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Police Chief

City of Fortuna
Fortuna, California 95540
  • Job Type
    Employee, Contract
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift, 2nd Shift, 3rd Shift, Weekends, Holidays
  • Jobs Rated

DEFINITION:Under administrative direction of the City Manager, to plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the law enforcement and crime prevention functions of the City; to ensure the protection of life, property, and individual rights of all community members through public engagement and enforcement of applicable laws and ordinances; to develop and administer various programs including but not limited to animal control, traffic safety, parking control and emergency services; to manage a volunteer program; prepare and administer the department budget; supervise subordinate staff and provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.


Police Chief is a full-time department head classification responsible for the functions of the Police Department. This class provides assistance to the City Manager in a variety of capacities including administrative, analytical and collaborative. Responsibilities include coordinating activities with other departments and agencies and managing and overseeing the complex functions of the department. Work is typically performed in a general office environment, and also in a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations, which may involve exposure to potential personal danger. Some moderate to heavy physical labor and activity may be needed in certain situations. Outdoor work may include inclement weather.


  • This is an "At Will" position.  Employment may be terminated by either the employee or the City at any time, with or without cause. 
  • This position is classified as FLSA exempt under the Executive (Managerial/Supervisory) Exemption.


  • Assume full management responsibility for all department services and activities including law enforcement and crime prevention programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Manage the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate, through subordinate level staff, a department work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with key staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Assess and monitor work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
  • Direct and assist with investigation of major crimes, accidents or other unusual incidents.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training and career development; work with employees to correct deficiencies and implement discipline.
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate.
  • Direct and prepares a variety of reports related to Department activities and functions.
  • Provide assistance to the City Manager; participate on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Represent the Police Department and maintain a positive working relationship with other departments, elected officials, media, and outside agencies.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of recent developments in the fields of crime prevention, police community relations, and other law enforcement areas.

Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquires and complaints.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:High School diploma or GED required. Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a closely related field desired.  Any combination of training and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the requisite knowledge and abilities would be 8 years of extensive experience in law enforcement, including a minimum of three (3) years as a sergeant or higher rank. Demonstrated organizational abilities and management skills are needed. Experience may be substituted for education.



  • Possession of a Supervisory Certificate from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.)
  • Must possess a valid California Driver’s License throughout employment.  Incumbent will participate in the DMV “Pull Program”.

Must be willing to work irregular hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.


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Posted: 2020-03-05 Expires: 2020-04-04

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