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Police Chief

City of Marysville
Marysville, WA Full-time
Posted on January 23, 2020



Salary: $13,974.00 - $17,886.00 Monthly

Location: Marysville, WA

Job Type: Full-time regular

Department: Police

Job Number: 00379

Position Summary

Annual Salary: $167,690 - $214,635

Open until filled.  First review of applications February 28, 2020.

Candidates are to submit a cover letter and resume (attach to online application).

This position is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the police department as well as administrative oversight of activities and programs related to professional standards, police operations, investigations, jail operations and administrative support.  Responsibilities include development and oversight of departmental goals and objectives, policies and procedures and the department's budget as well as compliance with statutory requirements.  This position plans, organizes, and evaluates the work of subordinates.

Considerable and frequent contact is maintained with the Executive Department, City Council, and other department directors as well as representatives of local, state and federal governments and agencies, and the general public.

Examples of Job Duties

Other duties may be assigned as needed.

  1. Plans, directs and coordinates comprehensive law enforcement services for the city and provides strong and creative leadership and vision to the department and staff. Develops, supports and models a positive and productive workplace culture based on city core values. Provides leadership during critical incidents or crisis events.
  2. Develops a competent, well-trained, properly structured and motivated staff capable of achieving departmental goals and commitments; evaluates employee performance, reviews projects and programs, and distribution of work to ensure proper and efficient workflow.
  3. Oversees all hiring and training programs to promote excellence and minimize liability.
  4. Serves as a member of senior management team on task forces and committees participating in the city's strategic planning efforts, and addressing city-wide policy and management issues; prepares and updates short- and long-range strategic plans to ensure the department meets the policing needs of the community in alignment with city goals.
  5. Represents the Police Department in appearances before City Council, the Civil Service Commission, other quasi-judicial or administrative commissions, and community forums; prepare a variety of written documents, such as correspondence, memoranda, agenda bills, and reports.
  6. Represents the Police Department and develops connections with city residents and community members to support effective policing methods and outcomes, improvements in law enforcement, public education, and public relations.
  7. Represents the Police Department and develops connections with other law enforcement and security agencies to ensure coordinated, concerted police services, improvements in law enforcement, public education, and public relations.
  8. Works with other city departments and the general public to resolve sensitive or controversial issues; represents the department to the media, citizens, and other government officials on matters of departmental concern.
  9. Directs the establishment and maintenance of effective and efficient departmental work policies, systems and procedures, consistent with city policies relating to personnel, budgeting and accounting, procurement, contract management and other administrative matters; participates in labor contract negotiations and responds to grievances as required.
  10. Oversees development and implementation of department's budget.
  11. Oversees the accreditation process, including the annual audit and reaccreditation process.
  12. Provides command direction in highly complex or sensitive incidents.
  13. Performs related duties as assigned in order to effectively accomplish assigned areas of responsibility and contribute to effective city operations.


A combination of the experience, education, and training listed below which provides an equivalent background to perform the work of this position.

  • Ten years of experience as a sworn officer.
  • Five years of experience in a management command position. 
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice, police science, public administration or a related field.
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Extensive experience as a senior law enforcement manager may be substituted for education.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of municipal police operations, including detention facilities, and communications centers.
  • Ability to provide strategic leadership to the department, elected officials and senior management.
  • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain, certification as a Police Officer in Washington State.
  • Management level certificate from a state certified police training academy.
  • Must maintain Washington State Police Officer Certification as mandated by Washington State law.
  • Must possess, or have the ability to possess within one month of hire date, a Washington State driver's license.


  • Must successfully pass a psychological exam.
  • Must successfully complete a thorough background investigation.
  • Must successfully pass a medical examination which includes a drug screen.

Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell.  The employee must frequently lift up to 10 pounds; occasionally lift and/or move 10 to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work is performed indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions.  The employee may be exposed to a variety of hazardous conditions, such as confrontations with hostile or violent person. The employee may be exposed to or required to handle hazardous substances, such as explosives, fumes, airborne and bloodborne pathogens, and toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee may be exposed to other physical hazards such as moving traffic or working in high places or with electrical equipment. Indoors, the noise level is usually low; outdoors, the noise level may be moderate to loud.

Work is performed mainly during city office hours; however, some travel will be required and incumbent must attend night meetings of the City Council, city boards and commissions, and the department.  These meetings are frequently held in the evening and consequently require extended work hours.

This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position and the level of knowledge and skills typically required.  It does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and it is subject to change as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

The City of Marysville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard, to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or the presence of a non job-related medical condition or disability.


City of Marysville

1049 State Avenue

Marysville, Washington, 98270

Phone 360.363.8000