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City of Visalia
Visalia, CA
  • Expired: June 14, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.

The City of Visalia is recruiting for Police Lieutenant. Click here to review the recruitment announcement.

The Visalia Police Department has served the citizens of Visalia since 1923 and has a long history of outstanding law enforcement service and strong community relations. The Visalia Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency serving the public safety needs of the City of Visalia and its approximately 138,000 residents and more than 37 square miles.  The Visalia Police Department employs 232 full-time employees, including 164 sworn officer positions and is comprised of two divisions, Operations and Operations Support.  

Examples of Duties


  • Monitors community needs for police service; deploys assigned personnel and resources to achieve maximum effect in crime prevention and suppression and investigation; and assists officers in handling difficult situations.
  • Oversees hiring and termination, discipline and reward, training and evaluation of personnel in assigned unit; supervises Sergeants and civilian personnel responsible for supervision of other Department personnel.
  • Investigates complaints and misconduct and policy violations; conducts other confidential internal affairs investigations.
  • Responds to major law enforcement incidents; personally participates in major investigations; determines disposition of incident and investigation reports.
  • Exercises authority to change or waive Department policy to achieve law enforcement objectives in a given situation.
  • Researches, designs, directs and promotes a variety of special projects such as  Personalized Vehicle, conversion of City services to private enterprise for cost control; development of Department manuals and policies, Neighborhood Watch, SWAT Team, 911 Emergency Response System, development or revision of City Ordinances, and Department productivity measurement.
  • Participates in formulating Department policies and division budget and workplan; monitors progress against plan; prepares a variety of reports as required; and may prepare grant proposals.
  • Participates in a wide variety of community relations and education activities including making public presentations and representing the Department to community groups, task forces and other government agencies.
  • If assigned to the administrative division may manage communications, dispatch, crime analysis, property and evidence, duty officer, fleet, records and personnel.


This position reports to a Police Captain or the Chief of Police and supervises assigned personnel. 

Click here to review the full job description.

Qualifications / Requirements

The ideal candidate for Police Lieutenant will be an experienced, ethical, innovative, self-motivated, professional police supervisor/manager with strong interpersonal and leadership skills.  They will possess the ability to perform complex administrative duties, oversee investigations, manage bureau operations and budget, and have strong administrative and personnel skills.   Candidates will possess good listening and communication skills, work as a problem solver, demonstrate strong community involvement, and be supportive of new ideas.  They will have demonstrated an excellent working relationship with their Police Chief or prior law enforcement executives and managers, department personnel, the community, and other governmental partners.  The Police Lieutenant candidate must have worked collaboratively with others at all levels and be recognized as an individual who reflects the organizational values of the Visalia Police Department and the City of Visalia.  They must be a person of high integrity and committed to making the community a great place to live, work, and play.  
The ability to communicate effectively is a key element of this position. The successful candidate will attend City Council and other meetings to present reports, answer questions and make recommendations. They will be an effective problem solver who identifies goals, gathers information, considers the consequences, makes decisions, and evaluates their decisions.  The ability to multitask, identify and overcome obstacles, be a team player and work cooperatively with the management team is essential.

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skill and ability may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skill and abilities would be:
  • Previous experience as a Police Sergeant or comparable position, with demonstrated management, organization and planning abilities in police patrol, investigation or administration.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, police science, public administration or related field. 
  • Possession of an Advanced POST Certificate.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.
  • Must successfully complete the POST Middle Management Course within one (1) year of appointment.

Additional Information

The City of Visalia offers a competitive total compensation package that includes:

Monthly Salary: $8,976 - $11,227
CalPERS retirement program
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
Onsite City Health and Wellness Clinic (no out of pocket expenses)
Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick Leave and much more...

Review the Benefits tab for more information.

If work-life balance is important to you, consider living in a thriving community that offers the most affordable housing in California with a typical commute time of less than 20 minutes. With a population of over 138,000, Visalia offers small town charm with metropolitan amenities.  Visalia has a world class health care system, our own Sequoia Symphony Orchestra, a flourishing arts community, a minor league baseball team, a downtown convention center, and numerous fine dining establishments.
As the Tulare County seat, Visalia is the principal retail center in the region, and home to several large industrial employers. Visalia has a vibrant downtown district, safe neighborhoods, excellent schools, institutions for higher learning, and low cost of living.  The City has many community parks, organized team sports, a municipal golf course and private country club, a multi-sport family-oriented regional sports park, and numerous outdoor and recreational activities.
Located in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, Visalia offers easy access to the nearby mountains, national parks, lakes and rivers which provide year-round opportunities for sports and recreation within an hour or less. Visalia was ranked as the top Central Valley community and one of seven California cities in the top 25 of Gallup Sharecare's latest State of American Well Being Index. Our strong sense of community and social well-being keeps Visalians happy, healthy and moving forward.  Come discover all Visalia has to offer!   

City of Visalia


Visalia, CA



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