The Kansas City Missouri Board of Police Commissioners is conducting a national search for an experienced and innovative police executive to serve as the next Chief of Police for the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD). Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in the state with a population of more than a half million people, and at the heart of a bi-state metropolitan area with more than 2 million residents, 172 cities, and 15 counties. This outstanding opportunity to lead a major city police department arises after the retirement of Chief Rick Smith who served more than 32 years with the department and the last five as the police chief. The ideal candidate will be well-prepared to address an array of critical issues, including community safety, police accountability, recruitment and retention, and transparency. With a 2022-2023 budget of $268.9m, KCPD is authorized 1,429 sworn officers and 613 civilian employees who work in the Chief’s Office or one of five Bureaus each managed by a Deputy Chief. The Chief will be a forward-thinking leader and recognized for being an outstanding contributor to the advancement of the policing profession. KCPD’s next Chief must be trustworthy, accessible to the community, and an outstanding communicator. The next Chief will develop a clear vision for the department, especially as it relates to combating violent crime, and communicating effective strategies that will improve trust between the police department and the community. The ideal candidate will have a collaborative management style and will foster a working environment that encourages individuals to excel in their areas of responsibility. The successful candidate will have five years (5) years of progressively responsible executive management experience in a police organization. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, law, public administration, political science, or a related field is required. A master’s degree in public administration or a related field is highly desirable as is the completion of the MCCA PELI Program, FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, FBI National Executive Institute, or PERF’s – Senior Management Institute for Police. The salary range is up to $189,768 annually, and placement will be based on qualifications and professional achievements. Please contact the recruiter for additional information. In addition, the position comes with a generous executive benefits program and may include relocation assistance. For optimal consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply by September 5, 2022, by submitting a comprehensive resume, compelling cover letter, and list of professional references via email to The brochure can be viewed at Candidates should direct inquiries and questions regarding this position or the recruitment process to:

Mr. Gary Peterson, Chief of Police (ret.) – President/CEO
Public Sector Search & Consulting, Inc.
916.789.9990 (office)
916.622.5323 (mobile)

The Kansas City Missouri Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.