Chief of Police

City of El Centro, CA

Chief of Police

City of El Centro, California



The City of El Centro is at the center of one of Southern California’s most promising new commercial and industrial regions.  Covering 11 square miles with a population of 45,170, El Centro is the county seat and largest city in Imperial County.  El Centro is located 117 miles east of San Diego, 245 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona, and just 15 minutes from international industrial complexes in Mexicali, Baja California. El Centro offers year-round leisure and recreational opportunities because of its picturesque desert location.


The City of El Centro is seeking a new Chief of Police that can provide leadership to the Police Department, be an integral part of the city's executive management team and continue to provide a good relationship with the community.  The Police Department budget totals $10,718.635 and there are 77 employees in the department (52 Sworn, 25 non-sworn).  This is a great opportunity for someone seeking to lead a small department by building trust, providing support, and seeking collaboration to create a superior team of public safety professionals.


Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a related field and Advanced Management and Supervisory Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certification.  Ten years of increasingly responsible local law enforcement and management experience, including at least four years at the rank of Lieutenant, Commander, Captain or higher.  Salary is open and dependent on qualifications and supplemented by excellent benefits including CalPERS. 


Please send your cover letter and resume electronically to:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Peckham & McKenney


Resumes acknowledged within two business days.  Call Clay Phillips at (866) 912-1919 for more information.  A detailed brochure is available at


Filing deadline is December 31, 2017.


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