Department  of Human Resources 495 S. Main Street, 1st Floor
 Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 229-6315
 Deputy Department of Public Safety Director
 Department Name: Department of Public Safety



SALARY: $102,429.60 - $163,887.10 Annually
 OPENING DATE: 02/21/23 
 CLOSING DATE: 03/21/23 11:59 PM





Cover Letter/Resume required (attach as part of this application)



Career Opportunity


The City of Las Vegas invites applications for Deputy Department of Public Safety Director. This position plans, directs, manages and oversees the activities and operations of the assigned work units within the Department of Public Safety; assists in the coordination of assigned activities with other city departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Director, Department of Public Safety.


The immediate vacancy is within the Detention Services Division, however, this position is operationally inter-changeable within the department.



Ideal Candidate:



The City of Las Vegas is seeking a dynamic, forward-thinking and inspiring Deputy Chief with a team-oriented mindset. The ideal candidate has a proven track record of leading with integrity and character, approaching each day with a can-do attitude, and with a focus on continuous improvement. Successful candidates must possess the ability to communicate and write effectively. The new Deputy Chief will be able to foster healthy internal discussions to arrive at the best outcomes as one cohesive team. He/she will foster a culture of problem-solvers, mentor other leaders, focus on data, and develop an environment of accountability, ownership, and evidence-based decision-making.







Receives general administrative direction from the Director, Department of Public Safety.


Acts as a formal supervisor, exercising direct supervision including monitoring and formally evaluating employee performance, employee selection and discipline.


Selection Process



All qualified applications will be forwarded to the department for review. Candidate selection will include a hiring interview.







Essential Functions:


1.  Oversees the day to day operations of the assigned work units within the Department of Public Safety; recommends and administers policies and procedures.

2.  Manages the development and implementation of division goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area.

3.  Assists the director in establishing, within city policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly.

4.  Participates in planning, directing and coordinating the assigned work units' work plans; assigns projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.

5.  Assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.

6.  Selects professional, technical and support staff and ensures effective morale, productivity and discipline; plans, organizes, administers, reviews and evaluates the activities and performance of staff directly and through subordinate supervisors; works with staff to establish work priorities and schedules; encourages and provides for staff training and professional development; interprets city policies and procedures for staff; prepares and conducts formal performance evaluations; works with employees to develop short and long term goals, monitors accomplishments, establishes performance requirements and personal development targets and provides coaching for performance improvement and development.

7.  Participates in providing clear rules and regulations and assuring delivery of programs and services to inmates of a misdemeanant facility.

8.  Reviews and evaluates information generated by the division; determines information storage and purge criteria to adhere to records retention requirements.

9.  Participates in managing security and safety at the facilities and ensuring compliance with

P.O.S.T. orders and managing emergencies in accordance with department policies.

10.  Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the assigned work units' budgets; forecasts and recommends funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.

11.  Participates in, supports and fosters the development of a culture that values people and their differences and is free from inequities and barriers to people reaching their full potential.

12.  Participates in promoting sustainable, environmentally sensitive development and operations in the community and the department.

13.  Participates in establishing the strategic direction for the department in alignment with City Council and city of Las Vegas strategic priorities; communicates to all assigned employees their roles in performance measurement and achieving strategic priorities; and works with staff to report measures to the city's executive team and all members of the department.

14.  Explains, justifies and defends department and division programs, policies and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.

15.  Represents the department to other city departments, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinates activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.

16.  Provides staff assistance to the director, chief officer and other city officials; participates on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

17.  Provides staff support to assigned boards and commissions.

18.  Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of trends and innovations in the field of detention and enforcement.



19.  Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.

20.  Performs related duties and responsibilities as required and as directed by the Director of Department of Public Safety.











Five years of increasingly responsible experience in corrections, policing, criminal justice, public administration or a related field, including two years of administrative

and supervisory responsibility.






Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in corrections, police science, criminal justice, social science, public administration, business or a related field.



Preferred Experience and Education



Ten or more years of increasing responsible experience in corrections, policing, criminal justice, public administration or a related field.


A Master’s Degree is highly desirable as are top management and leadership training programs such as National Institute of Justice Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science Scholars Program for Law Enforcement Officers.


Completion of the F.B.I. National Academy, a POST Command College, and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police is also highly desirable.



License or Certificate



Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license on the date of application, and maintenance thereafter.



Preferred License or Certificate:



Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Category I or Category III certification, or equivalent or ability to obtain one through Nevada POST.










Knowledge of:



Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive detention and enforcement program. Techniques for analyzing programs, policies and operational needs.

Principles and practices of program development and administration. Principles and practices of law enforcement and animal control .

Principles and practices of the dynamics of incarcerated persons. Principles of investigation and criminal law.

Practices of the legislative process. Prisoners' rights.

Modern detention and correction theory, standards and practices. Management of inmates and institutional security.



Court decisions and their impact on correctional standards. Principles of correctional program development and administration.

Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration. Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations. Principles of evidence-based decision making and policing.

Principles of data-driven hotspots policing. Contemporary health and wellness concepts.



Skills in:



Delegating authority and responsibility.

Cultivating and establishing trust that inspires others to follow.

Analyzing problems, identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of proposed actions, recommending best options and implementing approved solution in support of goals. Interpreting, applying, explaining and enforcing applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures.

Using initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines. Setting and adjusting priorities in a rapidly changing environment.

Planning, organizing and prioritizing assignments. Meeting critical deadlines.

Managing multiple assignments.

Planning, implementing and delegating programming and social services in a correctional facility. Effective verbal and written communication skills.

Communicating with individuals from a variety of social, cultural, economic and educational backgrounds while demonstrating respect and sensitivity for perceived differences.

Producing written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper sentence structure, punctuation, spelling and grammar.

Seeking and accepting input and assistance from others.

Empowering employees by demonstrating confidence in their ability to be successful. Supporting creative thinking and problem solving by encouraging feedback.

Helping others understand and manage change. Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Problem solving and developing strategies to foster a learning-organization.





In addition to Core Workforce and Supervisor Competencies:


Executive Competencies


Establishing Trust  Noticing, interpreting and anticipating others concerns and feelings; creating opportunities for collaborative, respectful dialogue; showing trust in others first and holding self and others accountable for words and behaviors that build community; using face to face communication as a primary means to build trust within the organization.


Communicating Clarity – Developing and communicating goals in support of the city mission, vision and purpose; clarifying direction of work, roles and expectations for successful attainment of objectives.


Providing Recognition  Identifying and recognizing employees at all levels for their ideas, work and achievements; providing opportunities for both formal and informal recognition within the organization; creating a culture of peer recognition and encouragement.


Reinforcing Organizational Health – Routinely reviewing existing processes, practices and policies to ensure a balance in the ability to work productively and efficiently with employee needs for empowerment and development; changing processes, practices and policies when necessary to achieve the balance; establishing regular professional development time for each employee so they have opportunities to attend classes and other activities to enhance their professional growth; meeting regularly with employees.



Thinking Globally – Finding effective solutions and prioritizing problems using holistic, "big picture" thinking; putting the needs of the broader organization or community ahead of the needs of an individual department or community; developing and analyzing both near and long term impacts of decisions.


Business and Political Acumen – Having expertise in technical, political and budgetary leadership responsibilities; preparing and presenting complex concepts and proposals in a respectful, collaborative, understandable way to build community; comparing competing priorities and agendas looking for ways to establish a win/win solution whenever possible; speaking at community events and to the media to enhance the city's reputation and standing with the broader community.


Community Engagement – Identifying and working with different communities, whether internal, external or both, to achieve city mission, vision and purpose; including groups of stakeholders in decisions that affect them, directly or indirectly, whenever possible to do so; acting on decisions and strategies developed through community engagement.

Experience and Education Requirements













495 S. Main Street Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 229-6315


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