Police Chief

City of Hanford - Hanford, California

Sep 15, 2023

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Application Deadline:
Oct 27, 2023

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$$150,228 - $182,604 annual

Job Description


Under general administrative direction, plans, organizes, manages and provides administrative direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the Police Department, including patrol, traffic, investigations, internal affairs, community policing, and support services; coordinates assigned activities with other City departments, officials, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among City departments and with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and the community; to ensure the enforcement of laws and municipal ordinances, protection of life and property and preservation of order; and performs related work as required.


Receives administrative direction from the City Manager.

The work provides for a wide variety of independent decision-making, within legal and general policy and regulatory guidelines. Exercises general direction and supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical and clerical staff through subordinate levels of supervision.

++EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES++ - Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Encourages citizens to share in the rights and responsibilities implicit in identifying, prioritizing, and solving problems, as equal partners with police.

Works collaboratively with the community in creative ways to develop and implement organizational strategies designed to solve problems of crime, illicit drugs, fear of crime, physical and social disorder, neighborhood decay, and the overall quality of life for everyone in the community.

Develops, directs, and coordinates the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the Police Department; establishes, within City policy, appropriate service, and staffing levels.

Manages and participates in the development and administration of the department’s budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs the preparation and implementation of budgetary adjustments.

Selects, trains, motivates, and directs Department personnel to operate as community-based problem solvers; evaluates and reviews work for acceptability and conformance with department standards, including program and project priorities and performance evaluations; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns.

Directs, manages, and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the Department; recommends within departmental policy, appropriate service, and staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.

Contributes to the overall quality of the department’s service by developing, reviewing, and implementing policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and City needs; continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors the distribution of work, support systems and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs the implementation of change.

Represents the Police Department to other City departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; explains and interprets departmental programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves significant and controversial issues.

Conducts a variety of departmental organizational and operational studies and investigations; recommends modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.

Negotiates contracts and agreements; coordinates with legal counsel and City department representatives to determine City needs and requirements for contractual services.

Participates on and a variety of boards and commissions; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of law enforcement.

Maintains and directs the maintenance of working and official departmental files.

Monitors changes in laws, regulations and technology that may affect City or departmental operations; implements policy and procedural changes as required.

Prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the City Manager.

Responds to public inquiries and complaints and assists with resolutions and alternative recommendations.

Perform related duties as assigned.


++Knowledge of++:

Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation and supervision of staff, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision.

Public agency budgetary, contract administration, citywide administrative practices; and general principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area.

Social and communication skills to develop cooperative relationships in the community, and problem-solving and decision-making skills to guide behavior.

Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, court decisions and regulations concerning the operation of a full-service municipal police department.

Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of projects, programs, policies, procedures and operational needs, principles, and practices of municipal government administration.

Methods and techniques for writing and presentations, contract negotiations, business correspondence and information distribution; research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures.

Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation and the training of staff in work procedures.

Technical, legal, financial, and public relations problems associated with the management of municipal police programs.

Record keeping principles and procedures.

Functions, services, and funding sources of a full-service municipal police department. Law enforcement principles, practices and techniques related to patrol, traffic enforcement, crime scene control and investigation, protection of life and property, pursuit, apprehension, and transport of suspects.

Rules of evidence regarding search and seizure and the preservation of evidence.

Investigation and identification techniques and equipment.

Courtroom procedures and techniques for testifying.

General principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area. Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to the operations of a municipal police department.

Safety practices and equipment related to the work, including the safe use and proper care of firearms.

Techniques for dealing with and solving the problems presented by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often when relations may be confrontational or stressed.

Techniques for effectively representing the city in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.

Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to public and City staff, in person and over the telephone.

++Ability to++:

Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls for the department and assigned program areas.

Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the Department and the City.

Focus on solving community problems in creative ways that include challenging and enlightening people in the process of what policing entails.

Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.

Interpret, apply, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.

Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, professional and technical personnel, delegate authority and responsibility.

Select, train, motivate and evaluate the work of staff and train staff in work procedures.

Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.

Effectively administer special projects with contractual agreements and ensure compliance with stipulations; effectively administer a variety of City programs and administrative activities.

Conduct effective negotiations and effectively represent the City and the department in meetings with governmental agencies, contractors, vendors, and various businesses, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations.

Analyze, interpret, summarize, and present administrative and technical information and data in an effective manner.

Interpret, explain, and ensure compliance with City policies and procedures, complex laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances.

Identify and be responsive to community issues, concerns and needs.

Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other written materials.

Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.

Effectively represent the department and the city in meetings with governmental agencies, community groups and various businesses, professional, and regulatory organizations and in meetings with individuals.

Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record-keeping, and tracking systems.

Make sound, independent decisions in emergency situations.

Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.

Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.

Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone and in writing. Use tact, initiative, prudence and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines.

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

++Experience and Education++

Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge, skill, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:


Five years of increasingly responsible professional and administrative experience in all major phases of law enforcement, including at least three years in a responsible middle management capacity.


Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in business or public administration, criminology, police science or another related field.

++License and Certificate++

Possession of the Advanced Police Officer Standards and Training Certificate.

Possession of the Supervisory and/or Management Police Officer Standards and Training Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license.

Additional Information

To apply for this position ++please mail or email++ a letter of interest, resume, and contact information to:

City of Hanford

Attn: Sarah Cardoza

319 N. Douty St.

Hanford, CA 93230

Or email: scardoza@hanford.city

Job Requirements

  • Age: N/A
  • Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in business or public administration, criminology, police science or another related field.
  • Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible professional and administrative experience in all major phases of law enforcement, including at least three years in a responsible middle management capacity.

Contact Information

Brenda Garcia

City of Hanford
319 N. Douty St.
Hanford, California 93230
phone: 15595377982

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