Chief of Police – Akron, OH

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

Additional Information: 


A national 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 451 sworn officers and 30 FTE professional support staff for a total allocation of 481. The Department is funded with an annual budget of over $71 million. The Chief is expected to lead with integrity, have exceptional communication skills, and work closely with and under the guidance of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Public Safety. 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.

A minimum of ten years of command or management experience in law-enforcement with at least two years equivalent to Deputy Chief or above is required. 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 a plus.

The selected candidate will be required to successfully complete all Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification requirements within the first year of employment. Peace officers from other states may be eligible for reciprocity/credit for previous training that can be applied to Ohio’s peace officer requirements. Upon hire, residency within the corporate limits of the City of Akron is highly desired but not required.

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.