Chief of Police

1 Position Available Closes: 4/5/2019

Job Summary:

The function of the Tribal Police is the prevention of crime and the protection of the safety and property of the Tribal community. The Chief of Tribal Police is responsible for the planning, direction and administration of the law enforcement function for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.  This responsibility includes the enforcement of Tribal ordinances, management of department personnel, the resources and budget of the department, including the grant application and compliance process.  This responsibility also includes the proactive establishment and maintenance of positive relations with the entire Tribal community as well as other state and federal agencies.  An awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity is an essential component of this position.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Ensure the provision of reliable, consistent and equitable enforcement of all Tribal laws and ordinances as well as, where applicable, all federal rules, regulations and/or standards with the highest possible levels of professionalism and ethical behavior
  • Provide effective leadership and management for all Public Safety employees, including, but not limited to, scheduling, policy administration, employee selection, career development and disciplinary actions as required
  • Serve as primary liaison for the department by proactively interacting with Tribal members and the community as a whole in order to establish and maintain the highest possible levels of communication and good relationships; must clearly demonstrate a willingness and ability to be sensitive and responsive to concerns regarding police enforcement activities
  • Establish and maintain good communication and working relationship with Tribal Council, the Administrative Director for Tribal Government as well as all other Tribal departments and programs, demonstrating an openness, willingness and ability to respond in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Development and management of annual departmental budgets at the direction of, and in close consultation with, Tribal Council and the Administrative Director
  • Direct the development and maintenance of systems, records and legal documents that provide for the proper evaluation, control and documentation of department operations
  • Prepare and submit periodic written and verbal reports and updates as required
  • Direction of ongoing research into crime statistics as well as new law enforcement tools, technologies, techniques and best practices to address emerging trends in enforcement as they are recognized
  • Design, plan and present crime prevention and safety education in appropriate community forums
  • Establishment of cooperative relationships with other law enforcement agencies or legal jurisdictions in the area; attend, as appropriate state, local and federal interagency and intertribal meetings in order to establish an effective networking system with peers
  • Participate in, direct and coordinate high risk, hazardous and emergency actions related to tactical operations, narcotics, gang activity, criminal investigations, traffic or other enforcement activities; ability to assume routine patrol duties as required
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Experience in law enforcement in a Tribal setting highly preferred.
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible and satisfactory experience as a law enforcement officer with a minimum of four years of supervisory-level administrative experience in a law enforcement setting is required.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science, Criminology or closely related field is preferred but a combination of relevant completed or on-going education and work experienced will be considered.
  • Experience in implementing law enforcement services, departmental budgets and funding justifications.
  • Experience in grant management.
  • A pre-employment drug and alcohol test must be successfully completed before any conditional offer of employment can be confirmed. Any discrepancies in these tests will require that the conditional offer of employment be withdrawn
  • A pre-employment background check must be successfully completed before any conditional offer of employment can be confirmed. A “successful” background check will be one that contains no felony convictions in the past seven (7) years, no misdemeanor convictions within the past (3) years, no convictions for crimes violence such as domestic violence and no convictions for any crimes involving moral turpitude or any crime that might call the integrity or credibility of the officer into question
  • A pre-employment psychological assessment that is satisfactory to the Tribe is required
  • Computer skills including ability to design and utilize spreadsheets, word processing and database software are required.
  • Good communication skills, both verbally and in writing, are required



  • A valid Washington State Driver's License with evidence of a satisfactory driving record is required.
  • A current First Aid/CPR certificate is required.
  • Completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy sponsored by the Washington State Training Commission, the Bureau of Indian Affairs or the Washington State Training Commission Equivalency Course is within twelve (12) months of the hire date is required
  • Completion of the Washington State/FBI Command College within twenty-four (24) months of the hire date is required.
  • Successful completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy sponsored by the Washington State Training Commission, or the Bureau of Indian Affairs, or complete the Washington State Training Commission Equivalency Course is required. Completion of the Washington State/FBI Command College within twenty four (24) months of appointment is required.


Travel Requirements:

  • Local, statewide and out of state travel may be required.


Physical Requirements:

  • Physical condition sufficient to satisfy Training Academy requirements based on typical law enforcement physical activities, operate a motor vehicle
  • Regularly required to finger, handle, reach with hands and arms
  • Frequently required to walk, sit, stand
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Normal audio and visual acuity

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