Recruitment #1807-6360-001



Founded in 1960, the Tucson Police Department Crime Laboratory is one of the oldest crime laboratories in Arizona and was one of the first municipal crime laboratories in the United States to gain national accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors-Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB). The mission of the crime laboratory is to provide our community with quality forensic science and excellent service.

The Forensics Administrator is responsible for meeting the mission of the state-of-the-art crime laboratory by managing the day-to-day technical and administrative operations of the crime lab and ensuring laboratory accreditation is maintained through ASCLD-LAB. This position provides direction of forensic operations and procedures to multiple units within the department to include: forensic biology, firearms identification and tool mark comparison, latent prints, chemical analysis for drugs, chemical analysis for arson and explosives, toxicology, and forensic electronic media. The Forensics Administrator will provide oversight of the crime laboratory units to ensure accurate completion of forensic evaluations, appropriate use of various instrumentation and examination of proper evaluation of physical evidence through microscopic, chemical, or biological techniques.

Tucson has been continuously settled for over 12,000 years and celebrates a unique diversity of cultures, architecture, and peoples.  One of the oldest towns in the United States, Tucson officially became part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase of 1854 and served as the capitol of the Arizona Territory from 1867 to 1877.  Now the 33rd largest city in the nation, Tucson maintains a strong connection to our cultural heritage as we look towards the future.

Surrounded by five mountain ranges, Tucson’s 220-plus square miles boast the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert and an unsurpassed climate of more than 350 sunny days a year – yet is just a short drive from the cool sub-alpine meadows on Mount Lemmon.  Tucson is home to world-class outdoor recreation, a vibrant, growing city center, renowned museums, and the University of Arizona.  Established in 1871, the Tucson Police Department is dedicated to providing professional service to, and in partnership with, nearly one million Tucson metropolitan area community members. 

General Description

Administers and manages the operations of the Police Department’s Forensics Division, including Crime Laboratory, Evidence, and Identification Sections. Monitors, reviews, and resolves operational, legal, and personnel issues.

Essential Functions

Organizes and directs daily operations of a division by performing administrative duties and by overseeing programs, projects, and management-level personnel (two or more fulltime employees)

Formulates and implements division strategic plans and work activities to coordinate and synchronize with Department directions and goals; implements and evaluates policies, projects and programs

Oversees the planning, implementation, direction and management of all functions and resources of the division to achieve the strategic objectives of the Department and the City in an efficient and effective manner

Assists with implementing the Department vision through division activities and leads the division for maximum employee productivity and morale through hiring, training, evaluating performance, disciplining, and investigating and resolving grievances and other human resources actions

Develops and administers the division budget with staff assistance, to include grant development, proposal submission, and compliance management

Manages the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) accreditation for the state-of-the-art Crime Laboratory; ensures compliance with all technical standards

Analyzes organizational and community needs, analyzes trends, reviews statistics, identifies opportunities for improvement, and communicates developments and accomplishments to Department leadership

Develops strategic partnerships and contacts with community representatives, external agencies, and other organizations to address issues facing our community and to respond as a representative of the City

Analyzes and evaluates new cases to determine appropriate methods of laboratory procedures

Upholds the values of the organization as a role model, mentor, trainer, and leader

Ensures that division operations conform with local, state and federal  regulations, statutes, case law, and other applicable rules and requirements

Facilitates solutions to problems facing the Department and collaborates with other managers to achieve Department objectives

Maintains proficiency through courses, seminars, professional publications, and membership in professional organizations

Monitors the operational status of the division by interacting with personnel and reviewing reports

Oversees crime scene processing and identification functions

Oversees the tracking, storage, preservation, return, and destruction of all property and evidence that comes into the Department, including long-term evidentiary vehicle storage

Monitors legal issues affecting the Forensics Division by tracking and reviewing court and litigation questions; addresses American Society of Crime Lab Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board accreditation concerns

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 years experience in Forensics. At least 4 of the 5 years' in a supervisory capacity in a related functional area. “Supervisory” is defined as having supervised at least 1 full-time FTE.

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification

Preferred Qualifications

Master's Degree from an accredited institution in forensic science or a natural science such as: chemistry, physics, or biology, or a subspecialty of a natural science such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, or molecular biology.

Experience managing ASCLD polices and practices.

Forensic laboratory experience to include areas such as chemical drug analysis, chemical arson and explosive analysis, DNA, toxicology, firearms and tool make examination, or forensic electronic media.

Experience developing, directing and evaluating programs and policies in a crime laboratory.

Selection Plan

As part of the application process, candidates must attach the following writing sample to their application:

  • In 1,000 words or less, describe how you would go about setting up a new section or discipline in an accredited crime laboratory to provide a new service?

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in the oral board interview.

  • Technical Panel Oral Boards and Leadership Interviews will be held October 22, 2018 and October 23, 2018. Appointments will be scheduled on October 22, 2018, then on October 23, 2018 as an overflow date.
  • Executive Leadership Team Interviews will be held October 24, 2018.
  • Finalists will be invited to interview with the Chief of Police on October 25, 2018.

Upon completion of the examination process, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on an Eligibility List. An applicant's ranking on the list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 40% of your Technical Oral Board
  • 40% of your Leadership Oral Board
  • 10% of your writing sample

The Eligibility List may be used by the department with an approved vacancy to fill in the next 6 months. Selection will be made in accordance with CSR III, Section 2. The list of candidates eligible for consideration will remain in effect for 6 months after their names are provided to the hiring authorities. Examination results and current status will be communicated by email.

Candidates placed on the Employment List will receive a contingent job offer and must successfully pass the following:

  • An extensive background investigation, including local, state, and national criminal fingerprint checks
  • Driving history
  • A polygraph examination to verify information you have supplied in the background questionnaire


Veteran, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those who are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for Veteran or Native American preference points as outlined in your Employment Profile, you must submit your documentation at the time of the Written Examination. Copies of DD 214s must reflect a characterization of service.

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Ashley Tellez at 520-837-7755 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

CONTACTS: Communications throughout this process will be sent via email exclusively so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification. 

All email inquiries should be directed to Ashley Tellez, 520.837.7755 or email:  

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Non-NIDA Drug Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.