The City of Martinez, California is offering an outstanding career opportunity for the contemporary law enforcement leader who seeks to make a lasting impact in an engaged, active community and within an evolving police organization. This opportunity follows the recent retirement of the city’s Chief of Police, who served six years with the Martinez Police Department. Given the extremely high level of community support for the Martinez Police Department, the next Chief of Police will have a cornerstone opportunity to build upon a unique policing dynamic that will positively impact the quality of life for all who live, work, and recreate in Martinez.

The men and women of the Martinez Police Department are committed to providing public safety services in a fair, compassionate, and proactive manner while delivering a high level of community interaction. Martinez Police Department employees strive to ensure the best possible service delivery which encompasses protecting the rights and safety of everyone; proactive community engagement; effective crime prevention, reduction, and resolution; and valuing diversity and transparency.

The Martinez Police Department has a current budget of approximately $17 million in support of 52 allocated FTE’s (37 sworn and 15 professional staff members). The Chief of Police has ultimate responsibility for the vision, direction, and policing philosophy of the Department. The Department’s command structure consists of the Chief of Police, one Captain, and two Lieutenants who oversee the Department’s operations.

Under the direction of the City Manager, the Chief of Police is responsible for the day-to-day administrative and operational activities of the Police Department. This at-will executive position is appointed by the City Manager in consultation with the Martinez City Council. As a crucial member of the City’s Executive Team, the Chief’s key duties and responsibilities include developing, planning, and implementing Department goals and objectives; providing complex administrative support to the City Manager; preparing and presenting staff reports and other necessary correspondence related to the Department to the City Council and a variety of commissions, committees, and boards; recruiting, selecting, mentoring, training, motivating, and evaluating personnel; developing and implementing Department policies and procedures; and administering the disciplinary system and other internal accountability controls.

Ideal candidates must be of the highest integrity and have a demonstrated history of team-focused, contemporary executive leadership experience. The competitive candidate will possess excellent interpersonal communication, have significant experience with community engagement and a proactive problem-solving orientation. The next Martinez Chief of Police will have demonstrated experience with implementing 21st Century policing principles and strategies to move the organization forward in a manner consistent with contemporary expectations.

Any combination of training and experience providing the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, criminal justice, police science or a related field. Master’s degree is preferred.

Experience: A minimum of five years of command experience, including at least two years at the level of captain or a or higher in a similarly sized or larger organization.

License or Certificates: Possession of a Management Certificate issued by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.) or equivalent. Completion of an advanced police leadership program such as P.O.S.T. Command College, FBI National Academy, or Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) is desired, as is a P.O.S.T. Executive Certificate.

The compensation for this at-will executive position will be up to $235,000 annually with placement in the range dependent on qualifications and experience. The City of Martinez offers the selected candidate an excellent benefits package including paid vacation, paid sick leave, health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, assigned vehicle, and membership in the CalPERS public employees retirement system: Classic – 3% @ age 55 or PEPRA – 2.7% @ age 57.

This recruitment will be handled with strict confidentiality. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Confidential inquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks (ret.) at (916) 550-4100.

Interested candidates should submit a comprehensive résumé and compelling cover letter online at no later than Monday, June 27, 2022.

Mosaic Public Partners will conduct preliminary interviews as applications are received. The first review of résumés by the Martinez City Manager will take place in mid-July 2022, and on-site interviews will be held in late-July to early-August 2022. It is anticipated that the selected Chief of Police will take office on a mutually agreeable date in September, 2022.

The City of Martinez is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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