Police Chief

Ventura, CA
Ventura Police Department

The City of Ventura is excited to announce the recruitment for the City’s next Police Chief. This executive recruitment is being handled by TERI BLACK & COMPANY, LLC.

To be considered for this opportunity, upload cover letter, resume and list of six professional references using the “Apply Now” feature at www.tbcrecruiting.com. The closing date for this recruitment is midnight on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Home to a population of 110,790, the coastal City of Ventura is located within California’s Gold Coast Region between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. The city offers an outstanding quality of life and is also a popular tourist destination. The Ventura Police Department is supported by 192 FTE and an FY2019-20 operating budget of $45.9 million. The Department responds to over 90,000 calls for service annually. The Chief is supported by an Assistant Chief and six commanders.

$186,358.64 – $249,722.72 Annually

2/2/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an outstanding leader in the profession who subscribes to progressive community policing principles and practices. He/she will be known for being innovative and open minded in addressing complex challenges in this rapidly changing profession. To that end, this well-regarded leader will be proactive in bringing promising tools, technologies and strategies to the organization. With a history of relationship and partnership building, this engaged policing professional will maintain a visible presence in the department as well as in the community. He/she will have a superior reputation for working effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders and partners in the criminal justice system.

The ideal candidate will be a proactive team player who works in a collegial manner and is always seeking to add value to fellow City departments. An exceptional problem solver, he/she will be equally committed to individual as well as organizational success. This exceptional leader will be a compassionate leader with a strong command presence. He/she will be a credible and influential communicator who enjoys engaging others and serving as a compelling ambassador for the department. The individual selected will be an outstanding mentor and coach with a track record that reflects a commitment to succession planning and ongoing professional development. Previous success with growing future leaders at all ranks is desirable. A history of establishing and maintaining productive relationships with labor groups is also a prerequisite for success in this role.

Experience addressing complex challenges that involve numerous stakeholders, such as homelessness, will be expected. Current or previous experience serving a community with similar characteristics and dynamics will be considered favorably.

Ideal candidates will offer a minimum of three (3) years of experience at the rank of Chief or Assistant/Deputy Chief or equivalent. A diverse breadth of assignments is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a Master’s degree is desirable. Formal leadership training such as graduation from POST Command College or equivalent, FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, or similar program is desirable.