City of Santa Paula
Job Category
Work Schedule
Job Closing Date
Job Open until Filled
Job Description

The Police Commander assists in the management, supervision, operation and training of the Police Department in both emergency and non-emergency conditions, including developing goals, objectives, procedures and policies to facilitate the City’s day-to-day and long range Police Department activities. Performs related work as required. Under general direction of the Police Chief, the Police Commander directly manages one of two divisions: the Patrol Division or the Support Division.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: This is a mid-management position responsible for the overall management and operations of a division within the police department. These positions assist the Police Chief with the planning, direction and control of all Police Department activities. The work is carried out with a high degree of independence. Division assignments are rotated on a 24-36 month basis. Responsibilities by division are as follows: Patrol Division Support Division Patrol Operations Investigations Unit K-9 Unit Community Services Unit Special Response Team Evidence Management Jail Management Records Unit Communications Unit Reserve Officers Animal Control Volunteers Fleet Management Information Technology.

Examples of Duties Performed: The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class. Directs and manages all functions of an assigned Division and is accountable for all operations within the units managed, to include the performance of supervisors, police officers and other personnel in receiving complaints, and responding to requests for police service and information; assigns personnel subject to approval and review by the Police Chief; manages personnel issues; enforces rules, regulations and general orders; coordinates activities with other command and supervisory personnel; conducts research and/or special investigations as are warranted or as directed by the Police Chief. Conducts planning and analysis of potential and/or on-going emergency situations and formulates and executes plans to address those needs; attends Police Department, City staff, and other agency or community meetings, as assigned. Represents the Police Department at these meetings, as well as at City Council, Planning Commission, and other City Board or Commission meetings, when assigned. Responds at all hours to emergencies and takes appropriate steps to minimize loss of life and property. Serves as Incident Commander or in other command/operational functions for events and incidents of undetermined length and severity. Participates in formulating short and long range goals and objectives for the Police Department; participates in the preparation of Departmental budgets, and controls expenditures of Departmental appropriations within the Division being managed. Serve as the acting department head/Police Chief in the absence of the Police Chief. Resolves citizen complaints and addresses the needs of the community. Conducts problem solving efforts and implements plans of action to include design and implementation of programs, provide recommendations for updated policies and procedures, locate funding alternatives, and/or motivate and supervise subordinates in adopting programs and procedures. Reviews and manages activities, records and general operations of the Division assigned in order to identify problem areas and increase efficiency; establishes work schedules; coordinates activities of the Department with those of other City departments; works with Department Heads, City Council and City Manager to improve City Services; and carries out other duties as determined by the Chief of Police.
Minimum Qualifications:
Education: High School graduate or possession of G.E.D.
Experience: A minimum of ten years of increasingly responsible experience in a Police Department, including a minimum of three years in a supervisory/management capacity at the rank of Sergeant, or Commander, or equivalent. An Associate's Degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in police science, criminal justice or other related field is desirable. Spanish speaking ability and significant experience in a culturally diverse community are both highly desirable.
LICENSE: Possession of or ability to obtain P.O.S.T. Certificate and Class C California driver's license. Supplemental Information: Please submit your application online and attach a Letter of interest (external applicants) or a Memorandum of Intent to Promote (internal applicants) and a Professional Resume.

Knowledge and Abilities: Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and modern methods of policing with particular emphasis in the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing and National Police Accreditation. Clear comprehension of management and supervisory techniques. Knowledge of patrol operations and modern methods of investigation; Ability to think, plan and act quickly and effectively in emergencies, including direction of subordinate personnel and others; ability to enforce laws impartially and with tact. Knowledge of municipal operations and the dynamics of city government. Ability to organize and direct a large range of resources available to the Department. Excellent customer service orientation; be a team player; be able to embrace change, and have the proven ability to provide creative, innovative alternatives to complex matters facing the City. Possess strong analytical, writing and verbal/public speaking skills; and be skilled in computer and technological operations. Ability to work effectively with the public, City Council, City Manager, Department Heads, Department staff, Police and other City staff, and other agencies.

Selection Process Announcement Police Commander Examination Process: 
This process shall consist of the below phases.
The candidates attire will be Class A uniform with Class A gun belt set up:

FOR INTERNAL APPLICANTS: You are subject to a review of your personnel file.
FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: You are subject to successful completion of an employment background.

1. Written Examination (20 points) *to be scheduled for May 29th or May 30th
Candidates must pass with a score of 70% or above to proceed to the Law Enforcement Panel. Knowledge of Police Management, Community Oriented Policing, Initiative Management, Leadership Development, etc. The examination will focus on the following areas: Ability to analyze Ability to articulate Critical Decision Making Organizational Skills Problem Solving Management and Supervision

2. Law Enforcement Panel (30 points) *Scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2024
Candidates will appear in Class A uniform in front of an area law enforcement panel of sworn Police Executives and will be evaluated in areas of presentation, communication skills, organization and decision making, analytical skills, and uniform appearance. Candidates must score 70% or above to proceed to the Police Chief Interview.

3. Police Chief Interview (50 points) *Scheduled for Tuesday, June 25th, 2024
The candidate will be invited to an interview with the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police will conduct an in-basket exercise followed by a series of questions pertaining to leadership style, management style, and experience related to administrative and operational supervision & management. Candidates must score with 70% or above to be placed on an eligibility list. The Police Chief shall select from the top candidates based on the totality of scoring in the areas of 1, 2, and 3, with scores in ranking order from the highest to lowest. The eligibility list shall expire one year from the date of the certification list.