Chief of Police

City of Rogue River
November 18, 2023
Rogue River, OR
Job Type


Chief of Police

Police Department

City of Rogue River, Oregon

Annual Salary: $73,508 - $89,350 DOE/DOQ

The City of Rogue River seeks a personable and professional Chief of Police to lead the critical functions of the Police Department and serve as a pillar of the community. This position has oversight of eight staff positions and an approximate annual budget of $1.25 million. This is not your typical policing role-as Chief, you'll immerse yourself in the vibrance of this riverfront City while enjoying the respect and appreciation of our residents! This is true community policing centered in civic issues, with the majority of calls focused on neighborhood complaints, noise, barking dogs, speeding, parking, and misdemeanor theft. The Chief will provide strong mentorship for Officers, seek opportunities for creative policing, and represent the Department in meetings with a supportive and engaging City Council. The Police department has dedicated funding (not dependent on a levy), which provides fiscal stability for this department and the community. The ideal candidate should have a strong foundational knowledge in all aspects of police work. This is the perfect role for a Chief with experience leading a small to mid-sized department, seeking longevity as a law enforcement leader in a family-friendly area. Apply today to keep Rogue River a safe small City-our community is grateful for your leadership!

See the full recruitment brochure here:


Rogue River is seeking an approachable, professional, and friendly Chief of Police who thrives on community engagement and is eager to serve and protect - a Chief like Sheriff Taylor of Mayberry would be ideal! The Chief will report to the City Administrator and oversee staff and budget. This job is a true community policing role, with the intention of preserving peace and harmony with citizens. It is important that the Chief is a relationship builder, customer focused and an active listener with a flexible but decisive mindset-a chief that embodies the values of the community, but who is also prepared to make difficult decisions and do what needs to be done.

The ideal candidate for this position is a good enforcer who understands legal proceedings, investigates wrongdoings, and holds individuals accountable. The Chief should have a strong foundation in all areas of policing including firearm training; evidence collection for both physical and digital criminal activity; automobile apprehension; forensic analysis and sound record-keeping and storage practices; digital data collection; techniques of investigation, interviews, and interrogation; drug enforcement; and police administration. The ideal candidate could come from either a rural community of similar size, or from a larger, metropolitan community seeking a change of pace in a more family-friendly and nature-centric environment. This is a unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact in a beautiful and tight-knit community.


Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities is:

  • Education: High School diploma/GED. Preference given to associate or bachelor's degree in law enforcement or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience: At least eight years of progressively responsible experience in the law enforcement field, preferably including four years management experience in some aspect of law enforcement.
  • Licenses & Certifications:
    • Possession and maintenance of a valid driver's license.
    • Possession of, or the ability to obtain without further training, an Advanced Certificate from the Oregon Department on Police Safety Standards and Training.
    • Possession of, or the ability to obtain without further training, a "Supervisory Certificate" and a "Management Certificate" from the Oregon Department on Police Safety Standards and Training within two years of hire date.


Candidates must pass a background check and drug screen, be bondable, and pass educational and experience verification. They must also demonstrate the ability to perform essential functions.


  • Knowledge of Oregon state law or ability to attend two-week training in advance of employment.

Salary and Benefits: Annual Salary of $73,508 - $89,350 DOE/DOQ and an attractive benefits package which includes:

  • Retirement: Full-time employees are enrolled in PERS with the City picking up the Employee 6% contribution.
  • Medical, Vision, and Dental Insurance: Employer pays 90% of premiums. Very generous benefit plan through Teamsters.
  • Life Insurance: $15,000 policy, with option to apply for additional $200,000.
  • Paid Vacation: 80 hours per year.
  • Sick Leave: Accrue one day per month.
  • Oregon Paid Leave Program: City covers employee contribution.

*Relocation reimbursement negotiable for ideal candidates!

HOW TO APPLY: For first consideration, APPLY by December 18th at:


Interviews will be held virtually on January 5th and in person on January 22nd. Candidates invited to interview need to be available on both dates.

Please contact City Administrator, Ryan Nolan, with any questions:

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