The City of Capitola is a seaside community centrally located in Santa Cruz County and adjacent to the Monterey Bay. The City, with a population of 10,000, was named as one of the five best coastal towns in the west by Sunset Magazine. Incorporated in 1949, the City includes the beach, a downtown village, a wharf, a creek that runs through town and the 41st Avenue commercial area. The City is a recreation paradise, with more than two miles of coastline. In addition, Capitola is close to a number of state and regional parks with miles of biking and hiking trails and abundant recreational opportunities.
The City is seeking a dedicated leader for the Capitola Police Department with a proven track record of working proactively with an engaged community. The new Chief of Police will continue to promote community crime prevention/suppression awareness by maintaining and strengthening the existing partnerships with the community. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, innovative, imaginative, and capable of solving complex issues while foreseeing and avoiding oncoming problems. The successful candidate will be a hands-on executive with the technical expertise to continue the Department’s tradition of top-notch professionalism.
Qualified candidates will possess the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, police science, public administration or a related field is required, as is possession of a POST Management Certificate (or equivalent if out-of-state candidate). Graduation from the FBI National Academy, POST Command College, California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute or comparable executive training is highly desirable. A master’s degree is also highly desirable.
The salary for the Chief of Police position is $150,000 to $190,000 annually depending upon experience and qualifications. The City participates in the CalPERS retirement system. 3% at 50 for classic members and 2.7% at 55 for new members, as defined by PEPRA.