Deputy Chief System Security and Law Enforcement Officer

  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #931

Deputy Chief System Security and Law Enforcement Officer

The Deputy SSLE works closely with Chief Safety Officer to develop and implement Metro's System Security and Law Enforcement programs to include Metro Transit Security, Contract Compliance, Physical Security and Emergency Management in line with the riding public’s safety in a transit environment. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports the Chief Safety Officer in the establishment and development of policies, procedures, goals, performance measures, and strategies for System Security and Law Enforcement
  • Provides policy direction to assigned departments, directs the establishment of goals, major priorities, and advises in the development of strategies, accountability and resolution of major problems
  • Leads the performance of Los Angeles Metro’s security staff and the services performed by consultants and contractors to ensure successful implementation and completion of security projects
  • Directs the establishment and implementation of long-range System Security and Public and employee safety goals, financial strategies, budget, plans, and priorities, and establishes department standards of performance
  • Collaborates with the Chief Safety Officer in formulating and presenting policy recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Metro Board of Directors on the overall safety and security of the agency, including system security, public safety, and/or related environmental security issues
  • Provides direction on comprehensive transportation security needs related as well as security design reviews to identify and mitigate hazards in facilities, systems, and equipment design and implementation
  • Prepares and presents written and oral reports to executive management, the Board of Directors, outside agencies, and the public
  • Assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes
  • Represents Metro on system safety issues at meetings, conferences, and public events
  • Provides guidance, coaching, mentoring, training, and oversight for development of staff
  • Ensures that System Security and Public Safety programs, and plans follow applicable laws, rules, codes and regulations; resources are effectively managed; and corrective actions are implemented in a timely manner to ensure compliance
  • Communicates Metro's safety vision and goals; oversees, the implementation of agency and departmental safety rules, policies, and procedures; and maintains accountability for safety performance of all subordinate employees
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out   
  • May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge:

  • Theories, principles, and practices of law enforcement, community-based policing, physical security, and emergency management
  • Capital and operating budgets
  • Social, political, and environmental issues influencing transit programs
  • Modern management theory
  • Principles of finance and public budgeting
  • Modern leadership and management practices
  • Working in a Union Environment


  • Planning, organizing, and directing the work of a large unit with various functions
  • Determining strategies to achieve goals
  • Working collaboratively with peers and external parties
  • Analyzing situations, identifying problems, recommending creative solutions, and evaluating outcomes, including risk analysis, data analysis, and trend analysis
  • Supervising, motivating, and training assigned staff
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Preparing comprehensive reports and correspondence
  • Communicating complex problems and issues simply

Ability to:

  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, and budgets
  • Exercise sound judgment and creativity in making decisions in stressful situations or under uncertainty
  • Think and act independently
  • Interact professionally with various levels of Metro employees and outside representatives
  • Write clearly and convincingly
  • Speak articulately and clearly in public
  • Plan financial and staffing needs; make financial decisions within a budget
  • Establish and implement policies and procedures
  • Compile and analyze complex data
  • Represent Metro before elected officials and the public
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English

Minimum Qualifications 


  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Safety, Engineering, Public Administration, Business, Accounting, in a related field; Masters Degree in a related field preferred


  • Five years of relevant executive management-level experience administering programs and plans in law enforcement

Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements:

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carryout job-related essential functions

Working Conditions:

  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen
  • Extensive safety training and/or use of protective devices and personal protective gear
  • Work after designated regular hours in case of special assignments or emergencies

Physical Effort Required: 

  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Standing
  • Walking (distance 5' to 100')
  • Climbing (e.g., ladders, scaffolds, stairs, poles, into vehicles, etc.)
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required
  • Good distance vision and/or depth perception to judge distances 

Pay Grade: HC2 ($207,979.20 – $260,228.80 – $312,478.40)

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