The City of Berkeley, California is seeking a pragmatic, collaborative, and social justice oriented leader, with an explicit commitment to an intersectional and community-driven approach to police accountability to serve as the City’s first Director of Police Accountability.

The City of Berkeley has a long tradition of ensuring transparent and accountable policing. On November 3, 2020, Berkeley voters adopted, by an overwhelming majority, Measure II, a Charter Amendment that established a Police Accountability Board, a new oversight body, that promotes public trust through independent, objective, civilian oversight of the Berkeley Police Department, provides community participation in setting and reviewing Police Department policies, practices, and procedures, and provides a means for prompt, impartial and fair investigation of complaints brought by members of the public against sworn employees of the Berkeley Police Department.

The Director of Police Accountability reports directly to the Mayor and City Council. The position is a unique and bold opportunity to carry out the work of the Police Accountability Board and operationalize a new office in accordance with the requirements outlined in the charter. The City of Berkeley envisions the Police Accountability Board as representing best practices regarding police accountability.

The ideal candidate is an impactful and communicative leader with a legal/investigative background and expertise in best police practices. The ability to be politically astute, but apolitical, with a high level of sophistication and cultural competence in working effectively with diverse stakeholders in highly political environments is critical.

Five years of experience performing professional administrative/investigative or legal/investigative work including substantial involvement with judicial or law enforcement issues is required. Experience working within the public sector, preferably one that is a complex and a diverse urban environment is ideal.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, criminology, political science, public or business administration or a related field.

The current salary range for the position is $142,344 – $213,528. The City of Berkeley offers an attractive benefits package.

The Director of Police Accountability recruitment is being conducted on a national basis by The Byers Group. First consideration will be given to applications received by April 29, 2022. To apply, please submit your resume and interest letter to The Byers Group at: A complete brochure is available at

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