engagement that advances racial and social justice across all economic classes, ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and identities. In line with the Town of Amherst’s priorities, community policing initiatives will embody the values of Equity, Transparency, Accountability, Innovation, and Social Justice. The next Chief of Police must be an active participant in this initiative and must set an example inside the Police Department and in the community during their daily interactions.

This position requires  a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration or a closely related field plus ten (10) years of proven experience in criminal justice work, three of which were in a position equivalent to lieutenant or higher; OR equivalent combination of education and experience. The Chief must have completed Basic Police Academy Training, be certified as a Massachusetts Police Officer or be willing and able to obtain such certification upon hire, possess a license to carry a firearm, possess a valid Massachusetts Driver’s License without record of suspension or revocation in any state, and be Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certified or be willing and able to obtain such certification upon hire.


The salary range for this position is $134,250-$164,275, depending on qualifications.

As the “public employer of choice” in Western Massachusetts, the Town offers an excellent benefits package to its employees. These benefits include:

  • State-sponsored Defined Benefit Pension;
  • Health insurance coverage with a 75-80% employer contribution rate;
  • Dental, Vision, and Life Insurances;
  • Vacation, sick, and personal leaves;
  • Holiday Pay;
  • Longevity Compensation;
  • Deferred compensation plans;
  • Education Assistance;
  • And more.

Please visit the Town’s Employee Benefits page to learn more. 

How to Apply

For consideration, please visit our Careers page to complete an employment application and to upload your cover letter and resume. This position is open until filled.