Recognized as the global leader in cutting-edge technology, medicine and green innovation, Palo Alto is the birthplace and heart of the Silicon Valley. A community of 67,000 residents on the San Francisco Peninsula, the City’s population more than doubles during the daytime. The Palo Alto Police Department is supported by 134.15 FTE (100 sworn) and a FY23 proposed General Fund budget of $43.25 million.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary contemporary policing professional known for promoting high standards of professionalism and performance. This empowering leader will have the opportunity to lead, mentor and influence the next generation of sworn and civilian public safety professionals while serving a progressive and engaged community. A well-rounded background, which includes five (5) years of service at a command level that is equivalent to or higher than that of a Division Commander in Palo Alto, is desirable. A Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree and/or formal leadership training is strongly preferred.

The salary range goes up to $295,484; salary is supplemented by a competitive benefits package. This recruitment will close on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Visit the City of Palo Alto’s webpage for a detailed recruitment brochure. To be considered for this opportunity, send your compelling cover letter, resume, and list of six professional references to Nick Raisch, Human Resources Manager at All inquiries and applications will be handled confidentially.

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