Chief of Police – Albany, NY

Location: Albany, NY
Population: 98,000+
Salary: Competitive

This Recruitment is now closed

A national search is underway to identify highly qualified candidates to lead the City of Albany, New York Police Department. This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead a department that has been recognized as a model police department for community policing and progressive approaches to community safety. The City of Albany seeks a strong leader who will embrace an engaged and hopeful community and inspire department members to continue to work collaboratively to advance community trust and public safety. Top candidates will be well-prepared to address an array of vital organizational and policy issues including strategic planning, resource management, accountability, transparency, and discipline. The new Chief of Police will assume responsibility for a department with over 500 employees, including more than 340 sworn officers, and a $56.2 million budget. The position requires three years of satisfactory full-time paid experience as a permanent Chief of Police, Deputy Chief, Commander (or equivalent from outside agency), or Lieutenant. The Albany City Charter requires the Chief of Police to live in Albany. The salary for this at-will position is under review and will be market competitive.

Albany leads in Innovation

In April 2016, the City of Albany implemented a groundbreaking, innovative public safety and public health intervention that aimed to reorient the City’s approach to substance use, mental health, and poverty-driven contact with law enforcement. This initiative, called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD®) is built on an approach that understands that these issues are complex and difficult to easily improve, recognizes that behavior change is often a messy and lengthy process, and acknowledges that individual and systemic barriers often require a true “meeting of a person where they’re at.” This underlying philosophy, called “harm reduction” leads to service delivery that is non-judgmental, non-coercive, and person-centered.

21st Century Policing

In 2015, the Albany Police Department was one of only 15 police agencies nationwide selected by the White House to take part in the 21st Century Policing Initiative and was recognized as a model police department based on their community policing strategies and progressive approach to community safety.

To Apply

All interested parties should apply immediately to Public Sector Search & Consulting, Inc. by submitting a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume to This position is considered open until filled; applicants should apply early for optimal consideration. For confidential inquiries or questions about the recruitment process, please contact, Mr. Gary Peterson at (916) 789-9990 or (916) 622-5323.