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Police Captain

Police Captain

Ukiah, CA, USA

Ukiah, CA, USA

City of Ukiah

Chief Bryan Noblett (ret.) and Chief Greg Nelson (ret.)


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The City of Ukiah offers an enriching opportunity to community oriented, forward-thinking law enforcement leaders who are looking to serve as a second-in-command and 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 Police Captain will have the opportunity to work closely with the newly appointed Chief of Police 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 Chief of Police, the Police Captain performs a variety of highly responsible technical, administrative, and managerial functions to assure effective and efficient Police Department operations; coordinates activities with City departments, civic and community entities, and other law enforcement agencies; participates in organizing and directing police services and programs; and performs related work as assigned by the Chief of Police. The Captain serves as a key member of the command team with key responsibilities of overseeing the supervision and management of all divisions within the department; managing and auditing the citizen complaint process; directing, coordinating and participating in administrative and internal investigations; conducting complex internal investigations; and representing the department at community and business meetings to promote collaboration, communication, and trust with the community.

The ideal candidate will have a team-oriented, problem-solving orientation; a high level of emotional intelligence and empathy; an open, honest, and engaging leadership style; and a leadership style that will support and complement that of the newly appointed Chief of Police.


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: Equivalent to an Associate of Arts Degree with major course work in police science, business or public administration, or a related field.

  • Experience: Eight (8) years of experience in municipal police work, including supervisory experience of at least three (3) years in an administrative or management level.

  • License or Certificates: Possession of an Advanced Certificate issued by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.), or equivalent. A Management Certificate is highly desirable and will be required prior to completion of the probationary period.


The salary range for the Police Captain is $133,392 - $170,347, with placement in the range dependent on qualifications.  The City is also offering a generous lateral bonus of $20,000.

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 and accrual transfers with City Manager approval; deferred compensation 457 savings plans; educational incentives; 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 assistance and relocation expenses allowance with the selected candidate. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to review the detailed recruitment brochure for additional benefit information and details.


Interested candidates are encouraged to apply below immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong candidate pool has been established.

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.

The City of Ukiah is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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