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Police Chief-City of Prineville (OR)

Date Posted: April 10, 2024

Employer: City of Prineville


The City of Prineville is seeking a Police Chief for this resurgent rural community of 11,513 in Oregon’s high desert 20 miles northeast of Bend. Established in 1868, Prineville is the oldest community in Central Oregon and takes pride in preserving its friendly, small-town character and Western lifestyle while embracing smart growth in a business-friendly environment that includes tech giants Meta and Apple. The City operates under a council-manager form of government with a 2024-2025 biennial budget of $120.7 million and a team of 82.97 FTEs.

Citizen safety is foundational to the Prineville community. The Prineville Police Department trains, embraces, and practices procedural justice and has earned and maintained accreditation status through the Oregon Accreditation Alliance since 2016. The Department operates with a biennial 2024-2025 budget of $15,397,550 and 25 budgeted FTEs across a service area of 12.83 square miles. Calls for services in 2023 were 22,444. Crook County 911 is a division of the Prineville Police Department with a staffing of 13.3 FTEs and 55,426 total calls in 2023.

This is a unique opportunity to lead a state accredited police department in the growing City of Prineville in Central Oregon. The City is a well-managed organization with an excellent team of department directors with both public and private sector experience. City staff are known for being down-to-earth, intelligent, forward-thinking, and highly invested in the community. The City also enjoys a reputation for having an excellent working relationship between Council and staff. The community supports a conservative focus and lifestyle and is very supportive of law enforcement. Prineville also experiences over 300 days of sunshine per year with four distinctive seasons and outdoor activities for each. If you are looking for a friendly and supportive community with a great quality of life, a stable Council-Manager form of government, and a City with a very healthy financial outlook, this may be the right opportunity.

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More Information: GMP Consultants is assisting the City of Prineville with this search. Learn more at The City of Prineville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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