Chief of Police

Seaside, CA
California State University, Monterey Bay

Salary: $177,312 to $211,680* annually.

Position Summary:

The University Police Department (UPD) is committed to preserving a safe environment for everyone, including students, faculty, staff members, residents, and visitors. The Chief of Police is responsible for and has commensurate authority to command, direct, and organize the Department, which includes establishing objectives for the Department, developing policies and procedures on the campus, preparing the budget, and selecting, appointing, training, disciplining, and promoting officers and employees. The Chief is charged with providing and maintaining the safety and security of the campus community and property and provides guidance to senior leadership, acting as primary liaison to external law enforcement agencies. The Chief of Police participates in various campus committees regarding campus security and safety and is expected to apply a developmental model of correction to address student conduct, where appropriate, and collaborate with the Public Safety Advisory Board. The Chief is also responsible for the Office of Emergency Management and Parking programs, overseeing the development and administration of crime awareness and prevention programs, and community outreach and education. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

Essential Functions:

  1. Formulating, implementing, and establishing Departmental programs and procedures to effectively enforce all federal, state, and local laws as well as CSU Policies.
  2. Directing, managing, supervising, and training University Police Department staff in accordance with California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) regulations as well as regarding community policing, community engagement, conflict avoidance, crisis intervention, de-escalation, diversity, equity, and inclusion, anti-racism, accessibility, and implicit and unconscious bias.
  3. Coordinating and directing uniform patrol, investigations, violator apprehension and court presentations, as well as crime prevention and suppression.
  4. Collaborating with constituent groups, departments, mental health agencies, and other stakeholders to address mental health issues and assist in connecting students and employees with mental health resources and crisis support.
  5. Facilitating and overseeing campus event crowd control.
  6. Administering, supervising, and maintaining security of Records Unit and Evidence Control.
  7. Maintaining close liaison with federal, state, local public safety agencies of the Tri-county area and CSU Chancellors’ Office, including interacting with the general public and facilitating positive community relations.
  8. Initiating agreements and understandings between the Public Safety Department and local agencies within the scope of the public safety program.
  9. Preparing, administering, and monitoring Department budget allocations for law enforcement, parking, and emergency management.
  10. Facilitating training of campus employees in crisis intervention and de-escalation strategies.
  11. Maintaining and submitting reports and records as required by state and federal agencies, as well as the Chancellor’s Office and the campus.
  12. Planning, developing, exercising, and evaluating the UPD emergency management plan; responsibility for all law enforcement, fire, movement, and search and rescue operations during disasters; assisting and participating in campus-wide planning and evaluation of the campus emergency management plan.
  13. Serving on the campus Emergency Response Team and fulfilling duties as the Operations Coordinator/Incident Commander for the Emergency Operations Center on a 7-day per week/24-hour basis.


  • Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in restorative justice practices, community policing, and the ability to effectively collaborate with campus stakeholders and city and county law enforcement for the safety and well-being of the campus community.
  • The candidate must demonstrate the ability to manage a complex organization and should have a track record of success with managing external funding for departmental initiatives.
  • The ideal candidate should also have exceptional writing, speaking, analytical, and organizational skills with the ability to foster a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students, faculty, and staff regardless of their identity.
  • Consideration for this position requires the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and five (5) years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience in a management capacity at the rank of Lieutenant or above.
  • Additional education or experience in a related field that has demonstrated the acquisition and successful application of required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be substituted for the required education and/or experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • The incumbent must be California POST certified, or equivalent, and possess a California POST Management Certificate with the ability to obtain a California POST Executive certificate within two (2) years from the date of hire.
  • The preferred candidate will have higher education campus experience (preferably at a Minority Serving Institution), demonstrated sensitivity in working with diverse populations (e.g., cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds), multilingual ability (preferably Spanish), and knowledge of the Tri-county region.
  • Technical fluency with Microsoft Office Professional Suite and Google mail and calendaring programs.