Employment Opportunities


Police Commander

  • Full Time
  • up to $103,000.00/annually (DOQ)
  • 03/07/2017
  • 04/09/2017


The City of Sedona seeks an experienced, collaborative, service-oriented professional to serve as the Police Commander.  

Police Commander Job Brochure Cover 


The Commander reports to the Chief of Police and serve as a key member of the Police Department’s leadership team.  This position assists with leading a team including one lieutenant, five sergeants, police officers, detectives, dispatchers, records clerk, community    services officer, administrative assistant, community services aides, and police volunteers.  Together they comprise a proud and professional force that works diligently to provide professional police services in partnership with the community.

By employing its community policing/problem-solving philosophy, the department strives to work with residents, businesses, and all stakeholders to maintain community viability. The department is a progressive, innovative, and community-oriented policing agency committed to ensuring the City’s exceptional quality of life.

The City is seeking a strong, hands-on leader with solid ethics and integrity who has the ability to focus on teamwork, respond timely to staffing requirements, and implement organizational development and modern police tactics.

The Commander will be approachable, positive, energetic, and capable of working in a collaborative manner.  Additionally, the Commander will have strong communication skills, utilize community policing, provide solid leadership, and have a personality style that is comfortable in a small community. 



Bachelor’s degree in Police Science, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Public or Business Administration, or related field; a graduate degree is desired.  Seven years of law enforcement experience, including three years of supervisory experience.

A selected candidate that is lacking a Bachelor’s degree, but has obtained other qualifying experience and education, will be expected to obtain a Bachelor’s degree within a reasonable period of time, not exceeding three years, with continuous and sufficient progress made on a semi-annual basis.

Ability to meet applicable Arizona state law enforcement certification requirements within a reasonable time period.

In addition to the requirements listed above, a preferred candidate will possess additional specialized leadership education, such as the Senior Management Institute for Police or FBI National Academy. 



The ideal candidate is a skilled leader with superior communication skills. As a leader, knowledge of and experience in the application of contemporary policing strategies and technologies is a critical skill for this small but high-performing department as is a thorough understanding of personnel management. Experience working in Arizona is preferred but not compulsory.

As the Police Commander, this individual will provide progressive leadership and maintain open lines of communication with all functional units in the department. The ideal candidate should be receptive to new ideas and stays current on policing trends. The ideal candidate will demonstrate support for department staff and work well with both Police staff and City employees. 

Important management strengths include the ability to make timely and informed decisions, to delegate and develop key staff, to remain approachable and open and to maintain accountability at all    levels in the department through appropriate performance management systems. The Sedona Police Department has an excellent relationship with our small community and this individual will be expected to maintain and advance those positive relationships.

The City of Sedona provides an exceptional work environment that is marked by employee excellence, outstanding customer service, low staff turnover and high levels of citizen satisfaction. The   Sedona and Verde Valley communities are livable, walkable, sustainable and safe. The successful candidate will bring a can-do attitude, excellent communication skills, and an appropriate sense of humor.



The current top salary range for the Commander position is $103,000.00 annually.  Salary placement for the top candidate will depend on experience and education.

The City of Sedona offers a competitive  benefit package that includes:

 · Public Safety Personnel Retirement System

· 100% City-paid health, dental and vision coverage for employee

· Substantial contributions to health, dental and vision coverage for dependents

· City provided $50,000 group term life insurance

· Short-term disability

· Ninety-six hours of PTO time

· Generous vacation accrual rates

· Eleven paid holidays

· Deferred compensation – Optional IRS 457 plans

· Wellness programs

· Relocation assistance

· Free on-site exercise facilities

· Take-home vehicle



To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, submit your résumé, cover letter, AZ POST Personal History Form, a list of six work-related references (who will not be contacted without prior notice) and current salary by April 9, 2017.

Deadline to Apply: April 9, 2017



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928-203-5038 or 203-5189
City of Sedona Human Resources
102 Roadrunner Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336


The City of Sedona is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at the City are based on business needs; job requirements; individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status; past or present military service; or any other status protected by law or regulation.




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