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 proactive and forward-looking leader for their new Police Chief. Candidates interested in this opportunity are being sought for their professional and personal investment in a progressive and forward-thinking organization focused on maintaining a high-level of service delivery, community to community service, and engagement. Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, police science, public administration, or a related field is required, as well as five years of command or supervisory experience in law enforcement equivalent to the rank of Lieutenant, Commander, Captain, or above. A Master’s degree in an appropriate field is desirable as is graduation from the FBI Academy and/or Command College. The monthly salary range for the Police Chief is up to $17,600 ($211,200/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, twenty (20) full-time civilian employees, eight (8) part-time civilian employees, and three (3) Crossing Guards. 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. With a budget of $15.5 million, the Department provides four major services including Patrol, Investigations, Support Services, and Community Programs.
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. Several of the major violent crimes that have occurred in the City have been solved through the efforts of the Patrol and Investigations Divisions and currently, the Department has the highest closure rate for homicide in the entire Bay Area at 92%. 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.
Candidates interested in this opportunity are being sought for their professional and personal investment in a progressive and forward-thinking organization focused on maintaining a high-level of service delivery, community to community service, and engagement.
The next Chief of Police for the City of San Pablo needs to be a forward-looking individual with high integrity who is proactive in problem-solving, understands the importance of discipline, is knowledgeable in crime reduction tactics, is aware of technological applications that improve effectiveness and efficiency, believes in regional cooperation, and has excellent communications skills. The ideal candidate will be culturally sensitive to serving a diverse community and will continue the Department’s focus on community-oriented policing with a philosophy of being proactive in solving community problems and continually communicating that to his/her subordinates.
The next Chief of Police will recognize that they are part of a team and will work closely with the City Manager, other City departments, a variety of public and private organizations and citizen groups in developing programs and implementing projects to maximize city and police services. This new Chief will also possess the ability to manage the day-to-day while at the same time have the ability to look to the future for new opportunities to optimize the services the Department provides.
San Pablo’s next Police Chief must have political acumen but remain apolitical. He/she will be expected to be a flexible leader that has a history of mentoring and developing staff; remain approachable to city staff, community members and anyone doing business with the City of San Pablo, as well as have the ability to hold employees accountable while treating them with dignity and respect.
Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, police science, public administration, or a related field and five years of command or supervisory experience in law enforcement equivalent to the rank of Lieutenant, Commander, Captain, or above. A Master’s degree in an appropriate field is desirable as is graduation from the FBI Academy and/or Command College.
The monthly salary range for the Police Chief is up to $17,600; 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.
Flexible Benefit Plan 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 120 hours per year, credited on July 1 of each year.
Life Insurance $100,000 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 a non-represented executive management at-will position.
Holidays 13 observed holidays; 1 Floating Holiday.
Other Benefits Longevity Pay, Lifetime Retiree Health following 10 years of consecutive service with San Pablo.
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 Chief.
Appointment will be based on best fit, education, training, competency, and experience as it relates to the position of Police Chief, 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