City of Signal Hill

The City of Signal Hill is located just 30 miles south of downtown LA and within four miles of the Pacific Ocean. Well-known for the discovery of a vast oil field in 1921 and its subsequent oil history, Signal Hill also claims the only accessible high ground for miles around: a 300-foot hilltop that gives the City its name and provides spectacular panoramic views.

Signal Hill is a full-service charter city operating under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council consists of five Council Members elected at-large to four year terms; the City Clerk and City Treasurer are also elected. Each year the Council chooses the Mayor and Vice-Mayor from among the Council Members. The Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, Deputy City Manager, and department heads.

The Signal Hill Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency serving the needs of the community. The SHPD employs approximately 35 sworn personnel and 16 full-time civilian employees and operates under the divisions of Administration and Operations. The current command structure under the Chief includes the Captain and the Lieutenant.

The Police Department is a well-respected organization within the City structure and throughout the community and has a strong focus on training, professionalism, responsiveness, and community policing. The FY 2022-23 operating budget for the Department is approximately $13 million and provides services related to municipal policing and public safety, 911 communications and dispatch, emergency operations, a City jail, records bureau and parking enforcement.


  • EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public 
  • administration, criminal justice, police science, or related field. Master’s degree or above preferred. 
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Completion of a professional course of study, specifically in law enforcement, such as the FBI National Academy or the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police. 
  • EXPERIENCE: Ten (10) years of extensive experience in all major phases of municipal police work, including at least three (3) years of experience at or above the rank of Police Captain. 
  • LICENSE/CERTIFICATION: Possession of a Management Certificate from P.O.S.T. and the ability to obtain an Executive Certificate subsequent to appointment; and a valid Class C California driver license, acceptable driving record, and evidence of insurance are required.

The ideal candidate will be of the highest integrity and genuinely committed to being a collaborative, community-oriented, and accessible leader responsive to organizational needs by being open, honest, respected, and trusted in internal and external relationships. 

The successful candidate must possess and be comfortable exercising emotional intelligence, political savvy, and compassion, as well as a hands-on approach to lead by example and build a spirit of teamwork. The next Chief will grow a strong organizational culture within the Department while advancing the Department towards enhanced use of evidence-based policing, crime reduction strategies, and data-driven decision-making. 

Exceptional public speaking and writing skills are necessary, as well as skills of persuasion. The successful candidate must also be energetic, respectful of others, appropriately assertive, and an effective leader with a proven record of solid management and supervisory skills.

Salary range is $177,147.17 – $232,432.41 Annually, DOQ 2% COLA to be provided July 1, 2023. Management incentive pay: Additional salary (up to 25%) may be available to exceptionally qualified employees, which is based on performance following hire for the position. Please follow this link to view the Chief of Police Brochure. To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please send a compelling cover letter and your detailed resume electronically to Please contact Bob Hall at (714) 309-9104 should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process. Please apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time upon receiving enough qualified applicants.

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