Chief of Staff to Police Chief

Chief of Staff to Police Chief
City of Grand Rapids Police Department
 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Job Description

This is advanced professional and managerial work in supporting policing strategy, continuous improvement and change management as outlined in the GRPD strategic plan. The scope of this work provides managerial assistance and leadership support to the Chief of Police, to include Budget administration, Fleet and Facilities, and Information Technology functions. Duties will involve management of the department's Performance Management System and administrative oversight of the budgeting process.

  • Provides assistance with the management and administration of the budget planning policies, procedures, and budget implementation processes; manages the Performance Management System and the review of departmental budget requests and financial reports; prepares City Commission agenda items;
  • Conducts analyses of budgets and policies as needed; prepares and submits reports with recommendations.
  • Provides assistance for research, program design and strategic planning; develops and prepares documents for public information publications and programs.
  • Manages and supervises the daily operations of an office of professional and clerical support staff including evaluation, counseling and training of employees as needed.

Minimum Training and Experience

  • Possession of a bachelor's degree in business or public administration, economics or related field
  • Six years of progressively responsible professional experience in budget analysis and planning, including supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


  • Master’s degree in finance, business or public administration
  • Experience with strategic planning, departmental performance management, FOIA & Information Technology, Facilities and Fleet Management

Other Necessary Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of accounting, auditing and budgeting management.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, policies, rules regulations and standards pertaining to public sector accounting and budgeting.
  • Knowledge of local government functions and operations.
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, prioritize, assign, and evaluate the work of professional and clerical support staff.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to analyze difficult and complex issues and to make recommendations for proper actions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, city officials, representatives from the community

Other Information

This specific position will work in the Grand Rapids Police department as Chief of Staff for the Grand Rapids Police Chief. Some functions within the police department that this position will provide managerial oversight of each unit's Command staff include:

  • Financial Services and Budget Administration
  • Facilities & Fleet Management
  • Police Records and Freedom of Information Act
  • Information Technology
  • Organizational Development
  • Strategic Planning and Performance Management
  • May assist with Human Resources, Community Engagement, and serve as communications liaison as needed


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision starting Day 1
  • 6% Employee & 7% Employer matching 401a
  • Employee & Employer contributions to Retiree Health Savings Account
  • Eleven Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Time
  • Paid parking (if applicable)
  • Tuition Reimbursement and professional development opportunities
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program with unlimited counseling sessions per issue
  • Comprehensive Wellness program
  • Voluntary benefits including: term life insurance, flexible spending account, disability insurance, and deferred compensation plan options