Chief of Police
Auraria Higher Education Center - Denver, CO

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This position is responsible for managing the Campus Police Department and its 48.0 FTE staff (including 30 sworn), which encompasses all administrative, operational, and financial responsibilities for a 24/7/365 full-service public safety organization, specially geared for service to the Auraria Campus (the agency) and its institutions.

The Chief of Police is responsible for all law enforcement operations at the Campus, which includes:
  • patrol operations
  • investigations
  • communications
  • recruitment and training
  • budget matters
  • equipment
  • facilities
This community policing position plans, coordinates, and evaluates law enforcement activities in cooperation with local jurisdictions, i.e., Denver Police, RTD Police, etc., and in conjunction with agency requirements.

The position further oversees the Neighborhood Community Officer program (non-sworn) and plays a key role in campus emergency preparedness and Clery Act compliance.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Minimum of ten years of progressive experience in the policing field, which must have included a minimum of five years experience at the rank of Lieutenant (or higher) and demonstrated direct supervisory experience.
  • Experience in collegiate policing on a college campus and community oriented policing is highly preferred.
  • Must be Colorado POST Certified, or equivalent certification from another state, with ability to achieve Colorado POST certification within six months of hire. Must be able to complete an extensive background investigation to include criminal, civil, psychological, and financial consideration.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to serve multiple constituencies within a diverse higher education community; supervise, train, and evaluate subordinate employees; plan and implement safety and security measures; and assess law enforcement or other hazardous situations and determine appropriate courses of action.
Salary & Benefits:

$110,000 to $120,000 annually
  • AHEC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes 21 vacation days and 15 sick days per year; paid holidays, generous medical and dental benefits, as well as life, disability, and retirement (Colorado PERA) benefits.
How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and professional references addressed to Auraria Higher Education Center, Chief of Police, Position #4066 to: Dianda Coe, Director of Human Resources, at or fax to 303-556-2448.

Review of resumes will begin on May 5th, 2014, and continue until a successful candidate is identified.

Note: The Colorado Open Records Act (C.R.S. 24-72-204) requires that an applicant make a written request at the time of application that the application be kept confidential. Applications without such a request for confidentiality are open record and must be disclosed upon request.

The Auraria Higher Education Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. A copy of the most recent Annual Security Report, which details policies and statistics related to campus safety, may be found at .

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