Chief of Police

Oroville, CA
City of Oroville


The City of Oroville California is located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills within the Northern Sacramento Val- ley of Butte County which is located about sixty mies north of Sacramento.

The City has a population of 19,204 and consists of an emerging group of retirees and new families with an average household size of 2.5 persons; seventy percent of Oroville’s population is over 18 years of age (the median age is 32.60).

The Greater Oroville Region has a population of over 55,000. Oroville’s historic downtown has museums, antique stores, restaurants, and specialty shops. Oroville is best known for its abundance of recreational opportunities. Lake Oroville, which was created by the construction of the Oroville Dam, is one of the recreational gems of California


The ideal candidate for the Chief of Police position will possess a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Criminal Justice, or a closely related field. A Master’s degree in the same fields of study is desirable. The candidate will be an accomplished law enforcement professional with extensive related law enforcement leadership and at least five years in an administrative or managerial capacity.

The successful candidate will be an excel- lent communicator, both verbally and in writing and will possess well-developed interpersonal skills and abilities. Other attributes sought in the successful candidate include proven negotiating skills, ability to make persuasive presentations, budgetary and financial management expertise, ability to select and develop outstanding staff, a good decision maker, a person who remains calm under pressure and a person who is innovative and a strategic thinker.

Also sought is a person with a high energy level, an individual who is accountable, a problem solver, and a person who is goal oriented and motivated to achieving a high level of success.

The successful candidate should be an excellent team leader and team player, a well-organized individual, and an effective strategic planner. A strong work ethic and unquestionable ethics and integrity are also attributes sought in the new Chief of Police.

Other attributes of the successful candidate are a comprehensive knowledge of the latest principles and practices of law enforcement administration and management. Updated knowledge of modern law enforcement polices, procedures and practices is required.


The Chief of Police of the City of Oroville provides leadership and directs the operations and activities of the City Police Department. The Chief of Police is expected to function under broad policy guidance and is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative. The Chief supervises work of all Police Department personnel and is an integral member of the City’s leadership team.

In order to be effective, the Police Chief is required to establish and maintain working relationships with the City Administrator, other City personnel, elected and appointed officials, representatives of a variety of State, Federal, and municipal agencies, and the general public.


The Oroville Police Department has adopted a set of five core values — Integrity, Character, Competency, Commitment and Caring — that guide them in their daily delivery of services to the public. Services are delivered through various programs including: Investigations Unit, Neighborhood Watch/Special Services Areas, Crime Scene Investigators, Juvenile Services and Code Enforcement. The department is staffed by 50 Sworn and Non-Sworn full-time employees who operate within the Oroville City limits.

If interested in this position please go to the City’s website at and look under Jobs. Click on the Chief of Police link and you will find the application packet. Please submit a completed City application, current resume and contact information for 3 professional references. Please contact me at or call (530) 538-2407 for additional information.