Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

DMHAS Chief of Police

Mental Health Director of Security And Safety Management

Recruitment #210603-5712MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

The DMHAS, Office of the Commissioner seeks a qualified individual for the position of Mental Health Director of Security and Safety Management (DMHAS Chief of Police) within the Division of Safety Services (DSS).  This position is located at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) in Middletown. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position.  The work schedule is 1st shift, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The position number is 23555. 

The mission of our Public Safety Division is to maintain a safe and secure environment of care, in a recovery oriented healthcare agency, through leadership and partnership, based on trust and understanding with the community we serve. 

In this role you will: 

  • Serve as the DMHAS Chief of Police within a healthcare agency; 
  • Provide technical and administrative oversight to the division; 
  • Development and implement policies and procedures related to its operation; and
  • Be responsible for planning and directing the operation of the police department. 

The DMHAS Police have approximately 70 sworn police officers, augmented by building and grounds patrol officers, dispatchers, and other civilian support staff. In a recovery-oriented healthcare service agency, we have an exciting challenge in providing quality services through traditional law enforcement functions and safety and security management activities which are critical to maintaining compliance required for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and other regulatory entities. 

We are committed to providing service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with impartiality and professionalism. In working together, we strive to set the standard of excellence in policing in a healthcare service agency.

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period.  For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent). 

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications - as listed on the job opening - will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application. 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the “Resume Tab” of your application as you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Individuals considered for interview will be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc.  You do not have to attach these documents to your application. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson at or (860) 785-9855.


In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Division of Safety Services, this class is accountable for directing agency-wide police, fire, security and safety management activities, programs and services.


Directs staff and operations of division; coordinates, plans and manages division activities; formulates program goals and objectives including planning, implementing and monitoring of risk of injury and/or adverse incident activities; develops or assists in development of related policy; establishes standards, develops methods and monitors investigations into unusual events or incidents to ensure proper investigation has been conducted in compliance with departmental policies; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; ensures professional performance standards are maintained; continually appraises administrative activities and operations and recommends corrective action as necessary; acts as departmental spokesperson and provides information to public and media on all departmental safety and security issues; prepares or assists in preparation of departmental appropriated budget; controls expenditures; directs liaison activities and coordinates security measures with community, regional, federal, state and local agencies and other organizations; directs and manages criminal, sensitive and confidential investigations, as well as position papers and investigative reports for claims and lawsuits filed against the Agency; develops effective programs relating to prevention of injury to patients or employees and damage or loss of property; directs, manages and evaluates the delivery of workplace and clinical safety education and training programs; works with department administrators to evaluate quality and effectiveness of safety, security, fire and emergency preparedness programs in facilities; monitors changes in laws and court decisions, at both the federal and state level, that may affect departmental operations; directs and manages the entry, maintenance, security, dissemination and retention of written and electronic police data and records; administratively controls and manages the agency's NCIC/COLLECT System; administratively oversees the agency's Employee Assistance Program; acts as ad hoc member of facility safety and disaster committees; assumes command during emergency situations; may testify in court, may prepare grant applications, performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of modern security and safety procedures and methods within a statewide mental health organization; considerable knowledge of planning and coordinating security and safety investigations; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills, considerable ability to negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in an organized police department.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been at the level of Lieutenant or higher rank.


College training in criminal justice or related fields may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years.


1. Candidates for this class are subject to selection standards pursuant to Section 7-294-a-e of the Connecticut General Statutes and the regulations of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council.
2. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain authority from the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection to "arrest and present before a competent authority any person for any offense committed within his precinct.” (Connecticut General Statutes 29-18 and/or 10a-156b)
3. Incumbents must possess and maintain certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of Connecticut pursuant to Section 7-294-a-e of the Connecticut General Statutes and the regulations promulgated by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council. Loss of certification will result in removal from the class.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to maintain certifications pursuant to the regulations of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council and/or agency requirements.
5. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
6. Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain and retain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.
7. Incumbents in this class must be eligible and qualified to bear arms.
8. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made before persons are certified for appointment.


1. Incumbents in this class must have general good health, be free from any disease or injury which would impair health or usefulness and possess and retain sufficient physical strength, stamina, agility, endurance and visual and auditory acuity required, to perform the duties of the class.
2. Applicants may be required to pass a physical examination.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.