Police Chief

Sonora, CA
Sonora Police Department

Position Summary:

To plan, organize, assign, manage, and coordinate the work of Police Department personnel in enforcing laws and ordinances, protecting life and property, preserving order, and preventing crime. Provide highly responsible professional management and technical staff assistance to the City Administrator

Essential Functions:

  • Plan, direct, supervise, evaluate and coordinate the activities of the Police Department personnel in preserving order, protecting life and property, enforcing state laws, federal laws, municipal ordinances, regulating traffic and the apprehension of violators.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assess and monitor work loads, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvements; and direct the implementation of changes.
  • Represent the Police Department to the public; explain, justify and defend Police Department programs, policies, and activities; and negotiate and resolve sensitive, significant and controversial issues.
  • Formulate department rules, procedures, and policies and see that they are adhered to.
  • Prepare and direct the administration of the department’s budget.
  • Confer with the City Administrator and assist with municipal law development and enforcement.


  • Possess a minimum of eight years of broad and extensive experience in all major phases of municipal police work, including at least five years in a responsible law enforcement management position.
  • Possess a P.O.S.T. Management Certificate.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in police science, public or business administration, or a related field.
  • Possess a valid Class III Driver’s License.
  • Must reside within twenty minutes normal driving time to the Police Department within one year from the date of appointment.