This position reports to the City Manager. Under general direction, plans, directs and coordinates the activities of the Police Department; implements policies and establishes procedures related to crime prevention, law enforcement, and related community services; develops and administers the department budget; establishes and maintains liaison to the public; serves as a member of the City's management team; performs related duties as required.
Duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Plans, directs, and coordinates the maintenance of law and order, the protection of life and property, the regulation of traffic, as well as the apprehension, arrest, and detention of law violators;
Analyzes operational and service demands and develops comprehensive plans to satisfy future needs for department services; confers with legal advisors, citizens, and City officials on law enforcement problems; develops and implements municipal law enforcement policies and procedures;
Directs and administers the budget for the Police Department; analyzes department needs and requests from supervisory staff; prepares budget request justifications and discusses same with the City Manager and elected officials as appropriate;
Advises and otherwise assists the City Manager, City Council, other City personnel, and the public regarding law enforcement, crime prevention and other programs and services provided by the department;
Coordinates municipal law enforcement activities with those of other agencies.
Monitors department daily activities and operations and directs same through subordinates. Conducts field inspections of police operations and locations which might engender criminal activity or traffic problems;
Prepares monthly activity reports, special reports on police or traffic issues, and various other written communications;
Selects department employees; plans and organizes work; develops and establishes work methods and standards; directs staff training and development; reviews and evaluates employee performance; recommends or executes disciplinary action;
Represents the City, or delegates such authority, in relations with the community, advisory committees, other local, state, and federal agencies, and professional organizations;
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge of law enforcement principles, practices, and techniques; causes, prevention, and control of delinquency; traffic enforcement and education; rules of evidence, rights of citizens and prisoners, laws pertaining to search, seizure, and arrest; court procedures; supervisory and public relations techniques; interagency communication and assistance techniques and practices. Thorough knowledge of municipal organization and administration; principles and practices of police administration; patrol methods, criminal investigation and identification techniques; physical layout and composition of the City including special law enforcement problems. Considerable knowledge of administrative procedures and techniques; Vehicle and Penal Codes; personnel and disciplinary processes. Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate department services; analyze unusual situations and resolve through application of City policy and requisite knowledge; think clearly and act effectively in emergency situations; direct the effective maintenance of department firearms and equipment; prepare and present reports; provide liaison to the public; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; supervise assigned staff. Possession of a valid California Driver License or the ability to obtain within 30 days. Must have and maintain a satisfactory driving record and be insurable to operate City vehicles.
Complete City employment application (available on our website) before first review date of April 12, 2021, letter of interest AND resume APPLY: in-person at City Hall – Finance counter 100 W California Ave., E-Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org fax to 760-499-1500. This position is subject to a background check. Website: www.ridgecrest-ca.gov Go to How Do I..., then click on Employment Opportunities. Click on download application on right side under Tools. See Job descriptions: CHIEFPOLICE.PDF EOE
Education and/or Experience:
Successful candidates will have any combination of formal and informal education and experience that would demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities as outlined below is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills is: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in police science, criminology, public administration, or a related field is required. A master's degree in a related field is desirable; and five years of progressively responsible supervisory capacity, and a minimum of three years of management experience in law enforcement which includes experience in all major phases of crime prevention, law enforcement, and police department administration.
About City of Ridgecrest
The City of Ridgecrest evolved into a growing and dynamic city during the 1950’s and 1960’s, initially as a support community vital to the mission of the Navy at Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake by providing housing and services for Federal employees and contractors. Incorporated in 1963, Ridgecrest has grown to include multiple large employers and offers community services and shopping to over 40,000 people throughout the Indian Wells Valley. The City employees approximately 125 employees with about half serving in the Police Department.
The cost of living index in Ridgecrest is below the US average (100), and one of the lowest in California at 96.0 - in comparison, San Diego’s cost of living index is 160. The median cost of a home in Ridgecrest is $209,000 (Zillow) compared to $644,000 in San Diego. Tired of the time you waste sitting in traffic? Ridgecrest City Hall is less than 10 minutes from anywhere in town, allowing for more time with family, friends, or out exploring some of the many wonders in and around Ridgecrest. Ridgecrest is known for its incredible sunrises and sunsets.
Some of the benefits:
• Holidays: The City observes eleven paid holidays per yea...r.
• Vacation Hours: A range of two – five weeks (and two floating holidays) per year DOQ. Partial cash out available.
• Sick Leave: Four hours per pay period; unlimited
• Administrative Leave: 200 hours yearly. Partial cash out available, for Management.
• Health Benefits: The City has a cafeteria plan which provides $450 to $936 per month (plan dependent) toward health/dental/vision benefits.
• Life Insurance: The City provides the equivalent of one year’s salary.
• Retirement: The City of Ridgecrest contracts with CalPERS. Classic members are covered at 3% @ 55, PEPRA members coverage is 2.7% @ 57.
• The city also participates in Social Security.
• Supplemental insurance & flexible spending accounts are available for all employees.