Chief of Police
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Chief of Police
Job Classifications
City of Foster City
Estero Municipal Improvement District
Job Specification
To plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of the Police Department including law enforcement, criminal investigations, support services, and administrative functions; to coordinate assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.
This is a full -time, executive level position that serves as the Department Head of the Police Department and at the will of the City Manager. Responsibilities include response to emergency conditions during non-business hours to provide direction to staff and coordination with other agencies during such situations.
Receives general administrative direction from the City Manager. Exercises direct supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical and clerical staff.
Plan, organize, direct and coordinate the activities of the Police Department in the preservation of order, protection of life and property and enforcement of law and municipal ordinances; prepare the annual department budget and control budget expenditures; formulate department rules, procedures and policies and insure their implementation; maintain effective intra-departmental discipline and morale; evaluate and aid in the professional development of subordinate supervisors and officers; insure that new police officers receive adequate training in modern police procedures and methods; establish appropriate service and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; maintain effective public relations and handle community issues in a tactful and courteous fashion; objectively review and handle citizen complaints; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other department heads, employees and the public; carry out long-term and short-term initiatives to meet the needs of the City; perform other duties as assigned.
Assess and monitor work load; oversee communications and records processing functions including property control, dispatch functions and records maintenance; oversee and assure proper distribution of concealed weapon permits; receive complaints or charges made by citizens regarding officer conduct; direct investigations of charges and make recommendations of corrective action to City Manager.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:  the modern principles, practices and techniques of public administration and their applicability to emergency service situations; extensive knowledge of modern police methods and scientific methods of crime prevention and criminal identification; knowledge of modern budgetary practices and methodology; understanding of organizational development and efficient use of resources.
Ability to:  plan and coordinate the work of a major operating department, and to put into effect and administer sound departmental policy; ability to meet with the public and handle complaints and problems in a courteous and tactful fashion; administrative ability to develop and carry out long-term and short-term goals; ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with other departments; ability to work with community oriented policing groups and programs; ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:
Education:  Equivalent to a B.S. degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration, or a related field. Graduation from POST Command College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration are highly desirable.
Experience:  Eight years increasingly responsible experience in law enforcement and crime prevention field, of which at least two years were in a responsible command position (Lieutenant or above).
Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, jump, physical mobility to negotiate around crime scenes and or emergency situations. Must be willing to work as needed during non-business hours; attend conferences and seminars to receive updated information on new laws and regulations and attend Council meetings and other evening meetings as needed.
Licenses:  Possession of a valid Class C California Driver's License.
SALARY:  $14,548 - $17,683 per month

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200