Chief of Police (Eureka)

Chief of Police (Eureka)

11 Jun 2019

Chief of Police (Eureka)

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College of the Redwoods


Under the direction of the President/Superintendent the Chief of Police will plan, organize and direct the daily operations of District Police and District parking services; ensure safety of District facilities; ensure accuracy and thoroughness of police officer reports; oversee and evaluate the disaster/emergency preparedness plans and training; supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Establish the direction and leadership of Police Department programs; maintain liaisons with other administrators; coordinate Police Department activities with other District departments and education centers; maintains continuity and consistency of all department functions; interface with District administration; maintain positive relationships with the campus community; participate in campus affairs.

• Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff; interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions; identify training needs and schedule appropriate specialized trainings and professional recertification as necessary; respond to needs of personnel and collaborate with human resources, union representatives or other departments to resolve issues and complains.

• Oversee and evaluate the District’s disaster/emergency preparedness plans and training; serve as chair to the District emergency preparedness team; participate as a member in crisis intervention and response teams; ensure compliance with Federal and State preparedness requirements; respond to emergencies on District premises, providing control and assistance in coordinating emergency staff; coordinate emergency services provided by external agencies in compliance with District policies and procedures.

• Maintain compliance with the reporting requirements of the State of California and the Federal Clery Campus Security Act. Maintain daily occurrence log of crimes and arrests.

• Provide appropriate direction and coordination of investigations that may involve other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies; prepare and/or ensure accuracy and thoroughness of police officer reports; determine the necessity of potential follow-up investigations; ensure distribution of documents and reports to appropriate departments and agencies.

• Maintain familiarity with District-wide policies and procedures; maintain 24/7 “on-call” status in order to respond to campus emergencies and to coordinate the law enforcement and multi-agency public safety response.

• Participate in community networking, District shared governance groups and public service activities; maintain partnerships and cooperation with external organizations in the community to enhance public safety mission goals and objectives.

• Oversee patrols of District grounds and facilities; respond to service calls; conduct traffic stops and issue traffic and parking citations; enforce District, county, State and Federal laws, rules, regulations and policies.

• Review appeal forms submitted by recipients of parking enforcement citations; review citations issued for accuracy and legibility; determine validity of the appeal and take appropriate action.

• Develop and prepare the Police Department budget; analyze and review budgetary and financial data; authorize expenditures in accordance with established priorities.

• Ensures compliance with all regulations of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for all sworn and non-sworn personnel; ensures that all programs, services and functions comply with Federal, State and local codes, rules, regulations, ordinances and District policies and procedures; assures that the enforcement function is performed in accordance with current federal, state, and local codes, laws, and regulations and in keeping with all relevant court decisions.

• Establishes and maintains effective communication between the Police Department and other campus departments to ensure community input and to assess the perception of the operations of the department.

• Participates in/on a variety of committees, task forces, meetings, and/or other related groups in order to receive and/or convey information; represents the District in the local community and at city, county, regional, state, and national levels.

• Maintains current knowledge of new developments and innovations in the Police Department; recommends changes to maintain relevance of programs and meet student and community needs.

• Collaborates with internal departments and external agencies to evaluate and interpret federal, state, and local regulations, policies, and procedures, evaluating needs, options, and funding requirements.

• Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge and Skills

• Planning, organization and direction of the law enforcement and security activities of the college.

• Principles and practices of administration, supervision and training.

• Applicable sections of policies, procedures, regulations, codes and laws related to District law enforcement and security.

• Investigation techniques and procedures.

• Shared governance, committee leadership and college managerial processes.

• Operation of specialized law enforcement tools, equipment and vehicles.

• Oral and written communication skills.

• Budget preparation, principles and practices.

• Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.

• Operation of a computer and assigned software.

• Record-keeping and report preparation techniques.

• Labor organizations.

• Administrative methods and procedures relevant to police department operations.

• Basic research methods and report writing techniques.

• Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.

• Public relations principles, including the use of tact, patience and courtesy.

• Community college organization, operations, policies and objectives.

• Applicable federal, state and local codes, laws and regulations and policies including laws of arrest, patrol procedures, legal rights of citizens, report writing, field interrogations, traffic investigations, court procedures and rules of evidence.

• Applicable sections of the California Education Code, Government Code, Vehicle Code, and Penal Code; search and seizure laws; and juvenile law.

• Law enforcement compliance issues relevant to a community college campus.


• Ability to carry out all responsibilities of the position.

• Ability to prepare and manage departmental budget.

• Supervise, train and direct the work of others.

• Utilize a computer and related software applications.

• Analyze and troubleshoot difficult situations accurately and adopting an effective course of action.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

• Interpret complex data and information.

• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

• Mediate difficult and/or hostile persons and situations.

• Effectively respond to all situations/incidents using sound judgment and decision-making skills.

• Compile and organize data from a variety of sources.

• Maintain accurate and complete records.

• Maintain confidentiality and exercising discretion.

• Read, interpret, apply, and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures relevant to police department operations.

• Plan, develop, and evaluate programs, and activities of a police department.

• Speak in public.

• Evaluate recommendations for program improvements and/or new program efforts and make appropriate determinations on applicability.

• Develop and administer goals, objectives, and procedures.

• Take command in emergency situations.

• Prepare criminal cases for prosecution.

• Testify effectively in court.

• Maintain sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff.

• Comply with the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

• Conduct in-depth interviews and interrogations.

• Operate a variety of equipment related to law enforcement, including emergency alarm systems, two-way radios, cameras, and copiers.

• Analyze situations accurately and adopting effective courses of action.

• Work independently with little direction.

• Prepare reports by compiling and organizing data from a variety of sources.

Physical Abilities

Environmental Conditions:

Indoor and outdoor environment; subject to working during evening and weekend hours; responsibilities require maintaining 24/7 on-call status; work involves potentially dangerous situations, contact with hostile or abusive individuals and responding to emergencies, potentially using firearms and other police-issued weapons or tools; exposure to computer screens, noise and electrical energy; may be exposed to extreme weather conditions. Office environment; exposure to computer screens, noise and electrical energy; extensive contact with faculty, staff, and students. Contact with dissatisfied or abusive individuals.

Physical Conditions:

Essential and marginal functions may require maintaining physical condition necessary for apprehension of suspects, walking, running, bicycling, operating motorized equipment and vehicles and positioning and maintaining traffic barricades. Sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time. Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching. Dexterity of hands and fingers to utilize assigned equipment. Pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying heavy objects. Potential physical hazards involved in intervening in anti-social, illegal and violent behavior. Must be able to travel between District and other locations.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration or related field. Ten years of progressively responsible and demonstrated law enforcement experience, including two years of supervision and management responsibility with a POST law enforcement agency. Experience, supervision and management responsibility with a California POST law enforcement agency preferred.

Licenses and Certificates

• A valid CA driver’s license.

• Graduation from P.O.S.T. Basic Academy and Basic P.O.S.T. certificate.

• Valid First Aid/CPR and AED license issued by an authorized agency.

• Valid P.O.S.T. Supervisory or Management certificate.

Salary Grade

Range 128


$75,868.99 - $109,899.38/Annually


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Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearance of a criminal background check, pre-employment physical examination, freedom from tuberculosis, proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States prior to the first day of work, background clearance, and POST certification. The District may select additional qualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occur during the recruitment/selection process. When education is a requirement for the position, official academic transcripts from the accredited college/university will be required.


Medical, dental, and vision insurance is provided by the District for all full-time employees and their dependents.

Application Process

Required Materials

Apply online at

You will need to attach the information below to complete the online application process. Attachments are accepted in .doc or .pdf file formats.

1. Letter of introduction expressing interest in and qualifications for this position

2. Professional resume

3. Transcripts of all college degrees and courses (unofficial is sufficient for application, official copies will be required of the successful candidate)

Incomplete application packets will not be forwarded for consideration by the screening committee.

Application Procedures

All documents included in your application file become the property of the District and will not be returned.

Your application for this job posting will not be considered for future openings. New documents must be submitted for each job posting.

To be included in the first review, the applicant must complete the online application process by 11:59 p.m. on the closing or first review date.

If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply or interview for this job posting, please call Human Resources.

For assistance or information, please contact:

College of the Redwoods

Human Resources

7351 Tompkins Hill Road

Eureka, CA 95501-9300

Phone 707-476-4140

Fax 707-476-4421

TTY 711


Selection Process

All complete applications will be reviewed by a representative screening committee. Selected candidates will be invited to appear for a personal interview at College of the Redwoods. Expenses incurred in connection with the site interview will not be reimbursed.

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