Deputy Chief of Police

at City of Caldwell in Caldwell, Idaho, United States

Job Description

Job Title: Deputy Chief of Police


Job Summary/Qualifications:

The Caldwell Police Department is searching for a Deputy Chief of Police who shares our passion for making Caldwell a city for everyone. 

We recognize that our best resource is our community; that’s why we’re devoted to being a direct reflection of the people we serve. We are looking for someone with a strong skill set in municipal budgets and a forward-thinking approach to help our employees learn, grow and do remarkable things every day. We offer a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, and a fast-paced, vibrant, and rewarding career. 

The department includes nearly 90 dedicated people, about 80 sworn police officers, and a civilian support staff of approximately 10 with one dedicated mission.

This is highly responsible, independent work of a critical nature, directing and managing personnel and materials. Assists the Police Chief with oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Police Department. Coordinates assigned activities with other city departments and outside agencies.  Provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Police Chief. Oversees all program policies and services at the Police Department while focusing on crime reduction, prevention, and community-responsive solutions. Successfully motivates and directs the energies and abilities of individuals and groups in support of our mission to accomplish departmental goals and objectives. Provides direction to sworn and non-sworn management, supervisory, professional, technical, and other support staff.  Work is performed under the general direction of the Police Chief and requires the exercise of significant initiative, judgment, and decision making. This position reports to the Chief of Police.

This position is designated as At-Will.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to be considered for the position.


Preferred Knowledge, Experience, and Training

  • Experience:   Fifteen (15) years of law enforcement or police management experience, including (3) years of command leadership experience in a similar size or larger, complex, and diverse police service organization at the level of Police Lieutenant or higher.
  • Advanced degree or professional certification in management 
    • Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy, 
    • Or similar educational experience in leadership development

Additional Factors we Consider

  • Serve a major metropolitan city the similar in size and type of prior agency(ies);

    • Size/number of sworn officers – <49, 50 – 249,
    • Mission of organization
  • Extensive training in police administration clearly documents in previous assignments, knowledge base, and special certifications (including language skills);
  • Level of education;

    • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, PhD

Licensing and Other Requirements

Those individuals filling the Deputy Chief Operations position must be P.O.S.T. certified and capable of filling all Caldwell police officer position requirements.

Valid state-issued driver’s license or the ability to obtain within six months of hire.

Special Requirements
Applicants must be able to pass:

The City of Caldwell background check process which includes a criminal history check and reference checks in accordance with the City of Caldwell Hiring Process Regulation.

  • Credit History Check
  • Driving Record Check
  • Polygraph Exam
  • Criminal Justice Information System background check (CJIS)

Drug-Free Workplace: In accordance with the City of Caldwell Drug-Free Workplace Regulation, this position is designated as safety-sensitive and is subject to testing requirements, including Post Offer Applicant Testing, Random Testing, Reasonable Suspicion, Post – Accident, etc. Applicants will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use before hiring. Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative pre-employment drug test.

This position is required to supervise employees during the performance of critical incident functions, which require employees to qualify to carry firearms, perform emergency medical, lifesaving, and/or fire suppression activities.


Working Conditions;

The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here represent those employee encounters while performing this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Efforts;
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds. Also, the employee is occasionally pushing/pulling up to 10 pounds. Work includes sensory ability to talk and hear. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, and walk. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

Working Environment
The work environment will include inside conditions. Employees will also drive a vehicle as part of this position. This position works irregular hours with 24/7 availability.



Full or Part Time:           Full Time


Hiring Range:                 $140,000 Annually


Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, PERSI Retirement, 401k with match, PTO, 10 paid holidays, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability



How do you want people to apply?    Obtain an application on the City’s website at or at the City of Caldwell Human Resources Office, 411 Blaine Caldwell, Idaho 83605.


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Job Posting: 1831307

Posted On: Aug 05, 2022

Updated On: Aug 12, 2022