Recruiting San Diego's Next Chief of Police

Recruiting San Diego's Next Chief of Police

The City of San Diego is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as the next Police Chief – a forward-thinking, collaborative person who can engage with a diverse and involved community, has experience leading and innovating in the area of public safety and has a demonstrated commitment to community-oriented policing.

Community Meetings

The Mayor’s Office and each Council District held a series of community meetings in each of the nine San Diego Council Districts throughout January 2024 to gather San Diegans’ opinions about the next Chief of Police. An online survey was available for residents who didn’t have the chance to participate in person. Here are the results of the online survey as well as the results of the Community Forums:

Thank you to all the community members who participated in the community meetings and survey! Your voice and contributions were crucial in the search for our next law enforcement leader. 

Recruiting Process

Recruiting Process

Mayor Gloria is committed to a transparent and inclusive recruitment process. Following the community meetings, a stakeholder interview panel will be comprised of nominees from each City Council Office, and the Mayor will select nominees for an executive panel to include executive-level law enforcement officials and other regional leaders.

The process to hire a new Chief of Police, outlined in Council Policy 300-08, calls for the Mayor to appoint a candidate to be confirmed by the City Council.

Timeline of Significant Steps in the Recruitment Process

NOTE: This timeline is subject to change.

November 2023 through January 2024

Recruitment period opens on Nov. 14, 2023, and closes on the application deadline Jan. 19, 2024.

View the hiring brochure.

January 2024

Online survey will be posted and community meetings begin. Nine meetings will be scheduled, one in each City Council district.

February 2024

Panel interviews will be scheduled.

March 2024

Final interviews and selection.

april 2024

City Council confirmation and appointment.

june 2024

New Police Chief is sworn in.