Our Services

We are the only executive search firm in the United States devoted exclusively to recruiting police chiefs for cities, towns, universities, and community colleges. We also provide mentoring & coaching services to new police chiefs, as well as interim police chief placement services.

specialization. expertise. personalized service.

Our Mission

To provide a search and selection process that produces 21st-century police leaders who can manage and lead organizational change, while providing superior customer service to our clients and candidates.

Raising the Bar for Public Sector Executive Search.

Police Chief Executive Search

We believe in an open, transparent and inclusive search process because it builds community trust and provides legitimacy for the selected candidate. In every project, we offer our clients several strategies to incorporate the community into the search process.

Our engagement options include:  

  • community forums
  • stakeholder interviews
  • focus groups
  • both community and departmental surveys

We are proud of our track record of recruiting strong and diverse candidate pools for our clients.  In 60% of our searches, the hiring authority selected a candidate from a traditionally underrepresented group.

Interim
Police Chief Placement

When a police chief leaves an organization, many times the city will appoint an interim chief to stabilize the department and maintain continuity of professional police services.

We have a vast network of current and past law enforcement executives who have worked as interim chiefs. When these individuals are not available, we will conduct an abbreviated search for an interim police chief.

Police Chief
Executive Search

We believe in an open, transparent and inclusive search process because it builds community trust and provides legitimacy for the selected candidate. In every project, we offer our clients several strategies to incorporate the community into the search process. Our engagement options include:  

  • community forums
  • stakeholder interviews
  • focus groups
  • both community and departmental surveys

We are proud of our track record of recruiting strong and diverse candidate pools for our clients.  In 60% of our searches, the hiring authority selected a candidate from a traditionally underrepresented group.

Interim
Police Chief Placement

Police Executive
Mentoring & Coaching

We are in an era where police culture, crime control strategies, racial justice, and accountability are some of the predominant issues a new chief will need to navigate to be successful.

As the community’s public safety leader, the police chief will face these and other competing priorities that require vision, strategy and excellent communication skills.

When a city promotes an internal candidate who has great potential, he or she may need an outside resource to help navigate the challenges that lie ahead. Our consultants are available to connect with your chief virtually or in person to ensure bold leadership and refined management skills.

Police Executive
Mentoring & Coaching

Interim Police Chief Placement

When a police chief leaves an organization, many times the city will appoint an interim chief to stabilize the department and maintain continuity of professional police services. We have a vast network of current and past law enforcement executives who have worked as interim chiefs. When these individuals are not available, we will conduct an abbreviated search for an interim police chief.

Police Executive
Mentoring & Coaching

We are in an era where police culture, crime control strategies, racial justice, and accountability are some of the predominant issues a new chief will need to navigate to be successful.

As the community’s public safety leader, the police chief will face these and other competing priorities that require vision, strategy and excellent communication skills.

When a city promotes an internal candidate who has great potential, he or she may need an outside resource to help navigate the challenges that lie ahead. Our consultants are available to connect with your chief virtually or in person to ensure bold leadership and refined management skills.

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ATTRACTING DIVERSE CANDIDATESWe Deliver Candidates Who Can Provide Strong Leadership & Engender Trust.

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
Chief of Police

Gary’s experience in major city searches really showed in the Dallas police chief search process. He was organized, professional, and thoughtful. His encouragement throughout the search put me at ease and allowed me to perform my best when it mattered most – during the exhaustive selection process. For that, I will always be grateful.

Chief of Police
City of Dallas
U. Renee Hall
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