Chief of Police
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

A national search is underway to attract an accomplished law enforcement professional to lead a police department at one of Washington’s most desirable public universities. Western Washington University is a public institution with more than 15,000 students in seven academic colleges, plus an Honors College and a graduate school. Western is nationally recognized for the quality of its academic programs and emphasis on social mobility, research, and public service.

The University Police Department workforce is proud to represent the university and provides fair and equitable policing as they keep Western’s campus safe and secure. The Western Washington University Police Department employs 15 sworn peace officers, including a chief, assistant chief, three sergeants, one corporal, and nine officers. The department continues to focus on professionalism and has increased diversity in its ranks, including top administrative positions. In the winter of 2021, body-worn cameras were issued to all officers, reflecting a commitment to accountability and transparency.

The next Chief will possess a bachelor’s degree and ten years of experience in law enforcement with three years of management experience at a lieutenant rank or above. Candidates will have a broad knowledge and understanding of the public safety and security issues of a major academic, research, and/or public service institution, strategic knowledge, and appreciation of state-of-the-art industrial access control and intrusion detection systems and programs are required. The selected candidate must be able to secure and maintain the appropriate level of Federal security clearance, POST certification and meet all university requirements. Preferred Qualifications include an advanced degree, experience as a law enforcement officer in a university setting, functional knowledge of Equal Opportunity, Title IX, and the Clery Act as it pertains to university policing, and advanced leadership courses.

This at-will position has a competitive salary for the region. SALARY RANGE INCREASED to $155,0000-$185,000/year, depending on qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package augments the salary.

The position will close on September 12, 2022. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early for optimal consideration. Only the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to participate in virtual interviews with the Search Committee in late September 2022. Finalists will participate in an on-campus process in early October 2022, with an appointment anticipated in late October 2022. The brochure can be downloaded from this page. Confidential inquiries and questions regarding this career opportunity should be directed to Public Sector Search & Consulting, Inc – (916) 789-9990 (office).

Gary Peterson, Chief of Police (ret.), CEO/President
(916) 622-5323 (mobile)
gary@publicsectorsearch.com

Sylvia Moir, Chief of Police (ret.), Senior Consultant
(916) 802-3004 (mobile)
sylvia@publicsectorsearch.com