In a nationwide search, the City of Palm Springs is recruiting for a Police Chief and Assistant City Manager

PALM SPRINGS — The city of Palm Springs is currently scouring the nation recruiting for two progressive, dynamic, proven, and results-driven executive leaders to serve as the city’s next Chief of Police and Assistant City Manager.

A police chief is being sought to replace Bryan Reyes, who announced his retirement in May. The annual salary for this position is $181,644 to $243,756; plus additional 5% for a Master’s Degree. The City also offers an attractive benefits package including CalPERS retirement. Interested candidates should apply by submitting a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume to no later than Monday, July 26, 2021.

An assistant city manger is being recruited to replace Marcus Fuller who left to become city manager in Rialto. The annual salary for this position is $177,216 to $237,780 plus an additional 5% for Master’s Degree DOQ. The City also offers an attractive benefits package including CalPERS retirement. Applications will be accepted no later than Friday, July 23, 2021

Both positions report to City Manager Justin Clifton, who began his job in April.

Both positions are actively being recruited by  California firm, Ralph Andersen and Associates. Initial applications will undergo an internal review process by the end of the month — at which time, candidates with the strongest qualifications will be invited to take part in several key assessment interviews with members of the City Council, Staff and community leaders over the next few months.

The ideal candidates will have extensive public administration experience with proven track records in their communities. The application process is open to both internal and external applicants from around the country.

“It is vital that the candidates are able to connect with and respect people from all cultures and backgrounds, engage with and be responsive to the City’s diverse group of residents and stakeholders, while at the same time build bridges and help bring our community together behind common goals and solutions,” said Clifton. “Finding the right leaders to fill these two critical positions will be one of the most important decisions that I make as City Manager.”

With a focus on serving and protecting a diverse and engaged population of residents and visitors, the Chief of Police oversees the activities and operations of the Police Department, including law enforcement, crime prevention programs and complex administrative support to the City Manager and elected officials. In addition, the Chief oversees a staff of 159 employees, (100-sworn and 59 non-sworn), with a budget of $35,621,102 for fiscal year 2021-22.

The ideal candidate for the position of Assistant City Manager will be a well-rounded generalist with a background in advanced public administration, project management, data analysis and a strong understanding of citywide operations and the role of local government.

“This is an exciting time for Palm Springs city government,” Clifton said in a prepared statement. He also added that the city is deeply committed to hiring responsive, diverse and inclusive executives that will lead Palm Springs into the future.

For more information about the positions or how to apply, click here.

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