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Victoria officially posts police chief job listing

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Feb. 22, 2011 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2011 at 8:23 p.m.

Bruce Ure

The city of Victoria has officially posted a job listing for its soon-to-be-vacant police chief's position.

The listing, which went up on the city's website Tuesday, indicates the job pays between $105,000 and $110,000 annually depending on qualifications.

Deputy City Manager Charmelle Garrett, Police Chief Bruce Ure and Human Resources Director Cheryl Marthiljohni met and reviewed the job description for police chief before the vacancy was posted, said O.C. Garza, the city's public information officer.

"Every applicant that applies for the job will be carefully reviewed. There is no timeline per say on a position as critical as police chief," Garza added.

The job listing indicates that applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The job is also being advertised in several other places including the Texas Municipal League, Texas Police Chief's Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

According to the job posting, the police chief will report to the assistant city manager which, after March 1, will be Ure who is stepping down as police chief.

Deputy Chief Roy Boyd will serve as interim police chief after March 1.

Minimum qualifications for police chief include 10 years experience in a municipal law enforcement agency with a minimum of five years supervisory experience at a captain level or above. Preferred qualifications include experience as a police chief or assistant police chief in a diverse and growing multicultural community, according to the city's website.

As part of the city's management team, the police chief "must be a decisive leader who is willing to collaborate with staff while remaining responsible and accountable for final decisions," according to the job listing.

The VPD has 155 employees including 115 commissioned police officers. The department has an annual budget of $11.5 million, according to the city's website.

The applicant should also submit a resume and cover letter, "What you will bring to the city of Victoria as Police Chief."

As of Tuesday afternoon, no applications had been received, said Garza.

Victoria is also advertising for its vacant fire chief position to replace Vance Riley, who officially retired at the end of January. Ure has been serving as interim fire chief. As of Tuesday afternoon, 48 applications have been received for the fire chief position.

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