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Role of the Chief Course - Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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Monday, January 08, 2018, 8:00 AM to Thursday, January 11, 2018, 5:00 PM PDT
Category: Events

The class is currently sold out.  If you would like to be put on the wait list, please email Shannon Mahoney at [email protected]

If you’re a newly appointed chief, interested in becoming a police chief, or a second-in-command that wants to find out how best to support your chief, this course is essential.

This course is WHERE you need to be to find out:

  • WHY you may want the job — The rewards and challenges of leading today’s police department.
  • WHAT is expected of a police chief from the perspective of several critical and influential stakeholders.
  • HOW to effectively anticipate and assess issues and the need for change upon taking command of a municipal police agency.
  • WHEN you are ready to be a police chief and how to prepare in order to be successful.

Topics covered in this course will include:

  • Preparing for the position of chief of police and how to be competitive when applying.
  • Expectations of the chief of police from the points of view of the city manager, elected officials, news media, and other police chiefs.
  • Contemporary legal issues for the police chief.
  • Shaping Public Policy.
  • Labor Relations and Personnel Issues for the police chief.
  • Leading in a Political Environment.
  • Organizational Development and Change.
  • Public Engagement: A Vital Leadership Skill.
  • Crisis Communication and Leadership.

The course will be presented using a combination of learning techniques, including attendee participation, small group discussion, lecture, scenarios, and discussion panels. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with experienced police chiefs, city managers, executive search consultants, police legal advisors, and other experts who specialize in the topics listed above.


  • Chief Scott Seaman, Retired, Los Gatos PD
  • Pete Peterson, Dean, School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University
  • Chief John Welter, Retired, Anaheim PD
  • Bill Rams, Media Consultant, Cornerstone Communications
  • Laura Kalty, Attorney, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
  • Joel Bryden, Murray & Associates

*instructors may vary per location

Tuition & Registration Fees:


Registration Fee**

Total Cost
Members*: $476 $75 $551
Non-Members:  $476 $105 $581





 This is a Plan III POST course. POST Course Control #: 1137-10860-16-003

 Coffee and an afternoon break service will be provided each day. There will also be a hosted lunch on the first day. All other meals are on own.

*Member fee applies to agencies that are members of CPCA and apply agency-wide. Non-Member fees apply to all other agencies not included in CPCA membership.

**Registration Fee is NOT POST reimbursible

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Shannon Mahoney:[email protected] Cancellations received 10 days prior to the beginning of the course date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after this period will be subject to a $50 administrative fee. Registrations are transferable, all changes must be made 10 days prior to the start of the course. NO SHOWS forfeit full registration fee. Course fees are NOT transferable after the last course date. 


Hotel Information: 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay Seaside
1441 Canyon Del Rey
Seaside, California,93955

Room Rate: 

$149 per night

Reservations cut-off: 

December 15, 2017


Reservations may be made ONLINE here or by calling (831) 393-1115.  Please let them know you are with the CPCA Role of the Chief Course.