Chief of Police

Mississippi State University in Mississippi

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 22, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Mississippi State University

Chief of Police

Position Announcement


Position Overview                                                                                                                                   

The Chief (Director of Police) is a full time/twelve month administrative position reporting directly to the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs. The Department is made up of over 70 personnel (36 sworn officers) and has an operating budget of over $2 million dollars. As a professional within the Dean of Students Office, the Chief of Police is an integral member of the Division of Student Affairs team, contributing to the many aspects of the university while ensuring the mission of the University Police Department and the Dean of Student Office. The MSU Police Department is accredited (since 2005) by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following examples are intended as illustrations only of the various types of duties assigned in positions allocated to this classification.  The absence of specific statements of duties does not exclude those tasks from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment of the position.

  • Plans, organizes, and directs the operations of the Police Department and assumes full command of the department.  Responsible for the development and implementation of General Orders.  Exercises responsibility for the effective and efficient operation of all functional subdivisions of the Department and for the management and command of all assigned functions and supervision of assigned personnel. 
  • Develops and reviews departmental programs and activities and makes changes as necessary.  Ensures that Department operation comply with federal, state, and local laws and University regulations, policies, and procedures.  Administers the development of programs and procedures to promote the safety and security of the University community and to guide Department personnel in protecting life and property, preventing crime and preserving order on the campus.
  • Provides direction in the enforcement of all laws and University regulations.  Coordinates departmental activities as required with prosecuting attorneys, courts, and the Dean of Students or Office of Housing and Residence Life.
  • Administers the planning and coordinating of departmental operations, programs, and projects that improve departmental operations to cope with future and emerging problems.
  • Administers the budget process.  Develops the departmental budget and provides administrative guidance for the control of departmental expenditures.  Ensures that appropriate fiscal controls are in place to maximize the departments resources.
  • Conducts research for purpose of identifying available grants.  Writes and submits grants to the appropriate authority.
  • Responsible for managing the departments assessment programs.  Identifies topics for which assessment may be conducted, develops assessment instruments, and conducts statistical analysis of results.  Submits results to the divisional assessment officer.  Coordinates programs and timetables with the divisional assessment officer.
  • Responsible for departmental personnel management functions including the investigation of citizen complaints and officer misconduct, recommending disciplinary action, recruitment of certified and support personnel, and coordinating training.  Responsible for ensuring that sworn personnel and dispatchers comply with Board of Law Enforcement Standards and Training requirements.
  • Establishes and maintains direct contact with the Universitys administration, faculty, students, and visitors, and assesses community needs.  Ensures that program are designed and implemented to further the community-oriented policing mission of the Department and in meeting University community needs and expectations.
  • Serves as a liaison to other criminal justice agencies as required.  Serves on various University and outside committees and task forces dealing with law enforcement and crime prevention programs and problems.  Represents the Department at meetings, conferences, and other public functions as assigned.
  • Maintains relations with the news media and Public Affairs to ensure that prompt and adequate access to public records information maintained by the Police Department.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Experience with Campus Crisis Response
  • Serve as a professional staff member on Student Affairs Directors Committee
  • Coordinates with local police agencies, Starkville City Police and Oktibbeha County Sheriff


Supervisory Responsibility

  • Reports to the Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Directly supervises the Assistant Chief of Police and provides general supervision and administrative control over all department employees

The above essential duties are representative of major duties of positions in this position.  Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.  Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job.  Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.


Minimum Required Education and Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively increasing responsibility in law enforcement including experience in campus (college and university) law enforcement.
  • Must have or be able to obtain certification as a Mississippi law enforcement officer within one year of appointment.       


Additional Desirable Qualifications             

  • Bachelors degree or higher in Criminology or a related field.
  • Command training as evidenced by attendance at a command level school such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwest Police Institute, or the Southwest Police Institute, or successful completion of graduate level and advanced training management and command courses.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of law enforcement in the college campus setting.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and University regulations, including rules of criminal procedures, laws governing search and seizure, and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of modern police methods.
  • Knowledge of the principles of management.
  • Knowledge of the principles of organizational development.
  • Knowledge of organizational finance and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of techniques and procedures used in the successful investigation of criminal incidents and determination of events involving criminal conduct.
  • Knowledge of principles, application, and implementation of a departmental    philosophy of community-oriented and accountability policing.
  • Knowledge of police interviewing and interrogation methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of accreditation standards.
  • Ability to organize the work activities of others.
  • Ability to physically and mentally react in a variety of emergency situations.
  • Ability to operate a variety of computer applications including databases, word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and desktop publishing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using good social skills and general intelligence.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to operate an automobile safely and to use good judgment in its operations and use.
  • Ability to perform foot, bicycle, and vehicle patrol.  Must be able to run, climb, and engage in a variety of physical activities associated with law enforcement duties.
  • Ability to write grants.
  • Skill in the use of Department approved firearms and other law enforcement equipment including, but not limited to, communications, portable breath testers, and traffic control equipment.
  • Sense of humor is a must


Physical Requirements/ADA

Physical requirements: Frequent sitting, talking, hearing, walking, and standing.  Occasionally requires reaching, climbing or balancing, stooping/kneeling/crouching/crawling, handling objects with hands, and lifting up to 10 pounds.

Vision requirements:  Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Externally imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one's control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; will involve conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.  Job requires on-call duty/service and hours of work beyond a normal work shift.


About Mississippi State                                                                                                            

Mississippi State University, with an enrollment of over 20,000 students, is the largest university in the State of Mississippi.  Founded in 1878, it is a comprehensive land-grant and sea-grant university and is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a "very high research" university which is the highest level granted in the United States with only 108 universities having this designation.  Over 172 undergraduate and graduate major courses of study are offered through eight colleges:  Agriculture and Life Sciences; Architecture, Art, and Design; Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Bagley College of Engineering; Forest Resources; and Veterinary Medicine.  Mississippi State University has more than 4,300 staff and faculty members. The grounds of the University comprise about 4,200 acres.

The Division of Student Affairs is comprised of 23 departments and units, has a staff of over 200 professionals and a total workforce of over 1,600.

For more information about the Dean of Students office please visit,

Search Process                                                                                                                 

The Search Committee will begin its review of candidate credentials March 3, 2014. Applications and nominations will continue to be received until the position is filled. In order to assure full consideration, the Search Committee recommends that applications or nominations be received by Feb 14, 2014.  Applicants must apply online at the Department of Human resource website at and also send electronic copies of application materials (including a letter of interest, a resume, and five professional references preferably as MS Word attachments) to person below.

Dr. Thomas Bourgeois

Dean of Students

P.O. Box DS

Mississippi State, MS 39762


662-325-0637  (Fax)


Mississippi State University is an AA/EEO employer