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Police Chief

Citrus Heights, California


Management and Policing Consulting

Attn: Citrus Heights Police Chief Recruitment

P.O. Box 865

Belmont, CA 94002-0865

Phone: 650- 871-9996  

E-mail: powerof3@mpcx3.com  

Website: www.joinchpd.net  

Salary: $128,993 - $154,792 


Application Deadline: 9/21/05




Projected Start Date for the Position:


No later than January 1, 2006


Summer 2006 - Projected Launch for New Police Department



The City of Citrus Heights is “breaking new ground” to provide a customized and enhanced level of police services in a more cost effective manner.  We invite you to join a first-rate team -- a new Police Department with the goal of performing extraordinary customer and community service.  We promise you an exhilarating, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, both professionally and personally, by leading a start-up Police Department and helping to build a respected, responsive law enforcement legacy. Our new department is scheduled to begin operation in summer 2006.  Come join our team!


The Position


Under the leadership of the City Manager, the Police Chief plans, organizes, and directs the various activities of the Police Department.  The Police Chief will lead the City’s 78 sworn and 38 non-sworn staff.  The Chief will promote credibility and accountability within the department, city staff and within the community.  The Chief formulates and manages budgets; approves and regulates policies and procedures; maintains effective discipline; engages in various committees and organizations related to the department; and enhances community relations by ensuring a department wide commitment to a true “Community Oriented Policing” philosophy through daily practice.  Leading this new City department, a seasoned manager will have an excellent opportunity to exercise a participatory and collaborative style of leadership while displaying a strong sense of values and team orientation.


Ideal Candidate

  • Will be a leader of high integrity, strength of character, and high ethical standards.    

  • Demonstrates professional leadership in effectively managing and maintaining accountability throughout the Police Department.

  • Supports, promotes and implements a true commitment to Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving.

  • Demonstrates an ability to make timely decisions and responds effectively.

  • Actively participates with all City staff in an environment that encourages cooperation, communication, and mutual sharing of risk, responsibility, and reward.

  • Keeps the City Council and City Manager informed and up-to-date.

  • Communicates effectively, is an active listener, and illustrates true sensitivity to the community’s concerns.

  • Is politically astute, yet remains apolitical.

  • Is a visionary, innovator and demonstrates an ability to see the “big picture.”

  • Treats all individuals encountered, equally and with respect, basing actions on values and ethics.

Modern Facilities and State-of-the-Art Technology


The Police Department is housed in an 18,000 square foot facility built three years ago and designed specifically for police operations.  This facility is being expanded to include an in-house 911/Communications Center and space for property and evidence.  We are committed to establishing our Dispatch and Police Communication Service as a PSAP provider with state-of-the-art voice, data, 911, CAD, RMS, and MDT/MFR communication and information systems.  The specific systems are under review and a decision is expected in fall 2005 so implementation can be completed by summer 2006.  New desktops and laptops will be available to police staff.  In addition, the City recently began using a City-wide GIS system, document imaging system, and Intranet, which are available to all staff members.  The City has also purchased 39 new vehicles for the police fleet which are being outfitted with MDTs and new emergency equipment.


Compensation and Benefits


$128,993 - $154,792  annuallyThe City’s Pay-for-Performance system recognizes employees for their accomplishments and compensates them with a blend of annual base salary increase and annual incentive award (bonus).  This unique system replaces the 5% step system and annual COLA.  You will have the ability to differentiate yourself and your related compensation.  This unique and powerful system is a core component in the City’s human resources system.


The City offers first class benefits, including: 100% City-paid CalPERS retirement (3% @ 50 with single highest year); 17 days of Annual Leave (to be used for vacation or sick time); 5 days of Long Term Medical Leave; 14 paid holidays  (12 regularly observed and 2 floaters); $1,013 monthly City contribution toward health insurance (effective 01/01/06) and if alternative health care coverage is demonstrated, a $500/month cash-out may be added to salary or deferred compensation; and fully paid dental, vision, life, and short-term/long-term disability insurance.  The City does not participate in Social Security, but does participate in State Disability Insurance (SDI).


The Police Chief, as a member of the City’s management team, receives 10 days of Management Leave, a $100,000 life insurance policy, and up to a 3% City matching contribution to a 457 deferred compensation program.  The Police Chief is an at-will and exempt position. More detailed information about the City’s benefit program is available at www.joinchpd.net.



Construct a Legacy, Strike a Balance, Build a Career...


One-Time Recruitment Incentive – In launching the new department, the City is offering to all individuals hired into police specific positions an Annual Leave accrual rate based on their years of service with their most recent public sector, law enforcement employer.  In addition for the Police Chief, a separate relocation package may be negotiated.


Minimum Qualifications for Police Chief


A typical way to acquire the required knowledge and abilities is listed below.  Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  Additional information regarding this position and qualifications is available in the job description either on-line or via request.

  • Experience and Training:  Eight years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience in all major phases of municipal police work; including four years of administrative and management experience.

  • Education: A Bachelors’ degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, criminal justice, or business administration.  A Master’s degree in a related field is desirable.  Command College and FBI Academy experience is also highly desirable.

  • License: May need to possess a valid California Driver’s License and proof of automobile liability insurance.  Possession of a P.O.S.T. Management Certificate is highly desirable.

Application Process


The City has hired the executive recruiting firm, Management and Policing Consulting (MPC), to manage the Police Chief recruitment process.   All materials and inquiries should be directed to MPC for the Police Chief recruitment at (650) 871-9996 or e-mail powerof3@mpcx3.com.


To be considered for this position, you must submit a resume, five professional references, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.  If you do not complete and submit all required information, your application may be disqualified from further consideration.  You are encouraged to submit a cover letter in addition to the required materials.


Submit application materials to:


Management and Policing Consulting

Attn: Citrus Heights Police Chief Recruitment

P.O. Box 865

Belmont, California 94002-0865


Police Chief recruitment closes 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2005.


No postmarked application, e-mailed or faxed materials will be accepted after this date.


Schedule and Examination/Selection Process


All application materials will be carefully reviewed.  Candidates whose experience and training most closely match the City’s needs will be invited to participate in an Assessment Center.  Invited candidates will be given a California P.O.S.T. Personal History Statement to be completed when they attend the Assessment Center. The Assessment Center is being organized with a number of different panels representing different professional and community stakeholders.  The Assessment Center panels will recommend a small group of candidates for a City Manager’s interview which will be held shortly after the Assessment Center.  A finalist (or finalists) will then be subject to polygraph examination and a background investigation using P.O.S.T. guidelines.  This background will minimally include verification of education, employment, military service, criminal history, civil litigation, credit history, DMV records, and personal history and personal contacts will be made with relatives, friends, neighbors, landlords, employers, and other associates.  Upon receipt and review of the background report, a conditional offer of employment may be made, and the final candidate must then pass medical, drug screening, and psychological examinations conducted by a City-appointed physician.


Additional Information


You may obtain additional information about this new police department by visiting the city’s Web site at www.joinchpd.net.  You may also obtain additional information by calling Management and Policing Consulting at (650) 871-9996 or by emailing MPC at powerof3@mpcx3.com.






Closing Deadline: This recruitment closes at 5:00 P.M., Wednesday September 21, 2005.  No postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed application materials will be accepted after this time.


Multiple Applications: Applicants may apply for more than one job classification, for example, Police Chief and Police Commander.  However, a separate and complete application package must be submitted for each opening.


City Selection Standards and Practices:  The City reserves the right to select applicants for further consideration who demonstrate the best qualifications match for the job.  Meeting the minimum qualifications requirements does not guarantee an applicant an invitation to the next step(s) in the selection process.  Only the most qualified applicants as determined by the City will be invited to the next step(s) of the selection process.  This listing is solely for the purpose of announcing job opportunities and does not constitute a contract, expressed or implied; provisions contained herein may be modified or revised without notice.


The City of Citrus Heights is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, medical, physical or mental disability, or any other basis protected by law.  Qualified individuals with a disability will receive reasonable accommodation, as required by the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504, during any phase of the selection process, providing such request is made to Human Resources at least five working days in advance.  Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.  Under federal law, all job applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of job offer.



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