City of Pacific Grove – Chief of Police

Position Title:

Chief of Police


City of Pacific Grove

Position Type:

Commissioned Law Enforcement Position

Introduction Statement:

The City of Pacific Grove offers a rare opportunity for a talented and dedicated police executive to lead in one of the most spectacular locations in the nation. Located on the very tip of the scenic, tree-shrouded Monterey Peninsula, Pacific Grove boasts a beautiful, fully accessible coastline. Primarily a residential community, Pacific Grove has a population of 15,698 and over 1,300 registered historic homes and other structures. The Pacific Grove Police Department is a service-oriented agency that provides full-service policing, 24/7, to the community. The agency’s authorized strength is 22 sworn officers, and supporting the Department are 11 professional positions.


Full Time


The salary range for this at-will executive position is $144,206-$193,252 plus a 3% management incentive, DOQ, in addition to an excellent benefits package.

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public or Business Administration, or related field and 7 years of extensive, progressively responsible supervisory and administrative experience, preferably in a municipal police department or other public agency; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience is required. A Management Certificate from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), completion of the POST Command College Program, or FBI National Academy is highly desirable, as is a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration, Administration of Justice, or a related field. A valid California State Driver’s License is required. Must obtain and/or maintain Peace Officer certification and requirements for the position of Police Chief as required by the California POST Commission.

Information for Obtaining an Application:

Interested candidates should submit a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume to by February 11, 2019. Interviews are expected to occur in March with an anticipated selection to be made in early-April. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Chief Greg Nelson (ret.) at (916) 630-4900. Detailed brochure available at

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