Police Chief

Shelton, WA
Shelton Police Department

The Chief of Police provides leadership, management, administration and direction for the overall operations and activities of the Shelton Police Department.

$94,354.00 – $126,622.00 Annually

9/30/2020 11:59 PM Pacific


Shelton’s next Chief of Police is a professional, experienced leader, who appreciates the community and will be vested in Shelton as their home. Their judgement is technically sound in every aspect of law enforcement, community policing, and alternative ways of keeping a community safe. The successful candidate is open, honest, and personable, a person of character and impeccable integrity, who conducts themselves accordingly both on and off duty. Shelton is looking for an ethically and morally grounded person that will maintain a high level of professional police services as well as advance community participation and engagement.

The Chief of Police will be completely invested in continuing to build a modern, model police department in Shelton, reflecting the unprecedented societal changes transforming law enforcement today. The successful candidate holds diversity, equity, and inclusion as professional values with a demonstrated history of commitment to them. The ideal candidate truly understands the multi-faceted nature of the role of police in society and the nuances of the position of Chief.

The ideal candidate for Police Chief enjoys police work, is passionate and engaged, approachable, and will ensure a positive culture within the department. The ability to be a confident decision-maker under various circumstances is required, along with the ability lead by example and inspire trust throughout the Department and community. At the same time, the successful candidate is a capable executive and manager who is skilled in budget preparation and management, being vested in data-driven decision-making. The next Chief of Police has experience in collective bargaining, and appreciates having meaningful partnerships with staff and community members. They are also excellent at managing staff, building and maintaining relationships, and exhibits a high level of emotional intelligence while connecting well with others in and outside of the department.

The next Chief of Police will be a reliable, contributing member of the City’s Leadership Team, and is excited at the prospect of working together to support the City of Shelton.

Desired Skills:

  • In addition to the requirements set forth in RCW section 35.21.333, a bachelor’s degree in police science, administration of justice, criminal justice, or closely related field, and at least five years of increasingly responsible sworn supervisory/managerial level municipal law enforcement experience is required.
  • A Master's degree is preferred, as is executive leadership training experience such as the FBI National Academy, the School of Police Staff and Command, the Police Executive Leadership Institute, the Senior Management Institute for Police, or other public safety leadership program.
  • Must successfully pass a comprehensive background check including but not limited to the requirements of RCW section 35.21.334. Out of state applicants are welcome, and should familiarize themselves with the Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.