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Chief of Police – Spokane Police Department (WA)

Date Posted: April 22, 2024

Employer: Spokane, WA


Chief of Police
Spokane, WA


A national search is underway to attract an exceptionally qualified individual to serve as the Chief of Police for the Spokane Police Department (SPD). Spokane seeks a Chief of Police who embodies the spirit of leadership, innovation, and community engagement. This search seeks to attract a candidate who can lead the members of the SPD into the future by leveraging their existing strengths to prioritize transparency, decision making informed by data and research, and a deep commitment to community partnership. SPD operates under the leadership of the Chief of Police, who is appointed by the mayor. With a 2023-2024 budget of $90 million SPD has a sworn staff of 352, along with 97 civilian employees. The ideal candidate will be a leader of integrity and vision, with a proven track record in law enforcement and community engagement. They will possess the skills to navigate the complexities of modern policing, including the implementation of legislated initiatives, enhancing community trust, and fostering a culture of transparency and accountability within the department.


The new Chief will possess at least ten years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, including significant leadership experience at a municipal police department. A history of successful community engagement, business acumen, and collaborative problem-solving in a diverse community setting is essential. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field is required. A master’s degree is preferred, as is executive-level training such as FBI National Executive Institute, FBI National Academy, Major City Chiefs PELI Program, Southern Police Institute, or PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police. The selected candidate must be capable of meeting the requirements established by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission for executive certification.


This at-will position offers a competitive compensation package that reflects the significance and demands of the role. In addition to a salary range of $201,868-$247,804, the city provides an extensive benefits package. For optimal consideration, candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday, May 24th, 2024 at 5 pm Pacific Time, by submitting a comprehensive resume, compelling cover letter, and list of professional references via email to [email protected]. The brochure for the position can be viewed at Only the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the selection process beginning mid-June 2024. After a selection has been made, an offer will follow, contingent on successful completion of the remainder of the city hiring process. The selected candidate will join SPD in August 2024, or at a mutually agreeable date. Questions regarding this position or the recruitment process should be directed to Mr. Justin Doll (Chief of Police, Ret.), Mobile (907) 748-5746 or [email protected] or Mr. Gary Peterson, President/CEO – Mobile (916) 622-5323, Office (916) 789-9990 or [email protected].

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