The Dalton Public Safety Commission has extended the deadline for applications for the position of chief of the Dalton Police Department and opened the job to outside candidates. The original deadline to apply for the position was Friday and the position was initially only offered to candidates already serving within the agency.
The decision to open the job to external candidates came after concerns were expressed about a lack of diversity among the agency’s qualified internal candidates. The new deadline to apply for the position is Feb. 15.
A job posting available online at the city of Dalton’s website lists a number of requirements to qualify as a candidate for the job. To apply for the position, a candidate must be a sworn police officer and have at least 12 years of law enforcement experience showing increasing responsibility and supervision and rank progression in a municipal or similar agency. Candidates must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice or a related field with a master’s degree or higher preferred. A candidate must be a U.S. citizen. There are other preferred qualifications listed on the job posting. The posting lists a minimum starting salary of $90,000.
To apply for the position, applicants should submit a letter of interest along with a completed application and resume and a written summary of skills, qualifications, experience, and education that would qualify for the position of police chief. A full posting for the job requirements and an application can be found online at www.cityofdalton-ga.gov.