Chief of Police

McFarland, CA
McFarland Police Department

The Ideal Candidate

The selected candidate for the next Chief of Police will promote and embrace a collaborative and inclusive approach to issue resolution and the management of the McFarland Police Department. Additionally, the Chief will be able to easily connect to people from all backgrounds and be known as a bridge-builder who is respectful of all people and cultures, helping others see and understand other perspectives, and bringing people together behind common goals and solutions. This top candidate will also build a spirit of teamwork and common purpose while advancing the Department toward enhanced use of evidence-based policing, data-driven decision-making, and innovative practices.

Essential Job Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plans, organizes, directs, and supervises the activities of police personnel in preserving order, protecting life and property, and enforcing laws and ordinances.
  • Prepares the Department budget and controls Department expenditures.
  • Makes recommendations for the purchase of equipment and supplies.
  • Plans for future departmental growth, with regard to additional police services and research programs relative to their specific application to the Department and community.
  • Reviews Department operations, researches modern police management methods, and formulates and enforces rules, procedures, and policies for efficient operation of the Department.
  • Works with individual Citizens and community groups on law enforcement problems and to improve police-community relations.
  • Attends county, regional, and State police conferences as needed, and meetings with other public officials.
  • Investigates and determines proper courses of action on citizen complaints.
  • Coordinates law enforcement activities with the activities of other City departments and other law enforcement agencies.


Broad and extensive experience in all major phases of municipal police work, including at least three years in a responsible management capacity in a law enforcement agency. Minimum of fifteen years of California law enforcement experience. Additionally, a proven track record of community engagement and working with the community, businesses, and other stakeholder groups is highly valued and strongly desired.


Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or other related fields. Prior Experience as a Chief of Police may replace the degree requirement. Possession of a California P.O.S.T. a supervisory certificate and a California P.O.S.T. Executive Certificate is desirable.

Other Requirements

A valid California Driver’s License and a satisfactory driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment. Possession of a Class C California Driver’s license. Must successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of initial employment with the McFarland Police Department.