Seattle Police Chief

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • 700 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 17, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Public Safety
  • Salary: $198,172.08 - $317,104.56 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Description
The City has embarked on its search for Seattle’s next Chief of Police . This process will be comprehensive and transparent and will involve looking both inside and outside of Seattle Police Department to find the right candidate.

The next Chief of Police will be an individual who shares Mayor Harrell's vision for One Seattle where every person has the absolute right to safety and where SPD is inspired and trusted. Mayor Harrell is looking for a leader who will build and rebuild trust with the community, help drive internal culture change, and be integrally involved in the development of a new third public safety department. The next Chief will help the City set a new standard for public safety, reach recruitment and retention goals, build officer morale, and make Seattle a welcoming and safe city for every community.

Follow this link to view the details of the opportunity, selection process and how to apply.
Job Responsibilities
The Chief will assume responsibility for a major city police department with a $355.5m annual budget.

The Department’s organizational model places neighborhood-based emergency response services at its core, allowing SPD the greatest flexibility in managing public safety. Under this model, each precinct assumes responsibility for public safety management, primary crime prevention, and law enforcement. Additional information about the City of Seattle Police Department is available at: .

The Chief of Police position requires certification, or ability to obtain certification, as a police officer as required by the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission:
Additional Information
To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter as your application to . We encourage you to use your cover letter to discuss why you want to lead the Seattle Police Department and your vision for policing. Your resume should be comprehensive and summarize the talent, experience, knowledge, and skills you bring to this critical leadership role.

The Selection Committee’s review of applicants is a confidential process. The record of the subsequent Competitive Examination will be filed with the City Clerk - candidates participating in the Competitive Exam will be identified. The examination will be administered by a panel of subject matter experts and will also include an oral component. The top three candidates as rated by the assessors after the competitive examination will be forwarded to the Mayor for consideration. The Mayor is then required to select from one of those three candidates or to restart the search. The nominee will be required to undergo City Council confirmation. A job offer is contingent on successful completion of a detailed background check.

This position is not covered under the Civil Service or the Public Safety Civil Service systems. Confidential inquiries and questions about the recruitment process should be directed to Mr. Gary Peterson (Chief of Police, ret.) at (916) 789-9990.

The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

700 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104 United States View Map