Assistant Chief

The City of Bellevue, WA, offers an outstanding opportunity for a forward-thinking police leader to become an Assistant Chief. This individual will work with the Chief of Police (NOBLE member) and a second Assistant Chief to guide the department. The Bellevue Police Department (BPD) has a professional staff of 234 employees, 186 of whom are sworn officers and 48 civilian staff, and a FY 2022 budget of $52 million. The next Assistant Chief will be an excellent communicator who will earn the community’s trust and the respect of the command staff and line-level employees. The Assistant Chief will manage one of the two major bureaus, Operations or Administrative Services. Top candidates will have a record of success leading a division or bureau in a police agency where they provided strong leadership, exceptional community service and engagement, innovation in police technology, and strong budgetary management skills. Top candidates will have superior communication skills, a strong belief in partnerships beyond policing, and an unwavering commitment to advancing community safety.


The most competitive candidates will have at least two years of progressively responsible experience as a police captain or major. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in criminal justice, business, public administration, or a related field augmented by graduate studies is highly desirable. Candidates must have a track record of working effectively in an urban environment with a culturally and ethnically diverse community. The salary for this at-will position is up to $178,514, plus a market premium of 20% ($214,216). Candidates should also be aware that the State of Washington does not impose a state income tax. Further details on city-provided benefits may be obtained here. This position is considered “open” until the final selection is made. For optimal consideration, interested candidates should apply by April 7, 2023. Electronic submissions will be accepted at and should include a compelling cover letter, executive resume, and list of references. Confidential inquiries regarding this career opportunity should be directed to Mr. Gary Peterson (Chief of Police, ret.) at (916) 622-5323 or


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