Chief of Police

Walnut Creek, CA
Walnut Creek Police Department

Under general direction, directs the activities of the Police Department; develops plans, goals, and objectives to improve departmental services; advises the City Manager on matters pertaining to departmental programs and law enforcement; contributes to overall City management as a member of the City’s Executive Team in the consideration of general City policies, programs, and concerns; may serve as acting City Manager; and performs related work as required.


  • Plans, organizes, staffs, directs, and coordinates all activities of the Police Department; prepares and administers the Department budget.
  • Reviews and analyzes criminal statistics, City growth patterns, legislation, court decisions, developments in the field of crime prevention and detection, police organization and management techniques, and related matters.
  • Prepares or directs the preparation of proposals concerning departmental activities for consideration by the City Manager; directs the development of in-service training programs to increase departmental efficiency; establishes policies, procedures, and guidelines to be observed in the supervision of the respective divisions.
  • Coordinates activities with other City departments; works with department directors and the City Manager in improving City services.
  • Resolves citizen complaints or problems; represents the Department at a variety of meetings; coordinates activities with other law enforcement agencies; speaks before public and professional groups.
  • May conduct special studies or assignments outside of the law enforcement field; acts for the City Manager as assigned.


Education and Experience:

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required. A POST Management Certificate, completion of the POST Command College Program or FBI National Academy, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration, Administration of Justice, or a related field, are highly desirable. A minimum of ten years of extensive, progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience is required, preferably in a municipal police department or other public agency; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below.

Special Requirements:

Possession of, or ability to obtain prior to employment, a valid Class C California Driver’s License and a good driving record.