Chief of Police

Fort Bragg, CA
Fort Bragg Police Department

The Chief of Police plans, organizes and directs the full range of Police Department, the enforcement of all federal state and local laws and regulations and the investigation and prevention of crime. Provides highly responsible and technical staff assistance to the City Manager. Assures community oriented policing, supervision of police operations and investigation of crimes. Provides assistance and liaison with other public safety providers, community service agencies, and city departments. Performs a wide variety of responsible management and administrative tasks requiring a high level of professional and technical skill and independent judgement. Acts as a problem solver in City and community matters.

Salary: $120,931 – $147,014


• Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the activities of Police Department in the preservation of order, protection of life and property; enforcement of all federal, state and local laws, codes and ordinances, investigation and prevention of crime; and maintenance of effective communication and records systems and other support activities.
• Develops, implements and revises departmental rules, procedures and policies; reviews actions and conduct of subordinates, recommends corrective action and maintains effective discipline throughout the department.
• Directs and participates in the development, implementation and monitoring of annual departmental budget; prepares reports and recommendations concerning proposed city activities and their budgetary and/or staffing impact on the city and the police department and recommends purchase of equipment and supplies.
• Identifies and develops solutions to difficult community and organizational problems and assures effective implementation through the Police Department.
• Recommends appointment and evaluates Police Department personnel, assigns work projects; coordinates work or subordinates and has general accountability for the effectiveness of all operations; observes and takes corrective action on significant employee relations problems; and implements Affirmative Action Program within the Police Department.
• Develops and ensures enforcement of Police Department operating policies and procedures.
• Coordinates Police Department activities and maintains liaison with other federal, state, county and local law enforcement related agencies on judicial, prosecution and defense issues.
• Represents the Police Department before the City Council and other governmental bodies; prepares and presents special studies and reports concerning Police Department programs and activities.
• Represents the Police Department before various community groups, develops and implements the department's community relation efforts with special emphasis toward community oriented policing principles and practices and maintaining positive and effective relationships among the various communities in Fort Bragg.


• Possession of a valid Class C or higher California driver's license.
• Possession of the Advanced Certificate issued by the State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

• Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public Administration or related field; and
• POST Advanced Certificate; and
• Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the rank of Sergeant or above.

• POST Management Certificate FBI National Academy Training; or
• Advanced Command Training; or
• Senior Command level or prior Chief's experience; or
• Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public Administration or related field; or
• More than 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the rank of Sergeant or above.