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Employment Opportunities

Welcome to The Town of Taos employment opportunities page. The Town of Taos offers an excellent benefit package with 100% major medical premiums paid for full-time eligible employees, dental, vision, life insurance, State of New Mexico PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association) retirement, personal leave, holiday leave, employee development, training programs and much more!

The Town of Taos is currently seeking qualified applicants for the following vacant positions listed below; check back with our website often as vacancies are updated. Read the vacancy announcement listed below for each vacancy for which you are interested; note the minimum qualifications, essential job responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities required for each position.

If you feel you have the necessary education, experience, qualifications, the drive, and the ambition, please prepare and submit a complete Town of Taos Employment Application for each position for which you apply and review the vacancy announcement for any additional application procedures. Your employment application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and vacancy announcement number. Applications and any attachments become official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on closing date listed in the vacancy announcement.

For further information and/or application procedures contact:
Town of Taos
Human Resources Department
400 Camino de la Placita,
Taos, NM 87571
Phone: (575) 751-2009

Available Positions
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Please include the Authorization for Release of Information and Background Check Form ,with a completed employment and mailed or hand delivered to:

Human Resources Director
Town of Taos

400 Camino de la Placita,
Taos, NM 87571
Phone: (575) 751-2009

(Internal & External)

The Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time (At-Will) position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, HMO & PPO or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!

Job Title: Chief of Police
Taos Police Department
FLSA Classification: Exempt (At-Will)
Salary: Depending on Experience (DOE)
Amended Date: April 21, 2017
Closing Date: Open until filled (Second review of candidates on May 8, 2017)


As chief law enforcement official, performs professional, administrative and managerial duties related to planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the enforcement of federal, state and local laws as needed to preserve the peace and protect citizen rights and property.


Works under the general supervision from the Town Manager. 


Provides general supervision to all department personnel directly or through subordinate supervisors.


Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates Police Department operations; researches, writes, establishes, and evaluates department policies and procedures to implement executive and legislative directives from the mayor and town council; develops organizational structures including lines of authority, responsibility and communication in order to carry out the policies and goals for town law enforcement; revises organizational structure as required.

Serves as community liaison as needed to communicate and promote department philosophy, methods, and practices; interacts with community and business leaders, elected officials, state and local law enforcement agencies, federal agencies and news media as needed to cooperate in the solving of mutual concerns and problems.

Oversees media relations; manages the release of all public information; screens and reviews all public announcements and communications to assure compliance with department policy, decisions and protocol; monitors general activities of the department to assure compliance with standard operating procedures.

Directs the preparation and administration of departmental budgets; presents budget proposals to town management; monitors compliance with established fiscal guidelines and limitations; oversees the development of specifications for the acquisition of department equipment; reviews and signs all purchase orders and requisition forms; orders equipment, supplies and large budget expenditures; verifies costs incurred by the department; insures payrolls are submitted promptly and accurately.

Oversees personnel functions of the department; establishes policies for hiring and firing; hires, fires, promotes, demotes, transfers, evaluates and otherwise disciplines department personnel; handles grievances and disciplinary matters related to work assignments, interpersonal relationships, officer conduct and general behavior; evaluates and assures delivery of necessary training needed by the department.

Directs and conducts departmental strategic planning; researches law enforcement programs and practices and implements strategies in order to better carry out policies and goals; conducts program evaluations and formulates action to upgrade a departmental efficiency and capability as needed.

Prepares and submits periodic reports to mayor and town council and the federal and state officials regarding departmental activity; prepares a variety of other reports as appropriate; assists in developing and making recommendations for traffic planning for installation of traffic control devices.

Attends various State, local, task force, interagency, legal-update, and other meetings to maintain an effective networking system and provide coordination within the law enforcement agencies and other departments; coordinates and conducts departmental meetings; attends conferences and meetings to keep abreast of current trends in law enforcement.

Participates in, directs, and coordinates high risk, hazardous and emergency actions related to tactical operations, narcotics, gang activity, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, and other enforcement activities as required; supervises and monitors the maintenance of police record keeping system;  monitors reports.

Directs the development and maintenance of systems, records and legal documents that provide for the proper evaluation, control and documentation of Police Department operations.

Oversees the lawful ordering, transportation, storage and usage of equipment obtained from the Defense Logistics Revitalization program (1033 Program).

Performs related duties as required.


 Education and Experience: Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor's degree in police science, criminology or some other related field; AND Ten (10) years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience; three (3) years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity; OR An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Extensive knowledge of law enforcement practices, methods and techniques; laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations effecting goals, objectives, and department operation; legal and political environment associated with police administration; federal, state, county and town ordinances; principles of law enforcement administration; investigative procedures and practices; legal liabilities associated with arrest and law enforcement; court room procedures and laws of evidence; principles of effective supervision and employee motivation, interpersonal communication skills and public relations;  budgetary practices and procedures and fiscal management;  local geography, road systems, and boundaries; standard first-aid administration.  Proficient in the English language, grammar and technical writing skills.  Excellent communication skills with the ability to communication effectively with the public, the employees, and with elected officials.  Some knowledge of principles of psychology and sociology.

Considerable skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and management; evaluation of tactical and operational requirements of law enforcement situations; the proper use and care of firearms and familiar with the operation of other special police equipment; the management of sensitive law enforcement issues and interdepartmental conflicts. Skill in the operation of police car, police radio, handgun and other weapons as required; handcuffs, computer, calculator, tape recorder, telephone, fingerprint equipment; camera, TV and VCR equipment.

Ability to administer and supervise town-wide comprehensive law enforcement program; exercise sound judgment in evaluating situations, and in making decisions in emergency situations; assure compliance with and follow safety practices and procedures common to law enforcement work; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials, other law enforcement agencies, service and community organization, private businesses and the public.

 Special Qualifications:

Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico driver’s license; or obtain such license within 30 days following appointment.  Must possess and maintain a state of New Mexico Law Enforcement Certification; or obtain such certification within 6 months following appointment.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the education, experience and minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Taos Police Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos Preliminary Police Employment Application, Personal History Statement, Personal Integrity Questionnaire, Police Background Release Form, Release, Authorization for Release of Information and Background Check Form to:  Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail:  Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until the position vacancy is filled.

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