The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is seeking a highly qualified public safety professional to serve as the Chief of its Police Department. BART has been providing safe, clean, reliable, and customer-friendly regional public transit service to the San Francisco Bay Area since 1972, and is considered one of America’s premier public transit systems. BART serves a regional population area of 7 million people with 5 interlocking rail lines and intersecting commuter rail service. Up to 85% of its fleet of over 660 railcars is needed to transport the nearly 433,000 people who ride BART each weekday among its 46 stations in the region, making 128 million passenger trips a year. BART has over 4,000 employees and an operating budget in excess of $600 million annually.
The BART Police Department is composed of 347 personnel, of which 227 are sworn peace officers of the State of California. The Chief of Police commands BART`s sole law-enforcement entity and provides the full range of police services. Candidates should possess, in addition to extensive appropriate experience, a valid P.O.S.T. management certificate, a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice, Criminology, Public Administration, or a related field; a Master’s degree is preferred. Significant relevant experience will be considered in lieu of required education. Annual compensation for the position is likely to be in the range of $210,000 to $234,406, and the compensation package includes an attractive benefit package.
First review of candidates: January 31, 2017
The Mission of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is to provide safe, clean, reliable, and customer-friendly regional public transit service in order to increase mobility and accessibility, strengthen community and economic prosperity, and preserve the environment in the Bay Area. BART is widely regarded as successfully doing just that, by those in the Bay Area and by those in public transit nationally. This is one of America’s premier systems.
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) began service in 1972 and is currently the fifth busiest heavy rail transit system in the United States serving a regional population of over 7 million with 5 interlocking rail lines and intersecting commuter rail service. Up to 85% of its fleet of over 660 rail cars is needed to transport the nearly 433,000 people who ride BART each weekday among its 46 stations in the region, making 128 million passenger trips per year. BART has over 4,000 employees and an operating budget in excess of $600 million annually.
The BART Board of Directors consists of nine members, each elected to a four-year term from one of nine election Districts within the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco that comprise the communities that contribute to the BART budget. The Board appoints four officers for the District, the General Manager, General Counsel, Controller-Treasurer, and the District Secretary. The Independent Police Auditor also reports to the Board. The Chief of Police reports directly to the General Manager.
The BART Police Department is composed of 330 personnel, of which 225 are sworn peace officers of the State of California. The Chief of Police, with the support of his Chiefs, commands BART’s sole law-enforcement entity and provides the full range of police services. To prepare for major emergencies, critical incidents, and tactical responses, the Department is a signatory to the Bay Area’s mutual-aid pacts and has teams of highly trained officers for tactical response and/or crisis negotiations.
Qualifications and training for BART police officers exceed the guidelines of the State’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, which certifies all California peace officers. Most officers currently are assigned to the Patrol Bureau and become eligible for specialized assignments, including: field training officer; SWAT operator; detective; personnel and training officer; applicant background investigator; crime analyst; administrative traffic officer; FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigator; and undercover anti-vandalism and special-enforcement teams.
The Department currently uses a geographical team policing deployment strategy to enhance the ability to work more closely with the local residents, allied public-safety agencies, businesses, schools, and other transit district employees. There are BART police facilities and field offices in Oakland, Concord, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg, El Cerrito, Dublin/Pleasanton, Castro Valley, San Leandro, Hayward, San Francisco, Colma, and San Bruno where lieutenants, sergeants, officers, and community-service officers report for duty.
To further ensure the personal safety of BART riders, pay phones and emergency call-boxes in parking lots connect directly to the BART police 9-1-1 communications center. The District also utilizes video-surveillance systems in trains, stations, and parking lots. Since 9/11, the emphasis has been to further harden BART’s critical infrastructure against the threat of terrorism. The department hosts drills for the region’s first-responders and participates in local, state, and federal counterterrorism working groups. An officer is assigned full-time to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and a command officer is designated as the department’s mutual-aid, counter-terrorism, and homeland-security liaison. All of BART PD’s CANINES ARE HIGHLY TRAINED AND CERTIFIED TO DETECT EXPLOSIVES.
The Chief of Police has primary responsibility for developing, maintaining, and operating all policing activities on behalf of the District, and providing for the safety of customers and employees generally. In carrying out this responsibility, the Chief of Police works in close coordination with other District departments to support their program objectives; with other local and national law enforcement agencies on issues of best practice and other matters of common interest; with citizen, community, and other stakeholder groups on matters of concern; as well as local and national officials on matters concerning the Police Department’s role in system security. In 2009, the BART Board of Directors adopted a Civilian Oversight Model for the Police Department, which created the Office of the Independent Police Auditor (OIPA), and the BART Police Citizen Review Board (BPCRB). Consistent with the Model, the Chief of Police will be receptive and responsive to the OIPA and the BPCRB. Immediate challenges for the Chief of Police are significant, two that are key priorities are the issues of fare evasion and addressing the homeless population. In addition, issues of staffing and succession planning require ongoing attention. The new Chief will need to demonstrate experience and skill in managing change, and effectively using training as a vehicle for change. These challenging conditions also afford an uncommon opportunity for new leadership to introduce fresh approaches, to the benefit of all stakeholders. The new Police Chief will assume leadership in the development and implementation of Police Department goals, objectives, policies and priorities, including consideration of input from external sources, and will oversee their effective delivery. The Chief will also establish appropriate staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures and allocate resources accordingly. Candidates for the position should have prior experience as a Police Chief, or other senior law enforcement official. Other highly desirable qualities and experiences include:
- Demonstrated experience in addressing community/customer issues and concerns in the context of policing in a large, culturally diverse urban and suburban area, and in particular, experience in community policing.
- Experience in establishing, maintaining, and enforcing an appropriate procedural framework for a police department of size and scope comparable to BART’s.
- Experience in establishing and/or working with a police citizen oversight body.
- Experience working within a union environment.
- Budget and administrative skills, including recruitment, retention, succession planning, labor contract administration and other experiences appropriate to the issues before the BART police department.
- Highly developed oral and written communication skills.
- Experience in handling high profile incidents, especially with regard to community and media interest.
- Knowledge and experience of best practices in policing, with particular emphasis on the effective use of technology for effectiveness and efficiency.
- Reputation for openness and accessibility to all stakeholders; for ethical conduct and transparency in decisions and actions.
- A proven track record of working with other departments within current organization.
- Experience in coordinating with other law enforcement agencies on issues of joint concern.
- Experience in a transit setting is desirable, but not required.
- Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice, Criminology, Public Administration, or a related field. A Master’s degree is preferred. Significant relevant experience will be considered in lieu of required education.
Compensation for the position is likely to be in the range of $210,000-$234,406. In addition, BART provides an attractive benefit package which includes:
Employee pension plan is through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). A Chief who is subject to the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2012, also known as PEPRA receives the pension formula of 2.7% at 57. The minimum age for retirement is 50 with 5 years of CalPERS service credit. The employee contribution is 50% of the normal cost of the pension, which is currently 13% of pensionable compensation. Contributions are not made on compensation over $140,424 in 2016. In addition, 4% of the employer contribution to PERS is paid by the employee. The pension is based on a 36-month average final compensation. The cap on compensation used to calculate the benefit is $140,424 in 2016. The actual compensation cap depends on the year of retirement and is adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers.
A Chief who is exempt from PEPRA receives the 3% @ 50 formula, with the 9% employee contribution reimbursed by BART, except during the final 12 months when the pay rate is increased by 9% and the employee pays the employee contribution. 4% of the employer contribution to PERS is paid by the employee.
A Deferred Compensation Plan (IRC 457), as well as a Money Purchase Pension Plan (IRC401(a)) are offered, with a variety of investment options. Rollovers into the Deferred Compensation Plan are generally allowed.
Educational Skill Incentive In an effort to attract and retain well-educated, skilled, and experienced police executives as well as offer succession planning opportunities to the District Police Personnel, effective June 1, 2016, the District will provide an educational skill incentive pay of 4% for Police Chief who meet the following two requirements:
- Allowance for a POST Management Certificate
- A Bachelors of Arts or a Bachelor’s of Science Degree
Medical Benefits Medical plan coverage is provided by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Both HMOs and PPOs are available. Employees pay a modest monthly pre-tax premium co-payment of $140.82 for most plans in 2017.
Dental Benefits Principal Financial Group administers a $2,000 per person per calendar year family bank dental program. Claims are generally paid at 90% with no deductible. Orthodontia is covered at 75% with a lifetime maximum of $3,500 and a $50 deductible. District paid coverage.
Vision Benefits Vision Service Plan administers two vision plans. The District paid plan allows annual exams and lenses and frames every other year with a $10 co-pay. The employee paid plan allows for enhanced coverage on lenses and frames and has a $20 co-pay.
Life Insurance Benefits Life insurance is provided in the amount of two times the annual base salary rounded to the next highest thousand. Optional life insurance may be purchased by the employee.
Disability Benefits Basic short and long term disability insurance is provided at no cost to the employee. Optional long term disability coverage may be purchased by the employee.
Vacation & Holidays Vacation is provided at the rate of three weeks after one year of service. Four weeks is provided for 5-14 years of service, five weeks is earned for 15-18 years of service and six weeks is earned for more than 19 years of service. A total of 9 fixed holidays and 5 floating holidays are provided.
Other Benefits Education Assistance Program, Vehicle provided, Employee Assistance Program, Free Transportation and Survivor Benefits are among the other benefits.
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. 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. Finalist interviews will be held with the District. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following selection of the Police Chief.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Regan Williams at: (916) 784-9080