Deputy Chief of Police

Position Purpose:

The Lebanon Police Department is seeking a Deputy Police Chief to work under the Police Chief's direction, overseeing various operational and administrative aspects. Key responsibilities include managing staffing, assisting with budgeting and policy development, coordinating with other law enforcement agencies, and representing the department in various capacities. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in law enforcement, leadership, and administration, with excellent communication, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. They should also demonstrate a commitment to diversity and community engagement, ensuring effective and responsive policing services.

The Lebanon Police Department serves the city of Lebanon, located in Grafton County, New Hampshire. Here's an overview of both the department and the community it serves:

Lebanon Police Department:

1.   Mission:  The department's mission is to protect and serve the community by upholding the law, promoting public safety, and fostering positive relationships with residents.

2.    Structure:  It is structured with sworn officers, detectives, and civilian staff, organized into divisions such as patrol, investigations, administration, and support services.

3.   Responsibilities: Lebanon PD is responsible for responding to emergency calls, conducting investigations into criminal activities, enforcing traffic laws, providing community-oriented policing, and          collaborating with other agencies for coordinated law enforcement efforts.

4.   Community Engagement: The department actively engages with the community through outreach programs, neighborhood watch initiatives, educational workshops, and participation in community events. They work to build trust, address concerns, and collaborate with residents to enhance public safety.

5.   Training and Technology: Officers undergo regular training in areas like de-escalation tactics, cultural sensitivity, crisis intervention, and advanced law enforcement techniques. They utilize modern technology such as body cameras, computer systems for data analysis, and communication tools for efficient operations.

6.   Values: Lebanon PD is guided by values such as integrity, professionalism, accountability, transparency, and respect for diversity. These values shape their interactions with the community and their approach to law enforcement.

Community of Lebanon:

1.  Demographics: The city of Lebanon has a diverse population comprising individuals from various ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

2.  Economy: It has a diverse economy with sectors like healthcare, education, technology, retail, and manufacturing contributing to its growth.

3.   Education: Lebanon is home to educational institutions like Lebanon High School, Lebanon College, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, providing opportunities for learning and research.

4.   Cultural and Recreational Activities: The community enjoys a range of cultural events, recreational facilities, parks, trails, and outdoor activities, contributing to a vibrant and active lifestyle.

5.   Safety and Well-Being: Residents value safety, community involvement, and quality of life, making partnerships with law enforcement agencies like Lebanon PD crucial for maintaining a safe and thriving community.

Overall, the Lebanon Police Department and the community share a commitment to collaboration, safety, and mutual respect, working together to create a positive and secure environment for all residents and visitors.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions, or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

  •  Serve as second in command and assume responsibility for Police Department operations in the absence of the Police Chief.
  • Participate in the development and administration of Department policies, regulations, and initiatives.
  •  Assist in the preparation and administration of the Department budget.
  •  Assist with monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of Department initiatives, policies, regulations, and service delivery methods.
  •  Plan, organize and direct Department programs and activities as requested; review reports prepared by officers; advise command personnel; coordinate division/bureau functions with Department personnel.
  •  Develop and implement staffing plans and work schedules.
  •  Assist in recruitment, hiring, training, evaluation, and discipline of personnel, subject to the approval of the Police Chief.  Ensure that all Department policies, regulations, and practices are followed.
  •  Oversee and administer the Communications Center in consultation with the Communications Supervisor.   
  • Cooperate with other law enforcement agencies as necessary in the investigation and prosecution of crimes; apprehension of wanted persons; and to enhance public safety.
  • Assist with all aspects of labor negotiations and contract administration as needed.
  •  Serve as a representative of the Department with the media, civic organizations, businesses, public interest groups, elected representatives, schools and other outside organizations as requested by the Police Chief.
  • Advise and assist Department personnel with work assignments, investigations, and other law enforcement issues. 
  •  Provide testimony in criminal and administrative hearings as appropriate.
  •  Conduct and/or participate in external and internal investigations as necessary.
  •  Responsible for maintenance of Department-issued firearms, equipment, and vehicles.
  • Maintain Department records in accordance with applicable City, state and federal     statutes and regulations.
  •  Attend City, regional, state, and federal meetings, seminars and trainings as required.
  •  Prepare reports; analyze data and trends as required.
  •  Maintain current knowledge of City, state and federal issues and requirements related to the Police Department and law enforcement; maintain current knowledge of best practices of police work.
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates, or as may be assigned by the Police Chief.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with major coursework in police science or a related field is preferred. 
  • Seven years of progressively responsible law enforcement and crime prevention experience, with three years of supervisory experience and two years of administrative experience.                                              
  • Other combinations of education and experience that qualify an individual to perform the requisite job duties and responsibilities may be considered. 

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations applicable to law enforcement as well as the best practices of police administration and methods.
  • Excellent verbal, written and public presentation skills.
  • Excellent leadership, management, and financial skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, employee relations, problem solving and negotiation skills.  Ability to facilitate solutions to complex interpersonal, organizational and law enforcement problems.
  • Ability to work effectively with City and other government/law enforcement officials at all levels; employees; the public; union officials; attorneys; private businesses; and public/private organizations.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced work environment; to prioritize and balance competing needs; and to apply sound judgment, sensitivity, and diplomacy in addressing City, police, and citizen needs.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive City, employee, and citizen information.
  • Ability to research and analyze complex data, statistics, and issues; anticipate problems; and identify effective solutions.
  • Ability to interpret, communicate and apply federal, state and City laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Excellent technology skills, including the use of word processing, spreadsheet programs, databases and other software programs used by the Police Department.
  • Attention to detail; accuracy; and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Appreciation and respect for cultural diversity of the community. 


  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Full-Time New Hampshire Police Officer certification. 

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimal physical effort is required to perform administrative duties.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, speak, and hear and use hands to operate equipment.  Moderate to strenuous physical effort is required when responding to emergencies. Vision requirements include the ability to read and analyze documents, make fine visual distinctions, use a computer, and operate motor vehicles and other equipment. 

Job Environment:

  • Work is generally performed under typical office conditions, with exposure to varying weather conditions and situations endangering personal safety during emergencies or when conducting investigations.  Employee is required to work outside of normal business hours on a frequent basis.  Operates motor vehicle, all police equipment/firearms, computer, and other standard office equipment.
  • Makes frequent contacts with other public officials, city departments and personnel, mutual aid partners, and business leaders; and makes frequent contacts with local, regional, state, and federal governmental and law enforcement agencies.  Contacts are in person, by telephone and written and electronic communications such as email.
  • Has access to extensive confidential information such as personnel records, criminal investigation and records, lawsuits, and personal information about citizens.
  • Errors could be costly in terms of decreased or less efficient protection to persons and property, possible personal injury/death, and have direct financial and legal repercussions.  The position requires employee to make decisions that can have catastrophic consequences to the city.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 

To apply, please go to to access the City’s online “Career Portal” application system.  

Competitive salary is enhanced by a comprehensive, flexible spending benefits package that includes:

  • Health Insurance with an employer-funded HSA
  • Dental Insurance
  • Paid Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, Personal Leave & Paid Parental Leave
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • New Hampshire Retirement System Enrollment 
City of Lebanon
Close Date: 
Thursday, June 6, 2024