One of the most significant appointments a mayor or city/county manager can make is the appointment of a police chief. For 30 years, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) has identified the most skilled professionals in the field and has assisted city leaders in recruiting and selecting some of the best police executives in the business.
PERF’s in-depth knowledge and understanding of policing in the United States and other nations provides an unparalleled foundation for the provision of executive search services. From America’s largest cities to smaller communities across the nation, PERF has earned a reputation as a leading provider of police executive search services.
Over the past decade, PERF has assisted with more than 75 executive searches, providing our clients with a highly qualified and diverse national candidate pool from which to select a new police leader.
PERF has assisted jurisdictions such as:
... and many other cities and towns across the country.
PERF also has published several books on executive development for policing professionals:
Leadership Matters: Police Chiefs Talk About Their Careers
Command Performance: A Career Guide for Police Executives
Selecting a Police Chief: A Handbook for Local Government
Managing for Success: A Police Chief's Survival Guide
“Good to Great” Policing: Application of Business Management Principles in the Public Sector.
To order any of these publications, please call our toll-free ordering line: 1-888-202-4563.
Government officials looking for assistance in recruiting or identifying police chief candidates should contact PERF Deputy Chief of Staff Shannon Branly.
In addition to our formal executive search program, please take advantage of our website’s Employment Bulletin Board where you can search for career opportunities in law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies and related organizations may post job announcements or arrange to have PERF forward e-mail job announcements to our members. The fee for this service is $500. If you are interested in this service, please contact Balinda Cockrell.