Police Chief

Tillamook, OR
Tillamook Police Department

Salary: $92,383 – $110,256 Annually.

Position Summary:

The Police Chief is an at-will position that serves at the pleasure of the City Manager under a Council-Manager form of government. The Chief oversees all operations of the police department and is a key member of the City Manager’s Executive Leadership Team. The Chief is counted on to be a trusted and collaborative member of that team.

Essential Functions:

  • The candidate must be an experienced leader, having served in a command level position and looking for their next progressive leadership opportunity. The competitive candidate will have experience leading a team, or group of sworn police officers and must have some experience running a police department, and/or a strong understanding of what it takes to do so. The City’s standards are intentionally set high, as neither the city, the police department or the community will tolerate leadership shortcomings with this position. This is a great
    opportunity for a strong, proven leader who is ready for their first Chief’s position.
  • The new Chief will be expected to set an example of professional and progressive police leadership and develop the police department into a model police agency. To accomplish this, the new Chief will be expected to engage with outside resources and opportunities and to operate under a philosophy of constant development and improvement. The new Chief will be expected to attain and retain accreditation through the Northwest Accreditation Alliance (formerly Oregon Accreditation Alliance), as a benchmark of agency
  • The new Chief will be proficient at building relationships, have the ability to lead from the heart and support staff while maintaining a no-nonsense approach that sets high standards and expectations and holds employees accountable. They will be approachable, innovative and a team player.


  • Must be a certified police officer in the state of Oregon, or another state, with the ability to become certified in Oregon by attending an abbreviated 2-week academy. (Candidates needing to attend the full 16-week basic academy will be deemed unqualified).
  • Must possess an Oregon Management certificate, or must possess the transferable equivalent from another state.
  • Must be able to obtain an Oregon Executive certificate within twelve (12) months of appointment, as a condition of continued employment.
  • Must be currently employed in a higher-level position (Captain, Lieutenant or similar, or higher) and must have served in that position for a period of two (2) years or more.
  • Possession of an Oregon Executive certificate.
  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Be a currently employed, or recently retired (6 months or less) Police Chief or Sheriff, or Second-in-Command (such as Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief, Undersheriff, or Chief Deputy).
  • Be an active participant and served in the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police or the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.
  • Be involved with agency accreditation at their current agency, with preference given to the Northwest (Oregon) Accreditation Alliance.