Chief of Police
Cal Poly Pomona
Pomona, CA

Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) is conducting a national search for its next Chief of Police. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an accomplished law enforcement professional to lead a university police department at one of California’s most desirable public universities. The CPP University Police Department (UPD) provides public safety services and physical security to the campus, adjacent University facilities, and the members of the campus community. UPD offers a wide range of programs and services designed to enhance community safety and security, including patrol, dispatch, investigations, parking and transportation services, emergency management, and emergency response to calls for service. UPD employs a staff of 55, including 20 sworn officers and 35 civilian staff who work in one of three bureaus, each led by a police lieutenant or civilian manager. The Chief of Police will oversee all planning and day-to-day operations of these units, including an overall budget of approximately
$11 million.

CPP is part of the twenty-three (23) California State University (CSU) campuses and one of the state’s most desirable higher education institutions with a collective enroll approximately 486,000 students. Since its founding in 1938, the University has offered a unique education steeped in experiential learning. CPP has a scenic and historic 1400-acre campus with more than 29,000 students taught and mentored by more than 1,400 faculty members. See more at Nestled in the beautiful San Gabriel Valley less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the CPP campus is within an hour drive to beaches, mountains, and deserts. The next Chief of Police will actively work to establish connections and relationships with a range of external groups and police partners. The next Chief will be a dynamic servant leader who recognizes the complexities and challenges of policing in a university environment and is deeply committed to a philosophy that promotes organizational strategies which support collaboration, partnership, and problem-solving. The next Chief of Police will also be a thoughtful leader, effective communicator, and strategic thinker.

Candidates must have ten years of progressively responsible sworn law enforcement experience, including at least three years of management experience. Thorough knowledge of public safety, law enforcement, and security methods and an in-depth understanding of California law and the regulations pertaining to the activities on campus is required. Candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science, Criminal Justice, Public or Business Management, Social Science or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience required to perform the position’s duties. In addition, candidates must satisfy California POST minimum employment standards for a sworn police officer and other requirements for the rank of Chief of Police as established by law at the time of appointment. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience and credentials. The salary is augmented by an outstanding benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, CalPERS retirement, tuition waiver, vacation, 14 paid holidays, and sick leave. Additional details are available in the CSU Benefits Summary for management personnel. Please send a cover letter, comprehensive resume, and list of five professional references to The position closes on April 25, 2022. Confidential inquiries and questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to the Search Consultant, Mr. Gary Peterson (Chief of Police, ret.), Public Sector Search & Consulting, email:; (916) 789-9990 (office) or (916) 622-5323 (cell).