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Public Safety Director Position May Be Created
Friday, May 18, 2012 3:35:36 PM - Monroe Ohio

Photo: Monroe Police Chief Homer

by Monroe News Staff

Monroe City Manager Bill Brock is recommending to Council the creation of the position of Public Safety Director to oversee the operations of the Police and Fire Departments and the Appointment of John Centers and Frank Robinson as Fire and Police Chiefs.

Once created, Brock will approve the job description. The intent would be to begin the new organizational structure effective June 1 if approved. If not approved, Brock would still need an appointment to Fire Chief effective June 1.

Brock is recommending Asst. Chief John Centers be appointed as Fire Chief effective June 1. This appointment will carry a one-year probationary period. The appointment of a Fire Chief is necessary due to the retirement of Mark Neu.

Brock is recommending Lt. Frank Robinson be appointed to the position of Police Chief effective June 1. The appointment will carry a one-year probationary period.

According to Brock, the appointment of a Police Chief is necessary due to the promotion of Greg Homer to Public Safety Director. 

Source: City Manager Bill Brock


Under general administrative direction, plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the
City’s Public Safety Services including law enforcement, criminal investigations, crime prevention, fire suppression
and prevention, emergency medical services, disaster responses, community problem solving, general community
support services, and related support services; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside
agencies; acts as a member of the City Manager’s management team; and provides highly responsible and complex
administrative support to the City Manager.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be
required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business
1. Assume full management responsibility for all Public Safety Services and activities; manage the development
and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommend
and administer policies and procedures.
2. Establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and
effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
3. Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify
opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
4. Plan, direct, and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, the Public Safety Services work plan; assign
projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet
with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
5. Select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with
employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
6. Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast
of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement
budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
7. Oversee the acquisition and maintenance of Department equipment and vehicles; maintain safety standards for
personnel and equipment.
8. Provide staff assistance to the City Manager; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary
correspondence; attend City Council and other meetings as required.
9. Represent the Public Safety Services to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinate
assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
10. Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints; explain, justify, and defend
department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
11. Participate on assigned boards, commissions, and committees; serve as the City’s representative to committees
and community organizations concerned with improvements in law enforcement and fire services, and
departmental public relations.
12. Attend and participate in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new trends and developments in
the field of law enforcement, crime prevention, fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services,
and related support services; incorporate new developments as appropriate.
13. Perform related duties as required and as assigned by the City Manager.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of
time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Knowledge of:
• Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive public safety program including law enforcement,
crime prevention, fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, and
associated programs, services, and operations.
• Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration.
• Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies,
and operational needs.
• Law enforcement theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and
programs including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control, records management, care and
custody of persons and property, and crime prevention.
• Fire science theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of emergency service
operations including fire suppression, fire prevention, fire investigation, and emergency medical response.
• Principles and practices of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
• Operational characteristics of police and fire apparatus and equipment.
• Recent court decisions and how they affect department operations.
• Methods and techniques of public relations.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
• Principles and practices of municipal organization, administration and personnel management.
• Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
• Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
Ability to:
• Manage and direct a comprehensive public safety program including law enforcement, crime prevention,
fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, disaster preparedness, and associated
programs, services, and operations.
• Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures.
• Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments.
• Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs.
• Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff.
• Delegate authority and responsibility.
• Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff.
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement
recommendations in support of goals.
• Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
• Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
• Prepare and administer budgets.
• Interpret, apply, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws,
and regulations.
• Retain presence of mind and act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
• Effectively use specialized public safety tools and equipment including safety equipment.
• Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.
• Operate modern office equipment and computers including applicable software applications.
• Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and
the general public.
• Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
• Mediate and resolve conflict situations.
• Demonstrate tact and diplomacy with the public.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the
required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in political science,
criminal justice, police science, fire science, behavioral science, business or public administration, or
accepted experience and educational training within the law enforcement and/or fire services.
Ten years of increasingly responsible law enforcement and/or fire service experience including three years
of management and supervisory responsibility.
License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully pet form the essential
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential job functions.
Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with some travel to various
locations to attend meetings or inspect, supervise and/or perform department activities in responding to
emergency scenes, disasters, or critical incidents; the employee occasionally works near moving
mechanical parts; occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions and wet and/or humid conditions;
occasionally works in high, precarious places; occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or
caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration; the
noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may occasionally be very loud due to sirens,
etc.; occasionally wear protective apparel including goggles, face protector, aprons, safety shoes, and self
contained breathing apparatus; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and
weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings; subject to emergency
call out at any time.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and
to participate in emergency response situations; to walk, stand, or sit for prolonged periods of time; to
occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate
amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination
including use of a computer keyboard; to operate a vehicle to travel to various locations; to operate and use
specialized vehicles and equipment; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
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