Chief of Police – University of Washington

University of Washington

Client: University of Washington
(Seattle, Washington)
Position: Chief of Police
Closing Date: Canceled

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University of Washington

The University of Washington is seeking a Chief of the UWPD. UW’s Seattle campus communities require a forward-looking chief who understands and embraces evolutions in policing, engagement with communities, and collaboration.

The Chief of the UWPD will serve a vital role in the safety, security and success of the University of Washington. This position requires an individual with significant law enforcement leadership experience who is adept at building trust through relationships, and understands and values working with students, faculty, staff, and other constituents at the University. Importantly, this top professional will also provide leadership to UWPD officers and staff as the University reimagines approaches to public and campus safety. The new chief will also be able to anticipate future challenges and inspire others with a collaborative and engaging style.

Desired Qualification: Completion of advanced Law Enforcement Leadership training from: The FBI National Academy, Northwest Command College, FBI LEEDA, or similar programs.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree in administration of justice, public administration, business administration, or a related field as well as completion of executive law enforcement training or equivalent graduate work.

Minimum Work Experience: Fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement with at least five years of experience at the command level, and experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer. Equivalent education/experience can substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements, such as license/certification/registration.

Requirement for Out-of-state Candidates: The new Chief (if selected from out-of-state) must attend the Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy (2-week commitment) within 6-months of being hired.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience with an anticipated salary range of $175,000 to $220,000. A listing of benefits and other offerings by the UW can be found at and

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