Chief Detective

Position Overview

The Chief Detective manages the Investigations Division including directing the work of Commanders, Lieutenants, and Detectives, as well as recommends and justifies resources for budget development, and directs and controls budget expenditures during the fiscal year.

Position Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree in, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a related field.


  • Five (5) years of full-time law enforcement experience to include two (2) years of full-time plainclothes investigative experience.
  • Five (5) years of supervisory experience of commander level or above and/or executive administrative responsibility with a Federal, State, County or municipal law enforcement agency.
  • Applicants must not have been separated from law enforcement service for more than five (5) years at the time of application.
Our Preferred Candidate has:
  • Seven years of police management experience with at least five at or above the level of lieutenant.
  • Experience working with prosecuting attorneys.

Other Requirements:
  • Applicant must be certified by the State of Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) as a Peace Officer at the time of appointment OR qualify for Arizona Peace Officer certification by the end of the initial six (6) month probationary period.
NOTE: Appointing Authority does not provide police academy training to qualify applicants for this position for Arizona Peace Officer certification.
  • Applicant must submit to a pre-employment polygraph, psychological examination and physical/drug screening.
  • Must currently possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona Driver's License at time of hire.
NOTE: The Maricopa County Attorney's Office requires a thorough background check of all successful candidates and is authorized to test prospective employees for the presence of illegally accessed drugs. Drug testing is conducted once an offer has been extended and prior to placement.
Essential Job Tasks
  • Manages the Investigations Division by directing the work of the Commanders, Lieutenants, Detectives and Support staff.
  • Plans, directs, and controls operational initiatives.
  • Develops, justifies and maintains the Investigations Division annual budget
  • Monitors the performance of the division and staff, while ensuring staff accomplish their assigned duties in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Develops and monitors the performance goals of the division while ensuring all personnel performance goals and objectives are consistent with office and division goals.
  • Maintains Division compliance with all related CALEA standards.
  • Directs or conducts interviews of victims/witnesses in criminal, civil, and administrative cases.
  • Locates witnesses, documents, information and evidentiary items for civil and administrative cases.
  • Plans, directs, controls and conducts internal administrative investigations as assigned.
  • Develops, utilizes and maintains informants and information resources.
  • Operates a motor vehicle.
  • Plans, directs, and composes extensive, complex reports, memorandums and other correspondence using various computer software programs.
  • Plans and directs the service of criminal subpoenas, legal process, and/or other legal documents as required.
  • Maintains peace officer certification requirements in accordance with AZ POST Admin. Code R-13-4-111 and ensures all sworn officers in the division comply with AZ POST requirements.
  • Meets with prosecuting, defense, and civil attorneys to direct and assist in the preparation of cases for civil/criminal trial and administrative hearings.
  • Testifies in civil, criminal court and administrative hearings as required.
  • Plans, directs, and performs advanced, specialized or original criminal investigations which may involve undercover or covert responsibilities, search warrants, wiretaps, covert surveillance, and arrests.

Working conditions:
Office setting in high volume, fast-paced environment with frequent stressful situations. May require long periods of sitting while completing paperwork, standing and moving about during course of performing duties. Ability to travel to and from various county locations for court appearances, meetings and trainings, utilizing personal or county-owned vehicles. Ability to move up to 20 pounds

Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
Selection Procedure

The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.