Chief of Police - Crescent City, CA

July 31, 2019

Crescent City,CA

Chief of Police


Chief of Police

Crescent City Full Time
Compensation: $89,271 to $111,919 Annually

Application Deadline/Closing Date
September 16, 2019

The Opportunity

Candidates inspired by the desire to use their talents and ability to make a lasting impact upon a community will not find a more attractive opportunity than the City  of Crescent City, California.  Located near the Redwood National and State Parks and on the Pacific Ocean, the City is searching for our next Chief of Police.  The Chief will have the opportunity to lead a small organization and make impacts that will last beyond his / her tenure.

The Community & The Organization

The City of Crescent City resides in Del Norte County with a population of 4,260 and is located on the pristine northern California coast about 20 miles south of the Oregon border. The population of Del Norte County is approximately 28,000.  The area offers an abundance of outdoor activities due to the proximity of the Pacific Ocean, the Smith and Klamath Rivers (two of the best steelhead fishing streams on the Pacific coast) and is surrounded by the beautiful Redwood National and State Parks.  The climate is mild throughout the year, with winter temperatures averaging 40-50 degrees and 60-70 degrees in the summer; average rainfall is approximately 80 inches per year.  The weather is often 10-20 degrees warmer just 10 miles up the Smith River. 

The City was incorporated in 1854 and consists of 70.75 FTE's with a $21.7 million dollar budget. The City operates water and sewer utilities, a housing authority and provides a full range of services including police, fire, public works, community development, planning, building, engineering and inspection.  Fire services are provided primarily by volunteers of Crescent City Fire and Rescue. 

As stated in the City's Strategic Plan:

The purpose of the City of Crescent City is to promote a high quality of leadership, services and life to our residents, businesses and visitors by providing the most efficient, innovative and economically sound municipal services, based on our diverse history, culture and unique natural resources.

The Police Department

The Crescent City Police Department is staffed with 14 FTE staff members, of which 13 are authorized, sworn positions.  The Department has two sergeants that report directly to the Chief of Police, 10 officers, and a Police Records Specialist.  Some of our Police Officers work in the additional capacities of School Resource Officer, as well as K-9 Officers.


 Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in police science,  public or business  administration or related field, with three years supervisory experience.  Those candidates with a Bachelor's degree would be required to receive an Executive and/or Management P.O.S.T. certificate within two years of hire, if candidate does not have at time of hire.


 Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in police science, public or business administration or related field.  Combination of time and education, such as; a minimum of 60 semester units at an accredited college, with three years supervisory experience and already possess an Executive and/or Management P.O.S.T. certificate.


 Ten years of broad and extensive municipal law enforcement experience with five years supervisory experience and the ability to obtain an Executive and/or Management P.O.S.T. certificate within two years of hire.


 Graduated from P.O.S.T. law enforcement academy and have obtained a California P.O.S.T. equivalent training course and be appointed as a peace officer within three (3) years from the completion date of the course. 

 Ten years of broad and extensive municipal law enforcement experience (with a minimum of three (3) years experience in a supervisory law enforcement management position) in another California law enforcement agency. 

 Possession of an appropriate and valid California Driver's License issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles with a satisfactory driving record.  Must be able to comply with City insurance requirements.

Highly Desirable

 A Master's Degree and completion of executive-level leadership programs, such as the California P.O.S.T. Command    College or the FBI National Academy is highly desirable.

The Position

The Chief of Police leads the City of Crescent City Police Department in its mission to continually improve the quality of life in Crescent City, through strong community outreach and  partnerships, fair and impartial interactions,  promoting public safety through prevention, interventions and enforcement through a strong commitment to community policing and developing and promoting a  diverse professional workforce. 

The Ideal Candidate

In addition to being highly ethical and well qualified, certain traits will be essential for success in the City of Crescent City.

 The City of Crescent City desires a Chief of Police with a leadership style characterized by inclusion,  accessibility, approachability, empathy, humility,      communication and respect for people in the broadest possible sense.

 A deep knowledge of the important administrative      functions of this position to lead an agency, including:     budget, human resources, collective bargaining and    departmental strategic planning.

 Respect for people and diversity are important qualities for the next Chief.  Cultural awareness and the ability to connect with residents and visitors of all backgrounds will be critical attributes of the ideal candidate.   

 A willingness to invest himself/herself in the community and create genuine connections to the people that call this community home.  It is the City's desire that the Chief of Police can commit to serving in the role for  several years.

 Communication and relationship building are desired qualities for this classification.  It is imperative that the Chief of Police creates meaningful relationships within our community, with other partners and agencies and within the City organization.  Framing conversations to help find solutions, an open mind, creativity and the willingness to discuss difficult issues openly and honestly are necessary.

 Our employees are our key asset and we value their   insight.  It is extremely important that the Chief has strong leadership skills but also is flexible and empowers the employees to work toward solving     community problems and helping to move the department in a positive and progressive direction.


Annual Salary: $89,271.97 - $111,919.04 depending on experience. 

Retirement:  CalPERS 2.0% @50 for Classic, 2.7% @57 for PEPRA.

Insurance:  The City provides up to $1540 a month in a Cafeteria Plan to apply towards health benefits, per month; including medical, dental, vision, air ambulance,      long-term disability and life insurance.

Deferred Compensation:  The City offers a voluntary, supplemental plan that candidate may choose to enroll in.  The 2019 tax deferred contribution limit is $19,000.

Wellness Incentive Program:  Free family membership to the Fred Endert Municipal Pool and the City will reimburse candidate up to $360 annually for participation in wellness related activities; such as a gym membership or other fitness related activities.

Vacation Leave:  Vacation is accrued bi-weekly and is increased by length of service and has an accumulation limit.

First 12 months of employment                  4.0 hours

13th month through 120th month               5.23 hours

121st month and beyond                            6.15 hours

Sick Leave:  Sick leave is accrued at 4 hours bi-weekly upon employment and has an accumulation limit of 800 hours.

Administrative Leave: 80 hours of Administrative Leave

Holidays:  12 paid holidays per year, including two  floating holidays.

Vehicle:  A take home vehicle is provided to the Chief of Police.

Additional Application Instructions

Application Packets need to be received in Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019. Candidates must submit the following: Letter of interest Complete City application Candidates responses to Supplemental Questionnaire Professional resume Copy of all P.O.S.T. certificates and a list of all P.O.S.T. coursework completed Letters of reference Candidates will be screened for minimum qualifications and desirable traits outlined in this announcement. Qualified applicants will be invited for a preliminary interview and finalists will be selected for a final interview with the City Manager. This is a confidential process and will be handled accordingly throughout the various stages of the process. References will not be contacted until a mutual interest and a conditional offer has been made. Successful completion of a background check is required. Please submit application packet to: Sunny Valero, Human Resources Administrator 377 J Street, Crescent City CA 95531, 707-464-7483, ext. 233. Applications can be downloaded at You can also find us on Facebook:

Closing Date / Removed from Database Date
September 16, 2019

  All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description.