The City of San Fernando, California offers a tremendous career opportunity to police executives to lead the City’s Police Department as their next Police Chief. This compact community of 2.4 square miles and 25,000 residents is completely surrounded by the City of Los Angeles, including the nearby communities of Sylmar, Mission Hills, and Pacoima. The San Fernando Police Department (SFPD) works in partnership with the San Fernando Community to provide the highest quality leadership and police services. The SFPD provides its services through a total staff of 54 employees, including 34 sworn officers, and an annual budget of $9.58 million (FY 22). The SFPD is organized in two primary divisions, Operations and Detectives/Support Services, with a Lieutenant overseeing each division. The two Lieutenants and an Executive Assistant report directly to the Police Chief. Despite its relatively small size, the SFPD is a full-service police department, providing the core police patrol and investigative services as well as a School Resource Officer, records, dispatch services, jail operations, parking enforcement, crossing guards, explorers, a cadet program, and a reserve officer program.
Any combination of education and experience that would provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary is qualifying. The following is a typical way to qualify: Graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration, or a closely related field. Ten years of police experience including five years of management level experience.
The salary range is $167,088 to $203,100, depending on qualifications, in addition to a superior benefit package including CalPERS retirement.