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Police Chief-City of Boulder Police Department

Date Posted: June 11, 2024

Employer: City of Boulder


The City of Boulder is seeking a visionary Police Chief to direct the Boulder Police Department and foster strong relationships with the entire community, City government, and outside agencies. Reporting directly to the City Manager, the Police Chief is responsible for the overall leadership, culture, performance, and efficiency of the Police Department. The Chief maintains community and officer safety through progressive policies, training, accountability, and oversight and upholds best practices that align with a modern, progressive police department.


The new Police Chief aligns with the vision outlined in the Reimagine Policing Plan and will lead the ongoing efforts to transition the Boulder Police Department to a problem-solving policing approach. The Police Chief embraces a cross-disciplinary model known as holistic governance with a focus on enhanced engagement and relationships, improved accountability and transparency, and increased officer readiness. The successful candidate easily builds trust and respect with community members, community-based organizations, City leadership, Police Department staff, and other outside agencies. With high emotional intelligence, the Police Chief is an effective communicator and active listener who values diversity of thought and welcomes new ideas from the department and the community.


A questionnaire of Boulder’s Community Leaders, Community-Based Organizations, and select Board and Commission members prioritized a Police Chief who:

• is committed to working to overcome inherent bias in policing
• is committed to transparency
• demonstrates cultural competence and cultural awareness
• creates an equitable and inclusive environment
• holds their staff accountable to act with justice and fairness to all people
• provides transparency to the community and is willing to share data and metrics
• has a continuous improvement mindset, reviews and updates policies and procedures, and utilizes the City’s racial equity tools
• is accessible and accountable to the community
• demonstrates the ability to build trust and relationships in the community


At least 10 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience is required, with demonstrated experience in senior executive assignments, leadership in community policing, and crime reduction initiatives. Executive leadership skills that foster an open, trusting, and welcoming work environment are essential. A genuine commitment to and prior experience with an active model of community-led, problem-solving policing is required. Prior experience advancing racial equity initiatives with demonstrated experience collaborating on issues including mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness are essential. A deep commitment to transparency with a proven track record of building trust and effective relationships in the community is non-negotiable.
A bachelor’s degree and certification as a Police Officer, or the ability to obtain certification, as mandated by the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board is required. The ability to have and maintain acceptable background information, including criminal conviction history is required. The City of Boulder encourages the Police Chief to reside within the City limits.


Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.


Compensation and Benefits
The annual salary range for the Police Chief is $181,861 - $246,048, with an anticipated hiring range of $181,861 - $233,210, and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Boulder is a progressive organization that values employee engagement and well-being. The City recognizes the importance of providing an encompassing health and life benefits program to employees, including Hybrid Work, Flex Schedules, Telehealth and Wellness Incentives, Infants and Dogs at Work Program, Local bus Eco-Pass, and an Employee Discount Program on goods and services throughout the Boulder Community.


How to Apply
Respect is one of Boulder’s five City Values, and they are committed to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. The City celebrates and supports differences across all spectrums, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, and sexual orientation. Through the City’s focus on racial equity, employee benefits, and the many program resources offered to employees, Boulder continually strives to weave respect for one another into the fabric of their organization.


Add your voice and talents to the City of Boulder and help them grow in service excellence for an inspired future. Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position will be open until filled with a first review of applications beginning July 8, 2024.

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