Director of Public Safety

City of Lancaster
Until Filled

Full Time
2000 Series
Lancaster, CA, US

The ideal candidate will be a progressive leader and a practitioner with extensive experience in community policing and public safety with social justice mindset. Known for adhering to high standards, this inspirational professional will lead by example and demonstrate a strong passion for community engagement and involvement. 

Position: Director (Non-Union – 2000 Series)
Department: Public Safety
Salary: $13,323.70 - $17,764.94 per month 
            FLSA: Exempt – Not Overtime Eligible
            Benefits eligible & 401(a) payment equal to 8% of base salary.
EEO Category:  1.1 Executive/Senior Level Officials and Managers

General Summary:
Plans, directs, manages and oversees the Public Safety’s Department activities and operations of the City of Lancaster.  Facilitates the development and implementation of City goals and objectives while providing highly complex administrative support to the City Council.   


  • Leads the Public Safety Department. Models professional behaviors, desirable work habits and superior skills.
  • Responsible for all Public Safety Office's operations and activities; manage the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities.
  • Formulates departmental rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Establish, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
  • Adjusts departmental methods and service delivery protocols to address new situations and to improve existing operations and functionality.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; establish standards of performance; coach and monitor employees to improve performance and correct deficiencies. Administers departmental personnel standards in a manner conducive to maximum performance and high moral. 
  • Conducts performance evaluations of staff as prescribed or required.
  • Responsible for the development and administration of the Public Safety department’s budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  • Oversee the administration of the City's contracts for (or interests in) County services such as Fire, Sheriff, Animal Control, Probation, Parole, and other County and State services.
  • Direct oversight of contract safety service providers.
  • Development and supervision of Alternative Sentencing and Diversion programs.
  • Collaboration with Community Based Organizations that contract with Los Angeles County Probation providing support to Post-Released Supervised persons.
  • Supervision of staff and support of Teen Court in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
  • Supervision and support of the Antelope Valley Community Youth Court.
  • Liaison and Coordination of outside Public Safety Related Agencies/Member of Community Task Force.
  • Staff representative and responsible for Criminal Justice Commission – coordination of presentations and stakeholders.
  • City representative to the Los Angeles County Probation Reform Committee.
  • Represent the City to all departments and outside agencies; coordinate City activities with those of other cities, counties and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with peace officers in other jurisdictions; attends county, area, and state police conferences and meetings, obtaining information and cooperation in law enforcement and crime prevention. 
  • Confers with attorneys in connection with the prosecutions of criminal complaints.
  • Confers with Human Resources concerning personnel issues, risk management assessment and interpretation of case law concerning work conditions. 
  • Enforces and administers the provisions, laws, and ordinances governing the City.
  • Explain, justify and defend City programs, policies and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Conducts staff meetings, considers proposals to initiate changes and implements new programs as directed or agreed. 
  • Responds to environmental, community and public issues that impact the Public Safety Department. 
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as assigned. 

Knowledge of: 

  • Modern principles, practices and techniques of public safety administration, organization and operation, and their applicability of specific situations. 
  • Technical and administrative phases of crime prevention, juvenile delinquency prevention, law enforcement, traffic enforcement, code enforcement, and related functions, including investigation and identification. 
  • Principles of management, supervision, training, and employee development. 
  • Principles and practices of public administration and human resources as applied to function, including basic employee-relations concepts. 
  • Applicable federal, state, county, and City codes.
  • Laws, ordinances, regulations, and recent court decisions affecting the work of the department. 
  • Budget preparation and administration. 
  • Report preparation, record keeping, and care and custody of persons and property. 
  • Modern principles, practices, and techniques on the use of varying technology tools.
  • Modern principles, practices and techniques of varying communication methods.

Ability to: 

  • Actively manage the department’s staff so that a strong orientation toward public service, teamwork, the development of high-quality products, and the achievement of desired results is maintained. 
  • Establish and administer sound departmental policy. 
  • Establish objectives and maintain accountability for the work of the department. 
  • Make process improvement changes to streamline procedures. 
  • Plan, distribute, direct, coordinate, review, train, and evaluate the work of the department. 
  • Organize own work as well as the work of others, analyze difficult problems, develop positive course of actions, set priorities, meet critical deadlines, and follow up on assignments with a minimum of direction. 
  • Respond to tight schedules and pressures.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding sensitive information. Demonstrate resourcefulness and sound professional judgment; reason logically and think imaginatively and creatively. 
  • Communicate effectively in writing, orally, and with others to assimilate, understand, and convey information, in a manner consistent with job functions. 
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with policy makers, other law enforcement agencies, the community, and City employees. 
  • Represent the City effectively in contacts with elected and foreign officials, representatives of other agencies, City departments, and the public, occasionally in situations where relations may be difficult or strained. 
  • Interpret and make decisions in accordance with pertinent laws, rules, regulations, and policies. 
  • Prepare clear, effective, and accurate staff reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials; prepare detailed reports, plans, and specifications and do reliable studies and research as needed; present clear, concise and comprehensive reports. 
  • Make effective public presentations. 
  • Use initiative and independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines. 
  • Take a proactive approach to customer service issues; promote and demonstrate a high level of customer service. 
  • Work in a safe manner, City safety practices and procedures; model and coach others in correct City safety practices and procedures; enforce adherence to safety policies and procedures. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law Enforcement, Public Administration or related field from an accredited college or university.  Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Seven (7) years of progressively highly responsible experience with five (5) years administrative and supervisory responsibility.
  • Possession of a P.O.S.T. Intermediate or P.O.S.T. Management Certificate. 
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid, appropriate California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record. 
  • Equivalent combination of education and work experience may be considered.

Core Competencies:

  • Problem Solving – Analytically and logically evaluating information
  • Learning Agility – Seeking learning opportunities and applying the lessons to work
  • Using Technology – Working with electronic hardware and software applications
  • Handling Stress – Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics – Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Safety Focus – Showing Vigilance and care in identifying and addressing health risks and safety hazards
  • Customer Focus – Attending to the Needs and expectations of customers
  • Informing – Proactively obtaining and sharing information
  • Teamwork – Collaborating with others to achieve shared goals
  • Valuing Diversity – Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace
  • Allocating Resources – Prioritizing the use of fiscal and material resources to maximize organizational effectiveness

Essential Physical Requirements:

  • Ascend/Descend stairs/ladders/balance (moderate)  
  • Position self to bend or twist (moderate)  
  • To move, transport, position items up to 15 lbs. (frequent)
  • Exposed to outdoor weather conditions (No)
  • Operate Equipment (No)  
  • Stationary or squatting position (frequent)

Environmental Factors:

  • Work under time pressure (moderate to frequent)  
  • Interruptions (frequent)

Essential Cognitive Functions:

  • Analyze (continuous) 
  • Computations (frequent)  
  • Generate Written Work Product (frequent)  
  • Independent Problem Solving (continuous)  
  • Interruptions (frequent) 
  • Maintain Positive Public Relations (moderate)  
  • Organize (frequent)
  • Relations (frequent)   
  • Organize (frequent)

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.