The City of Lee’s Summit has begun the recruitment process for the position of police chief, which has been vacant since the retirement of Lee’s Summit Police Chief Joe Piccinini in January.
Lee’s Summit Police Major Scott Lyons has been serving as the Acting Police Chief since January 17, 2014.
"The City will consider internal candidates and individuals from other law enforcement agencies in order to find the best candidate for this job. There is strong leadership within our Lee’s Summit Police Department and I hope those individuals submit applications. There may also be candidates who bring experiences and skills from a different agency who may be beneficial to our community. By going through this process, we have a better opportunity of identifying the best choice for our community," said Lee’s Summit City Manager Stephen Arbo.
"In the interim, I am grateful to Acting Police Chief Scott Lyons for his dedication to the Lee’s Summit Police Department and our City. Under his guidance, our Police Department continues to move forward," said City Manager Arbo.
City Manager Arbo, Deputy City Manager Brian Scott, Assistant City Manager/Director of Human Resources Daren Fristoe began meeting at the end of December 2013 to define the process for the police chief search.
As a part of that process, in December and January, the City conducted listening posts with various stakeholders within the community to gain an understanding of what is desired in a new police chief. Those stakeholders consisted of the Lee’s Summit City Council, the Police Department Command Staff; Fraternal Order of Police leadership; Lee’s Summit CARES; Lee’s Summit R-VII School District officials; the Public Safety Advisory Board; and Civic Roundtable.
"We want to understand our community’s needs regarding the next police chief. Our success as a City in creating a safe community goes beyond the Police Department. We depend on the active support of our citizens; whether it is contacting us when something unusual is observed to participating in our Citizen Police Academy. Our next police chief will need to be a person who is comfortable being engaged with business owners and residents regarding their expectations of the Police Department. That was a character trait expressed by many of the people who met with us," said City Manager Arbo.
The desirable candidate should have at least ten years of increasingly responsible experience as a sworn police officer, including at least five years of command experience in a police department of a mid-sized city. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration or a related field from an accredited college or university as well as completed command training or education such as the FBI National Academy, for example.
Proven administrative, financial, operational and organizational skills are important, along with public relations and community policing exposure. Superior leadership, interpersonal communication and social sensitivity skills are essential.
The City is accepting applications for this position until Monday, April 14.
For a complete list of job requirements, please visit http://cityofls.net/City-of-Lees-Summit/Submenu/Employment.aspx.
Here’s the selection process timeline:
Late April: Select top 10 – 15 candidates for the process.
May: Conduct review of final applicants and choose 4 to 6 finalist candidates.
June: Conduct finalist interviews and select next police chief
For more information, contact the City of Lee’s Summit’s Administration Department (816) 969-1010.