Police Chief

Unalaska, AK
City of Unalaska

SALARY: [Non-Union Executive Position Min–Max Range] $93,073 – $148,913 / Year

The City of Unalaska is accepting applications for the position of Police Chief in the Police Department. Located in the central Aleutian Islands, Unalaska, Alaska is a multicultural coastal community of approximately 4,500 full-time residents and is home to the number one commercial fishing port in the United States, the International Port of Dutch Harbor.

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification. Shown are duties intended to provide a representative summary.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under general administrative direction and supervision of the City Manager, serves as the principal executive officer of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety (Police Department) and is responsible for budgeting, planning, organizing, and management of the department. The Chief directly oversees the daily operations of the Corrections Division, Communications Division, Office Manager and Police Command Staff. The Chief oversees the hiring process and other personnel matters for the department, in coordination with Human Resources. Chief will assist in Emergency Management Services and may be called upon to manage and direct the activities of various agencies involved in emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Represents the department at Council meetings, meetings with other city officials, civic, agency, and business organizations, and federal and state law enforcement agencies to discuss department functions, coordinates joint activities and programs, identify and facilitate joint resolutions to public safety problems and issues.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Minimum of ten years of professional law enforcement experience, including a minimum of five years of command level experience as a commissioned officer in a similar size department. At least three years of this experience must have been at the lieutenant level or higher and must have included responsibility for management of patrol and investigation functions.

  • Possess Alaska Police Standards Council advanced level certificate the first year of service.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in the operation of small jails or contract jails, emergency management, and communications.
  • Public Safety Director or Police Chief experience preferred.
  • Alaskan law enforcement experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Business Administration, Law Enforcement, Police Science or related field required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Successful completion of FBI National Academy or Southern Police Institute preferred.
  • Any combination of experience and/or education which provides the required expertise will be evaluated on an individual basis.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Possess Alaska Police Standards Council advanced level certificate the first year of service.
  • Must have, or be able to obtain, an Alaska Driver’s License within 90 days of employment days of hire.
  • Ability to pass all required pre-employment testing including but not limited to Criminal background and History, drug testing.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US; requirements by Federal Law if hired must complete employment eligibility verification form (I-9).
  • Psychological testing, evaluation of writing samples, and other job related tests may be required.