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The Township of Muhlenberg, Berks County, PA, is seeking a Chief to oversee a Police Department with 29 full-time sworn officers who serve its population of 19,628 which includes 75 miles of roads and 12.2 square miles of territory.  With an annual operating budget of approximately $6,528,177, the Department provides a range of services to the community. 
The position is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and works under the Township Manager and the five Commissioners.  The President of the Board of Commissioners serves as the Liaison between the Police Department and the Board. 
The Township of Muhlenberg is searching for an individual who is committed to open communication and is able to integrate into an active department.  He or she will embrace the philosophy of collaboration and possess strong relationship building skills. He or she will be accessible and responsive to the public, Board of Commissioners, Township Manager, and Township staff.
The ideal candidate will be a strategic and innovative thinker, having budget and financial management skills and experience. He or she will have the ability to be a strong and respected leader within the community. He or she will be a decisive leader who maintains an up to date knowledge of regional and national policing trends and best practices. This self-motivated individual should be successful with mentoring, training program implementation and organizational development.  The ideal candidate will also bring a flexible “can-do” attitude to the position.
The Chief will join a Township leadership team that welcomes open communication and collaborative problem solving. He or she must value transparency and possess a character that exemplifies the highest standards for ethical and professional behavior. 
The next Chief must be comfortable operating as part of the community and will be expected to take every opportunity to act as a bridge between the department and the citizens. He or she must be comfortable in uniform, have polished public presentation skills and possess attributes that promote confidence and trust both within and outside the department.
  • Performs and/or oversees departmental planning; establishes methods for accomplishing departmental objectives; ensures that departmental goals and objectives are consistent and compatible with goals and objectives set by the Board of Commissioners.
  • Organizes the department to meet established goals and objectives; establishes and maintains work groups to meet defined objectives.
  • Oversees the level of functioning by departmental staff; identifies and documents departmental activity and productivity.
  • Maintains continuous communication with the Commissioner Liaison, Township Manager, other department heads, and Township staff.
  • Develops the annual department budget in conjunction with the Manager; makes budget presentation; administers the department’s budget; manages expenditures.
  • Interacts with the community on of behalf of the department and the Township; represents the department and the Township before the Township’s Board of Commissioners, various agencies and committees; responds to public inquires and resolves complaints.
  • Attends Board of Commissioners meetings and other required after-hours activities, as requested; submits periodic reports to the Board of Commissioners and Manager regarding the department’s activities and prepares other reports as appropriate.
  • Effectively supervises, evaluates, disciplines, and addresses grievances of subordinate employees.
  • Identifies risk management issues and promulgates plans for their mitigation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or a related field is required.
  • Master’s degree in criminal justice or position related  field is preferred. 
  • Candidates should have at least 10 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, with 5 years in a command/leadership position. 
  • Be able to undergo and pass a medical examination, drug screen, and background investigation.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or be eligible to obtain one.
  • Pennsylvania Act 120 certification as a Police Officer or ability to attain such within one year of hire.
  • Graduation from a senior command/leadership program is highly desirable.
  • Residency Requirement – the Chief must reside full time in Muhlenberg Township within 12 months of initial hire.  Relocation expenses may be negotiated as appropriate. 
The Township of Muhlenberg offers an excellent benefits package.  Salary range $110,000-$130,000 annually, commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Position is subject to an employment agreement.
A resume and cover letter must be submitted by email to, or by mail to WSK & Associates, P.O. Box 6283, Wyomissing PA 19610, no later than 4:30 p.m., prevailing time, on July 27, 2018. More information about the Township may be obtained at  Muhlenberg Township is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
REPORTS TO:           Township Manager
FLSA STATUS:         Exempt
DATE:                                   June 22, 2018