East Wenatchee, Washington

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East Wenatchee, Washington POLICE CHIEF


The City of East Wenatchee invites you to an exciting opportunity to live and work in a picturesque, friendly, growing community. With a supportive community and dedicated officers, East Wenatchee is seeking a civic minded, visionary leader for its Police Chief/Emergency Management Director. We hope you consider joining our team.


With a population of 13,477, East Wenatchee is located in Douglas County on the shores of the Columbia River in the Wenatchee Valley. Incorporated in 1935 on an original site of 50 acres, the City has grown organically and through a series of annexations to a size of 2,438 acres or 3.8 square miles, with 56 road miles of streets, including 20 miles of arterials and 36 miles of residential streets. Adjacent to the City across the Columbia River is the City of Wenatchee with a population of 32,700 residents, resulting in the necessity for coordination and cooperation in supportive law enforcement. The City currently has 46 employees, 24 of which are in the police department.


East Wenatchee operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. The Mayor is the executive officer of the City and coordinates the day-to-day activities. The council is the policy-making branch and consists of seven members elected at large to staggered four-year terms. Mayor Steven C. Lacy was re-elected to his sixth term of office in 2016.

City of East Wenatchee



The Police Chief is a director level position reporting directly to the Mayor. This position plans, organizes and directs police activities of the City including emergency management, patrol, investigation, communications, records and prosecution, enforcement of laws and municipal codes, protection of life and property, and preservation of order.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides executive direction to Command Staff and other selected staff to ensure that department goals and objectives are met.

  • Directs department administrative activities including personnel, budgeting, capital expenditures, development of annual plans and objectives, and long-range
    planning to provide optimum support for the Department’s ongoing operations.

  • Ensures the effectiveness of
    department personnel in performing their assigned duties through hiring, supervising, evaluating and training staff.

  • Develops and maintains the
    department’s relationships with other City departments, City Council, and other law enforcement agencies.

  • Performs a variety of community relations activities to establish and maintain an effective public image and communication network for the department.

  • Provides emergency direction to police operations as required.


Knowledge of: Current practices in the
management of municipal police departments; criminal law, Federal, State and local laws and regulation pertaining to the conduct of law enforcement operations; principles and practices of organization and public administration; department budget preparation and analysis; and principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.

Skill in: Strong leadership and management with emphasis in analysis of stakeholder needs, development of alternatives and
appropriate recommendations, and expertise in media relations, fiscal management and strategic planning.

Ability to: Exercise sound judgment under highly sensitive conditions including potential injury or loss of life to others, severe time

constraints and political considerations; coordinate department operations with other law enforcement agencies; direct, evaluate, train and supervise the work of assigned
personnel; communicate effectively in written and oral form; and development and maintain effective working relationships.


Any combination of experience and education that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities which may include:

  • Possession of a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree preferred from an accredited
    college or university in business or public administration, criminology or related field; or equivalent
    experience with a minimum of ten years’ experience in a state, county, or municipal law enforcement agency, including a minimum of three years administrative
    experience at the rank of Deputy Chief, Captain, Sergeant, Commander or higher.

  • Extensive previous experience in a public law enforcement agency
    including both operational and
    administrative assignments at the management level, along with
    experience or education in public agency budgeting, organization and planning.

Special Requirements: This position is on a 24–hour emergency call and requires the finalist to maintain peace officer certification in
Washington State which includes successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation, and both polygraph and psychological examinations. The finalist is also expected to either possess or have the qualifications to obtain middle-management career level certification through the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.


The annual salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience.

Medical, Dental, Orthodontia and Vision Insurance for employee and dependents

VEBA option

Employee Assistance Program

11 Paid Holidays; Vacation and Sick Leave

Washington State Retirement System

Life & AD&D Insurance

Employees receive an additional 1% longevity pay after five years, 2% after ten years, etc. to a 6% maximum.

The Police Chief is an FLSA exempt position.

Recruitment schedule

October 1, 2016 – Applicant Period Opens

October 31, 2016 – Applicant Period Closes

November 2016 – Candidate Interview

December 2016– Selection of final Candidate


All applicants must submit an application packet which includes a resume (3 pages maxi- mum), responses to supplemental questions and a detailed (2 page maximum) cover
letter that describes your experience, leadership style and why you are interested in the position. Packets must be submitted to:

City of East Wenatchee, Attn: Teresa Allen

271 9th St NE East Wenatchee WA 98802.

Electronic packets are preferred and can be submitted to:

Teresa Allen at


All packets are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 31, 2016.

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  1. The City of East Wenatchee wants its Police Chief to be a part of the community. Describe your experience with community engagement and what steps you will take in the first 90 days to become part of our community. How would you measure whether your efforts were successful?

  2. How do you instill confidence and respect from your department and from the community?

  3. Describe three specific accomplishments or short comings in your law enforcement career that you consider to be significant.

  4. Describe what a leading-edge police department looks like and how you would take East
    Wenatchee’s Police Department to the forefront of local law enforcement.


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