St. Joseph, MO

Chief of Police


St. Joseph, MO

Chief of Police

A national search is underway to attract an exceptionally well-qualified candidate to serve as Chief of Police in Saint Joseph, MO. The county seat of Buchanan County, St. Joseph is the sixth largest city in Missouri with 72,473 residents.

With a budget of $23.5 million, the St. Joseph Police Department (SJPD) has an authorized force of 138 sworn officers and 44 civilian support staff. St. Joseph seeks an experienced law enforcement executive who will instill confidence and earn the trust of both commissioned and civilian employees and the community at large. The new chief will have an exceptional career history implementing modern policing strategies and a stellar reputation for being open-minded, respectful of different viewpoints, collaborative, and forward-thinking, while also possessing the courage to confront modern-day policing challenges with humility, diplomacy, and grace.

Prospective candidates will have a bachelor’s degree with coursework in public administration, criminal justice, or a related field. Candidates will also have at least ten (10) years of experience as a police officer, with at least four (4) years at the rank of Police Lieutenant, Commander, Captain or equivalent. The most competitive candidates will have served in senior executive assignments with experience in strategic planning, community policing, or recruitment, and retention. Graduation from the FBI National Academy, PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police is preferred.

The salary range for this position is competitive for the market and region. Candidates should apply by April 3, 2023, by submitting a resume, compelling cover letter, and list of professional references via email to

Confidential inquiries and questions should be directed to:

Public Sector Search & Consulting, Inc.

Dr. Joseph J. Lestrange at 347.992.8750; or

Mr. Gary Peterson at 916.622.5323;

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