San José, CA is a unique place, playing a vital economic and cultural role within North America. San José is fortunate to be the largest and most urban city within Silicon Valley, known for the nation’s largest number of leading innovative companies. San José is also home to an energetic, talented, and diverse population estimated at 1.04 million and is located within the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area with an abundance of good weather. The City Council is now seeking a strong leader and effective manager to oversee and direct the activities of the Office of the Independent Police Auditor (IPA). This office provides civilian oversight of the San José Police Department. A smart, hardworking, politically savvy yet apolitical, candidate with unquestionable integrity and objectivity is sought. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated and organized individual who demonstrates a balance of technical and interpersonal skills, excellent diplomacy, and a successful track record of developing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including elected officials, the Police Department, other agencies, and a diverse and wide array of community members and representatives. At minimum, the qualified candidate will possess five (5) years’ knowledge and experience in criminal law and criminal procedure and be a member in good standing with a State Bar, has not been a sworn law enforcement officer (e.g., police officer, reserve officer, probation officer, parole officer, or DEA agent) for at least ten years prior to appointment as the IPA, and does not have any immediate family members (defined as a spouse, parent, sibling, child, or grandparent) who are sworn law enforcement officers with any law enforcement agency. The annual salary for the IPA is dependent upon qualifications and experience.
San José, CA is a unique place, playing a vital economic and cultural role within North America. San José is fortunate to be the largest and most urban city within Silicon Valley, known for the nation’s largest number of leading innovative companies. San José is also home to an energetic, talented, and diverse population and is located within the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area with an abundance of good weather.
San José’s quality of life is unsurpassed. Located roughly 50 miles south of San Francisco and 30 miles east of Pacific Coast beaches, the City is in a valley surrounded by the Diablo and Santa Cruz mountain ranges and enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine a year. Those living and working in San José have access to the City’s many attractions, cultural and performing arts, and recreational opportunities. A year-round calendar of festivals and celebrations supports the community spirit. Nearby open space provides easy access to mountain parks, trails, lakes, and streams. San José has received accolades for its living and working climate from publications including Business Week and Money Magazine, as well as other national media. Recently, Sperling’s Best Places rated San José #1 as the healthiest city in America. The downtown area is home to modern high-rise housing, renovated theaters, and cultural attractions. Nightlife options include ballet, opera, symphony, live theater, nightclubs, and restaurants; and inquiring minds are served at the Tech Museum of Innovation, the Museum of Art, and the Children’s Discovery Museum.
Nineteen public school districts and over 300 private and parochial schools provide residents with a range of educational choices; innovative programs in local school districts include a nationally acclaimed performing arts magnet, as well as concentrations in math and science, international studies, and more. San José State University is the leading planning, engineering, and business school supporting Silicon Valley. Other nearby universities include Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and three University of California campuses.
The City of San José is committed to open and honest government and strives to consistently meet the community’s expectations by providing excellent service, in a positive and timely manner, and in the full view of the public.
The City of San José is a full-service Charter City and operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Ten full-time Council Members are elected by District on a non-partisan basis and serve overlapping four-year terms with a two-term limit. The Mayor is also a member of the City Council but is independently elected at-large and serves up to two four-year terms. Department heads are appointed by the City Manager with confirmation by the City Council. San José also actively engages citizens through Council appointed Boards and Commissions. In addition to providing a full range of municipal services, San José operates a parking program, a municipal water system, a wastewater treatment facility, the Mineta San José International Airport, and three municipal golf courses. The City also oversees convention, cultural event and hospitality facilities that include the recently expanded San José McEnery Convention Center, Center for Performing Arts, California Theater, Mexican Heritage Plaza, Dolce Hayes Mansion and Conference Center, and the SAP Center San José – home of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks.
City operations are supported by 6,159 positions and a total budget of $3.2 billion for the current 2016-17 fiscal year. Maintaining the highest fiscal integrity, the City of San José has addressed significant budget shortfalls over the past decade while continuing priority services to the community to the extent possible. City leaders are committed to ongoing fiscal prudency and the continued implementation of service delivery efficiencies, cost reduction efforts, and revenue enhancement strategies.
Extensive information regarding San José can be found on the City’s website at:
The Office of the Independent Police Auditor (IPA) was established by the San José City Council in 1993 with the enactment of a City ordinance codified in the San José Municipal Code. On November 6, 1996, the voters of San José amended the City Charter to establish the Office of the Independent Police Auditor as a permanent arm of city government.
The mission of the Office of the Independent Police Auditor (IPA) is to provide independent oversight of and instill confidence in the complaint process through objective review of police misconduct investigations. By providing outreach to the San José community and making thoughtful policy recommendations to the Police Department, the IPA works to promote accountability and to strengthen the relationship between the San José Police Department and the community it serves.
The work of the IPA is guided by the following principles:
- The IPA strives to ensure that all concerns reported by members of the public are classified and investigated at the appropriate level based upon the premise that any case brought forward containing misconduct issues will be classified as a complaint with associated allegations, findings, and officer names tracked.
- The IPA carefully considers aggregate data from complaints, community concerns, and public policy in crafting recommendations aimed toward improving the quality services of the San José Police Department.
- The IPA reaches out to inform the community about the complaint process and to listen and respond to broader community concerns.
The San José IPA is supported by five extremely committed staff members, including an Assistant Director who oversees the day-to-day operations. The Office operates on an annual budget of $1,260,406. Additionally, an IPA Advisory Committee of diverse community representatives serves as an ongoing communications mechanism to share concerns, issues, and information, and to identify opportunities for improvement.
In accordance with the City Charter, the Independent Police Auditor (IPA) conducts objective reviews of police misconduct investigations. The role of the IPA is to provide independent oversight of and instill confidence in the complaint process. Each IPA appointment is for a term ending four (4) years from and after the date of expiration of the immediately preceding term. The remaining vacancy of the former incumbent’s term is for approximately 3 ½ years (ending December 2019).
Reporting to the City Council, the IPA is charged with the following responsibilities:
- Plans, organizes, and supervises the work of the IPA Office in the review of San José Police Department (SJPD) investigations of complaints against police officers to determine if the investigations were complete, thorough, objective, and fair.
- Supervises the Office’s intakes of complaints from members of the public.
- Reviews all complaints from members of the public that allege excessive or unnecessary force by police officers.
- Reviews no less than 20 percent of all other complaints, excluding those which allege excessive or unnecessary force.
- Supervises the preparation of an annual public report to the City Council that includes: (a) statistical analysis, documenting the number of complaints by category, the number of complaints sustained, and the actions taken; (b) analyses of trends and patterns; and (c) recommendation(s).
- Participates in SJPD’s Officer-Involved Shooting Review Panels.
- Makes oral presentations to the City Council at public meetings.
- Attends and participates in SJPD Internal Affairs Unit Interviews of police officers.
- Conducts public outreach throughout the City to educate the community about the role of the Office and to inform members of the public about the complaint and investigation processes.
- Collaborates with SJPD to operate the Independent Police Auditor-SJPD Mediation Program.
- Oversees the Office’s budget and responds to budgetary inquiries.
- Conducts occasional press conferences.
- Interacts with other civilian oversight agencies.
- Provides occasional trainings to police officers and recruits.
- Supervises the Office’s staff.
- Implements Office initiatives.
- Meets regularly with the Mayor and City Councilmembers.
- Meets on an as-needed basis with City Council Appointees.
The incoming Independent Police Auditor will possess unquestionable integrity and objectivity. The selected candidate will be able to further the mission of the Office with impartiality and independent conviction within the boundaries defined by the City Charter and under intense pressure and scrutiny. As a Council Appointee, he or she will be politically astute but apolitical, and able to work effectively with elected officials, utilizing facilitation and diplomacy skills. Critical to the success of the new IPA is a solid record of community engagement, working with a diverse community and cooperative interaction with a wide array of community representatives, and the ability to establish and maintain a mutually respectful working relationship with the Police Department.
Critical to the predictable success for the incoming IPA are the following attributes:
- Knowledge of and experience with jurisprudence pertaining to the rights of peace officers; specific knowledge of California law in this area is advantageous.
- Knowledge of and experience with jurisprudence pertaining to confidentiality and privacy of personnel records and information; specific knowledge of California law in this area is advantageous.
- Ability to make cogent and clear public presentations.
- Ability to conduct interviews and interact comfortably with members of the public who have diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Ability to maintain professional and effective relationships with the media.
- Ability to maintain professional and effective relationships with SJPD staff at all levels.
- Ability to maintain professional and effective relationships with the City Council and City Council Appointees.
- Ability to meet deadlines and to work effectively under pressure.
- Prior management and supervisory experience.
- Ability to supervise staff in a professional, courteous, and civil manner.
- Willingness to conduct certain work-related activities, such as outreach, outside of regular business hours (i.e., evenings and weekends).
At minimum, the qualified candidate will possess five (5) years’ knowledge and experience in criminal law and criminal procedure and be a member in good standing with a State Bar. He or she has not been a sworn law enforcement officer (e.g., police officer, reserve officer, probation officer, parole officer, or DEA agent) for at least ten years prior to appointment as the IPA, and does not have any immediate family members (defined as a spouse, parent, sibling, child, or grandparent) who are sworn law enforcement officers with any law enforcement agency.
The annual salary range for this position will be dependent upon the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The salary for the previous Independent Police Auditor was approximately $183,550. The City also offers an excellent benefits package that includes:
Retirement Competitive defined benefit retirement plan with full reciprocity with CalPERS; defined contribution plan available as an option.
Health Insurance The City contributes 85% towards the premium for the lowest cost plan. Several plan options are available.
Dental Insurance The City contributes 100% of the premium of the lowest cost plan for dental coverage.
Vacation Vacation is accrued initially at the rate of three weeks per year with amounts increasing up to five weeks after 15 years of service.
Sick Leave Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 8 hours per month.
Executive Leave 40 hours granted annually.
Holidays The City observes 14 paid holidays annually.
Flexible Spending Accounts The City participates in Dependent Care Assistance and Medical Reimbursement Programs.
Deferred Compensation The City offers an optional 457 Plan.
Insurance The City provides a term life policy equal to two times annual salary. Long-term disability and AD&D plans are optional.
For more information on employee benefits, visit the City’s benefits website:
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 interviews will be held with the City of San José. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will not be contacted until mutual interest is established, and only following candidate approval.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Valerie Phillips at: (916) 784-9080