Police Chief

Winston-Salem, NC | Full-time


The Position

The City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is seeking its next Police Chief. The Police Chief (Chief) will effectively manage and administer the operations, functions, and activities of the Winston-Salem Police Department.

This position is responsible for developing and implementing the Police Department’s strategic goals, evaluating goals and objectives, and conducting analyses on best practices and trends to improve performance and outcomes. This position also develops annual budget proposals and routinely monitors the budget to ensure compliance with approved budget levels and standards.

Additionally, the Chief is head of overseeing and assisting in investigations where major crimes, accidents, or other unusual incidents are involved and responds to the most sensitive or complex inquiries. The Chief will establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with law enforcement personnel in other jurisdictions and represent the City on committees and task forces regarding public safety issues. The Chief provides information to the news media and meets with elected and appointed public officials, business representatives, and members of the public to promote department activities and further positive community relations.

The Chief will adhere to the consistent application of the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Core Values:

Leadership – Individual and Agency – Individual development to transform our agency into a national model for law enforcement.

Transparency – Accountability through open and effective communication.

Professionalism – Exceptional police services through strength, compassion, and confidence.

Commitment – Commitment to our agency and the community it serves.

Integrity – Unquestionable trustworthiness through the fair and just application of the law.

Public Service – Partnering with our community to provide unparalleled service and safety.


  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with the Mayor, City Council, County Sheriff’s Office, and other law enforcement entities.
  • Develop and strengthen trust within the Police Department and the community.
  • Be visible in community settings and willing to engage with the community, especially during times of crisis.
  • Develop a strong recruitment and retention campaign/strategy, focusing on staff morale and revision of recruitment standards.

The Successful Candidate

The next Chief is an approachable, transparent, and highly competent leader who seeks collaboration and fosters learning and leadership at all levels.

The ideal candidate will have an experienced understanding of the complexities of navigating a Police Department and will work to effectively safeguard the lives and property of Winston-Salem residents, businesses, visitors, and employees, to reduce the incidence of fear and crime, and enhance trust with residents to improve quality of life through a community-oriented problem-solving approach throughout the City.

The ideal candidate has exceptional written and verbal communication skills and can identify and articulate objectives with success. This change management practitioner is fully committed to progressive and strategic management practices, can manage multiple projects at the same time, and will help staff prioritize to achieve both day-to-day and long-term objectives.

The successful candidate has strong leadership and coaching skills, can motivate employees, and will foster a collaborative, growing work environment with intentionality and care. The ideal Chief will delegate work appropriately, continuously assess the performance of the Department staff, and work collaboratively with staff to create goals and professional development plans that support the City’s overall goals.

The Chief will serve as an internal consultant to City leaders concerning all relevant matters and workforce best practices, programs, and initiatives. The next Police Chief will be a model of integrity and will proactively address workplace challenges and opportunities, providing leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and pushing the city to continuously improve its service through employees and systems, with a strong emphasis on recruitment and retention, staff development, and employee engagement.

The Chief will have a strong foundation in core Police Department services, including transparency awareness, risk management, training and development, performance management, safety and wellness, and records and data management, and can help instill innovation in each of these areas. The next Chief of Police will be technologically savvy, working to ensure the systems used by its internal and external customers function well and provide for the City’s future needs.


Minimum requirements include any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with major course work in the field of law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration, or related area, and extensive experience of a wide and progressively responsible nature in police service.

Preferred qualifications include comprehensive knowledge of laws, rules, and court decisions relating to the administration of criminal justice and law enforcement; comprehensive knowledge of scientific methods of crime detection, criminal investigation, and radio communication; comprehensive knowledge of controlling laws and ordinances; thorough knowledge of the geography of the City; general knowledge of modern technology used as crime prevention and detection tools; general understanding of non-sworn civilian support programs for mental health response to 911 calls; demonstrated ability to lead and direct the activities of police officers; ability to maintain cooperative relationships with other City officials and with the general public; evaluate the effectiveness of the police operation and to institute improvements; ability to prepare and review reports; resourcefulness and sound judgment in emergencies; and demonstrated integrity and tact. A master’s degree with major work in the field of law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration, or a related area, is also preferred.

Inside The Police Department

The Winston-Salem Police Department is a full-service, nationally accredited police department with an authorized strength of 528 sworn and 174 non-sworn personnel. The Department is committed to providing exceptional law enforcement services, delivered by highly trained professionals, who are held to the highest standards. They are committed to working with the community and serving to ensure a safe city and improve the quality of life for all residents.

The Police Department has four major components: the Office of the Chief of Police, the Field Services Bureau, the Investigative Services Bureau, and the Support Services Bureau. These components are further organized into various divisions, sections, and units.


The mission of the Winston-Salem Police Department is to protect life and property by providing exceptional police services to our community in partnership with the citizens of Winston-Salem.


The Winston-Salem Police Department is recognized as a model law enforcement agency, known for reducing crime and increasing public safety by building and fostering community relationships in a never-ending pursuit of excellence.

The Community

Winston-Salem is a city in Forsyth County, North Carolina. In 2021, the population was 250,320, making it the second-largest municipality in the Piedmont Triad region, the fifth-most populous city in North Carolina, the third-largest urban area in North Carolina, and the 90<sup>th</sup> most populous city in the United States.

Winston-Salem is called the “Twin City” for its dual heritage, and “the Camel City” for the City’s historic involvement in the tobacco industry related to locally based R.J. Reynolds’ Camel cigarettes. Winston-Salem is also home to six colleges and institutions, most notably Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, which ranks as one of the best art schools in America. In 2021, the City ranked No. 46 out of 150 cities on the “Best Places to Live” list from U.S. News & World Report.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 250,320
  • Median Household Income: $58,854
  • Median Home Value: $152,000
  • Median Age: 35.9

All demographic information was sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau and includes the most recent available data.

Compensation and Benefits

The pay range for this position is $117,495 to $176,241.  Well qualified candidates may be considered for higher base compensation commensurate with relevant credentials.

Benefits offered include the following:

  • Education Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Suggestion Program
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Group Dental Insurance
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Jury Duty Leave
  • Life/Accidental Death Insurance
  • Military Leave
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Promotion from Within
  • Retirement/Pension Plan (State of NC)
  • School Leave
  • Shared Leave
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • 12 Paid Sick Leave Days - Annually
  • Vacation Leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Pet Insurance
  • Supplemental Retirement Accounts (401K and 457)

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position will be open until filled with the first review of applications beginning December 8, 2022.


Please direct questions to Pamela Wideman at pwideman@raftelis.com and Alexa Worrell at aworrell@raftelis.com.

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