Chief of Police – Akron, OH


Client: City of Akron, Ohio
Position: Chief of Police
Closing Date: Closed; Appointment Made

Additional Information: 


A search is underway to attract the next Chief of Police to lead the Akron Police Department (APD) in Akron, Ohio, with the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, transparency, and accountability. The Chief of Police will oversee APD and its 447 sworn officers and 30 FTE professional support staff for a total allocation of 487. The Department is funded with an annual budget of over $75 million. The Chief is expected to lead with integrity, have exceptional communication skills, and work closely with and under the guidance of the Mayor. The Chief will also serve as the primary spokesperson to the public and the media, with communications support from the police PIO and the Mayor’s Office.

Education and Experience – A minimum of ten years of command or management experience in law enforcement with at least twelve months in the next lower rank. Per city and state law, the City will accept applications from Deputy Chiefs and Captains, however, if multiple Deputy Chiefs apply, the City cannot consider Captains. Candidates should have experience working with Police Unions, developing and utilizing key performance indicators, and building diverse workforces. Graduation from a police leadership development program is desired. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Master’s degree is a plus.

OPOTA Certification Required – The selected candidate will be required to successfully complete all Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification requirements within the first year of employment.

Driver’s License –  The selected candidate will be required to possess and maintain a valid Ohio Driver’s license.

Desirable Residency – Upon hire, residency within the corporate limits of the City of Akron is highly desired but not required.

Final Selection and Appointment – The search committee, and Mayor, will identify the final candidate for appointment by the Mayor, based on a combination of education, experience, and credentials that best fit the needs of the City of Akron.

A competitive compensation package, with excellent benefits, will be offered for this executive position.


Notice: In accordance with Ohio law, all applications and resumes for public positions are a matter of public record and will be disclosed to the media or public upon proper request. Serious candidates are encouraged to discuss their interest with the Search Firm, Ralph Andersen & Associates, in advance of submitting their qualifications. Should you have any questions, please call Robert Burg to schedule a confidential telephone appointment to discuss this career opportunity.