Chief of Police

Yuma, AZ
City of Yuma

$131,505.92 – $183,929.98 Annually

This position is open until filled, the first review date is October 4, 2022.

The City of Yuma is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as the next Chief of Police in a dynamic, financially stable organization. This position serves as the senior law enforcement and public safety official for the City of Yuma and directs the law enforcement operations of the department. For more information on the department, the organization, or the community, please click here to view our brochure.

Under administrative direction, serves as senior law enforcement and public safety official for the City; directs and evaluates Yuma Police Department (YPD) public safety and law enforcement operations; assures YPD compliance with state and Federal laws, City policies, and Department standards.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: — Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plans, directs, reviews and evaluates the staff and functions of the Yuma Police Department (YPD), including patrol, investigations, communications, and support services.
  • Manages the YPD through effective planning, staff management and resource allocation.
  • Plans, organizes directs, and evaluates the work of YPD staff; assures the YPD provides responsive and professional police services to meet the public safety needs of the community.
  • Plans and organizes law enforcement service programs; evaluates resources and law enforcement issues, and develops strategies to meet YPD goals and objectives; meets regularly with staff to resolve workload and technical issues; develops goals and priorities and evaluates results.
  • Plans and directs the activities of the YPD officers and staff; prioritizes work assignments; monitors work, develops staff skills, evaluates performance, and resolves disciplinary issues; coordinates recruitment, selection and training of new employees.
  • Maintains discipline, and reviews staff work as needed to assure compliance to YPD policies and procedures; negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, and controversial issues.
  • Analyzes law enforcement issues, problems, crime trends and patterns; evaluates YPD operations, and develops changes and improvements to existing programs, priorities, policies and procedures.
  • Evaluates public safety conditions, societal influences, and fiscal restraints; and develops strategies and priorities to meet YPD public safety goals.
  • Exercises independent judgment within broad policy guidelines; evaluates complex public safety and enforcement issues, and develops solutions; develops and maintains positive public relations with City management, community organizations, citizens, and the business community.
  • Reviews and approves operational reports; investigates complaints and public safety concerns.
  • Manages critical incidents and criminal investigations, and takes command when appropriate.
  • Directs coordination with regional law enforcement organizations, and emergency services agencies.
  • Maintains the integrity, professionalism, values and goals of the Police Department by assuring that all rules and regulations are followed, and that accountability and public trust are preserved.
  • Supports the relationship between the City and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and City staff; promotes the City goals and priorities, vision, values and the “Yuma Way”, and complies with all City policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines 
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or related field; AND five years of management level law enforcement agency experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Must pass a polygraph examination and background check.

Knowledge of:

City organization, operations, policies and procedures.

  • State of Arizona criminal and civil statutes, rules, administrative orders, policies and procedures, and applicable Federal rules and regulations.
  • Duties, powers, authorities and limitations of a municipal Police Chief.
  • Modern law enforcement management principles for efficient and cost effective management of allocated resources, including personnel administration, labor law, accounting and budgeting.
  • Arizona criminal justice and court procedures, and records management requirements.
  • Strategy and tactics for management and deployment of law enforcement personnel and equipment.
  • Modern law enforcement methods and procedures, including case laws governing arrest, rules of evidence, probable cause, use of force, custody of evidence and property, and search and seizure.
  • Local community issues and regional community resources available to citizens.

Skill in:

  • Directing and coordinating Yuma Police Department operations.
  • Interpreting and explaining legal standards and procedures, applicable Federal and state rules and regulations, and City policies and procedures.
  • Assuming command-level responsibilities, making appropriate decisions, verifying compliance with YPD policies and objectives, and using initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Working effectively under stressful conditions and emergency situations.
  • Analyzing complex public safety and security issues, and developing solutions.
  • Investigating and resolving personnel issues, citizen inquiries and officer complaints.
  • Directing and leading staff, and delegating tasks and authority.
  • Effectively managing situations requiring diplomacy, fairness, firmness and sound judgment.
  • Interacting with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Effectively communicating verbal and written instructions.
  • Working independently and as a team member, including working effectively with inter-agency teams.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.

A valid Arizona State Driver’s License is required.  Must maintain Peace Officer certification with the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board.  Completion of Senior Police Command School is preferred; National Incident Management System (NIMS) and additional technical training and certifications may be required.

Work is performed in a standard office environment, and in the field on tactical assignments; may be exposed to physical attacks, hazardous chemicals, infectious and communicable diseases; may be required to physically restrain persons; must maintain a level of physical fitness to meet YPD standards.

This job is classified as Safety Sensitive, and subject to Federal and state regulations; incumbents are required to live inside the City limits within eighteen months of appointment.