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News Search for new police chief has begun

The search has begun to find a replacement for Franklin’s Chief of Police, Terry Bradley. Last month, Bradley announced that after 30 years in law enforcement, he would be retiring in January 2012.

According to Ashley Hyder, human resource officer for the Town of Franklin, the job search began Oct. 1 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is found. Although the job is being advertised statewide, internal candidates are welcome to apply and can be considered for the position.

Hyder anticipates the application process to continue through October, with hopes to begin scheduling interviews in November. “It really all depends on the number and quality of applicants that I receive,” said Hyder. “I hope that by January we have it narrowed down.”

The police chief works under the general supervision of the town manager and is responsible for planning and directing the Town of Franklin’s Police Department.

Hyder explained that at this time the town does not have a specific candidate in mind for the position and is looking for someone who is able to meet all of the job requirements.

The detailed job requirement for the police chief position which is advertised on the local and state levels, describes the distinguishing features of the position. It states that “work involves responsibility for the protection of life and property through a varied program of enforcement, detection and prevention of crime and accidents, as well as planning and directing emergency response activities.”

Possible candidates must have at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in police administration/management or other public law enforcement agency, including five years of supervisory experience. A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration or a related field from an accredited college, a Master’s degree is preferred.

Some of the duties and responsibilities outlined in the job advertisement include: “recruits, selects and oversees the training of civilian and sworn personnel for the department, advises, directs and consults with subordinate officers on matters of training, work assignments and scheduling, job performance, promotions and discipline.”

The responsibilities listed also include the preparation and recommendation of the annual department budget as well as supervising and participating in the application for grant funding, which are both vitally important aspects of the job needed to ensure the success of the department.

The town is also seeking applicants who meet the physical requirements of the position. The job description notes that applicants “must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of standing, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, climbing, kneeling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.” Aside from the basic physical abilities of applicants, the job description also explains that candidates “must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, 10 pounds frequently and/or negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.”

The special requirements listed in the job description include: “completion of the minimum requirements as established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for certified law enforcement officers. Must be a graduate of at least one major police management courses as followed: Administrative Officer's Management Program, NC Justice Academy's Management Development Program, FBI National Academy, or FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development, or similar courses.”

Those interested in applying can view the full job description at www.franklinnc.com/hr.html and can apply by submitting a resume to Ashley Hyder, Human Resources Officer ahyder@ franklinnc.com, or Town of Franklin, attn: Human Resources Dept, PO Box 1479, Franklin NC 28744. The Town of Franklin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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