City of Yakima, WA
Chief of Police

A national search is underway to attract a highly qualified individual to lead the Yakima Police Department (YPD) in Central Washington. The City has embraced 21st century policing and seeks a Chief of Police to build on the hard work that has already started. The new Chief will lead the department and collaborate with the community to make thoughtful and comprehensive operational and organizational enhancements. This is a tremendous opportunity to bring about positive cultural change in a dynamic department that provides professional police services to a diverse and remarkable community. The top candidate will be an individual who is compassionate, respectful, honest, ethical, and possess the highest level of integrity. The Ideal Candidate will be personable and professional, with cultural sensitivity and a commitment to an active model of community policing and engagement. The ability to build strong and genuine connections with the community is essential for a candidate’s success in this position. The new Chief of Police will assume responsibility for a department with $30 million budget,144 sworn officers and 45 civilian employees. The new Chief will have at least ten years (10) of progressively responsible and varied law enforcement experience, including senior leadership positions in patrol, investigation, labor relations and management of community policing efforts. Experience in a diverse community is a plus. A Bachelor’s degree, in criminology, criminal justice, administration of justice, or a related field, preferably augmented by post-graduate studies and executive level training are highly desirable. Position requires certification, or ability to obtain certification, as a police officer as required by Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission: The salary for this at-will position is competitive and is augmented by an excellent benefits package. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to Public Sector Search & Consulting, Inc. by submitting a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume and references to by February 15, 2019. This position is considered open until filled; applicants should apply early for optimal consideration. Confidential inquiries about the recruitment are welcome to Mr. Gary Peterson at (916) 622-5323 or