The new Police Chief will join a city with immense potential, leading a group of dedicated men and women working to ensure the public's safety and improve the quality of life in the community. The City is looking for a professional who is an experienced and proven leader, with the ability to approach problems with imagination, creativity and perseverance. The new Police Chief will be committed to public service with a focus on working collaboratively on a variety of public safety issues affecting the City and its residents, and carry out City Council priorities. These include: developing and implementing new programs and initiatives to address safety during disasters, violent crime, drug activity and transient activity; broadening pro-active community oriented policing strategies; reallocating resources to address community problems or crime trends; focusing on community involvement; increasing community education through social media; working collaboratively with other law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice partners to better serve the community; and fostering strong working relationships with our labor partners.
The Police Chief will need to be approachable and available to the citizenry and staff, foster opportunities for inclusion, and re-affirm that the City leadership team is invested in addressing the public safety concerns. A proactive and effective communicator, both orally and in writing, will be essential. As a strong leader, our Police Chief must be skilled in working with a wide range of people, whether supporters or critics, and do so with utmost diplomacy, ethics and integrity. Importantly, the new Police Chief should have a philosophy that success in the job is defined as continuously improving the department. Along with a "can do" attitude, an operational style of flexibility, adaptability, engagement, and active communications are vital to success. The successful candidate will have an unquestioned reputation for transparency, honesty and integrity. The Police Chief is an at will position appointed by the City Manager.
A background with at least 10 years of progressively responsible command/management experience in a law enforcement agency is expected. Typical education would include a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college, university, in public or business administration or Criminal Justice. A Master's degree, graduation from Command College or the FBI Academy is preferred. This is a sworn position, and the successful candidate must possess a California P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Management Certificate.
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