Recruitment #1907-6316-001


The Police Lieutenant is responsible for police activities within a large organizational section to include enforcement of criminal laws, development of action plans, analysis of organizational and community needs and implementation of processes and projects to support those needs. This position leads personnel towards achieving goals that promote the development of the Tucson Police Department and provide support to the community.

This opportunity is only open to Tucson Police Department employees who meet the eligibility requirements provided below.

General Description

Manages and directs personnel in the enforcement of criminal laws, education, crime prevention, and partnerships with the community.

Essential Functions

Regularly directs or supervises the work of at least two fulltime employees at the supervisor level in the section. Coordinates assigned supervisory personnel and their projects ensuring timely and quality activities for the benefit of the section, division, department, City and the community.

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

Assists with the implementation and evaluation of department policies, programs, projects and procedures.

Assists with implementing the department vision through section activities and leads the section to maximum employee productivity and morale through hiring, disciplining, evaluating employee performance, investigating and resolving grievances and other coordinating human resources actions.

Develops and administers the section budget with staff assistance.

Analyzes organization and community needs, analyzes trends, reviews statistics and opportunities, communicates to the department leadership of impending developments.

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

Implements the values of the organization through example and accountabilities.

Ensures that section operations conform with local, state, and federal governmental regulations and other applicable rules and requirements.

Facilitates solutions to problems facing the department.

Maintains technical or professional knowledge through such means as attending seminars, reviewing professional publications, taking classes and participating in developmental activities.

Provides training for personnel by developing lesson plans, conducting training courses, and ensuring completion of requisite annual training courses.

Acts as a liaison within the community by attending community functions and speaking with the public.

Responds to incidents, oversees tactical operations, and supervises investigations.

Performs administrative duties by attending meetings, writing reports, and planning programs and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type:  High School Diploma or G.E.D

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 3 years as a police sergeant
*Time in service in a temporary promotion capacity may be counted if the temporary promotion to Sergeant is immediately followed by a permanent promotion to Sergeant, without a break in rank service.

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Peace Officer Standard and Training Certification

Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification

Applicants are advised that upon placement on a hiring promotional list, any member having been the subject of "serious discipline'" as defined by General Orders may not be promoted until the specified period has passed based on the date of discovery of the incident resulting in serious discipline.

Candidates who are promoted will have five years from date of promotion to obtain their Bachelor's degree from a nationally accredited institution. All candidates accepting promotions will be required to sign a "Conditions of Promotion" agreement clearly stating their understanding of, and commitment to, the degree requirement. Failure to obtain the required degree will result in non-retention in rank. Work-related experience will no longer be accepted as a substitute for education as calculated by the City Human Resources Department.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will receive an invitation on August 15, 2019 to attend a written practical and verbal presentation.

  • Written practical and verbal presentations will be scheduled  September 4, 2019 through September 13, 2019

Candidates who successfully pass the written practical and verbal presentation will be invited to a TPD Leadership Oral Boards.

  • Leadership oral boards will be scheduled September 13, 2019 through September 19, 2019

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List that will be used to fill vacancies occurring within the next two (2) years.

An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 25% of your rating for written practical 
  • 25% of your rating for verbal presentation
  • 50% of your our leadership oral board

All study material will be referenced during this promotional process is contained in the links below. It is incumbent upon all applicants to save, print, and review the material contained in these links. The information contained in the study material links is current as of the opening date of this promotional process. Any revisions or changes to the law, procedures, or General Orders subsequent to the opening date will not be included in the examination process.

You may check out Leadership on the Line written by Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky, Reducing Crime, A Companion for Police Leaders written by Jerry Ratcliffe through TPD HR at 520-837-4008. Applicants will need to show proof of application in order to check out either by printing out the application once submitted online, or printing our the email confirmation sent by jobs@tucsonaz.gov confirming the application was received by Human Resources.

Study Materials:

**Please be advised, per Civil Service Rule V, Section 2G, The departmental final selection shall include a selection interview and may include additional examinations. The departmental final selection interview shall either offer all candidates on the certified list the opportunity for interview, or interview candidates in the order in which they appear on the certified list until a suitable candidate is identified through the final interview process. The [HR] Director or designee must review and authorize interview questions and any additional examinations based on job relatedness and scoring validity. An interview shall not be required if the department selects candidates based upon the ranked order his//her name appears on the list, beginning with the candidate receiving the highest score.**

If you are in need of an Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Melisa Ley at 520-837-4008 or email Melisa.Ley@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

**Candidates are not required to requalify for medical requirements if the requirements were previously obtained through another position and are current.**

AZ-POST Physical

Respirator Physical

Non-NIDA Drug Screen

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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.