When Hesperia Unified School District begins its search for police chief Mike Graham's replacement, it'll have a four-page job description to use.


Graham was fired Feb. 2 after a year of public battles with Superintendent Mark McKinney and school board president Chris Bentley. Part of that dispute was over defining Graham's responsibilities, with a directive from McKinney that limited the power of the school police force.


According to McKinney, the new job description a draft of which will be presented to the HUSD school board for approval at tonight's board meeting is the first such description that's ever existed for the position. The superintendent created the job description, he said, by looking at job descriptions for the chiefs of police for both school districts and municipal police forces.


The description includes 60 essential functions, things the new chief should have knowledge of or the ability to perform, educational and experience requirements and physical abilities, and five listed hazards of the job.


It also makes the intended chain of command very clear, as it begins with the words "under the direction of the Hesperia Unified School District Superintendent or Designee," and the first item under "essential functions" reads "under the direction of the Superintendent or Designee plan, organize, control and direct law enforcement and security activities for the school district."


In addition to knowledge of various police functions and legal knowledge, the new chief will have a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a related field and eight years or more of law enforcement experience, including two years as a managerial or supervisory position at the sergeant rank or higher.


If the job description is approved by the board today, the district could begin looking for Graham's permanent replacement as soon as Wednesday. Sgt. Cindy McCarter has served as the department's acting chief since Graham was put on administrative leave in August 2011.


One of the new chief's first jobs will be to create job descriptions for other members of the district's police department.


The HUSD school board will vote on the issue during the meeting that starts at 6 p.m. tonight in the HUSD Educational Support Center Annex, 15576 Main Street.


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