THE CITY OF SELMA
The Ideal Candidate
The City of Selma’s ideal Police Chief is a creative, forward-thinking, local government manager with exceptional communication and leadership skills.
This person will be proactive and visionary, working with the City Manager to prioritize goals while managing day-to-day operations to ensure the future success of the community. The ideal candidate will be able to refine and implement a long-term vision, align resources, and grow organizational capacity to meet future needs. The Police Chief will foster cross-disciplinary teamwork and innovative thinking to solve challenging problems including addressing homelessness, conducting police community oriented events to build trust with the community, developing a recruitment and retention plan for the department, and deploying resources in the most efficient and effective manner.
They will work to engage and manage relationships with city management, departmental employees, other law enforcement agencies, public officials, and the public. The Police Chief understands the importance of being a presence in the community. This person will be an effective listener and communicator, at ease speaking with varied audiences, building consensus, providing transparency in decision-making, and achieving strategic goals.
The successful candidate is fully committed to the City of Selma and is capable of prioritizing initiatives and projects, identifying resources needed, and making tough decisions when necessary to ensure the continued success of the department. They lead with confidence, compassion, and emotional intelligence and are community focused. The ideal candidate will be a strong leader who can balance conflicting interests and priorities, be responsive to dynamic needs of the department and community and keep focused on the long-term strategic objectives. The next Police Chief will provide clear professional recommendations grounded in best practices and innovation.
The Police Chief will be fiscally prudent, recognize the importance of long-term planning, and be able to articulate the options for varying levels of service and their cost implications in a transparent manner. The Police Chief will ensure the department continues to be fiscally, socially, and environmentally sustainable. The ideal candidate will confidently manage the budget process, seek out additional funding opportunities, strive for financial transparency, and enter the role with a strong financial background.
The City of Selma’s Police Chief will be a collaborative, facilitative leader who empowers its high-performing, competent staff. This person will provide clear expectations and be an effective team builder, instilling confidence and pride in staff and recognizing and utilizing the talent and capabilities of employees. The ideal candidate will be a decisive leader who will set high standards, communicate those standards clearly, and hold staff accountable for results.
The next Police Chief will have proven success in building relationships and collaborating with government, private, nonprofit, community, and educational partners to achieve community goals.
The successful candidate understands Selma’s unique culture and has experience in engaging with a culturally and economically diverse population.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in law enforcement, criminal justice, political science, public administration, or a closely related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible professional and administrative experience in all major phases of law enforcement or public safety including three (3) years in a supervisory capacity. A Master’s degree and Command College or FBI Academy graduate is desirable.
Licenses and Certifications:
Possession of a valid Class C California Motor Vehicle Operators License; certificate of completion of the P.O.S.T. Advanced Training and Management course work; standard CPR and First Aid Certificates issued by the American Red Cross.
The annual salary range for the Police Chief position is $116,771.20 – $141,939.20; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications. The City also provides an excellent array of benefits that include:
Retirement: Employees hired on or prior to December 31, 2012, and who are considered “classic”
Safety members of CalPERS currently contribute 9% of the “employee’s share” plus have a cost share of
3% of the “employer’s share” for the 2.0% @ 50 Retirement Plan (integrated with Social Security).
Employees hired on or after January 1, 2013, who are considered a “new” Safety member of CalPERS
per PEPRA regulations, will contribute 50% of the “total cost” for the 2.7% @ 57 Retirement Plan
(integrated with Social Security). Participation is mandatory.
Social Security: Employer and employees pay into the Social Security system through payroll
Deferred Compensation Plan: City employees may voluntarily participate in a tax-deferred
retirement plan, which allows employees to defer a part of their wages and at the same time, lower
their state and federal income taxes. City contributions may be provided for The Police Chief up to
Holidays: The City normally observes twelve (12) holidays a year and employees receive an additional
floating holiday for their birthday each year.
Vacation: Basic vacation is accumulated at the rate of one day for each month worked. Beginning with
the sixth year of service, additional vacation is accumulated for longevity up to a maximum of 24 days a
Administrative Leave: Department Heads receive 40 hours of administrative leave per fiscal year.
Sick Leave: Is accumulated at the rate of one workday a month. Sick leave should be used carefully
and preserved for serious illness, emergencies, or personal necessity.
Group Insurance: The Police Chief may participate in health, dental, vision and group life insurance
programs. The City pays approximately 90% of these premiums for the employee and eligible
Stipends: A cell phone stipend and take home vehicle is provided for The Police Chief.
The deadline to apply is May 30, 2022, before 11:59 PM PST.
To be considered for this exciting opportunity, candidates should apply at: https://bit.ly/SelmaPolChief
Qualified candidates are required to submit a Letter of Interest and a focused resume detailing their recent (within the past 10 years) experience and demonstrated career accomplishments relevant to this position along with their application.
Each candidate’s background will be evaluated based on information submitted at the time of application, and qualified candidates will participate in a preliminary remote screening interview, tentatively scheduled for June 2022. Only the most qualified candidates will be invited to a first-round interview process with the technical panel and a subsequent community panel, tentatively scheduled for mid-to-late June 2022.
Only the names of the most qualified candidates who pass the first-round interview process will be submitted for consideration for final selection by the City Manager. The final interviews are tentatively scheduled for early July 2022.
Neither Regional Government Services nor the City of Selma are responsible for failure of internet forms or email transmission in submitting your application. Candidates who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise us by emailing email@example.com.