(Starting salary range is negotiable and competitive DOQ; the projected starting at $100K with attractive benefits)
Pharr, Texas (pop. 77,260, (2016 est.), an All-America City, offers its next Police Chief an exceptional professional opportunity and an inviting quality of life in a diverse and involved community. Pharr was recently ranked the 25th safest city in Texas with a population in excess of 50,000 by Safehome.org.
Situated in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley in Hidalgo County adjacent to McAllen and only minutes from the Mexico border, Pharr has long been an influence on the modernization of lower South Texas, offering abundant natural resources and natural beauty that makes the community an enjoyable place to visit or to live. With a healthy economy and steady growth, Pharr is the hub of produce for the Rio Grande Valley and a major gateway for NAFTA-oriented businesses. Pharr has a and continues to grow, more than doubling since the 1990 Census. The land area is 23.4 square miles. In addition to produce and agricultural products, manufacturing, distribution and tourism are important anchors of the local economy.
The City owns and operates the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, a major corridor of travel between Texas and the interior of Mexico. Interstate 2/US 83 is the principal east-west highway and connects with US 281, the primary north-south arterial that terminates with the International Bridge. Pharr is the terminus for Interstate Highway 69, the NAFTA Corridor linking Mexico, United States and Canada.
Appointed by and reporting to the City Manager, the Police Chief leads and manages a modern, full-service agency dedicated to policing the City with a highly engaged and community-involved approach. The Police Chief develops and administers programs and activities to ensure the safety and security of the community and to reduce fear of criminal activity. The Pharr Police Department staff includes a total of 169 members, 138 of which are sworn officers.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, business, public administration, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university is required, with a graduate degree preferred. Candidates should demonstrate knowledge of police department operations and management, public administration of local governments, and knowledge of best practices in the management of municipal police services. Police management experience in a border environment is preferred. Advanced training such as the FBI National Academy, SPI, or an equivalent advanced program is preferred. The selected candidate must be able to gain Peace Officer certification in Texas and a Texas Driver’s License in a reasonable period of time. The Police chief must be able to speak in Spanish at least at the conversational level. The City will consider substitutions for required education and experience on a case-by-case basis, with the required ability to execute the essential functions of the job.