Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice

Washington, DC, DC
Full Time
Senior Executive

POSITION:                                                Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice

OPEN:                                                       November 9, 2022

CLOSE:                                                     Close: Open Until Filled

SALARY/GRADE:                                     EX5 ($153,350 to $231,471)


This position is located in the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM), and serves as Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice. In this capacity, the incumbent is responsible for providing executive direction and administration to a wide range of complex and diverse public safety services, which are of high quality and responsive to citizens of the District of Columbia. The Deputy Mayor serves in a recognized authoritative and advisory capacity to the Mayor on all matters pertaining to the District's public safety strategies, systems and services. The Deputy Mayor ensures the efficient and proper management of Federal justice grants, participates with the agency heads in the establishment of public safety and justice grant policies; in planning for the accomplishment of primary services; and in providing advice concerning implications of major public safety program/service decisions.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice (DMPSJ) provides direction, guidance support and coordination to the District’s public safety agencies to develop and lead interagency public safety initiatives to improve the quality of life in the District’s neighborhoods.  To learn more about DMPSJ,  please visit here.

DMPSJ oversees the following District agencies:

  • Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS)
  • Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS)
  • Fire and Emergency Management Services (FEMS)
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)
  • Mayor’s Office of Returning Citizens Affairs (MORCA) 
  • Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME)
  • Office of Human Rights (OHR)
  • Office of Unified Communications (OUC)
  • Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG)
  • Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) 


Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice: Under the broad policy guidance and direction of the Mayor of the District of Columbia, incumbent has broad latitude and authority in accomplishing the overall objectives and specified goals within the framework of laws and major policies. Within strategic priorities, the incumbent independently handles highly sensitive matters and/or situations; accomplishes varied and complex assignments and special projects; and provides authoritative recommendations based on policy considerations, judgment, and an awareness of the Mayor's position, priorities, actions, desires, and needs. 

Principle guides include established policies, procedures and regulations of the District of Columbia, Mayor's Orders, policies and regulations governing the various agencies under the Deputy Mayor's supervision, and specific instructions of the Mayor. The guides are broadly stated and nonspecific, which require extensive interpretation. The incumbent must use judgment and ingenuity in interpreting the intent of the guidelines that exist and in developing applications to specific areas of work. Frequently, the incumbent is recognized as a technical authority in the development and interpretation of guidelines.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as the representative and spokesperson for the District's policy on public safety, and justice grants management. Represents the Mayor on committees, boards, agencies, civic groups, and official bodies, taking action as deemed necessary to effectively represent the District of Columbia; and to promote its interests, as it pertains to the Deputy Mayor's area of responsibility.
  • Oversees and monitors special studies or projects primarily for the purpose of improving program operations and services, reporting procedures, systems, etc. Develops guidelines, and evaluates criteria for the delivery of services. Develops, recommends and implements policies for corrective actions necessary to remedy deficiencies in the operation.
  • Establishes, develops and implements processes, procedures and timeliness necessary for monitoring expenditures of all grants across all categories to ensure that all documentation for programming, planning, budgeting and execution are maintained. Maintains reports on expenditures, monitors fiscal year and grant inception to date expenditures, identifies any areas of spending changes or problems, and makes recommendations to the Mayor.
  • Maintains liaison and consults with a variety of high-level officials, professional associations, representatives of District and Federal agencies, constituent groups, and national organizations to facilitate the sub-grant-making mission.
  • Oversees the management of the grant-planning process with relevant grant-planning bodies defined by statute or policy by ensuring that planning bodies receive and consider all relevant input. Work with relevant grant planning and policy boards to make allocation recommendations regarding grant funds, consistent with the program policy goals and priorities, and the needs of the broader community of public safety and justice stakeholders.
  • Assures ready accessibility to high quality public safety services by all citizens. Assures effective management and cost-effective use of resources throughout those agencies associated with public safety services by means of final approval on key policies and decisions (resource allocation, manpower, etc).
  • Exercises the authority granted by Federal regulatory powers to set and enforce standards for quality and safety services. Assures compliance with federal and state regulations and standards.
  • Determines, within established parameters, what financial and manpower resources should be allocated to assigned services, and decides priorities and scheduling targets for major project milestones.
  • Takes action to structure and staff the organizations; to establish delegations of authority; to prescribe internal operating policies and procedures; and to establish organizational objectives. Continually assesses the status of assigned programs and takes managerial action to provide for increased efficiency and effectiveness of operations; and to reduce costs, and to improve program coordination.
  • Prescribes general rules and regulations intended to standardize and improve work procedures, promote better coordination of services and policies, greater efficiency among staff, and better services to the public. Prescribes accepted standards of administrative practices to be followed; and assists the Mayor in formulating top level decisions.
  • Keeps the Mayor advised of operating activities of safety, security, and justice grant agencies. Conducts fact-finding missions regarding various operating problems; and prepares analyses and evaluations, as appropriate. Based upon findings, makes recommendations to the Mayor on specific course of action to be taken; determines facts in each case and develops solution and/or alternate proposals; and assures that decisions are carried out by agency/office heads.
  • Serves as a member of the Mayor's Cabinet, and as such participates to a considerable degree in the most significant Cabinet determinations.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Mayor in furtherance of the Mayor's mission as Chief Executive of the District of Columbia Government.



  • Documented work experience at senior management level, including personnel and budget management, stakeholders engagement and leading executives.
  • Documented leadership experience at executive or senior executive level at in an organization comparable with one of the District of Columbia public safety and justice agencies.
  • Mastery of the mission, objectives, strategies and program goals of the public safety, security, and justice grant servicing agencies, in order to effectively and efficiently integrate support services with the broader objectives of the agencies.
  • Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of complex management processes and systems. Mastery of customer services theory and practices, and business processes redesign practices.
  • Superior oral and writing communication skills in order to develop presentations and prepare position paper; to coordinate projects with various professional and technical persons; to elicit information on a wide variety of public safety service needs; and to communicate information and decisions concerning public safety with all interested parties.
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in devising, installing and interpreting departmental or citywide rules, regulations, policies or procedures; and to evaluate results and achievement of departmental objectives and to redirect efforts and priorities as needed.
  • High degree of interpersonal skills to interact with a wide variety of high level officials in the District and Federal governments including members of Congress, representatives from the Federal government, members of the Council of the District of Columbia, and the general public.

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