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The City of Costa Mesa is conducting a national search for a community service minded, innovative, progressive, and dynamic law enforcement professional to lead the Costa Mesa Police Department. With a FY 2020/21 budget of $48.3 million and a total staff of 216 full-time employees, the Police Chief will function as an effective advocate for the Department while balancing the needs of the community. It is imperative that the Police Chief be committed to transparency, collaboration, diversity and cultural sensitivity, and community engagement, accessibility, and outreach.

This position requires extensive, progressively responsible experience in law enforcement and crime prevention work, including considerable supervisory and administrative experience. Graduation from an accredited four-year college/university with major course work in criminal justice, administration of justice, public administration, or a related field is required. 5 years of extensive and increasingly responsible administrative and management experience in law enforcement while achieving the rank of Captain or its equivalent, is required. Prior experience as a Police Chief in a diverse and complex city and/or a Master’s degree is desired. Requirements also include possession of a POST Management Certificate (or equivalent). Completion of the POST Command College Program or FBI National Academy is desirable.

The City will offer a highly competitive salary to the selected candidate that is DOQE as well as an attractive benefits package, including CalPERS retirement.

Interested candidates should apply by submitting a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume via email to no later than Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Mr. Fred Wilson, Ralph Andersen & Associates at (916) 630-4900 or (714) 421-3258. Detailed brochure available at

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