Chief of Police
Shaker Heights, OH

The City of Shaker Heights is conducting a national search to attract an exceptionally well qualified candidate to serve as the next Chief of Police for the Shaker Heights Police Department (SHPD). The ideal candidate will be well-prepared to address an array of critical functions and challenges; including public safety, community engagement, police accountability, recruitment and retention, and transparency. Shaker Heights is an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland with a population of just under 30,000 residents who have light rail access to downtown Cleveland’s office buildings, restaurants, theatre district, museums, and professional sport stadiums. Shaker Heights Police Department (SHPD) is a CALEA accredited agency with a 2022 budget of $11.5m and an authorized force of 68 sworn officers, and 38 support and part-time personnel. SHPD partners with the community to promote safety and security through crime prevention, traffic safety, and criminal investigation, while creating a work environment that recruits, trains, and develops outstanding employees. The next chief will be an experienced law enforcement executive who will inspire confidence and trust from the community and earn the respect of both sworn and civilian employees. While the City of Shaker Heights reserves the right to utilize equivalencies when deemed appropriate, preferred candidates will have ten (10) years of experience as a police officer, at least four (4) years of which must be in a supervisory capacity. The most competitive candidates will have experience in senior executive assignments, management of community policing efforts, or internal affairs. A bachelor’s degree with coursework in public administration, criminal justice, or related field and experience in law enforcement administration and operations management, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. A master’s degree is desirable. Graduation from the FBI National Academy, PERF – Senior Management Institute for Police, Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course and/or Administrative Officers Course, Northwestern Center for Public Safety Police Staff and Command School, or Police Executive Leadership College is preferred. This at-will position will have a competitive market rate salary augmented by an excellent benefits package. Please contact the recruiter for additional information. For optimal consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply by September 30, 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 Public Sector Search & Consulting:

Gary Peterson, Chief of Police (ret.)
916.622.5323 (mobile)

Joseph Lestrange, PhD (Division Chief, ret.)
Senior Consultant
347.992.8750 (mobile)