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Chief of Police

City of Livingston, California

Annual Salary: $134,230 – $163,158 DOE/DOQ

The City of Livingston seeks an ethical, engaging, and community-driven Chief of Police to oversee the mission and functions of its Police Department. The Chief of Police (Chief) will have oversight of 33 staff and an annual departmental budget of approximately $4.8 million. They will represent the Department in City Council meetings, interface with the press and media, effectively engage with the public, and build lasting and genuine relationships with all. The Chief will exercise leadership and command at the Police Department (Department) and ensure that Officers and staff are adequately prepared for all situations and circumstances. Above all, the successful candidate will be well versed in creative and effective community policing, building trust with citizens, and keeping the community and people they serve safe. The Chief of Police will be an innovative, encouraging, inclusive, and knowledgeable administrator. Join us in shaping a safe, united future for Livingston—your leadership can make a difference!

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The Chief of Police will report to the City Manager and has oversight of 33 staff and an annual departmental budget of approximately $4.8 million. The City is seeking a leader who is seeking longevity in this role, with a genuine desire to develop staff and impart best practices. The next Chief will uphold a zero-tolerance policy for unethical, divisive, biased, or corrupt behavior and will have the highest respect for the citizens they serve. The Chief will encourage community engagement efforts and allocate resources to training staff in community policing practices; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and mental health crisis response.

The ideal candidate for this position will be experienced in the planning, organization, and direction of police operations including patrol, traffic and law enforcement, and administration. Because this is a smaller department in a rural community, the Chief of Police will effectively manage the Department’s budget, personnel, and all administrative functions. They will perform cost control activities and monitor fiscal operations; oversee and approve the purchase of weaponry and equipment; and ensure maintenance of vehicles. The Chief will also represent the City at regional conferences and communicate with other law enforcement agencies, City personnel, outside organizations, and the public to address concerns and coordinate efforts to keep the community safe.

The Chief will support Officers in their thorough investigations into criminal wrongdoing, interview and investigation techniques, and be familiar with legal definitions and terminology of crimes at the local, state, and federal level. The successful candidate will have experience with public relations in policing and will be capable of interfacing with the public and the media while holding press conferences and giving important updates.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities is:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with course work in criminology, police science, social science, business, public administration or a related field.
  • Experience: Five years increasingly responsible law enforcement experience including responsible supervisory municipal police work at the level of police lieutenant or above. Experience must have included personnel administration and evaluation of staff.
  • Licenses & Certifications:
    • Valid California Class C driver’s license.
    • Valid First Aid and CPR certification issued by an authorized agency.
    • Completion of Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy P.O.S.T Executive Development Certification.

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  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with course work in criminology, police science, social science, business, public administration, or a related field.
  • Completion of Command College Program.

Salary and Benefits:  Annual Salary: $134,230 – $163,158 DOE/DOQ, and an attractive benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY: for first consideration APPLY by October 11th at:


Interviews will be held virtually on October 7th and in person on October 17th. Candidates invited to interview need to be available on both dates.

Please contact City Manager Christopher Lopez with any questions:

  • Phone: 209-394-8041
  • Email:

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