Website City of San Mateo, CA

Police Captain

City of San Mateo, CA


The City of San Mateo (pop. 104,570) is the second-largest municipality in San Mateo County, located on the San Francisco Peninsula. The San Mateo Police Department is served by a very talented staff of 170 sworn and non-sworn employees and a Fiscal Year 2020/21 budget of approximately $50 million.  Reporting to Police Chief Ed Barberini are two Police Captains and one civilian director. The San Mateo Police Department is organized into three bureaus: Field Operations Services, Support Services/Investigations Services, and Records/Communications.


The new Police Captain will have the ability and experience to oversee any of the three Bureaus.  The newly appointed Captain will be a collaborator, facilitator, and supportive of a change-management culture that instills a concept of a people-driven organization that allows the freedom and autonomy for decision making while incorporating best practices and accountability. Teaming with Department leadership, the Police Captain will inspire and grow this culture throughout the organization and will be comfortable moving away from a more traditional approach. Ideally, the Police Captain selected will have an interest in serving as Police Chief in the future.


Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying.  This may include five years of broad and extensive experience in all major phases of municipal police work, preferably including one or more years of increasingly responsible management experience, and the equivalent to completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in police, public or business administration or a related field. California POST Advance and Supervisory certificates are required; POST Management certification is highly desirable. Possession of a master’s degree in a related field from an accredited and POST acceptable college or university is preferred. Successful completion of the California POST Command College Program or the California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute is desirable. Well-rounded police career development is preferred. Experience as a sworn police officer in the state of California is required to be eligible for this position.


The annual salary range is $185,409 – $221,142, DOQE.


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Peckham & McKenney


Please do not hesitate to contact Bobbi Peckham toll-free at (866) 912-1919 or if you have any questions regarding this position or recruitment process.  Resumes will be acknowledged within 2 business days.


Filing Deadline:  March 19, 2021