Now Recruiting:  Chief of Police for the City of Lakeport

The Lakeport Police Department is dedicated to providing a safe environment for those who live, work, and visit in the City of Lakeport. The Lakeport Police Department is a fully staffed, forward-thinking group of team-oriented officers and personnel, with officers aided by the Flock camera systems, body cams and other advanced technology. The Department works closely with other offices, with dispatch contracted through the Sheriff’s Office, shared duties between Animal Control, PD and County, and Mental & Behavioral Health workers working out of the Police Department. The Police Department demographics include; 13 Sworn including the Chief, Captain, Detective Trainee, SRO and K-9. The Department also participates on a regional SWAT Team. The Department places a major focus on addressing homelessness and mental health issues in the community.

The ideal candidate will be of the highest integrity and genuinely committed to being a collaborative, community-oriented, and accessible leader, responsive to organizational needs by being open, honest, respected, and trusted in internal and external relationships. The successful candidate must possess and be comfortable exercising emotional intelligence, political savvy, and compassion, as well as a hands-on approach to lead by example and build a spirit of teamwork. The candidate should be fully engaged in the community, while maintaining approachability, availability, and a strong understanding of the nuances of a rural community.

The next Chief will grow a strong organizational culture within the Department while advancing the Department toward enhanced use of evidence-based policing, crime reduction strategies, and data-driven decision-making. Exceptional public speaking and writing skills are necessary, as well as skills of persuasion. The candidate will become a part of a tight-knit City team, and does not “silo” the PD. Internal and external collaboration is crucial to the success of the role, and the Chief will be responsible for the coaching and mentorship of a young department.

The salary for this position is up to $143,592 pending City Council approval. DOQ. Please follow this link to view the Chief of Police Brochure. To apply, send a compelling cover letter and resume to by Friday, April 12, 2024. Please contact Joe Gorton at 707-628-6846 should you have any questions regarding the position or recruitment process.