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Chief of Police

Company: City of Ridgecrest
Location: ridgecrest
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

This position reports to the City Manager. Under general direction, plans, directs and coordinates the activities of the Police Department; implements policies and establishes procedures related to crime prevention, law enforcement, and related community services; develops and administers the department budget; establishes and maintains liaison to the public; serves as a member of the City's management team; performs related duties as required.

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the maintenance of law and order, the protection of life and property, the regulation of traffic, as well as the apprehension, arrest, and detention of law violators;
  • Analyzes operational and service demands and develops comprehensive plans to satisfy future needs for department services; confers with legal advisors, citizens, and City officials on law enforcement problems; develops and implements municipal law enforcement policies and procedures;
  • Directs and administers the budget for the Police Department; analyzes department needs and requests from supervisory staff; prepares budget request justifications and discusses same with the City Manager and elected officials as appropriate;
  • Advises and otherwise assists the City Manager, City Council, other City personnel, and the public regarding law enforcement, crime prevention and other programs and services provided by the department;
  • Coordinates municipal law enforcement activities with those of other agencies.
  • Monitors department daily activities and operations and directs same through subordinates. Conducts field inspections of police operations and locations which might engender criminal activity or traffic problems;
  • Prepares monthly activity reports, special reports on police or traffic issues, and various other written communications;
  • Selects department employees; plans and organizes work; develops and establishes work methods and standards; directs staff training and development; reviews and evaluates employee performance; recommends or executes disciplinary action;
  • Represents the City, or delegates such authority, in relations with the community, advisory committees, other local, state, and federal agencies, and professional organizations;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Extensive knowledge of law enforcement principles, practices, and techniques; causes, prevention, and control of delinquency; traffic enforcement and education; rules of evidence, rights of citizens and prisoners, laws pertaining to search, seizure, and arrest; court procedures; supervisory and public relations techniques; interagency communication and assistance techniques and practices. Thorough knowledge of municipal organization and administration; principles and practices of police administration; patrol methods, criminal investigation and identification techniques; physical layout and composition of the City including special law enforcement problems. Considerable knowledge of administrative procedures and techniques; Vehicle and Penal Codes; personnel and disciplinary processes. Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate department services; analyze unusual situations and resolve through application of City policy and requisite knowledge; think clearly and act effectively in emergency situations; direct the effective maintenance of department firearms and equipment; prepare and present reports; provide liaison to the public; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; supervise assigned staff. Possession of a valid California Driver License or the ability to obtain within 30 days. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record and be insurable to operate City vehicles.

Education and/or Experience:

Successful candidates will have any combination of formal and informal education and experience that would demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities as outlined below is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is: A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in police science, criminology, public administration, or a related field is required. A master's degree in a related field is desirable; and five years of progressively responsible supervisory capacity, and a minimum of three years of management experience in law enforcement which includes experience in all major phases of crime prevention, law enforcement, and police department administration.


Complete City employment application (available on our website) before first review date of April 12, 2021, letter of interest AND resume APPLY: in-person at City Hall Finance counter 100 W California Ave., E-Mail to: or fax to 760-499-1500. This position is subject to a background check. Website: Go to How Do I..., then click on Employment Opportunities. Click on download application on right side under Tools. See Job descriptions: CHEIFPOLICE.SPC.PDF EOE


Possession of all POST Certificates up to and including a Management Certificate; broad and extensive experience in all major phases of municipal police work, including at least three years in a responsible supervisory capacity in a municipal police department or sheriffs department.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 56304255
  • Location:
    RIDGECREST, California, United States
  • Position Title: Chief of Police
  • Company Name: City of Ridgecrest
  • Agency Type: Local Law Enforcement (municipal/county/regional)
  • Job Function: Law Enforcement - Chief Executive
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
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