Director of Public Safety – Lancaster, CA


Client: City of Lancaster, California
Position: Director of Public Safety
Closing Date: Closed; Appointment Made

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The City of Lancaster, California is offering an exciting career opportunity for a Director of Public Safety who embraces blazing new trails and is ready to lead. This high-level executive will function in the newly created role of the City’s Director of Public Safety. The Director of Public Safety is a newly created role and will offer direction to the Public Safety Department, which has a proposed staffing of 24 and a FY22 Budget of $38,791,455. The Director will plan, direct, manage, and oversee the Public Safety’s Department activities and operations for the City of Lancaster. This position will also facilitate the development and implementation of City goals and objectives while providing highly complex administrative support to the City Manager. The Ideal Candidate for the Director of Public Safety will be a strong leader, confident decision-maker, and a strategic organizational thinker, with a true understanding of the evolving public safety needs in the region and statewide.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law Enforcement, Public Administration, or related field from an accredited college of university. A Master’s degree is preferred. Well qualified candidates will have at least 7 years of progressively responsible experience with 5 years administrative and supervisory experience. Possession of a P.O.S.T. Intermediate, P.O.S.T. Management Certificate, or higher is desired.

Requires Extensive Knowledge of:

  • Technical and administrative phases of crime prevention, juvenile delinquency prevention, law enforcement, traffic enforcement, code enforcement, and related functions, including investigation and identification.
  • Applicable federal, state, county, and City codes including laws, ordinances, regulations, and recent court decisions affecting the work of the department.
  • Budget preparation and administration, record keeping, and care and custody of persons and property.

The salary range for this position is $179,868 to $239,506 annually plus excellent executive benefits package including non-safety CalPERS retirement.