The City of Piedmont (population approximately 11,000) provides its residents with outstanding public safety, educational opportunities, neighborhoods, parks, vistas, customer service, and quality of life. The City is seeking a Police Captain to join the Piedmont Police Department, a well-resourced, customer service oriented agency that benefits from current technology and equipment. The Department’s excellent reputation is achieved through dedication, integrity, training, and proven results. The City is seeking a highly energetic, motivated individua with strong leadership skills. The new Police Captain must be a passionate leader committed to excellence and professional development of all personnel. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and a valid supervisory California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certificate are required. Additionally, five years of supervisory experience in a California municipality or county law enforcement agency at the level of Sergeant or above is preferred. The salary range for the Police Captain is $11,087-$13,473 per month; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications. An additional 4% of base salary is available for Intermediate P.O.S.T. Certificate, or 6% for Advanced.
The City of Piedmont is a community of approximately 11,000 residents located in the beautiful Oakland Hills overlooking San Francisco Bay. Rich in history dating back to the 1800’s, when land holdings passed from original Spanish settlers to newcomers from the east, the community was aptly named “Piedmont,” or “foot of the mountain” by James Gamble, owner of the Piedmont Land Company. Over the years, gardens, bridges, parks, and schools were developed, and many artists, writers, and prominent citizens made Piedmont their home. Following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the community of Piedmont grew ten-fold in just one year. By 1907, residents voted to incorporate as the City of Piedmont, and in 1923 the City became a charter city.
Today, residents of Piedmont continue to take great pride in their community and enjoy many city-sponsored events, such as movies and concerts in the park, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, Harvest Festival, and the well-known 4th of July Parade. Within the City’s 1.7 square mile area, there are five parks and numerous landscaped areas that offer wooded paths, tennis courts, children’s playgrounds, sports fields, and picnic facilities.
Piedmont is centrally located within minutes of Oakland and San Francisco to the west and Concord and Walnut Creek to the east. The community, which is virtually built out, consists of established, quality single-family homes on quiet, tree-lined streets. Characterized by a stable, well-educated, and sophisticated population, Piedmont is comprised of long-time residents as well as an influx of younger families bringing an increased diversity to the community. Although the City has a small commercial district, Piedmont is almost entirely zoned for single-family dwelling residential use and relies primarily on property and voter-approved parcel taxes. A significant portion of the City is located in canyon areas with urban/wild land intermix.
The City of Piedmont is served by the Piedmont Unified School District. The District has three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative high school. The 2013 California Academic Performance Index (API) Scores show Piedmont is the #1 ranked K-12 school district in Northern California and #4 in the state.
The City of Piedmont provides its residents with outstanding public safety, educational opportunities, neighborhoods, parks, vistas, customer service, and quality of life.
Piedmont is a full-service charter city operating under a City Council/Administrator form of government. Five Council members are elected at-large on a nonpartisan basis to staggered, four-year terms. The Council elects a mayor and vice-mayor from among its members, and city officials are appointed by the City Council. The departments within the City include Administration, Finance, Planning, Public Works, Police, Fire, and Recreation. The City also operates KCOM-TV Channel 27, a government/educational access station.
The City employs approximately 95 full-time employees and operates with an annual budget of $25.3 million. Piedmont enjoys an outstanding team of public servants that prides itself on delivering quality and customer-focused services to the community.
The Piedmont Police Department employs 19 sworn personnel (the Police Chief, one Captain, four Sergeants, and 13 Police Officers), professional personnel (one Support Services Commander, five Dispatchers, two Animal Services Officers, and one Administrative Assistant), part-time Per Diem Dispatchers, and part-time Parking Enforcement Officers. Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) and Police Explorers round out the staff of devoted public servants. The Department has a budget of $5.9 million. The Piedmont Police Department is a well-resourced, customer service oriented agency that benefits from current technology and equipment. Our excellent reputation is achieved through dedication, integrity, training, and proven results.
The City of Piedmont is seeking a highly energetic, motivated individual with strong leadership skills to assume the role of the Police Captain. It is highly desirable that the candidate have an unwavering commitment to honesty and integrity and strong appreciation for diversity. A skilled communicator who will maintain open lines of dialogue with all stakeholders will be valued. A successful candidate will set the example for others to follow and maintain a high level of discipline and conformance to established expectations. An individual who will be committed to community oriented policing is sought.
The new Police Captain must be a passionate leader committed to excellence and the professional development of all personnel. The position requires a strong operational background, ability to effectively and efficiently allocate patrol resources and oversee the day-to-day operations. A strong collaborator who is open, honest, and receptive to feedback will be valued. The ideal candidate will be proactive on community and internal issues, with the ability to establish relationships within the community and work with outside agencies.
A Police Captain who understands the needs and diverse culture of the community and acts as a visibly positive influence is sought. The ideal candidate will embrace the vision established by the Chief of Police and work as a key member of the City team to build a system where the Department can thrive.
The ideal candidate will have knowledge of budgetary principles and practices; methods and procedures for implementing training aligned with professional best practices throughout the department; and risk management principles and practices within a police department. It is essential that the incoming Police Captain have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals; write reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals; speak effectively before groups; and promote teamwork among supervisors.
The Police Captain should have knowledge of current law enforcement I.T. capabilities, and will be expected to update and expand the Department’s social media platform. The City of Piedmont is looking for a pro-active, hard-working Captain that is willing to wear many hats.
Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and a valid supervisory California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certificate are required. Additionally, five years of supervisory experience in a California municipality or county law enforcement agency at the level of Sergeant or above is preferred.
The salary range for the Police Captain is $11,087-$13,473 per month; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications. An additional 4% of base salary is available for Intermediate P.O.S.T. Certificate, or 6% for Advanced. The City also offers an attractive benefits package including:
Retirement Classic members will be provided the CalPERS 2% @ 50 plan. Employees new to the CalPERS system, or not eligible for reciprocity, will be provided the CalPERS 2.7% @ 57 plan. The City’s contract also offers retiree medical coverage under the Government Code Section 22893 vesting schedule.
Health Insurance The City participates in the CalPERS health plan, which offers a variety of plans to choose from.
Dental Insurance The City offers Delta Dental Premier, which includes a $2,000 annual maximum, and orthodontics with a $5,000 lifetime limit.
Vision Insurance Provided by the City, with eligibility for an exam and glasses every 12 months.
Long Term Disability Provided by the City.
Life Insurance Provided in the amount of twice the employee’s annual salary.
Uniform Allowance $1,500 annually to maintain uniforms as required by the Chief of Police.
Holidays 12 paid holidays per year, plus one additional floating paid holiday.
Personal Leave Up to eight days of personal leave with pay each year.
Vacation Annual Vacation ranges from 11-25 days, depending on years of service. Up to five years of service as a sworn law enforcement officer is applied towards the calculation of vacation accrual rates.
Sick Leave Accrues at the rate of five hours per pay period. Depending upon prior service and experience, newly hired lateral transfers may be credited with up to 80 hours of sick leave.
Auto A city vehicle is provided.
Other Children of full-time city employees are eligible to attend school in the Piedmont Unified School District (limited spots available). Additionally, the elementary school-aged children of the Police Captain are eligible to attend the City’s after school program at no charge.
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 & 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 City of Piedmont. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following selection of the Police Captain.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Joel Bryden at: (916) 784-9080