The Port of Seattle has a mission to promote economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing trade, travel, commerce, and job creation in an equitable, accountable, and environmentally responsible manner. Our vision is to develop a Port that mirrors — throughout its breadth of operations and services and within its leadership hierarchy — the diversity of our community, instills principles of equity in its culture, and ensures a fair and intentional distribution of opportunities to expand economic development and quality of life for all. We are identifying and dismantling Portwide structural barriers to ensure that historically oppressed communities, particularly communities of color, have access to the resources they need to thrive. The Port of Seattle Police Department provides primary law enforcement services to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and the Port’s seaport properties. They patrol more than 30 miles of waterfront property, piers, marinas, and cargo and cruise ship terminals. The Port is seeking a well-rounded, experienced law enforcement professional with excellent interpersonal skills and proven leadership capabilities and a commitment to leading with equity. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker and a visionary leader with a demonstrated track record of building trust and operating with various constituency groups, such as Board Members, politicians, other law enforcement agencies, and federal agencies. The new Chief is an innovative thinker that supports creativity and will work to alter the culture of the Police Department to work with all agencies, inside and outside of the Port.
Qualified candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field and have a minimum of three years of command or management level experience in a Police Department, including supervision of other Police supervisors, and day-to-day management of one or more major programs or assignments. Completion of relevant police management training also is required. Graduation from the FBI National Academy, PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police, or comparable executive training is highly desirable. The annual salary range for the incoming Chief of Police is dependent upon qualifications. The Port also offers an attractive benefits package.
This is an at-will position.