The City of Downey is a dynamic and diverse community located in the heart of Los Angeles County. More than 113,000 residents are proud to reside in the City due to its nationally recognized schools, numerous well-kept parks, and various amenities, including a regional mall, major shopping and business centers, the Downey Theatre, Downey Library and the Columbia Memorial Space Center. The mission of the Downey Police Department is to preserve the peace and protect and serve all who live or work in, as well as those who travel through, the City, and in so doing, to make a meaningful contribution to the quality of life in the community. The Department motto is “Our Community, Our Commitment”. Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Pride and Cooperation serve as “value anchors” as the Department strives each day to carry out its mission. The City is seeking a well-rounded and seasoned candidate to serve as the next Police Chief. This is an exciting opportunity for a forward facing, team oriented, and creative candidate to work amongst many generations alongside a diverse staff and community. The incoming Police Chief must have the ability to lead and develop a strong team, leading by example. Candidates with proven leadership experience, excellent interpersonal skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and a commitment to service are desired. The successful candidate must interface well with other agencies and associations, and should have the ability to navigate and work with unions. An individual who treats everyone fairly and respectfully, and understands the leadership skills needed for the Chief role is desired.
Qualified candidates possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Police Science, Public or Business Administration, or a related field, and eight (8) years of increasingly responsible experience in all major facets of municipal police work including management and supervision.
The monthly salary for the Police Chief is $18,026.95 to $21,992.89. Placement within this range is dependent on experience and qualifications. The City also offers an excellent benefits package.