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Police Chief, City of Portland, OR
By the City of Portland, Human Resources
May 26, 2017 - 7:20:52 PM

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invites applications for the position of:
Police Chief


$143,312.00 - $205,379.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 05/15/17

CLOSING DATE: 06/12/1704:30 PM


The City of Portland is seeking a highly qualified and transformative Police Chief to lead the Portland Police Bureau. The Portland Police Chief serves as the Chief of the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Oregon. This individual reports to the Mayor and is responsible for directing and leading all aspects of bureau operations. The State of Oregon and its largest city, Portland, share a history of legally sanctioned systemic racism with legally enforced exclusionary practices. Given this history, the successful candidate must demonstrate the capacity and commitment to expand on existing strategies to improve relationships with and service provision to Portland's communities of color, ensuring that equity is a bedrock of policing in Portland.

Additionally, the successful candidate will possess the background and experience necessary to provide leadership and supervision to over 950 sworn and 270 non-sworn employees, to work effectively with diverse communities, and to lead an organization committed to community policing, transparency and accountability. The Police Chief is responsible for coordinating with local governmental agencies to maintain good working relationships as well as developing emergency response and continuity of operations plans. Additional information regarding the organization and operations of the bureau is available at

About the Bureau

Bureau Mission Statement

The mission of the Portland Police Bureau is to work with the community to create and maintain safe neighborhoods. We reduce crime and the fear of crime by working with all citizens to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.

Bureau Overview

The Portland Police Bureau is managed and directed by the Chief of Police, with Assistant Chiefs and Command Staff selected by the Chief. The bureau is composed of the Chief's Office and the three branches of Investigations, Operations, and Services.

Chief's Office: The Chief's Office includes the Chief's staff, the Communications Unit including the Public Information Officer, the Strategic Development and Oversight Group, the Professional Standards Division, the Strategic Services Division, the Criminal Intelligence Unit, oversight of the bureau's Advisory Committees, and the Equity and Diversity Office.

Investigations Branch: The Investigations Branch includes the Detective Division, the Drugs and Vice Division, the Family Services Division, the Forensic Evidence Division, the Information Technology Division, the Tactical Operations Division, and the Property Evidence Division.

Operations Branch: The Operations Branch includes the Central, East, and North precincts; the Youth Services Division; the Traffic Division; Critical Incident Command; Crowd Control Incident Command; the Rapid Response Team; the Honor and Highland Guard; and the Behavioral Health Unit.

Services Branch: The Services Branch includes the Fiscal Services Division, the Personnel Division, the Records Division, the Transit Division, the Training Division and oversight of the Regional Justice Information Network (RegJIN).

Bureau Goals

The Police Bureau will continue to build an organization with a diverse membership which reflects the community it serves. The bureau will continue to provide and enhance training and education to ensure that members have the necessary skills to provide effective services to a diverse community including people with lived experience of mental health, people in crisis, and people of all races and cultures. The bureau will review policies and practices to continue to eliminate barriers, and will engage with the community to further community policing. A well-trained, educated, and diverse workforce focused on the community's priorities will allow the bureau to tailor its public safety response to best meet the needs of different segments of the community.

The Portland Police Bureau has identified three goals for fiscal year 2017-18. The goals reflect the bureau's commitment to developing long-term solutions to serious crime and to maintaining a safe city.

  1. Build community trust
  2. Establish internal legitimacy
  3. Enhance accountability

About the City of Portland

Portland is the largest city in Oregon, with a population of 620,000 and a metropolitan population of over 2,000,000. As one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country, Portland is frequently recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly and livable cities in the world. Portland is known for its excellent urban planning, expansive public transportation and high accessibility to the outdoors.

For more information on "Why Portland," please visit the Portland Police Bureau's recruitment webpage, located at


The competitive candidate for Police Chief will possess the qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities identified in the following qualifications and Ideal Candidate Profile. Please provide sufficient information in your résumé and cover letter to demonstrate that you possess these qualifications.

The following minimum qualifications are required for the position of Police Chief:

  • Experience as a Chief or Assistant Chief, or the equivalent, including broad policing experience in a large metropolitan law enforcement agency. Per City Charter, the Chief of Police must have at least 10 years' active police experience.
  • Demonstrated track record with community policing, organizational change management, police-community accountability measures, and strategic planning. Experience bringing police and community members together to engage in problem-solving initiatives.
  • Graduation from a four-year college or university; and at least ten years of progressively responsible law enforcement management experience, at least five of which were in a management capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience leading a diverse and inclusive workforce, and in examining the impact that policies and practices have on different communities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of 21st Century Policing Initiative.

Preferred but not required:

  • Advanced leadership training or education.
  • Experience with collaborations between law enforcement and mental health or behavioral health units assigned to law enforcement.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Proven experience in delivering police services in a customer-focused organization for a multi-disciplined, complex, evolving and fast-paced urban government. Demonstrated commitment to on-going and robust community policing. Highly skilled in facilitating, negotiating and building consensus and trust among diverse customers and stakeholders with competing and differing needs. Able to build cohesive teams and motivate staff to perform at the highest levels and to implement strategic planning. Ability to instill mutual trust and confidence and create a culture that fosters a high standard of ethics and accountability. Possess honesty, integrity, and personal accountability.

Proven experience in effectively managing patrol, investigative and support functions. Effective planning and project management skills including organizing, directing, and evaluating both represented and non-represented, and sworn and non-sworn employees, monitoring and managing budget and other resources, and developing and monitoring performance measures.

Strategic Planning

Proven ability in guiding organizational progress by defining the critical issues, establishing a vision, setting measurable objectives and prioritizing strategies.

Critical /Analytical Thinking

Proven experience using critical thinking skills and strategies to evaluate information, understand problems and develop appropriate solutions. Committed to examining and adopting best practices in training, policy and tactics such as de-escalation techniques. Willingness to implement technology solutions that put better tools in use for patrol, investigative and other functions.

Excellence in communication skills, including the ability to develop and implement an effective communication strategy addressing the needs of the public, diverse stakeholder groups, City Council, bureau directors, and internal and external customers. Ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders. Demonstrated experience in managing crisis communication.

Equity and Diversity

A demonstrated track record in building and developing diverse teams and maintaining professional and respectful work environments. Significant understanding of the need to address disparities in the criminal justice system in order to provide equitable services to all members of the community. Willingness to learn about the history of racism in Portland and how it impacts police relationships with communities of color.

The ability to establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with all people, from the Mayor, City commissioners, bureau directors, managers, elected and appointed officials of other governmental agencies, employees, business and community leaders, the media, residents and others encountered in the course of work. Possess the skills to work collaboratively within the City and other agencies to enhance service delivery. Demonstrated ability to work closely and forge relationships with Portland's increasingly diverse community.

Strong political acumen, tact and diplomacy in dealing with complex, sensitive and confidential issues regarding multiple and conflicting agendas and positions.


All applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications. Based on an evaluation of the application materials, those applicants whose materials best reflect the experience, knowledge, and skillset for the position, will be invited to participate in telephone interviews. The best qualified candidates will move on to panel interviews. The Mayor will make the final selection for the position.

Compensation and Benefits

The Police Chief's annual salary ranges from $143,312 to $205,379, depending on qualifications and experience. The compensation includes excellent City-paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage and a pre-tax, employee paid deferred compensation plan and retirement benefits. Other benefits include a flexible spending account offered for medical expense reimbursement and dependent child care, vacation accrual negotiable based on years of professional service, and long-term disability insurance.

Recruitment Activity Schedule

Open Search Process: May 15, 2017
Application Deadline: June 12, 2017
Initial Evaluation Process: Week of June 19, 2017
Initial Interviews: Week of June 24, 2017
Finalists Identified:Week of July 3, 2017
Panel and Final Interviews: Week of July 17, 2017


Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the items listed in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in the cover letter.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
  • Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of six (6) pages combined.

Confidentiality: Candidates who would like to maintain the confidentiality of the materials must submit a request for confidentiality with the application materials and check the appropriate box for the confidentiality question before submitting your application. For those candidates, the City will maintain confidentiality of the information to the extent allowed by law.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 4:30 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process.E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

This position is exempt from Civil Service and is an "At Will" position. It serves at the discretion of the hiring authority subject to the City of Portland Human Resources Administrative Rules and Portland City Charter and Code.

Equity Commitment:

For those applicants who meet the qualifications of this position, in accordance with the adoption of the Charles Jordan Standard and the City of Portland's commitment to equity, the highest qualified minority candidate, highest qualified woman, and highest qualified candidate who identifies as a person with a disability will be included in the final interview process. To be considered under the Charles Jordan Standard, we will be asking applicants who meet the qualifications for this position to include information identifying their status as a minority, woman, and/or identification as an individual with a disability on the available form. Please see the City'sCharles Jordan StandardPortland Resolution No. 37180 for more information.

If you are requesting Veteran's Preferenceattach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.

Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on the closing date of this recruitment

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.

Joseph Wahl, Manager, Executive Search Services

Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4345

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer


1120 SW 5th Ave, 404 
Portland, OR 97204

Position #2017-00394

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