Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) connects the San Francisco Peninsula with Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton and other cities in the East Bay. The Mission of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District is to provide safe, clean, reliable, and customer-friendly regional public transit service in order to increase mobility and accessibility, strengthen community and economic prosperity, and preserve the environment in the Bay Area. BART is widely regarded as successfully doing just that, by those in the Bay Area and by those in public transit nationally. This is one of America’s premier systems. 

Bay Area Rapid Transit is seeking a bold and visionary leader to serve as its next Police Chief. The organization is looking for a progressive and change oriented leader capable of ensuring the Police Department continues to serve the many diverse communities of the Bay Area in a unified and effective manner. The BART Police Department is comprised of 206 sworn peace, whose mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for all passengers within the transit system. The key priority for this role is focused on external relations and engagement with all of the communities in the BART system. This task will also require constant engagement with the community of riders as well as local leaders to ensure that BART is meeting the needs and delivering quality service to all. A high level of political acumen and focus on visibility will also be needed for this role in order for the Chief to build effective ties with the Board and the various communities that BART serves. 

This position requires a minimum of seven years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable law enforcement experience which must have included at least three years of management and administrative experience at a rank equivalent to Lieutenant or higher. A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, criminology, public administration or a closely related field from an accredited college or university is required and a Master’s degree is preferred. Possession of a valid P.O.S.T. management certification is also required for this position.  The target salary range is between $250,000 and $270,000 depending on qualifications.  To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Bill Avery by October 14, 2019. 

Bill Avery or Bill Lopez

Avery Associates

3½ N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A

Los Gatos, CA 95030

E-mail: [email protected]


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