Chief of Police

Ridgecrest, CA
Ridgecrest Police Department

This position reports to the City Manager. Under general direction, plans, directs and coordinates the activities of the Police Department; implements policies and establishes procedures related to crime prevention, law enforcement, and related community services; develops and administers the department budget; establishes and maintains liaison to the public; serves as a member of the City’s management team; performs related duties as required.


• Plans, directs, and coordinates the maintenance of law and order, the protection of life and property, the regulation of traffic, as well as the apprehension, arrest, and detention of law violators;
• Analyzes operational and service demands and develops comprehensive plans to satisfy future needs for department services; confers with legal advisors, citizens, and City officials on law enforcement problems; develops and implements municipal law enforcement policies and procedures;
• Directs and administers the budget for the Police Department; analyzes department needs and requests from supervisory staff; prepares budget request justifications and discusses same with the City Manager and elected officials as appropriate;
• Advises and otherwise assists the City Manager, City Council, other City personnel, and the public regarding law enforcement, crime prevention and other programs and services provided by the department;
• Coordinates municipal law enforcement activities with those of other agencies.
• Monitors department daily activities and operations and directs same through subordinates. Conducts field inspections of police operations and locations which might engender criminal activity or traffic problems;
• Prepares monthly activity reports, special reports on police or traffic issues, and various other written communications;
• Selects department employees; plans and organizes work; develops and establishes work methods and standards; directs staff training and development; reviews and evaluates employee performance; recommends or executes disciplinary action;
• Represents the City, or delegates such authority, in relations with the community, advisory committees, other local, state, and federal agencies, and professional organizations;
• Other duties as assigned.



Successful candidates will have any combination of formal and informal education and experience that would demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities as outlined below is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in police science, criminology, public administration, or a related field is required. A master's degree in a related field is desirable; and five years of progressively responsible supervisory capacity, and a minimum of three years of management experience in law enforcement which includes experience in all major phases of crime prevention, law enforcement, and police department administration.