The City of Tehachapi is located 35 miles east/southeast of Bakersfield and west of Mojave in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, with an elevation of 4,000. The City’s diverse population of just under 9,800 enjoy a quality of life and sense of community as it retains a small-town atmosphere and attracts new businesses while embracing technological and commercial innovations. The Police Department has a strong police/community partnership, working regularly with local faith-based organizations and other non-profit groups or organizations on community concerns. The Department is also extremely active in community events such as parades, festivals, parks, and recreation activities, etc. Tehachapi is seeking a candidate who will fully embrace the small-town spirit of the City and who will become a visible, active, and engaged member of the community. A candidate with excellent public speaking skills who is comfortable with public and press visibility would do well in this position. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a professional, fair, and consistent demeanor with all stakeholders. Qualified candidates possess at least three (3) years of varied, increasingly responsible law enforcement management experience and must be eligible for a POST Management Certificate. Preferred qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and graduation from POST Command College or POST Supervisory Leadership Institute.

The salary range for the Police Chief is $110,244 to $172,800 annually; placement within this range is dependent upon qualifications. The City also offers an attractive benefits package. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at to apply online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Mr. Bryan Hill at (916) 784-9080.

Filing Deadline: March 29, 2023