Executive Director Police Accountability Team

The City of Cleveland

Executive Director Police Accountability Team

By invitation of the City of Cleveland, the U.S, Department of Justice (DOJ) completed an investigation of the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) culminating in an agreement with the DOJ and the City of Cleveland known as the Consent Decree in 2015. The Mayor’s Office is building a team that will provide continued support to CDP to facilitate an objective and thorough review process and assist with implementation of the Consent Decree.  The goal is to achieve successful compliance, continuous review, and collaboration with CDP.  Objectives will include policy review, updates, audits, and critical data analysis to capture results and make recommendations for appropriate modifications to ensure best practices going forward, post Consent Decree.

Examples of Duties

The Executive Director plays a key role in the continued transformational reform of the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP).  This position requires the supervision of various direct reports, including up to four (4) employees who will be responsible for data analysis, compliance audits, policy review, (including HR and training policies) and community outreach. The position requires coordination with existing City employees currently working on meeting all the goals and measures of the Consent Decree, and existing consultants (“Compliance Team”). Leadership and centralization of communication regarding the reforms outlined in specific sections of the Consent Decree is a key responsibility.

In addition, the Executive Director is responsible for overall review of CDP’s policy management, both Consent Decree and non-Consent Decree-related. This position requires previous personnel supervisory experience, strong project management and organizational skills, writing and editing expertise, and the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders, including CDP employees, the Department of Justice and members of the independent Monitoring Team. The Executive Director and the team will apply evidence-based practices and data analytics to drive innovation in policy development in support of Consent Decree implementation.

Supervision: Support and provide oversight of Compliance Team through timely and efficient communication to:

  1. Support Compliance Team in meeting Monitoring Plan deadlines.
  2. Review and edit Compliance Team deliverables, including policy drafts, lesson plans, compliance memos, and reports, for accuracy, clarity, thoroughness, and Consent Decree compliance.
  3. Proactively identify any barriers to achieving Monitoring Plan deadlines and assist in identifying solutions.
  4. Participate in frequent collaboration meetings with Compliance Team, members of the court-appointed Monitoring Team, and the Department of Justice.
  5. Provide weekly check-ins and semi-annual performance reviews.
  6. Provide regular updates on Compliance Team’s progress, challenges, and overall project status.

Policy Management:  The Executive Director is specifically responsible for:

  1. Tracking and assigning all new policy development and existing policy revision, to include both Consent Decree and non-Consent Decree related policies.
  2. Working with Compliance Team to create or revise existing policies that are clear and comprehensive, incorporating national best-practices in policing and including the input of CDP command, and other required stakeholders, in alignment with the requirements of the Consent Decree.
  3. Acting as liaison between community stakeholders with authority to make formal recommendations for policy creation or revision and the CDP and accurately reporting out results as they relate to compliance with the tenets of the Consent Decree.
  4. Attend Cleveland Community Police Commission (CPC) meetings.
  5. Ensure that CDP policies are published as required in the Consent Decree once formally approved with required input.

Other Duties:

  • Assisting the Compliance Team with Consent Decree compliance efforts.
  • Interfacing with, and communicating with, Safety Director, CDP, Law Department, CPC, Monitoring Team, DOJ and other stakeholders.
  • Supporting CDP’s efforts in change management by using technology and data.
  • Presenting at public meetings on reform efforts, and assisting and directing Teams with in-reach and outreach

Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree from a four-year accredited college or university, law background, public administration, data analytics/research, or project management focus is a plus.
  • 3+ years in a previous supervisory role.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to work independently and in a team setting, and effectively collaborate with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Efficient, organized work style and proficiency in prioritizing and multi-tasking quickly.
  • Knowledge of constitutional criminal procedure and law enforcement best practices.
  • A working knowledge of SharePoint and Microsoft Suite and project planning software as well as strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good organizational skills to handle multiple projects at the same time is highly desirable.
  • A valid State of Ohio driver’s license is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

The candidate hired for the Executive Director position will display a broad knowledge of principles and practice in project implementation and comprehensive experience in data analysis and audit performance, with calm leadership, and strong interpersonal communications skills.

Supplemental Information

This position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience.  Please also note the Executive Director is an unclassified appointed position.


Mayor Bibb is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, which includes building an environment that respects the individual, promotes innovation, and offers opportunities for all employees to develop to their full potential. A diverse workforce helps the city realize its full potential. The city benefits from the creativity and innovation that results when people with different experiences, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds work together. The Team is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all individuals regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, language, religion, citizenship status, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference or orientation, gender identity/expression, military/veteran status, disability, genetic information, membership in a collective bargaining unit, status with regard to public assistance, or political affiliation.

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