Chief of Police

Richland, WA
Richland Police Department

Salary: $146,120.00 – $204,568.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

The City of Richland seeks a committed, decisive leader who can support and enhance the positive direction that currently exists within the department to serve as its next Chief of Police.

Essential Functions:

  • Effective communicator, in person and in writing, throughout all levels of the organization.
  • Personable, approachable leader who is highly visible both within the department and the community.
  • Has a broad knowledge of municipal operations and budget management, fosters innovation, and embraces technology.
  • Holds self and others accountable to current policies, procedures, and best practices.
  • Committed to succession planning by mentoring, developing, and recognizing future leaders within the department.
  • Experienced in labor relations and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Leads by example, has high integrity, and encourages teamwork at all levels.
  • Well-versed in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) and the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).


  • This position requires a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, police science, public administration, or related field.
  • A master’s degree and/or advanced training (such as the FBI National Academy) is preferred.
  • Ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in police services, with a minimum of six (6) years in a senior management capacity.
  • Must be current law enforcement.
  • Applicants separated out of law enforcement for more than 24 months will not be considered for this position.
  • An equivalent combination of related training, education, and experience may be considered.