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City of Oceanside Open Recruitments

We are accepting applications for Police Chief, for further information please click on the link below.



12/21/20 Update:  Captain Fred Armijo Named Interim Police Chief after Chief McCoy Retires on 12/28/20. 

11/23/20 Update:  Police Chief Recruitment Status

After 36 years in law enforcement, Oceanside Police Chief McCoy announced his plans to retire. McCoy has served as Oceanside’s Police Chief since 2006 and is the longest serving Police Chief in the history of the department. Chief McCoy will be retiring on December 28, 2020.

The City of Oceanside developed a community survey in order to gather input on his replacement. The survey was released on September 10, 2020, was available in English and Spanish, and hard copies were made available. The community survey closed on October 5, 2020. A report summarizing the survey responses was released on October 30, 2020.  In supporting a fully transparent reporting of the survey results, the conclusions are followed by a report of the results of each question, and individual comments are provided in the appendices. Report

The survey results were carefully considered, and it was decided that an open recruitment will begin to ensure the best person is selected as the City’s next Police Chief. The Bob Murray & Associates firm was selected to manage the recruitment process.  In conducting the recruitment process, the City Manager will be seeking a Chief who has demonstrated a strong understanding of community relationships, knowledge of and the value of the City’s diversity, and someone who can build on OPD’s track record, while also providing a fresh look to ensure that OPD is continually improving practices and providing outstanding service to the community. Memo

A candidate profile, a brochure, and a schedule are being developed.  The recruitment process will include advertising in appropriate publications, posting on the City website, outreach, and screening of candidates.  Finalists will be evaluated by three types of panels:

  • Professional Panel: Police Chiefs and City Manager from other jurisdictions
  • City Panel: Oceanside Department Directors who work closely with OPD
  • Community Panels: Representatives from City Commissions, business groups, faith leaders, minority groups, LGBTQ community groups, and school leaders.

As the appointing authority, the City Manager will consider the panels’ input and application materials, along with personal interviews in the selection of the Police Chief. It’s anticipated the process will take 12-16 weeks. An Oceanside Police Captain will be named Interim Police Chief upon Chief McCoy’s retirement as the recruitment continues. Regular updates will be posted to this site.