The City of Palm Springs is seeking a progressive, dynamic, and proven public safety executive to lead its Police Department. Reporting directly to the City Manager, the Chief of Police oversees the activities and operations of the Police Department including law enforcement, crime prevention, and crime suppression programs. Importantly, the Chief provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager and elected officials, often in a public setting. This position has responsibility and oversees a staff of 159 (100 sworn / 59 non-sworn) with a budget of $35,621,102 for FY21/22. The ideal candidate will be able to connect to people from all backgrounds and be known as a bridge builder respectful of all people and cultures; help others see and understand other perspectives; and bring people together behind common goals and solutions.
Requires a Bachelor’s degree and 6 years of broad and extensive supervisory experience in municipal police work, including at least 3 years of management and administrative responsibility, typically achieved at the Command Level. Experience working with labor unions is vital due to collective bargaining agreements. Additionally, a proven track record of community engagement and working with a diverse community and active stakeholder groups are highly valued and desired. A Master’s degree is highly desired. FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, and/or Command College are preferred. Possession of or ability to obtain California POST Executive Certificate.
The annual salary for this position is $181,644 to $243,756; plus additional 5% for a Master’s Degree. The City also offers an attractive benefits package including CalPERS retirement.