Finding and cultivating
great police leaders is all we do.

We are a premier, boutique-style, national search firm focused solely on recruiting top police executives for our clients.



Our team includes former police chiefs who have more than 60 years of combined public sector leadership and recruiting experience.

Our extensive national network of police leaders helps us to identify highly qualified candidates. This network includes our affiliation with associations that seek to advance police executives from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Public Sector Search & Consulting believes the police executive search process should be inclusive and transparent. In every project, we provide our clients with many options and a framework to incorporate stakeholders (the community, clergy, employee, and advocacy groups) into their search.

Boutique-Style Approach, Personalized Service

We're different from other recruiting firms because we offer a more personalized approach.

At PSSC, we purposefully limit the number of searches we undertake to ensure each client receives outstanding customer service. Our recruiter is your sole point of contact and will lead the search from start to finish. We have fewer management layers and open and direct communications, which helps us streamline your search.

Our leadership team includes seasoned professionals—industry experts
with the ideal blend of public- and private-sector experience.

Gary Peterson

President/CEO – Chief of Police (Ret.)

Trish Peterson

Executive Vice President – Operations

Mark Helms

Senior Consultant – Chief of Police (Ret.)

Justin Doll

Senior Consultant – Chief of Police (Ret.)

Our track record speaks
for itself.

We have conducted national police chief searches for cities, towns, universities, and community colleges. Our recruiters have led the following searches over the past several years:


  • Bellevue, WA
    Assistant Chief
  • Northglenn, CO
    Deputy Chief
  • Tiburon, CA
  • Opa-Locka, FL
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Lancaster, PA
  • Lacey, WA
  • Raleigh, NC


  • Dallas, TX
  • Nashville, TN
  • Beacon, NY
  • Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Boulder, CO
  • Thornton, CO
  • Sonoma State University, CA
  • Mott Community College, MI


  • Yakima, WA 
  • Redmond, WA  
  • Payson, AZ 
  • Grand Rapids, MI 


  • Seattle, WA  
  • Seaside, CA 
  • Albany, NY 
  • Syracuse, NY 
  • University at Buffalo (SUNY) 
  • Rohnert Park, CA 
    Director of Public Safety


  • Sacramento, CA 
  • San Francisco, CA 
  • UCLA 
  • Fairfield, CA 
  • UC Davis 
  • Kansas City, MO 
  • Dallas, TX 
  • Los Rios Community College, CA 


  • UC San Francisco 
  • Shafter, CA 
Chief of Police

Working with a true professional such as Gary gave me confidence in the entire hiring process. Gary was able to convey information promptly and accurately, and his overall demeanor helped me excel in my presentation. Gary brought out the best I could give.

Chief of Police
City of Kansas City, MO
Rick Smith
Bill Scott Chief of Police

Had it not been for Gary Peterson recruiting me for the position of Chief of Police for the San Francisco Police Department, I would not have applied. I found Gary to be a very professional, open, and honest executive recruiter. Additionally, he maintained outstanding communication with me throughout the application process.

Chief of Police
City & County of San Francisco
Bill Scott

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