Assistant Police Chief

Tempe, AZ
City of Tempe

This recruitment is open until the position is filled.
First review of apps will be January 4, 2024.

Annual Salary Range:
$193,520 – $224,516

The City of Tempe offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Pay Increases occur in July
  • 13 Paid Holidays, 1 Personal Day, 8 hours Winter Holiday Leave
  • Vacation Accrual; minimum of 14 paid days per year
  • Sick Leave Accrual; 8 hours/month
  • 56 hours of executive leave
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits
  • Wellness Program Discount on health premiums
  • Medical Reimbursement Program; $53/month
  • Tuition Reimbursement; $6,000/year
  • Public Safety Retirement Personnel System
  • Supplemental Retirement Plans through Nationwide; 457, 401K, and Employer contribution

To view the employee benefit summary, please visit:
Employee Benefit Summary

Department / Division: Police Department

Job Type: Full-Time Regular

This position is classified as safety sensitive.

Job Number: RC#901990


The Assistant Chief of Police is responsible for actively managing and upholding the city’s stated mission and values. To manage, direct and coordinate the activities of the Field Operations Command including Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Traffic Investigations, and special events or technical support functions of the Department including Communications, Detention, Records, Identification and Property; to coordinate Command activities with other divisions and departments; and to provide highly complex staff assistance to the Police Chief.


Work Experience:

Requires five (5) years of supervisory experience in law enforcement, including two (2) years of experience at the rank of Commander or higher.

Candidates must have the minimum amount of work experience. Years of experience are based upon a full-time work schedule (2,080 hours per year). The sum of an applicant’s full-time and/or part-time qualifying work experience must meet or exceed the stated minimum qualification. Education will not substitute for the required work experience; however, related unpaid and/or volunteer work experience may be used as qualifying work experience.


Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, public administration, or degree related to the core functions of this position. A master’s degree is preferred.

The term “equivalent” means that directly related work experience exceeding the required work experience will substitute in equal time increments for college-level education, for example: one year of additional directly related work experience will substitute for one year of college education (30 credit hours).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Command level experience in a middle to large sized urban police organization.
  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy or equivalent police command school.
  • Experience implementing community policing and community engagement initiatives.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and positive culture building.

Certifications, Licenses, and/or Registrations:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Possession of, or required to obtain within six (6) months of hire a certification by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST).


Applicants considered for this job classification must pass the following:

  • Post offer/pre-employment drug screen. Employees in safety-sensitive job classifications are prohibited from all marijuana usage whether medical or recreational
  • Post offer/pre-employment physical
  • Police background check
  • Polygraph examination


For a complete list of City of Tempe job descriptions go to:

Job Descriptions | City of Tempe, AZ

  • This position is FLSA Exempt which means employees are not eligible for overtime compensation and/or compensatory time.
  • Employees in this position are part of the Senior Management Team (SMT)
  • This classification is unclassified which means the employee, or the City can terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any or no reason, with or without cause or notice.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The City of Tempe is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation employer. The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability, and United States military veteran status. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will make a reasonable accommodation(s) during the recruitment & selection process. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 480-350-8276. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.