March 10, 2017 – The Arlington, TX police department has retained executive search firm Strategic Government Resources to find its new chief administrative officer (CAO). Senior vice president Tommy Ingram is leading the assignment.
Candidates for the position should be exceptional leaders, capable of planning and directing personnel activities for the department’s technology program, accreditation, budget, grants, and internal affairs. The incoming executive should be genuinely committed to the development of a strong customer service ethic, responsive to organizational needs, and innovative, forward thinking, and creative in planning for workforce development.
The incoming executive must be capable of managing highly complex issues in the context of an overall management team and must be action-oriented, as well as open to change and innovation. Exceptional public speaking and written communication skills are needed, as the CAO will be called upon to make presentations before employee and citizen groups, committees, council, the media, and management staff.
The CAO must have the ability to build relationships, flexible, and able to work in a team-oriented organization. In addition, a penchant for clarity, conciseness, and action is needed, as well as persuasive skills to ensure that concepts are easily understood and visualized.
Extensive management experience must be evident in the background of any candidates to be considered. This includes a stable history of a minimum of five years progressive general management experience with an emphasis placed on broad-based analytical and program evaluation activities within a large public agency. Experience with labor relations is strongly desired.
The Arlington Police Department was founded in 1894 and now has 673 authorized sworn positions. More than 800 officers and other professionals of the Arlington Police Department are committed to the philosophy of community-based policing and delivering excellent customer service to citizens and visitors.
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Strategic Government Resources provides a variety of services to local government, including: executive recruitment; live and online training; psychometric assessments; employee coaching and mentoring; consulting; interim management; and other collaborative activities to bring value to local government and promote a servant leadership culture.
Mr. Ingram, the recruiter in charge of this assignment, has been with Strategic Government Resources since 2012 and specializes in chief of police recruiting. He retired as police chief for Colleyville, TX, and from Arlington as an assistant police chief. He has 35 combined years of municipal law enforcement experience in all areas of departmental operations and administration. He is also experienced in conducting departmental management and operational assessments and consulting on special issues.
The search firm is currently in the final stages of filling the chief of police position for Irving, TX. Larry Boyd announced this past August his intention to retire from that post.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media