Police Chief

Sierra Madre, CA
Sierra Madre Police Department

CITY OF SIERRA MADRE invites applications for the position of:

Police Chief Salary:
$66.85 -$83.49 Hourly
$5,348.00 -$6,679.20 Biweekly
$11,587.33 -$14,471.60 Monthly

OPENING DATE: 09/16/22 CLOSING DATE: 10/14/22 05:00 PM

Application deadline: Friday, October 14, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Interview Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022.
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City Organization
Incorporated in 1907, the City of Sierra Madre is a General Law City and operates under the Council/Manager form of government. Legislative authority is vested in a five-member City Council elected at large for four-year terms. Sierra Madre is one of the oldest and smallest cities in Los Angeles County. Despite its size, the government of Sierra Madre has always operated as a full service City and provides residents with Public Safety services, including Police and Fire Departments, as well as Water, Sewer, Public Library, and a wide array of community services. Residents of the city have an exceptional quality of life with median income, educational attainment, and property values that greatly exceed similar measures in peer cities, Los Angeles County, and the State of California. Sierra Madre is routinely ranked as one of the top 20 safest cities in California and the residents are served by a fiscally sound, stable, and productive government, with annual operating surpluses in the City budget, and CalPERS pension funding levels in excess of 90% for both the public safety and miscellaneous plans. The Police Chief position is currently vacant, with an Interim Police Chief temporarily holding the position.


The Position
Serving as the head of the police department, the Police Chief will be a leader who establishes trust and credibility with the community, sets the tone for the department, and provides clear recommendations and counsel to the City Manager on matters of public safety. The Police Chief serves on the City’s Executive Management team, which works collaboratively to manage the operations of the City, develops and recommends the annual budget, and implements the vision of the City Council. It is expected that the Police Chief will serve as a spokesperson and advocate for the department and will be accessible to community members. The Police Chief must have a respect and appreciation for the community’s unique, small-town heritage and be a strong proponent of community policing principles and police/community partnerships. The ideal candidate will support and develop department personnel and expect accountability throughout the organization. The candidate must bring proven skills with both operations and administrative experience. The candidate will analyze operational and service demands and develop comprehensive plans to satisfy needs for department services and to ensure the highest possible quality of life for the residents of Sierra Madre. Confers with legal advisors, citizens, and City officials on law enforcement problems; develops and implements municipal law enforcement policies and procedures. The candidate must be able to work as an effective team member with the executive team of the city. They must also be able to work effectively as the leader of the police department team and maintain a high visibility and accessibility to the community to achieve positive interaction and understanding. The ideal candidate must also communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; will develop and administer sound departmental policies, making decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and City/Department policies; will delegate, while monitoring performance. Holds all subordinates accountable in a timely manner and imposes discipline when appropriate; promotes community unity and fosters effective working relationships. The ideal candidate must work constructively with all internal and external stakeholders, including command staff and labor organizations and take initiative to continue the Department’s progress in the area of community-oriented policing. The City’s Police Chief will lead by clear example, to ensure that officers value the diversity and interacts with all community members in an unbiased manner.


Education and Experience
Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for satisfactory job performance. The ideal candidate will have graduated from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science, Administration of Justice, Public Administration or a related field. A Master’s degree in a related field is strongly preferred. Five (5) years plus of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience in a law enforcement agency which includes extensive experience in developing and expanding crime prevention programs and community policing relations dealing with community issues and concerns in the delivery of police services. Possession of a POST Management Certificate, and ability to obtain a POST Executive Certificate subsequent to appointment. Must possess a current American Red Cross certificate in First Aid/CPR/AED for Schools and the Community or obtain within three months of employment, as well as, a valid Class C California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the City’s Vehicle Usage Policy.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Compensation and Benefits

Salary Range $139,053 – $173,658

The City participates in the State of California Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). Classic employees are currently at 3% @ 55 (Safety formula) with the employee contributing 9% toward employee PERS contribution. New CALPERS members are at 2.7% @ 57 (Safety formula) with the employee contributing 12.75% towards the employee portion.

Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance The City contributes $1,500 per month towards medical insurance.

Vacation Leave 96 hours per year with additional accruals for each year after four years.

Holidays. The City observes 15 paid holidays.

Management Leave 80 hours of Management Leave each year at the beginning of each fiscal year, or prorated thereto for the first year of employment.

Public Safety Holiday Leave 104 hours of public safety Leave each year at the beginning of each fiscal year, or prorated thereto for the first year of employment.

Deferred Compensation
The City will contribute $100 per pay period to a 457 deferred compensation account. City contributes $2,600 annually.

Life Insurance The City will provide $100,000 coverage for life insurance.

Equal Opportunity Employer The City of Sierra Madre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the City of Sierra Madre will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.