Police Chief-City of Ridgecrest (CA)

Date Posted: January 4, 2024

Employer: City of Ridgecrest


Located at the southern end of the Indian Wells Valley and renowned for its magnificent sunrises and sunsets, the City of Ridgecrest is a mecca for the outdoor adventurer. Incorporated in 1963 as a support system for the Naval Air Weapons Station, (NAWS) China Lake, Ridgecrest has evolved into a growing and dynamic city with many amenities while simultaneously offering a small-town feel. The Ridgecrest Police Department has a mission to form a lasting and mutually rewarding partnership with the community based on respect and sincerity. The Department seeks to provide loyal, fair, and ethical police services that actively prevent crime, reduce fear, and enhance the safety of citizens through Community Policing. The City of Ridgecrest is seeking an experienced, professional, and community-oriented candidate to serve as the next Police Chief. The ideal candidate is a forward thinker who develops and listens to staff while remaining humble and maintaining accountability. A strategic and analytical Chief with a proven track record of leading with fairness and integrity is essential. The incoming Chief should also offer a track record of successful mentorship of staff, leading the Department by example. Qualified candidates possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in police science, criminology, public administration, or a related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in all major facets of municipal police work including management and supervision. Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver's license, a satisfactory driving record, and a POST Advanced Certificate is required.


The top annual salary for the Police Chief is $171,865. Salary placement is dependent on experience and qualifications ($134,661 to $171,865). The City also offers an excellent benefits package. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at www.bobmurrayassoc.com to apply online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Ms. Deanna Cantrell at (916) 784-9080.
Filing Deadline: February 16, 2024

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