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2233 Chief of Police

Chief of Police

Ukiah, CA, USA

Ukiah, CA, USA

City of Ukiah

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


Lead Recruiter


The City of Ukiah offers an enticing career opportunity to collaborative, transparent law enforcement leaders who are looking to make a lasting impact in a supportive community and organization. Given the interactive nature of the community and strong desire to pursue increased community policing, the next Chief of Police will have occasion to forge a unique policing dynamic that will positively impact the quality of life for all in Ukiah.


The Ukiah Police Department (UPD) is a professional organization comprised of dedicated, well-trained officers and staff who are committed to working in partnership with the community to provide public safety to the residents and visitors of Ukiah.  UPD officers serve by patrolling the city and by responding to calls for police service, performing crime prevention activities, conducting investigations, promoting public safety, and apprehending offenders.  The Ukiah Police Department strives to make a positive impact on the quality of life of residents and visitors alike.  The stated organizational values of the Ukiah Police Department are Safety, Professionalism, and Community Service.

The Ukiah Police Department has a FY 22/23 operating budget of approximately $12.5 million and an authorized staffing level of 50 FTEs. The department is organized into three divisions which are overseen by a Police Captain who is the agency’s second-in-command.  The Operations and Administrative Divisions are commanded by Lieutenants, and the Communications and Records Division is overseen by a civilian manager.

The Communications Center handles all 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls for the City of Ukiah and City of Fort Bragg Police Departments, provides after-hours dispatching services for Electric, Water, Wastewater and other City of Ukiah services, and makes emergency notifications to the community.


Reporting to the City Manager, the Chief of Police plans, organizes, manages, directs, and coordinates the City’s comprehensive police services and law enforcement programs; provides expert professional assistance to City management staff in areas of law enforcement; fosters cooperative working relationships with citizen groups and other agencies on police matters and performs other duties as assigned by the City Manager. The Chief of Police serves as a key member of the City Manager’s executive team. Key responsibilities include developing and implementing departmental goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; preparing, administering and managing the department budget; and identifying law enforcement and crime prevention needs and priorities by conferring with citizens, community groups, and City officials.

The ideal candidate has a team-oriented, problem-solving orientation and an open, transparent, inclusive, and engaging communication style that inspires people inside and outside the Ukiah Police Department. In addition, a leader with a high level of emotional intelligence, empathy, understanding and demonstrated experience in 21st Century policing principles and strategies will assist in moving the organization forward in a manner consistent with societal expectations.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:

Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in police science, criminal justice, public or business administration, or a related field.

Experience: Ten years of increasingly responsible experience in law enforcement, including at least five years of management/administrative experience in a similarly sized or larger organization.

License or Certificates: Possession of a Management Certificate issued by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.), or equivalent. An Executive Certificate, or equivalent, is highly desirable in addition to completion of the P.O.S.T. Command College Program, FBI National Academy and/or Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) coursework.


The salary range for the Chief of Police is up to $207,161, with placement in the range dependent on qualifications.  An excellent executive benefit package is provided including CalPERS Retirement with “Classic” members receiving 3% @ 50 and “New” members at 2.7% @ 57, generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave accrual, deferred compensation 457 savings plans, and there is no contribution to Social Security. The City also contributes 85% of a selected plan for a variety of health, dental and vision plans and provides Management Incentive Pay, uniform allowance, city vehicle use, and a negotiable $8,000 housing and relocation allowance with the selected candidate. Interested candidates are encouraged to review the detailed recruitment brochure for additional benefit information and details.


This recruitment will be handled with strict confidentiality. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Chief Bryan Noblett (ret.) or Chief Greg Nelson (ret.) at (916) 550-4100.

A preliminary closing date has been set for Monday, December 19, 2022.

Interested candidates are encouraged to review the detailed recruitment brochure and apply below.

The City of Ukiah is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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