Community Profile

The City of South Daytona is a community of nearly 13,000 residents located on the picturesque banks of the Halifax River in East Volusia County. The community is predominately residential with a small-town ambience and waterway access that epitomizes relaxed Florida living. Located near the I-4 and I-95 interchange, big city amenities are just a short drive away. Incorporated on June 18, 1951, the City encompasses four square miles, bordered on the south by Port Orange and Daytona Beach to the north. With affordable waterfront living and a Florida boating lifestyle, South Daytona offers a variety of housing options. Quiet, well-maintained residential neighborhoods include single family homes, upscale waterfront homes on the Halifax River, unique canal homes with direct boat access to the Intracoastal Waterway, a luxury waterfront condominium and multi-family apartment complexes.

South Daytona Police Department

The South Daytona Police Department is a State Accredited Agency with 31 sworn and six civilian employees responsible for public safety, including patrol operations, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, school resource services, parking enforcement and crime prevention all built upon a foundation of community policing through citizen engagement. The emergency dispatch communications and records management systems are contracted through a County-wide Communications Center operated by the Sheriff’s Office. The Police Department has an annual operating budget of approximately $3.4 million.

The Department’s Citizens Patrol is an active volunteer group that serves as additional support by patrolling the City and reporting any unusual activity. The Citizens Alert Council has served as the local Neighborhood Watch program for the past 35 years. Its members support the City’s first responders by staffing the Police Community Relations Office in the Sunshine Park Mall and playing an integral role in numerous community events.

Department Mission Statement

The South Daytona Police Department will endeavor to provide courteous and competent law enforcement services and solve problems/conflicts in a fair and impartial manner. Furthermore, the South Daytona Police Department shall promote a partnership with the community to aid in the reduction of crime and improve the overall quality of life.

Position Profile

Under the general direction of the Police Chief, the Police Captain is responsible for supervisory and administrative activities of the Department operations. In the absence of the Chief, the Police Captain assumes command of the department. The Captain supervises subordinates through personal observation, written reports, and results obtained. This work involves highly specialized and detailed technical law enforcement and management activities in addition to performing the general and skilled duties of an administrator in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances.

Desired Qualities and Attributes

The City seeks a leader that embraces diversity and is engaged with all elements of the community. The successful applicant will be able to foster a strong rapport and trust within the Police Department and between the Department and the community. In addition to expertise in all facets of law enforcement, crime prevention and emergency management, the selected candidate will have excellent leadership and administrative skills, outstanding communication and presentation skills, and the ability to solve problems while embracing and facilitating the principles and practices of community policing.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminal justice, law enforcement, criminology or a related field, or other certificate of competency; supplemented by ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement functions, three (3) years of which must have been at the lieutenant level; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Valid Florida Driver’s License required. Must receive FCIC certification within ninety (90) days from date of hire. Certification by the State of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission as a Police Officer or certified by the State of Florida within six (6) months after hiring.

Compensation & Benefits

The City of South Daytona offers a competitive salary and benefits. The established salary range for this position is $58,699.68-$93,924.48. The starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the individual selected. The City also provides an excellent employee benefit program, including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance and paid time off as well as participation in the Florida Retirement System plan.

Application Process and Deadline

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume and references electronically to Trudy O’Dell, Human Resources Director at

Resumes are subject to the provisions of Florida Records Statutes. The City of South Daytona is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City of South Daytona does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, political ideas, or disability in employment or in the provision of services.