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Asssistant Chief, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Seattle Police Department
By SPD, Human Resources
May 23, 2017 - 12:45:17 PM

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Job:    Assistant Chief
Union:    Non-Represented
Status:    Full Time
Advertising Dates:    Friday, May 19 - Tuesday, June 6, 2017at 4 PM
Salary:    $138,872.00 - $229,137.00
Location:    SPD Headquarters, 610 Fifth Avenue

Position Description

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) is seeking an Assistant Chief to lead the Criminal Investigation Bureau and serve as a dynamic executive to assist and support the Chief of Police in the overall management and administration of the Department. As part of the Department’s Command Staff, this position will play a central role in advancing the Department’s mission of reducing crime through constitutional policing. The Assistant Chief is charged with directing, managing, supervising and coordinating the activities and operations of an assigned Bureau within the Seattle Police Department and provides complex executive support to the Chief of Police.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assumes management responsibility for the services, activities, and day-to-day operations of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.
  • Coordinates activities with other Bureaus, City Departments, and outside agencies.
  • Advises and assists subordinates in solving highly complex police issues.
  • Formulates orders and regulations governing activities of the SPD; confers with the Chief of Police, Command Staff and subordinate staff on the formulation of policies and practices of the Department; and supports policy development and compliance by ensuring policies are updated and distributed.
  • Conducts a variety of organizational and operational studies, and investigations; recommends modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Promotes police public relations by participating in media interviews, acting as a liaison for the Police Chief with other law enforcement agencies, and elected officials. Serves on committees, commissions and task forces, and represents the Department in state and local police functions.
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, and priorities for the Department.
  • Participates in the development and administration of the Department’s annual budget of approximately $293 Million; participates in the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; and monitors and approves expenditures within assigned Bureau.
  • Manages the services and activities of assigned Bureau; coordinates the tasks of sworn and civilian personnel in preserving order, protecting life and property, investigating crimes, and enforcing laws and municipal ordinances.
  • Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints; responds to questions and information requests from citizens and outside agencies.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of law enforcement.


required qualifications: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Law Enforcement or a related field; a minimum of ten (10) years law enforcement experience; experience as a Lieutenant or higher; and/or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Well qualified applicants will have a demonstrated appreciation for diversity in the workplace; a strong track record of meaningful community outreach; a demonstrated commitment to constitutional policing; and advanced training in leadership, supervision and management related to law enforcement.


· Pass a SPD Background Investigation, including Psychological and Medical Exams, and Polygraph

· Complete the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Peace Officer Certification

· Have a valid Washington State Driver’s License at time of hire.


The Seattle Police Department is comprised of approximately 2,100 dedicated law enforcement professionalsall committed to creating and fostering a work environment that is collaborative, innovative and leading the way in law enforcement principles and practices. Ours is a culture that encourages top performers to adhere to a standard of excellence in the identification of and resolution to complex challenges. At SPD we acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals and pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.


Apply online at It is required that you attach a cover letter and resume to your application. A computer is available for use to complete an on-line application and is located at the Personnel Department, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500, Seattle, WA 98124-4028. Please refer to: JOB #: 2017-00776.

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