Historically one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the region, San Pablo has become a thriving residential and business community with a population of about 30,000 in an area of approximately 2.6 square miles. The City’s Police Department is in need of a self-confident and decisive leader for their new Police Commander. The new Commander will hold and open-door policy and gain the trust and respect of the staff by providing clear direction and being a good listener. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are a necessity, as the new Police Commander will be expected to successfully work with a number of parties. A typical candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in criminal justice, police science, public administration, or other related field and four years of supervisory experience equivalent to the level of Police Sergeant or above. A Master’s degree is highly desirable. Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. Candidates must possess a valid Advanced and Supervisory Certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and maintain firearms qualification. The monthly salary range for the Police Commander is $11,022-$13,398 ($129,672-$157,620/year); placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications and experience.
The City of San Pablo is located in West Contra Costa County off Interstate 80, minutes away from the Bay Area cultural centers of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. San Pablo is nestled between the cities of Pinole and Richmond and the neighboring cities of El Cerrito and Hercules. Historically one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the region, San Pablo has become a thriving residential and business community with a population of about 30,000 in an area of approximately 2.6 square miles.
San Pablo is located less than one hour away from international airports in Oakland and San Francisco. Access to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system and Amtrak passenger train service are close by. AC Transit bus line service includes San Pablo in its route from Fremont to Pinole. Containerized shipping, ports, and railway access are located in Richmond and Oakland.
The City offers youth programs and senior services to meet a variety of special needs and interests, and is home to an impressive community college. A staple of any solid community, multiple healthcare services are located nearby.
San Pablo is fortunate to have a diverse community featuring a newly constructed library (Summer 2017), computer education center, a childcare facility, and a career center. The City has a community foundation which focuses exclusively on enhancing community support systems that directly benefit residents through healthcare, music, education, anti-violence efforts, elder abuse education and reform, living skills, and several other specific community services. In 2012, the City developed a new community center at the City’s only middle school and boasts a new recreational sports field complex built in 2015. A new city-wide municipal broadband fiber optic project has also been approved and under final design to begin construction in 2017.
The City of San Pablo’s City Council consists of five members elected by registered City voters at large. Council Members serve four-year staggered terms. The Council selects a Mayor annually, who serves as presiding officer during all City Council/Local Successor Agency meetings and study sessions. Council duties include adopting a budget, enacting legislation, establishing basic policy of the City, and appointing City Manager, City Attorney and members of City Committees and Commissions.
The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the City of San Pablo and reports to the City Council. The City Manager is responsible for all City operations and directly oversees personnel actions, Human Resources, Information Services, directs all City policies, agreements, agendas, financial transactions, budgets, City Clerk functions and special projects. The City Manager also serves as the Executive Director of the Local Successor Agency and the San Pablo Economic Development Corporation.
The City’s operating Departments include Police, Financial Services, Community Services (including Recreation, Youth Services, and Senior Services), Development Services (Planning and Building), and Public Works and Engineering. An Economic Development function is administered in the City Manager’s Office.
The San Pablo Police Department is a full-service community-based law enforcement agency, consisting of fifty-five (55) sworn police officers, nineteen (19) full-time civilian employees, and eight (8) part-time civilian employees. The agency’s administration is separated into three major divisions—Patrol, Investigations, and Support Services—managed by the Chief of Police, three (3) Commanders, and ten (10) Sergeants. Uniformed patrol teams respond to all calls for service from the public and provide crisis intervention when necessary. Investigations provide advanced follow up investigations of all Part I criminal offenses and/or other assigned cases. Support services control distribution and maintenance of all police records and data entry.
The Police Department will be partnering with the cities of Pinole and Hercules for a new CAD/RMS system. Candidates that can demonstrate good project management skills will do well in this recruitment.
The San Pablo Police Department embraces the guiding principles of Integrity by maintaining high standards of police work and professional ethics. This is done by partnering with the Community to build safer neighborhoods and business districts that thrive on mutual respect and Service by making a difference in the lives of others.
The San Pablo Police Department is in need of a self-confident and decisive leader for their new Police Commander. He/she will be honest, trustworthy, ethical, and possess the highest level of integrity. The ideal candidate will possess significant leadership experience that will allow him/her to successfully run the Police Department in the Chief’s absence.
The new Commander will hold an open-door policy and gain the trust and respect of the staff by providing clear direction and being a good listener. At the same time, the selected candidate will hold staff accountable while treating employees with dignity and respect. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess strong mentoring and coaching skills and be committed to employee development.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are a necessity to a candidate’s success in this recruitment, as the new Police Commander will be expected to successfully work with a number of parties, including the City Council, City Manager, Department heads, other City staff, and the community. A politically astute, yet apolitical individual who is comfortable making presentations in front of the Council, City Manager, and the community is needed.
The ideal candidate will be outgoing, articulate, and at ease working with community groups. The San Pablo community currently shares a positive relationship with the Police Department, and the Chief will look to the incoming Commander to take a lead role in continuing that relationship. The selected candidate will make it a priority to be out in the community connecting with residents and listening to their needs, issues, and questions.
The next Commander for the San Pablo Police Department should have experience in community policing and strategic planning. Budget experience, as well as a track record of being a team player with his/her peers as well as other law enforcement agencies is a must.
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A couple of typical ways to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
(a) Graduate of a four-year college or university with major course work in criminal justice, police science, public administration or other related field; a Master’s degree is highly desirable, AND
(b) Four years of supervisory experience equivalent to the level of Police Sergeant or above, AND
(c) Must possess a valid Advanced and Supervisory Certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and maintain firearms qualification.
a) Any combination equivalent to experience (including supervisory experience) and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying, AND
b) Must possess a valid Advanced and Supervisory Certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and maintain firearms qualification.
The monthly salary range for the Police Commander is $11,022-$13,398 ($129,672-$157,620/year); placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications and experience. The City also offers an attractive benefits package including:
Retirement Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) 3% @ 50 for “classic” PERS members. 2.7% @ 57 for new CalPERS members.
Health Benefits Choice of CalPERS. Health Plan providers; Employee pays a portion of the monthly premium. ($150 flat contribution for any Kaiser Plan, or 20% of the premium for any non-Kaiser Plan selected.)
Dual Medical Coverage Employees who have medical coverage through another source (e.g. spouse), will have the option to receive in cash (taxable), $500 (Family Plan) or $350 (Single Party Plan); or to contribute the amount towards an existing Deferred Compensation Plan.
Vision Plan/Co-Pay Generous benefit per fiscal year.
Dental Plan Delta Dental Plan of California with orthodontia coverage for children. City pays 100% of the premium.
Vacation Leave Accrual by years of service up to from 80-240 hours per year depending on years of service.
Sick Leave 96 hours per year.
Administrative Leave 72 hours per year, credited on July 1 of each year.
Life Insurance 60,000 policy (100% of premium paid by the City).
Short/Long-Term Disability Benefit provided by the California Law Enforcement Association (CLEA).
Employee Assistance Program Generous number of counseling sessions per year; available to employee and eligible family members.
Educational Incentive and Degree Program City will reimburse Employee up to $5,250 per calendar year for expenses related to a degree or certificate program that will enhance capacity of job related duties.
Representation This position is in the San Pablo Police Management Unit and is represented by the San Pablo Police Employees’ Association.
Holidays 13 observed holidays; 1 Floating Holiday.
Other Benefits Various Incentive Pays, Special Assignment Pays, and Education Pay.
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 City of San Pablo. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following selection of the Police Commander.
Appointment will be based on best fit, education, training, competency, and experience as it relates to the position of Police Commander, successful completion of a thorough background investigation and reference checks, possible site visit by City representatives, and any other contingencies the employer needs to include.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Joel Bryden at: (916) 784-9080