Police Chief

Surprise, AZ
Surprise Police Department

The City of Surprise is seeking an experienced public safety leader to serve as Police Chief. Strong candidates will be forward thinking and possess the ability to develop a strategic plan based on best practices in policing to ensure the Surprise Police Department continues to provide the highest level of public safety service.

3/23/2021 11:59 PM Arizona


The Police Chief is responsible and accountable for directing the City's Police Department including its personnel, budget, and resources. Responsibilities include: making recommendations to the Council and City Manager; developing and implementing policy initiatives; setting the tone, climate and vision for the department; ensuring compliance with statutory responsibilities and directives; leading by example in engagement with the community; anticipating the need for succession planning; upholding the Department's strategic plan and evaluating opportunities to implement technology innovations; working collaboratively as a member of the City's Executive Team.


Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, management or a related field, five years of progressively responsible law enforcement management experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as listed above. Additional education cannot be substituted for experience.

Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Arizona driver license.
Must be able to obtain AZ P.O.S.T. Certification within three months of hire.