Chief of Police

City of La Mesa
Until Filled


La Mesa, California

Salary:  $140,982 - $171,392 annually 

Excellent Management Benefit Package


The Police Chief is a “department head” level classification and receives administrative direction from the City Manager.  As a member of the City’s Senior Management Team, the Police Chief carries out general direction from the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and elected officials, fulfilling assigned responsibilities within broad guidelines.


This position plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations of the Police Department including law enforcement and crime prevention services and activities; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager and City Council.


Education/Training:  Requires equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, police science, business administration, public administration or a related field.  A Master’s degree is highly desirable.


Experience:  At least 10 years of law enforcement experience in all major phases of municipal police work, including 5 years of experience in a middle management capacity.


License or CertificatePossession of a P.O.S.T. Management Certificate.   Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.


APPLY IMMEDIATELY:  Please visit to view the job positing and to submit an online application, cover letter, and resume.  Contact Human Resources at 619-667-1175 for additional questions.


Monday, November 23, 2015 - 21:28

The City of Fullerton has reached a $4.9 million settlement with the family of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man who was beaten to death during a 2011 altercation with Fullerton police.