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Lancaster, PA

Chief of Police


Lancaster, PA

Chief of Police

A national search is underway to attract an engaging, community-minded Chief of Police to lead the Lancaster City Bureau of Police (Bureau). This is an incredible opportunity to strengthen community trust, increase transparency and embrace fair, impartial, and constitutional policing, while maintaining a proactive approach to reducing crime. Established in 1742, Lancaster is one of the oldest inland cities in the United States and boasts a rich heritage of museums, churches, theatres, and historical buildings. Residents and visitors enjoy the City’s eclectic shops, nationally recognized restaurants and numerous entertainment venues. Lancaster is also a majority minority city with residents identifying as Hispanic or Latino (38.3%), Black or African American (17%), Asian (4.4%) or two or more races (3.9%). Individuals identifying as Puerto Rican, make up 29% of the city population. The next Chief will embrace his/her role in cultivating authentic community relationships and inspiring and motivating a dedicated team of professionals to advance the City of Lancaster’s vision: to create a stronger, more equitable community rooted in its core values of quality, teamwork, integrity, and respect. The next Chief will lead strategic initiatives related to accountability, transparency, recruitment, hiring and training. With an annual budget of $27.2 million, the Bureau is staffed with 145 uniform (budgeted) and 79 civilian (full-time equivalent) personnel. 

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience building a culture of continuous improvement and accountability. He/she will be forward-thinking, focused and driven to ensure that Bureau policies and actions are consistent with the best policing practices appropriate in today’s world. Candidates must have at least 15 years of progressively responsible police experience with at least 10 in a supervisory capacity and 5 as a ranking officer. A bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Public Administration or a related field from an accredited college or university is required. A master’s degree in Public Administration or a related field is highly desirable as is advanced training, such as the FBI National Executive Institute, FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, or the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the ability to speak another language. The top salary for the position is $145,000 annually with placement DOQ. Salary is augmented by an excellent benefits package.

Candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a comprehensive resume, compelling cover letter, and list of professional references via email to apply@publicsectorsearch.com. Candidates are asked to apply before May 14, 2021. This position will be considered open until a final selection is made. Candidates should direct confidential inquiries to Mr. Gary Peterson at Public Sector Search & Consulting at 916.622.5323 or gary@publicsectorsearch.com.

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