Recruitment #1909-6353-001


 The City of Tucson is Arizona's second largest city with a diverse metropolitan area that exceeds one million people. Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, just 100 miles south of Phoenix and 60 miles from the Mexico border, the City of Tucson offers residents and visitors sunny days nearly all year. The climate and the four majestic mountain ranges that surround Tucson offer the perfect setting for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy a wide array of activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, camping and golfing. Tucson also offers various attractions for families such as Reid Park Zoo, Tucson Children's Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.  

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. The Tucson Police Department enjoys a close collaborative relationship with our community and proudly incorporates community members on review boards, steering committees, and our basic and advanced training academies. In 2015, the Tucson Police Department was honored to be selected by the Department of Justice as one of fifteen model agencies of the Advancing 21st Century Policing initiative, a recognition of our commitment to the modernization of law enforcement practices.

The Tucson Police Department Identification section provides the department with support in forensic crime investigation, arrest fingerprint processing, and operates a digital photographic lab that produces CDs, DVDs, color prints of images, and audio and video evidence taken by department members. The section supports the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the state mugshot system.

Join us on our mission to serve the public in partnership with community, to protect life and property, prevent crime, and resolve problems. The Police Identification Superintendent will support the Tucson Police Department by leading crime scene, AFIS and photolab experts in achieving department goals by administering innovative strategies that promote future development of the department.

This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled professional to serve as a distinguished member of the Tucson Police Department that appreciates creative approaches to challenges and working with a collaborative team.

General Description

Manages personnel and directs, coordinates, and monitors programs, budgets and the daily operation of the identification system. Investigates and resolves operational and personnel issues.

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.

Recommends purchases of equipment and materials.

Serves as Arizona Automated Fingerprint Information System site administrator and unit liaison with other departments and agencies by communicating unit concerns, ensuring compliance with policies, serving on committees and passing on relevant information. Completes special projects and conducts research as assigned.

Maintains and monitors protocols and procedures to maintain Commission on Accreditation Law Enforcement Agencies certification. Monitors records for legal and department compliance requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 5 year's experience in photographing, fingerprinting, collecting, processing and preserving physical evidence. At least 3 of those years in a Lead or Supervisory capacity.

"Lead" is defined as leading at least 1 full-time FTE in a work unit. It does not include leading projects, departments, contractors, interns, etc.

"Supervisory" is defined as having supervised at least 1 full-time FTE.

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Equivalency will not be allowed for this recruitment. Education and experience is required.

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification

Selection Plan

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 a phone interview. 

  • Telephone interviews will be held October 24, 2019

Applicants who successfully complete the telephone interview will be invited to an oral board interview.

  • Oral board interviews will be conducted November 4, 2019

Candidates who successfully complete the oral board interview will be invited to an Executive Leadership Team interview .Candidates will be notified if they are proceeding to the Executive Leadership Team interview on November 4, 2019

  • Executive Leadership Team interviews will be held November 5, 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 six (6) months.

  • Final selection interviews will be held on November 6, 2019

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

  • 5% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 15% of your telephone interview
  • 40% of your oral board interview
  • 40% of the Executive Leadership Team oral board

Candidates placed on the Employment List will be subject to 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

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

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.