East Palo Alto

Police Commander (20037337)

Law Enforcement
Northern Bay Area
9/30/2020 at 5pm or until 100 applicants
$138,714.00-$168,607.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


141 Demeter Street East Palo Alto, 94303


Police Commander 

The City of East Palo Alto is currently recruiting for the Police Commander position for our City. We invite you to review the position details and if you find that this opportunity is right for you, please complete your application, resume, cover letter, supplemental questionnaire and Police Commander Assessment.

Primary responsibility is to command the operations of the Police Department; performs complex administrative and professional duties; ranks second in command; acts as Chief in the absence of the Police Chief.

The Police Commander is an at-will unrepresented position that serves at the pleasure of the Chief of Police.  Serves as a manager over an assigned division, program or operation within the Police Department; to plan and coordinate the activities and operations of an assigned area.  Coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, outside agencies, and the general public. Provides complex staff assistance to the Police Chief.





Ideal Candidate

Essential Functions

This reflects essential responsibilities of this classification; however, all responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.

  • Coordinate the organization, staffing, and operational activities for an assigned Division within the Police Department.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for an assigned police operation or program, identify opportunities for improving police service delivery methods and procedures.
  • Supervise, train, motivate and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; implement corrective actions and/or disciplinary procedures as necessary.
  • Direct, plan, coordinate, assign, schedule and review the work of an assigned police operation or program and staff members; assign cases and conduct follow-up of status reviews; review daily log and reports submitted by officers; ensure compliance with the Department policies and procedures.
  • Participate in the development and administration of an assigned budget; forecast additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; recommend adjustments as necessary.
  • Maintain discipline and enforce all rules, regulations, and special or general orders.
  • Conduct inspections of facilities and equipment to ensure proper use and maintenance.
  • Coordinate assigned activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations; maintain and facilitate positive public relations and cooperative working relations with news media, schools, local organizations and general public; attend and speak at various community functions and meetings; prepare press releases.
  • Exchange information with citizens; interview citizens regarding complaints or suggestions regarding police services.
  • Provide administrative and technical assistance to the Police Chief, prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Conduct investigations of citizen and Department personnel complaints as assigned by the Police Chief; mediate conflicts between Department personnel and citizens.

          Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


 Operational characteristics, services and activities of comprehensive law enforcement programs.

  • Modern principles and practices of law enforcement program development and administration.
  • Law enforcement theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs.
  • Pertinent case law and Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances and their impact on law enforcement activities.
  • Principles and practices of community-oriented policing and problem-solving.
  • Police records and reporting procedures.
  • Disaster preparedness and emergency operations.
  • Principals of budget preparation and control.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Local geography, City streets, public buildings, businesses.
  • Safe driving principles and practices.


  • Use firearms and other weapons.
  • Use modern police equipment and technology.
  • Operate a motor vehicle safely.


  • Schedule, organize and supervise the work of subordinates.
  • Analyze situations effectively.
  • Interpret and apply pertinent laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrate keen powers of observation and memory.
  • Analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive written reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Compensation and Benefits

     Annual Salary:  $138,714 to $168,607


  • CalPERS Classic Members: 3% @ 55 formula; employees pay a nine percent (9%) pre-tax contribution
  • CalPERS New Members:  2.7% @ 57 formula; employees pay an eleven and one half percent (11.5%) pre-tax contribution
  • No Social Security deduction

Health Insurance:

  • Medical:  City provides 100% coverage to employee and 80%  insurance premium contribution for dependents
  • Dental:  City pays full employee premium; dependent coverage is available, paid for by employee
  • Life Insurance:  City pays for coverage up to $100,000
  •  Long Term Disability Insurance:  City pays for this coverage

Annual Leave:

  • Vacation:  80 to 200 hours/year based upon years of continuous City of East Palo Alto public service
  • Management Leave:  76 hours/year
  • Sick Leave:  3.07 hours/per pay period
  • Holidays:  12 paid holidays/year

Other Benefits:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Benefits Plan:  Employees can elect pre-tax contributions to pay for eligible medical and dependent care expenses
  • ICMA 457 Plan:  Employees can elect pre-tax contributions


Special Instructions

Application & Selection Process

The filing deadline is September 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.  To be considered, please submit your cover letter,  resume, application and supplemental questionnaire information. We will also require every candidate to complete the Police Commander Assessment.  

Application packets will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure and job description.
Candidates deemed to have the most relevant  qualifications by the City may be invited to the panel interview.  The most qualified candidates, as determined by the City, will be invited to the final interviews.

Supplemental Questionnaire

INSTRUCTIONS:  Each candidate must complete this Supplemental Questionnaire as part of the application and screening process.  Initial evaluation of your qualifications for this position will be determined by your responses and the manner in which you respond to these questions, in addition to the information provided on your resume and/or cover letter; these will also be used to assess your experience, knowledge, skills and abilities relative to the needs of the City.


Clarity, conciseness, and completeness of responses are factors considered in the qualification screening process of these responses.  Responses will be evaluated and only those applicants who demonstrate the best potential in meeting the City’s needs will be given further consideration in the selection process.  Address each question separately, using additional pages as necessary, but please limit your responses to no more than four pages. Be sure to indicate your name on each additional page. 


For additional information contact:

Irene Camarena, Human Resources Manager

Phone: (650) 561-2056 

Email: icamarena@cityofepa.org


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