Job Posting: Chief of Police, DSH-Coalinga

Department of State Hospitals

Chief of Police, DSH-Coalinga
C. E. A.

$9,755.00 - $11,807.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 4/12/2024

Job Description and Duties

This position is approved for Peace Officer/Fire Fighter Retirement designation.

Under the general direction of the Chief of Law Enforcement and Executive Director, the Chief of Police is responsible for providing high level operational, administrative, management and policy direction for law enforcement services and personnel within the Office of Protective Services.  The Chief of Police is the highest ranking of law enforcement personnel at the facility and organizationally all law enforcement and fire services employees report to the Chief.  The Chief is responsible for overseeing the law enforcement and fire services operational functions of the DSH 24/7 facility to ensure the safety and security of patients, staff and the community.  The Chief is a critical piece of the executive leadership team at each facility providing strategic operational leadership. This is a sworn law enforcement position but is not a POST participating classification/position.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Chief of Police, DSH-Coalinga
    C. E. A.
    $9,755.00 - $11,807.00 A
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Fresno County
    In Office
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The Department of State Hospitals (DSH) manages the California state hospital system to provide evaluation and treatment in a safe and responsible manner, by leading innovation and excellence across a continuum of care and settings.  

    DSH oversees five state hospitals - Atascadero, Coalinga, Metropolitan (in Los Angeles County), Napa and Patton.
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    Special Requirements

    Education: Equivalent to completion of the 12th grade and Training Requirement: Satisfactory completion of the training requirements of Penal Code Section 832.

    Citizenship Requirement: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(a), in order to be a peace officer, a person must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law.

    Felony Disqualification: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1029(a), persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers except as provided under Welfare and Institutions Code, Division 2, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 1179(b), or Division 2.5, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 1772(b). Except as provided for by these statutes, persons convicted of a felony are not eligible to compete for, or be appointed to, positions in these classes.

    Background Investigation: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031, persons successful in peace officer examinations shall be required to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to appointment. Persons unsuccessful in the background investigation cannot be appointed as peace officers.

    Medical/Psychological Screening Requirement: Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(f), persons successful in peace officer examinations are required to successfully pass a thorough medical and psychological screening prior to appointment date. Persons unsuccessful in the medical and psychological screening cannot be appointed as peace officers.

    Drug Testing Requirement: Applicants for positions in these classes are required to pass a drug-screening test. (The drug-screening test will be waived for employees who are currently in a designated "sensitive" class for which drug testing is required under State Personnel Board Rule 213.)

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: 4/12/2024

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    Department of State Hospitals
    Attn: Executive Recruitment Unit
    Human Resources Office
    1215 O Street, MS 17
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    Department of State Hospitals
    Executive Recruitment Unit
    Human Resources Office
    1215 O Street, MS 17
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is required and must be included.
    • Statement of Qualifications - Please see the Statement of Qualifications section below for details.
    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    Desirable Qualifications

    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
    1. Demonstrated experience in managing the law enforcement and fire services operations for a department. Knowledge of legal authority, effective training standards and the ability to develop consistent, defensible law enforcement and fire service practices across the Department.
    2. Demonstrated experience in overseeing confidential criminal and/or administrative investigations and utilizing law enforcement and fire service databases.
    3. Demonstrated experience with effective leadership practices, group consensus building, and setting strategic goals and objectives for the development and implementation of law enforcement and fire service policies and regulations.
    4. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with organizational leadership, as well as control agencies and local law enforcement entities, as a liaison and advocate for DSH law enforcement and fire services concerns.
    5. Knowledge and ability to develop and oversee effective law enforcement and fire service practices in a clinical setting, with unique and specialized interventions required for an inpatient population of forensic mentally ill patients.
    6. Experience with developing and implementing key executive-level priorities and the ability to work in collaboration with law enforcement and fire service management within the Department to implement change and improve employee performance.

    Examination Information

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


    Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

    Department Website:
    Human Resources Contact:
    Executive Recruitment Unit
    (916) 654-2351

    Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    Office of Human Rights
    (916) 573-2727
    California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

    Statement of Qualifications

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is a written response to the applicant's qualifications for the position and ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing.  Specifically, the SOQ should include detailed and concise information on how the candidate's education, training, experience, and competencies meet the minimum and desirable qualifications.

    In your SOQ, describe your experience, knowledge, and competencies as they relate to each "Desirable Qualifications" factors listed under the "Desirable Qualifications" section of this bulletin.  The Desirable Qualifications factors must be addressed and numbered in the same order as listed; do not consolidate responses.  The SOQ should not exceed three pages in length, with one-inch margins, single spaced and a minimum font size of Arial 12.  Applicants who fail to submit or complete the SOQ as instructed and/or fail to submit all the required documents may be eliminated from the examination process.

    Filing Instructions

    Interested applicant(s) must submit the following required application documents (Standard State Application STD. 678, resume, and Statement of Qualifications).  All required application documents personally delivered must be received by the Department of State Hospitals by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date.  Application documents via U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked by the final filing date in order to be considered for the examination.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

    It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail