One of Orange County’s “Best Kept Secrets,” Cypress is an ideal place to live and work. The City is currently seeking a Police commander to join the Cypress Police Department. The Department has a progressive approach to public safety, crime prevention, and community services. The ideal candidate possesses a leadership style and value system that embodies ethics, integrity, and an uncompromising dedication to public service. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are key as Commanders are an important part of the City’s management team, working with the City Manager, Department Directors, and the community. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree preferably in Criminal Justice, Communications, Business, or Public Administration from an accredited college or university. Candidates must conform to California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training guidelines, including possession of a P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate. A Master’s degree, complete of the P.O.S.T. Supervisory Leadership Institute and possession of a Management P.O.S.T. Certificate are desirable. Two years’ experience as a Police Sergeant or above is required. The annual salary range for the Police Commander is $128,564-$155,520; placement within this range is based on qualifications.
One of Orange County’s “Best Kept Secrets,” Cypress is an ideal place to live and work. Residents and businesses appreciate a blend of small town charm and big city diversity, low crime, quality education and exceptional recreation opportunities. A very supportive environment, Cypress values police services and the Department has built strong partnerships throughout the community.
Located in northwestern Orange County, on the Los Angeles County border, Cypress boasts a solid and diverse economy supported by a skilled and educated workforce. The City is home to a very successful business district which includes many well-known corporations. The business park serves as a key source of commerce for Orange County, encompassing over 800 acres of master-planned, professional, and high-end industrial development.
Covering almost seven square miles, Cypress has a population of approximately 50,000. Just five miles from some of Southern California’s nicest beaches, it is a community of well-planned and maintained neighborhoods with a strong sense of community pride. Residents consistently cite the high quality of life, excellent public facilities and responsive city services as reasons for choosing to live in the City. Maintaining a safe, clean and attractive community is a top City priority.
Cypress takes education seriously and has developed outstanding partnerships with the Cypress School District, Anaheim Union High School District, and Cypress Community College. The City is home to award winning Oxford Academy and Cypress High School, which are well-known for excellent academics, theater arts, and sports programs.
Cypress is a charter city operating under the City Council-Manager form of government. The City Council consists of five members elected at-large. The City provides a full range of municipal services including Police, Building, Planning, Economic Development, Streets and Parks Maintenance, Engineer-ing, and Recreation. Fire and emergency medical services are provided by the Orange County Fire Au-thority.
The City’s Strategic Plan is focused on three-year goals:
Guided by the City Council’s Strategic Plan, Cypress is one of the most financially stable cities in Califor-nia. Responsible spending, good land planning, and successful economic development have enabled the City to establish significant reserves and contribute General Fund resources toward first class infra-structure. Its conservative financial management enabled the City to avoid lay-offs and pay cuts during the Great Recession.
- Maintain a safe community;
- Enhance economic development;
- Maintain and enhance the infrastructure and facilities; and
- Strengthen organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
In 2014, an employee focused, Department-wide initiative created the Police Department’s first Strategic Plan aligning public safety goals with City-wide goals. The Strategic Plan focuses on enhancing communication; connecting with the community through social media; succession planning; training; and the pending redesign of the Police Station. Embraced throughout the Department, the Strategic Plan is a living document and an effective roadmap for the Department’s on-going success.
The Department has a progressive approach to public safety, crime prevention, and community service. It is a professional, value-based organization built upon community partnership and is committed to providing exceptional public safety services. The Department enjoys an excellent relationship with the community it serves, illustrated by the support it receives from the Cypress Police Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to enhancing Cypress’ public safety services.
The Department is committed to upholding ethical standards and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics. Operating with a community policing philosophy the police and the community work together to identify and solve problems. Partnerships based on trust, teamwork and communication are the keys to the Department’s success.
The Department is organized into three Divisions managed by Commanders: Operations, Investigations, and Administration. The Department’s leadership team includes the Chief, three Commanders, a Senior Management Analyst, ten Sergeants, and a Records Supervisor. The Department has a $15 million annual budget and 55 sworn personnel, 41 dedicated to patrol services. A detective bureau, canine teams, a narcotics team, vice and intelligence, motorcycle officers, personnel and training, and S.W.A.T. provide a wide range of specialty services to the community. The Department is supported by 23 civilian employees and numerous volunteers. An active Volunteers in Policing program assists with non-enforcement duties, enabling Officers to focus on crime reduction. Other volunteer programs include a Community Emergency Response Team, Explorers, and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Ser-vice.
Dispatch services are provided by the West Cities Police Communications Center a consolidated police dispatch center, overseen by a joint powers authority between the cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos, and Seal Beach. West-Comm serves a population of approximately 90,000 and handles approximately 100,000 calls for service annually. The joint powers authority is in the process of implementing a new CAD/RMS application.
In partnership with his Commanders, Chief Rod Cox has revitalized the Department and its reputation as one of the best places to work in the Southland. A 26-year Cypress PD veteran, Cox was promoted to Chief in August 2015. Chief Cox values community engagement, open communication, and employee morale. The Chief is very involved in the community and his sense of humor and authenticity make for a fun, rewarding and productive workplace.
The ideal candidate possesses a leadership style and value system that embodies ethics, integrity and an uncompromising dedication to public service. The successful candidate is an effective leader who creates and maintains respect. The incoming Commander will become engaged in the community, develop relationships with the community and have strong relationship-building skills.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills are key as Commanders are an important part of the City’s management team, working with the City Manager, Department Directors, and the community. The Commander will be an innovative leader and collaborative team player committed to furthering the Department’s team environment and positive morale. The successful candidate values mentoring and coaching and is committed to employee development and retention.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree preferably in Criminal Justice, Communications, Business, or Public Administration from an accredited college or university. Candidates must conform to California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training guidelines including possession of a P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate. A Master’s degree, completion of the P.O.S.T. Supervisory Leadership Institute, and possession of a Management P.O.S.T. Certificate are desirable. Two years’ experience as a Police Sergeant or above is required.
The annual salary range for the Police Commander is $129,564 - $155,520; placement within the range is based on qualifications. In addition, the City offers a generous benefits package including:
Retirement Classic CalPERS Members 3% @50, employees contribute 9% of salary. New CalPERS Members 2.7% @57, employees contribute 12.25% of salary.
Health Insurance The City contributes $1,250 per month towards medical insurance premiums. Cash-out in-lieu of medi-cal coverage is $400 per month. Dental insurance is provided for the employee, with dependent cov-erage available. The City also pays the vision insurance premium for the employee and dependents.
Life Insurance The City provides coverage of $50,000, with additional coverage available.
Paid Vacation The City provides 80 hours in the first year of employment, with annual increases thereafter until 160 hours are earned each year after 11 years of service.
Paid Sick Leave The City provides 96 hours annually with unlimited accumulation. The City offers an annual cash payout of unused sick leave, plus a cash payoff of unused sick leave upon separation.
Holidays The City provides 11 holidays and one floating holiday.
Retirement Health Savings Plan (RHS) The City contributes $185 per month towards an RHS Plan. In addition, 50% of the value of eligible ac-crued sick leave is paid into the employee’s RHS account upon separation.
Tuition Reimbursement $1,200 per fiscal year. Additionally, the City reimburses 50% of eligible costs not to exceed $5,000 to-ward a Master’s degree.
The City also provides short-term and long term disability benefits, bereavement leave, an employee assistance program, employee contributions to 457 deferred compensation plans, and flexible spending accounts.
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with Bob Murray and Associates. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following finalist selection. Finalist inter-views will be held with the City of Cypress. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Fred Freeman at: (916) 784-9080