Founded in 1913, the City of Atascadero, California is well-known for its friendly atmosphere and hometown charm. This beautiful, 26 square mile Central Coast community has a population of 30,000 and is situated in the center of San Luis Obispo County along Highway 101, halfway between the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Atascadero has quite a bit to offer from its vibrant Downtown to Atascadero Lake Park that includes the Charles Paddock Zoo and the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial. Atascadero is also within a three-hour drive to Yosemite or Sequoia National Parks and only about two hours to Big Sur, Monterey or Carmel. The City is truly a great place to live, work and raise a family. The Atascadero Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency composed of 34 sworn peace officers, and 14 professional civilian staff. APD also has a model volunteer program.
The City is seeking an experienced leader who will continue the community focused service delivery provided by the Department’s talented staff. The new Police Chief will lead a department that is strongly supported by its community, is solutions based, and is willing to be innovative when facing new challenges. The Chief reports directly to the City Manager.
An equivalent level of education, training, background and experience to meet the requirements and the ability to perform the duties of the position with a high level of professionalism and proficiency is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: graduation from a college or university with a bachelor's degree in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration or a closely related field, and completion of the basic law enforcement training academy or equivalent, and a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in police work, three years of which must have been equivalent to a police lieutenant or higher. The annual salary range is $174,900 to $212,592 DOQE. City also offers an attractive benefits package.