City of Palmdale


We are seeking a Director of Public Safety to lead our spirited team with expert management and administrative guidance. We are searching for a leader to oversee Outreach and Education, Code Enforcement, Community Service Officers, Neighborhood Compliance Officers and Public Security.

This isn’t just a job — it’s your chance to drive meaningful change, lead the efforts of directing, coordinating, managing and supervising field operations activities for the department. As Director of Public Safety, you will be championing community safety and security, while overseeing a range of vital operations including the implementation of goals and objectives of the department. Apply now and be the driving force behind our Public Safety mission!


Located in the beautiful Antelope Valley, Palmdale is known for its unique blend of natural beauty and the prominence of the aerospace industry. The City thrives on its forward-thinking and innovative ethos, driving progress across various sectors. Its family-friendly atmosphere is evidenced by numerous parks, recreational facilities and activities. From community festivals to educational programs, Palmdale offers a supportive environment where families can thrive and public safety is a top priority. With its growing population and economic development, Palmdale is a dynamic hub in Los Angeles County!

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Essential, or otherwise important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop and implement departmental goals, objectives, policies and priorities; develop strategies to build a sustainable organization and meet City strategic objectives.
  • Assume full management responsibility for all department programs, facilities, services and activities, including public safety, code enforcement, neighborhood compliance, public security and community service officers.
  • Select, train, motivate and direct department personnel; evaluate and review work for acceptability and conformance with department and City standards; coach, counsel and implement progressive discipline and termination procedures; respond to staff questions and concerns.
  • Develop and implement community engagement strategies; develop and evaluate the effectiveness of community engagement goals, objectives, policies, programs and procedures; develop programs and projects utilizing extensive community participation.
  • Present recommendations to the City Council, City Manager, Executive Management Team, Commissions, City departments, governmental organizations and professional associations; attend professional meetings and conferences and advise City representatives on significant trends and developments.
  • Administer application and complaint procedures for residents, property owners, realtors and others seeking services regarding property maintenance, code compliance and related areas; respond to appeals and facilitate complaint and dispute resolution, consistent with applicable standards and guidelines.
  • Administer the writing of grant applications in accordance with funding regulations and City policies; monitor and evaluate projects to ensure compliance with grant restrictions.
  • Develop and implement methods for public safety activities, including addressing neighborhood crime, blight, vandalism and nuisance abatement.
  • Oversee code enforcement methods and review and resolve difficult and complex code enforcement issues, including neighborhood disputes and complaints.
  • Oversee security at City facilities, including the PalmdaleTransportation Center, City parks, Library and park-and-ride lots.
  • Manage intricate and sensitive public inquiries and complaints, providing assistance in resolving issues and offering alternative recommendations when suitable.



  • Extensive knowledge of administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, evaluation and staff supervision, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision.
  • Public agency budgetary, contract administration, administrative practices and general principles or risk management related to the functions of the assigned areas.
  • Principles and practices of crime prevention methods and education.
  • Pertinent codes, rules and procedures related to parking enforcement, code enforcement and administrative citations.


  • Plan, direct and coordinate the work of the department.
  • Prepare and administer a department budget.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Interpret, apply and ensure compliance with federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Work effectively with neighborhood groups, property owners, community service organizations, other public agencies and the general public.
  • Identify and analyze community development needs and interests; develop and implement programs to meet community and departmental concerns.
  • Build strong interpersonal relations in the community, particularly amongst an ethnically diverse population.
  • Foster the principles of parking enforcement, code enforcement and administrative citation review.
  • Represent the City’s interests with various boards, committees, commissions, outside agencies and the public.
  • Manage, supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Analyze unusual situations and resolve them through application, management, principles and practices.
  • Develop comprehensive plans to meet future City needs/services.
  • Deal constructively with conflict and develop effective resolutions.
  • Develop new policies impacting division operations/procedures.
  • Attend meetings and events on evenings and/or weekends.


$13,948 – $17,805 monthly 


The City is a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Full-time employees will be enrolled in either the New Member or Classic plan, as defined by CalPERS. New Members are enrolled in the 2% @ 62 formula and pay the full 7.75% employee contribution. Classic Members are enrolled in the 2% @ 60 formula and pay the full 7% employee contribution.


The City will contribute $5,000 to the employee’s 457 deferred compensation account annually. The employee will receive an auto allowance of $200 per month. Qualified employees will receive a bilingual stipend of $100 per month.


Employees will receive one executive physical every other fiscal year at the UCLA medical facilities. Employees are reimbursed up to $500 per fiscal year for qualified wellness expenses.


The City provides 15 paid holidays per year, and employees accrue vacation leave at the rate of 160 hours annually. Administrative employees accrue administrative leave at the rate of 96 hours annually.


Employees accrue sick leave at the rate of 96 hours annually.

Open until filled. First review date, Thursday, June 20, 2024.