Chief of Police Job at Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California

Chief of Police

City of Walnut Creek , California

Job Information 



Executive Level


$175,092.00 - $242,103.00 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Under general direction, directs the activities of the Police Department; develops plans, goals, and objectives to improve departmental services; advises the City Manager on matters pertaining to departmental programs and law enforcement; contributes to overall City management as a member of the City's Executive Team in the consideration of general City policies, programs, and concerns; may serve as acting City Manager; and performs related work as required.


Representative Duties

Plans, organizes, staffs, directs, and coordinates all activities of the Police Department; prepares and administers the Department budget.

Reviews and analyzes criminal statistics, City growth patterns, legislation, court decisions, developments in the field of crime prevention and detection, police organization and management techniques, and related matters.

Prepares or directs the preparation of proposals concerning departmental activities for consideration by the City Manager; directs the development of in-service training programs to increase departmental efficiency; establishes policies, procedures, and guidelines to be observed in the supervision of the respective divisions.

Coordinates activities with other City departments; works with department directors and the City Manager in improving City services.

Resolves citizen complaints or problems; represents the Department at a variety of meetings; coordinates activities with other law enforcement agencies; speaks before public and professional groups.

May conduct special studies or assignments outside of the law enforcement field; acts for the City Manager as assigned.


Contacts and Relationships:
The Chief of Police has contact with a wide variety of individuals including employees, the public, the press, elected officials, and representatives of public and private agencies. The employee is the primary City contact on departmental programs and serves as external spokesman for the City in matters pertaining to the Department’s policies, plans and objectives. Many of the contacts involve sensitive matters requiring exercise of the highest degree of discretion and good judgment.


The Chief is accountable to the City Manager, City Council, and the community for information and development of responses to community problems dealing with the security and safety of the citizens. The Chief is expected to provide effective leadership and to develop and implement innovative ideas for the improvement of police services.

The employee is responsible for complying with all City safety requirements and practices. Additionally, the employee is responsible for ensuring that any direct reports also comply with all City safety requirements and practices.


Qualifications Guidelines

Education and Experience:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required. A POST Management Certificate, completion of the POST Command College Program or FBI National Academy, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration, Administration of Justice, or a related field, are highly desirable. A minimum of ten years of extensive, progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience is required, preferably in a municipal police department or other public agency; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below.


Special Requirements:
Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to employment, a valid Class C California Driver’s License and a good driving record.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of police administration.

Thorough knowledge of the laws and court decisions affecting police departments.

Thorough knowledge of modern organization and management.

Working knowledge of the dynamics of city government and general problems faced.

Working knowledge of other City departments, particularly as their operations may relate to the Police Department.

Skill in communicating effectively in English both orally and in writing; making presentations; and preparing clear, organized, and accurate written materials.

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with others.

Ability to plan, organize, and direct activities commonly found in a progressive municipal police department.

Ability to develop comprehensive plans to satisfy future needs for departmental services.

Ability to deal effectively with the general public, the press, other law enforcement agencies, City departments, state, county and federal government, and private agencies.

Ability to maintain a high level of discipline and morale.

Ability to understand, interpret, and apply complex guidelines and legislation.

Ability to effectively utilize computer applications and technology related to the work.


Supplemental Information

 The City has hired Bob Murray and Associates to assist in this recruitment. If you are interested in this position, please visit their website at to submit an application. 


1666 N Main Street

Walnut Creek, CA 94596