Chief of Police-City of Paso Robles (CA)

The Community
El Paso de Robles, or “The Pass of the Oaks,” is located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, in San Luis Obispo County. Paso Robles is surrounded by scenic rolling hills and California’s premier wine regions and is only 27 miles from beautiful beaches. This thriving community of over 30,000 actively engaged citizens possesses the benefits of a suburban-rural community while retaining a small-town feel and is one of California’s best kept secrets. With over 200 wineries nearby and a bustling downtown with a variety of excellent restaurants and specialty retail, Paso Robles is fast becoming one of the most desirable and yet relatively affordable places to live, work, and play.

The City of Paso Robles has a long history with both wine and healing waters. Paso Robles was named one of the “25 Top Places to Visit for the Holidays” by Travel and Leisure magazine and one of the “Best Summer Getaways” by the Today Show. Other accolades for Paso Robles include “America’s Healthiest Small Towns”, “Best Small Main Street Towns in America”, “America’s Happiest Cities”, “Best Food and Wine Festivals”, “Winery of the Year” (Tablas Creek, Justin), and “Brewery of the Year” (Firestone Walker Brewing, multiple times) among others. As these honors attest, Paso Robles and the Central Coast offer an unparalleled quality of life.

The City understands the importance of business development and works hard to attract commerce in a diverse array of industries. The economic outlook for Paso Robles continues to be strong. The housing market is robust and offers a wide array of housing choices including new neighborhoods, houses with acreage, infill, and charming Victorian homes, with a median home price of about $550,000. Paso Robles also has excellent schools, both public and private. Approximately half an hour away is the nationally ranked Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and within the city of Paso Robles is accredited Cuesta College (North County Campus).

Exciting projects on the horizon for the coming years include the development of six new hotels, five housing developments totaling 4,000 new homes, a commercial center complete with a 1.3 million square foot distribution warehouse, and the construction of major bridges, roadways, and an additional fire station and public safety training facilities to augment the City’s emergency response needs.

The Organization
The City of El Paso de Robles is a general law city organized, formed, and incorporated under the laws of the State of California on March 11, 1889. It has a Council-Manager form of government where the City Council establishes policies, adopts ordinances and approves resolutions, makes land use decisions, approves agreements and contracts, sets water and sewer rates, and approves the City’s budget. The Council appoints a City Manager, who is the chief executive officer of the municipal corporation. The City Council consists of a Mayor, elected at-large every four years, and four Councilmembers, elected by district in staggered four year terms, all on a non-partisan basis.

The City has a current total annual budget of $97.7 million for fiscal year 2022, and a total of 247.72 FTEs across the departments of: Administrative Services, City Manager’s Office, Community Development, Community Services, Emergency Services, Police, and Public Works. The Police Department currently consists of 67.82 budgeted positions, 46 of which are sworn, and a budget of $12.7 million.

In November 2020, the voters of Paso Robles approved Measure J-20, a one percent supplemental sales tax (SST) beginning on April 1, 2021 and ending on March 31, 2033 (unless ended earlier by the voters). It has the potential to generate approximately $10 million each year in sales tax revenues. The main priorities for this revenue are fire and emergency services, police services, and street repair and maintenance. For FY 2021/2022, Measure J-20 is funding 7 new police officer positions, 1 new dispatch supervisor position, 1 new records clerk position, and public safety 911 and license plate camera equipment. The new Chief of Police will be instrumental in developing and refining Measure J-20 budget and spending priorities for the coming years based on City Council adopted objectives.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be a hands-on and effective administrator and manager with an approachable presence that inspires the confidence and trust of the Police Department’s members, City officials, and community members. They will be focused and well-versed in community oriented policing and problem solving with knowledge of at-risk youth and gang prevention and intervention programs. This position requires a person who is capable of operating with significant independence and initiative, yet open to input from key stakeholders. They must possess political acumen and sensitivity and be able to present their opinions in a tactful and diplomatic manner.

Typical Duties

Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates the activities of Police Department personnel and activities, including preserving order, preventing crime, protecting life and property and enforcing laws, and municipal ordinances; coordinates activities with other City officials, departments, outside agencies, organizations, and the public.

Develops, implements and revises departmental goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures for improving organizational performance and enhancing services.

Serves as a resource for law enforcement personnel, City staff, other organizations, and the public; coordinates pertinent information, resources, and work teams necessary to support a positive, productive, and cooperative work environment.

Oversees the selection, training, and evaluation programs for all sworn and non-sworn personnel; reviews the actions and conduct of personnel to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, and regulations.

Directs and participates in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the departmental budget; prepares reports and recommendation concerning proposed City activities and their budgetary and/or staffing impact on the City and the Police Department.

Represents the Police Department before the City Council and other governmental bodies; prepares and presents special studies and reports concerning department programs and activities.

Confers with citizens and City officials on law enforcement related issues and concerns; responds to and resolves sensitive and complex community and organizational inquiries, issues, and complaints.

Employment Standards & Special Requirements
Knowledge of:
Basic organization, responsibility and function of municipal law enforcement agencies; principles of municipal management, administration, and policy development; techniques used to forecast and implement municipal law enforcement activities; budgeting and fiscal management; techniques used to motivate and inspire subordinate personnel, maintain high employee morale, and promote teamwork; interrelationships and functions of other law enforcement agencies and their relationship to municipal police department operations; grant and funding sources for law enforcement agencies.

Ability to:
Effectively present both orally and in writing with precision, diplomacy, and considerable skill in explaining concepts; assess and resolve employee relations problems; identify and analyze Police Department needs and their relationship to community needs and interests and develop and implement plans and programs to meet those needs; establish and maintain effective and cooperative relations with the community; analyze information from a variety of sources, examine alternatives, draw logical conclusions, and recommend and/or direct a course of action.

Education and Experience
Any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in a related field and a minimum of five years of managerial or command experience in a law enforcement agency and a POST Executive Certificate. An advanced degree in a related field is highly desired.

Selection Procedure & Application Process
To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, please submit a completed employment application, resume and cover letter on our website ( by Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 11:59PM. This is a confidential recruitment and will be handled accordingly throughout the various stages of the process. Candidates should be aware that references will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.

Applications received by the filing date will be reviewed for accuracy, completeness, and job-related qualifications. A limited number of persons whose applications clearly demonstrate they most closely meet the requirements may be invited to participate in the selection process, which may be any combination of written, oral, and/or performance exams. All statements made in the application materials are subject to verification. False statements will be cause for disqualification or discharge.

Appointment is subject to successfully passing a pre-employment physical, psychological examination, polygraph, background and criminal history check. Before starting work, applicants must present documentation of their identity, authorization to work in the United States and a DMV driving record. The City of Paso Robles participates in E-Verify (more information can be found at Following appointment, an eighteen-month probationary period is required as the final phase of the appointment process.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Human Resources at (805) 227-7234, or by email at