Police Chief-City of Surprise (AZ)

The City of Surprise is seeking an experienced public safety professional with outstanding leadership skills to serve as Police Chief. Strong candidates will be forward thinking and possess the ability to develop a strategic plan based on best practices in policing to ensure the Surprise Police Department continues to provide the highest level of public safety service.


The Police Chief is responsible and accountable for directing the City’s Police Department including its personnel, budget, and resources. Responsibilities include: making recommendations to the Council and City Manager; developing and implementing policy initiatives; setting the tone, climate and vision for the department; ensuring compliance with statutory responsibilities and directives; leading by example in engagement with the community; anticipating the need for succession planning; upholding the Department’s strategic plan and evaluating opportunities to implement technology innovations; working collaboratively as a member of the City’s Executive Team.

Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, management or a related field, five years of progressively responsible law enforcement management experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as listed above. Additional education cannot be substituted for experience.

Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Arizona driver license.
Must be able to obtain AZ P.O.S.T. Certification within three months of hire.

Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of the position may be invited to participate in a selection process to include panel interviews.

Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include:
Background Investigation
Polygraph examination
Drug Screen
Psychological Assessment
Medical Examination
39 Month Motor Vehicle Department Records Check
Additional elements will be required if not currently AZ POST certified

The salary for this position is $135,984.94 – $203,977.54. Appointment within the range will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The City offers a competitive benefit package that includes:
Public Safety Personnel Retirement System
Employer contribution to health, dental and vision coverage for employee and dependents
Annual leave; 11 paid holidays
Tuition reimbursement up to $5,000
Employer Contribution to Supplemental Retirement
Savings Plan | Group Life insurance (100% paid for employee)
Longevity pay following eight and ten years of service
Flexible spending account (IRS Section 125)
Relocation assistance

Applications will be accepted electronically via the City of Surprise Careers webpage at:

Inquiries should be directed to the City’s Human Resources Department:
Email : HR@surpriseaz.gov
City of Surprise – 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise AZ 85374