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An Outstanding Career
                               The City of Santa Barbara is seeking a
                               dynamic and engaging Police Chief to
                               lead during a period of immense change
                               and opportunity. As Chief, you can lead
                               the City in building an innovative and
                               community-connected police facility
                               and help stand-up civilian oversight in
                               a way that increases accountability and
                               showcases the good work of the police

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The Santa Barbara Community
Idyllically located on the central California coast, Santa Barbara (Spanish
for “Saint Barbara”) is the county seat of Santa Barbara County. The City
comprises a total of 21 square miles, with a culturally diverse population of
approximately 92,000, and enjoys a nearly perfect climate year-round. Visitors
and residents alike have an abundance of world-class shopping, dining, resort
accommodations, and miles of beautiful pristine beaches and coastline to
choose from. In addition, the region offers a variety of amenities that are
highly attractive to those with an active lifestyle. Residents and visitors can
enjoy jogging, bike riding, rollerblading, or just taking a leisurely stroll along
the numerous pathways, wharf, and harbor. You may also choose to take
advantage of the opportunity to go kayaking, boating, sport fishing, or whale
watching in the area’s scenic harbor.

Santa Barbara is home to such iconic attractions as the Mission Santa
Barbara, the Santa Barbara Zoo, Stearns Wharf, the Botanic Gardens, and
beautiful Shoreline Park. It is also home to many of the country’s great artists,
winemakers, and chefs. To add to this tremendous lifestyle and superb quality
of life, the City offers numerous parks and championship golf courses.

With Santa Barbara and the immediate adjacent area serving as home to
several colleges and universities, educational opportunities are in abundance.
They include the acclaimed research institution University of California, Santa
Barbara, Westmont College, Antioch University, Santa Barbara City College,
as well as several graduate and trade schools. Santa Barbara Airport is
conveniently located for travelers and commuters, and bus and rail systems
offer transportation options that help to further enhance the area’s quality of

In Santa Barbara, each day begins and ends in a near-perfect climate and
unparalleled natural beauty.With its spectacular mountains, sparkling blue
ocean, incredible landscapes, mission style architecture, and year-round
sunny weather, it is no wonder Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful
places to live and work and is often referred to as “the American Riviera”.

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City Government
Santa Barbara is managed by the Council/City
Administrator form of government. City government
services are provided by fourteen departments: City
Administrator, City Attorney, Airport, Community
Development, Finance, Fire, Human Resources,
Information Technology, Library, Parks and Recreation,
Police, Public Works, Sustainability and Resilience, and
Waterfront. The City Administrator is also the appointed
City Clerk/Treasurer. Santa Barbara has 1,096 full-
time equivalent employees, an Operating Budget of
approximately $139.6 million for Fiscal Year 2021, and
eight recognized bargaining units. The seven-member
City Council is elected by district except the Mayor,
who is elected at-large.

                                                           Santa Barbara Police
                                                           The Santa Barbara Police Department provides
                                                           policing services to the City with an annual budget
                                                           of $44.7 million and 210 employees, including 142
                                                           sworn officers. The Department is organized in
                                                           two major divisions with one Captain overseeing
                                                           Field Operations and another Captain overseeing
                                                           Operations & Personnel, Internal Operations and
                                                           Criminal Investigations. Other direct reports to the
                                                           Police Chief include an administrative assistant and
                                                           a Lieutenant overseeing Professional Standards.

                                                           The Department provides the full slate of municipal
                                                           policing services, including a 911 communications
                                                           center, parking enforcement, and animal control.
                                                           Robust capabilities include a number of specialized
                                                           personnel and units. An organizational chart is
                                                           available at: (Police Department Org Chart).
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Mission Statement
                               The mission of the Santa Barbara Police
                               Department is to provide for the public safety
                               through the philosophy of community-oriented
                               policing. It is to protect and serve our community
                               where all people can live in peace without fear
                               of crime. It is to ensure a professional quality
                               of service and accountability to the citizens of
                               Santa Barbara and to all who should call upon
                               our service.

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The Ideal Candidate
The selected candidate for the next Police Chief will:

  • Seek collaborative approaches to issues. Most all problems in Santa Barbara require the collective
    efforts of city and community organizations.
  • Embrace civilian oversight and promote its acceptance and benefits to the community and the department.
  • Have a proven track record of using collaborative strategies to address complex issues such as mental
    health and homelessness.
  • Have strong budget skills, as well as the ability to marshal grants and other external funding to support
    the Police Department’s operations and improved use of technology.
  • Be able to connect to people from all backgrounds. Santa Barbara is highly diverse in many manners,
    including concentrations of wealth and poverty. The next Chief should be a bridge builder across
    communities and be comfortable interacting with all people. The ability to speak Spanish is a significant
  • Be able to balance the needs of the Department, the community, and the broader City organization. The
    Chief should be able to help others see and understand other perspectives and bring people together
    behind common goals and solutions. Strong communication skills are essential.
  • With a strong bench of talented officers and staff, the next Chief will continue to build a spirit of
    teamwork and common purpose while advancing the Department toward higher use of evidence-based
    policing and innovative practices.
  • Honor and grow the strong organizational culture of the department that helps attract and retain officers
    and employees. The Police Department has real opportunities to build a stronger recruitment pipeline
    to hire local residents. This will help ensure the Department’s demographic mirrors the community and
    help overcome the challenges related to housing costs.

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Opportunities and Challenges
                         The next Police Chief will be presented with a number of foreseeable challenges and

                           • The national conversation on transforming policing will present opportunities for
                             the next Chief to engage in community conversations and build support for the
                             future of policing in Santa Barbara. These community dialogues and collaborations
                             will provide the needed focus on improving equity and social justice in Santa
                           • The next Police Chief will have an incredible opportunity to lead the Department
                             as the City designs and constructs a new police facility. The new facility will break
                             from norms in design by having an emphasis on building bridges between the
                             police and community. Approximately five years from completion, the next Police
                             Chief will need to play a strong leadership role in this effort.
                           • Santa Barbara’s endless beauty and limited growth opportunities translate to a high
                             cost of living that creates significant recruitment challenges for both sworn and
                             non-sworn professional staff. Few employees can afford to live in the community,
                             and many commute significant distances, but a strong compensation and winning
                             culture help retain good employees. Recruitment will be an ongoing challenge for
                             the foreseeable future.
                           • With an economy heavily fueled by tourism, the pandemic has affected the City’s
                             budget. The next Police Chief will likely need to address lingering impacts on the
                             City’s budget, and ensure the Department is adequately resourced in the long-
                           • Like many cities, especially on the West Coast, homelessness is a significant issue
                             in Santa Barbara that requires extensive collaboration with other City departments
                             and community organizations. The City’s libraries and parks are especially impacted
                             so close partnerships with those departments are critical. Ongoing conversations
                             about how to best align resources in a collaborative way to address the issue will
                             need to be among the next Chief’s priorities.
                           • Santa Barbara’s stunning natural beauty belies the ever-present extreme hazards,
                             including wildfires, flooding and debris flows. The Santa Barbara Police Department
                             plays a critical role in the region’s emergency responses.

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                               Any combination of experience and training that would
                               likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is
                               qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and
                               abilities would be:

                               Education: A Bachelor’s degree with major coursework
                               in criminal justice, public administration, or a related
                               field. A Master’s degree is highly desirable, as are top
                               leadership programs such as the FBI National Academy,
                               Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), or
                               Command College.

                               Experience: At least ten years of progressively responsible
                               experience in municipal policing, including at least five
                               or more of these years in a management capacity. A
                               proven track record in community engagement and
                               bridge building is highly desirable.

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Compensation and Benefits
The successful candidate will be offered a competitive salary with an outstanding benefits package. The
current range is $192,343 - $233,795 annually. The starting salary extended to the selected candidate
will reflect the candidate’s work experience and track record of career success.

The City of Santa Barbara offers an outstanding benefits package, including:

Retirement: CalPERS: “Classic” members 3%@ 50, employee contributes 9%. “New” members 2.7% @
57, employee contributes 13.5%.

Health Insurance: Insurance includes medical, dental, and vision benefits available under a Cafeteria 125
Plan. The employee receives an annual allotment of $20,616 ($1,718 monthly). If the allotted amount is
not fully utilized for benefits coverage, the employee will receive the remaining balance in “cash back.”

Vacation: Accrued at the rate of 160 hours per year, credit for prior public service will be considered.

Sick Leave: Accrued at the rate of 96 hours per year, credit for prior public service will be considered.

Management Leave: 40 hours per year each July 1st (pro-rated the first year).

Personal Leave: 32 hours per year each July 1st (pro-rated the first year).

Holidays: 10 paid holidays (80 hours) per calendar year.

Deferred Compensation: 457 Savings Plans are available.

Car Allowance: Monthly allowance of $604 (depending on annual adjustments for cost of living).

Life Insurance: Provided equal to one-year salary.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): A City-paid Employee Assistance Program is available for employees
and family members.

Relocation: The City will assist with a portion of the moving expenses and housing if the candidate
needs to relocate to the Santa Barbara/South Coast region. The City is a member of the Coastal Housing
Partnership which offers home loan assistance and rental reductions.

Questions regarding more specific details of the compensation package may be directed to Ralph Andersen
& Associates.
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The Selection Process
To be considered, candidates must submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early in the process for optimal
consideration. The closing date for this position is Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Ralph Andersen & Associates will conduct the initial evaluation of submitted materials to determine the best
overall match with the established criteria as outlined in this recruitment profile. The selection process may
also involve a supplemental questionnaire. Only a select group of highly qualified candidates will be invited
to interview. It is anticipated that the new Police Chief will join the City in September or at a mutually
agreeable date.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Chief Greg Nelson (ret.) or Chief Bryan Noblett (ret.) at

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The City of Santa Barbara is an
                                Equal Opportunity Employer


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