My PD has resigned and I will be acting PD beginning in June. When I was first hired a few years ago I became acting PD within a month of starting due to the resignation of the previous PD. Since I was so inexperienced with working for a municipality (was a consultant before) I was cool with not being chosen as permanent PD. Now, I explicitly want to be permanent PD and if I am not hired in that position, I will begin looking for work elsewhere.
How clear should I make this intent to the people who will be doing the hiring?
We are already short staffed so my job is pretty secure. I have some leverage in that if I left, the department would really be hurting. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.