Police Chief

Madras, OR
Madras Police Department

The annual salaried pay range for this position is $104,096 to $142,832

The Madras Police Department is seeking an experienced and confident Leader to be the next Police Chief. The Police Chief is a senior management position, responsible for planning and integrating policing services provided by the City for its citizens and visitors. This position requires a Management Certification from Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards, and Training (DPSST) or out of state equivalent and one of the following:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in police science, criminal justice, public administration, or a closely related field and over five years of progressive experience in law enforcement administration; or
  2. An Associates degree with eight years of progressive experience; or
  3. Twelve years of progressive experience.

The most qualified candidates have, or will have, the ability to obtain a DPSST Executive Certification.


The desired candidate will have the ability to quickly build confidence, trust, and respect within the department and the community by exhibiting a willingness to hold themselves and others accountable, be firm but fair, possess the courage to make tough decisions, and exhibit a strong ability to collaborate and cooperate with internal and external stakeholders. They will work to build positive moral within the department and train the team to work together effectively.

Madras’ next Police Chief will understand the importance of transparency and being highly visible and approachable within the community. The desired candidate will be committed to building and maintaining a positive relationship between the police department and the community it serves.

The successful candidate will have a comprehensive knowledge of police administration, including staffing, finance, equipment management and maintenance, records and reports and a comprehensive knowledge of applicable laws and regulations. They will have the ability to exercise sound judgment in emergencies; analyze the effectiveness of current procedures and plan and institute improvements; communicate effectively, both in oral and written forms, and give media interviews as needed; prepare and review reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, elected officials, law enforcement and emergency management agency representatives, consultants, and the general public.