Chief of Police

Victoria, TX
Victoria Police Department

The City of Victoria, Texas offers a stellar career opportunity to collaborative law enforcement leaders as it seeks to identify its next Chief of Police. Under the skillful leadership of its previous Chief, the Victoria Police Department has evolved into a modern, progressive public safety organization with a keen focus on community service and crime management through a lens of procedural justice.


Appointed by the City Manager, the Chief of Police leads the Police Department and its staff in the delivery of public safety services to those who live, work, and visit Victoria. The next Chief will be a visible leader in the community and in the Police Department.  Some of the essential functions of the Chief of Police include leading the Police Department in creating and maintaining trust-based community connections with a commitment to effectively serve all of Victoria’s diverse community; planning, directing, and coordinating the activities and operations of the department; and participating as an active, engaged member of the City Executive Team and as a community leader.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of collaboration and dedication to community connection, have a high level of visibility and presence in the Department and community, and be a fair and consistent leader who will continue to nurture an organizational culture which features mutual trust, teamwork, and accountability.


Any combination of related education, experience, certifications, and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job is qualifying. The most attractive candidates will possess the following:

Education: A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, criminology, police administration, public administration, business administration or a related field. Graduation from the F.B.I. National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, Southern Police Institute or a similar professional leadership program is highly desirable.

Experience: At least ten (10) years in municipal law enforcement, with a minimum of the last five (5) years of experience in a senior command-level position.

Certification: Must have Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) intermediate certification or equivalent certification from another state with the ability to obtain TCOLE intermediate certification.

Additional preferences: Experience as a Chief of Police, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, or a command level officer in a community of similar size and complexity to Victoria is a plus.


The salary range for the Chief of Police is $125,000 – $150,000, with placement in the range dependent on qualifications.