City of Vallejo

The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 125,000 residents. Vallejo is a vibrant and highly diverse community located midway between the cities of Sacramento and San Francisco. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148- year history and maritime heritage.

As Chief of Police, you will: Analyze service demands and develop comprehensive plans for department operations; Develop and implement municipal law enforcement policies and

procedures using modern police management methods; Prepare and administer the budget and related grants for the Police Department; Advise and otherwise assist the City Manager in understanding and developing policies governing City responses to crime control and prevention; Select department employees; Plan staffing and organize work; Conduct or direct staff training and development; Make presentations to City Council, other governmental agencies, and a variety of civic organizations.

The ideal candidate for the Vallejo Police Chief is trustworthy, compassionate, engaging, and effective. They have a proven track record of implementing effective crime prevention, crime suppression, and quality of life programs in an ethnically and socio-economically diverse community. They also have a deep expertise in and commitment to implementing compassionate 21st century policing. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience

attracting and retaining quality staff, developing staff, teambuilding, creating a fulfilling employment experience, and developing an effective and growth mindset organizational culture. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership skills, which include strong visioning, strategic planning, analytical, organizational, communication, interpersonal, and engagement skills. They must be able to genuinely and effectively engage and partner with the community, advisory bodies, other policing and oversight agencies, and other City departments. Empathy, sensitivity, and respect toward community members is crucial, as is transparency and the ability to continuously improve and identify and acknowledge areas for improvement. Particularly sensitivity to ethnic, socioeconomic, and mental health issues rounds out the ideal candidate’s profile.


  • Demonstrated history of implementing and maintaining contemporary best practices in policing, ensuring that the department operates with the highest standards of safety, effectiveness, and professionalism.
  • Proven ability in developing and executing strategic plans that address both immediate needs and long-term goals of the community and the police department.


  • Any combination of education and or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for acceptable job performance.
  • Example combinations include possession of a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice, sociology, psychology, public administration or related field and eight years of progressively responsible supervisory and management experience in a law enforcement agency which includes experience in all major phases of crime prevention, law enforcement, and police department administration.
  • A master’s degree in a related field is preferred. Additional experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.


  • Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.
  • Possession of a P.O.S.T. Management Certificate.
  • Possession of an advanced Red Cross First Aid Certificate.
  • Receive satisfactory results from a background investigation, physical and psychological examination, drug screening and administrative screening which meet the established qualification standards.


  • Upholds the highest ethical standards through ethical leadership, fostering an environment of integrity and trust within the department and the community.
  • Committed to holding themselves and their staff accountable, ensuring transparency, responsibility, and respect in all actions and decisions.
  • Advocates for and actively promotes diversity within the department to create a workforce that reflects the community it serves.


  • Dedicated to earning and maintaining the trust of the community through consistent,

respectful, and compassionate interactions.

  • Strong proponent of transparency and continuous improvement, striving to improve policing practices and policies in line with community expectations and standards.
  • Actively engages with community members and organizations, building partnerships that foster mutual respect and collaboration with a commitment to Community Oriented Policing.

Salary Range: $230,942 – $280,711 Annually. Please follow this link to view the Police Chief Brochure. To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please send a compelling cover letter and your detailed resume electronically to by Friday, August 9, 2024. Please contact Joe Gorton at (707) 628-6846‬ should you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process.