Police Chief

Ukiah, CA
Ukiah Police Department

The Ukiah Police Department (UPD) is a professional organization comprised of dedicated, well-trained officers and staff who are committed to working in partnership with the community to provide public safety to the residents and visitors of Ukiah. UPD officers serve by patrolling the city and by responding to calls for police service, performing crime prevention activities, conducting investigations, promoting public safety, and apprehending offenders. The Ukiah Police Department strives to make a positive impact on the quality of life of residents and visitors alike. The stated organizational values of the Ukiah Police Department are Safety, Professionalism, and Community Service.


Reporting to the City Manager, the Chief of Police plans, organizes, manages, directs, and coordinates the City’s comprehensive police services and law enforcement programs; provides expert professional assistance to City management staff in areas of law enforcement; fosters cooperative working relationships with citizen groups and other agencies on police matters and performs other duties as assigned by the City Manager. The Chief of Police serves as a key member of the City Manager’s executive team. Key responsibilities include developing and implementing departmental goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; preparing, administering and managing the department budget; and identifying law enforcement and crime prevention needs and priorities by conferring with citizens, community groups, and City officials.

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in police science, criminal justice, public or business administration, or a related field.

Experience: Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in law enforcement, including at least five years of management/administrative experience in a similarly sized or larger organization.

License or Certificates: Possession of a Management Certificate issued by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.), or equivalent. An Executive Certificate, or equivalent, is highly desirable in addition to completion of the P.O.S.T. Command College Program, FBI National Academy and/or Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) coursework.


The salary range for the Chief of Police is up to $207,161