JOB TITLE: Chief of Police
AGENCY: City of East Palo Alto
LOCATION: East Palo Alto, CA
FILING DEADLINE:  October 21, 2022
SALARY RANGE: $191,016.03 – $232,181.17 Annually

The Position
Reporting to the City Manager, the Chief of Police plans, organizes, manages, and provides direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the Police department, including field operations, criminal investigations, communications, and management services; coordinates department activities with other City departments, officials, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among City departments and with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups, and provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance and law enforcement expertise to the City Manager. 

The incumbent is expected to exercise independent judgment, wisdom, common sense, and initiative in establishing efficient and effective departmental operations consistent with City Council objectives and administrative guidelines established by the City Manager. The incumbent must also function as a member of the City’s management team and participate actively in addressing issues of concern to the City which at times may not have a direct impact on their area of specialization. The City of East Palo Alto’s next Chief of Police will guide and lead the department through the changes that are occurring in policing throughout the nation. This position requires someone who understands and is prepared to define and implement strategies and methodology required for law enforcement to be successful today and in the future.


The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with demonstrated success working through leadership transition in a diverse community while leading a law enforcement agency effectively in proactive community policing. The successful candidate will be open-minded, possess high moral character and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to build positive working relationships and partnerships at all levels within the department, with other City departments and the entire community. The Chief will provide consistent communication and outreach to East Palo Alto residents, businesses, and other key stakeholders; promote collaborative problem solving, involve citizens in fighting crime and establish successful relationships with outside organizations. The new Chief of Police will exemplify integrity and professionalism, while promoting service-oriented policing, engagement, and partnerships throughout the city and within the department. The ability to lead by example, be a team player and instill accountability while treating employees and citizens equitably and with respect will be essential to success. Qualified candidates will be open to input and have an inclusive problem-solving approach and embrace workforce diversity and inclusion. 

It is imperative that City of East Palo Alto’s Chief of Police understands the necessary relationship with the community and takes the opportunity to listen to and address community concerns with empathy, transparency, and understanding. Residents are engaged and having a Chief that is equally engaged and has a sense of being a part of this community while being open and present is critical for success in this position. East Palo Alto has a diverse population, so the new Chief must have experience in building local and regional partnerships while keeping a focus on protecting civil liberties.

 Key Attributes and Characteristics

  • Communicates clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates the work of the Police Service of East Palo Alto to meet short-term public safety objectives in concert with the Department’s multi-year Strategic Plan priorities.
  • Develops and administers sound Departmental policies, making decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and City/ Department policies.
  • Attracts and retains a diverse staff of sworn and civilian staff enriched by the cultural diversity which sets the city apart.
  • Mentors and develops talented subordinates to assume increasing levels of responsibility in service to the community.
  • Delegates, while monitoring performance. Holds all subordinates accountable in a timely manner and imposes discipline when appropriate.
  • Promotes community unity and forges effective working relationships.
  • Works constructively with all internal and external stakeholders, including command staff and labor organizations.
  • Takes initiative to continue the Department’s progress in the area of community-oriented policing.
  • Leads by clear example, to ensure that officers value the richness of East Palo Alto’s diversity and interacts with all community members in an unbiased manner.
  • Invests in the City’s future by reducing crime problems through meaningful intervention strategies.
  • Uses innovation, technology, and strategic leadership to achieve the City’s long-term vision for the Police Service of East Palo Alto.

 For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:

 To be considered, please electronically submit your resume, cover letter and a list of six professional references (references will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) at:  

 Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed.

 For additional information, please contact:

Frank Rojas at: (510) 495-0448 or Email: [email protected]


Carlo Zabala at: (510) 342-3233 or Email: [email protected]