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Chief of Police, Valley Center Police Department

SUMMARY The Chief of Police is responsible for enforcing laws and ordinances in the interest of public safety and for directing the operations of the police department. The Chief should supervise and evaluate subordinate police personnel; encourage community policing by participating in community relations actions and is ultimately responsible for the development of a department budget.

Special preference may be given to an applicant with experience in a Public Safety setting, or the willingness to assist the Fire Department with administrative duties.


  1. Select, supervise and evaluate subordinate personnel, including developing and directing the implementation of goals, objectives, policies and work standards for the department.

  2. Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, quality, creativity, teamwork and good public relations.

  3. Consults and confers with the City Administrator regarding the department and city issues and reports to the Mayor and City Council as necessary.

  4. Prepare, direct and implement departmental budget, including payroll and the preparation and recommendation of long-range plans for police service programs.

  5. Assist the Fire Department with administrative duties, such as those listed herein.

The responsibilities described above represent the primary responsibilities of this position. Other responsibilities may be assigned by the city administrator as warranted by business needs. The incumbent is expected to do all assigned responsibilities.


Hand gun, shot gun, patrol rifle, straight baton, patrol car, radio, bullet proof vest, body camera, Taser, computer and other items deemed necessary. The Chief should demonstrate a high level of accuracy and competence with these tools, but may not be required to carry them on a daily basis.

ROUTINE CONTACTS The public, criminals, other law enforcement officials, court officers, co-workers, city department heads, city staff, the city administrator, as well as elected officials.

WORKING CONDTIONS Work is conducted both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather conditions and at any time of the day or night. Work may involve exposure to human blood and body fluids, hazardous chemicals, explosive, asbestos, excessive noise, heights and various animals. Work involves confrontation with individuals outside the law who represent a level of disrespect for police officers and the law. As a result physical altercations may occur, officers should remain in good physical condition in order to better effect an arrest using the appropriate force necessary. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

RESIDENCY Must live within twenty minutes of the city limits.

TYPE:  Full Time

SALARY:  $75,000-$82,500 DOE


Bachelor’s degree and ten years’ experience as command level police supervisor is required. Preferred fields of study are Criminal Justice or Business Management. Must have completed the 560 hour Law Enforcement Academy. Officers certified out of state may be eligible to participate in the Reciprocity certification program. A valid state driver’s license is required. Good interviewing/interrogation skills; ability to establish a rapport with victims and criminals; ability to work well with people; strong oral and written skills; good communications skills; good public speaking skills; must have basic computer skills; must have thorough knowledge of city ordinances, and state and federal statutes.



CLOSING DATE:  08/18/2017