South City seeks new Police Chief

South San Francisco, CA      July 1, 2014

Chief Massoni is set to retire later this summer after 35+ yrs with SSFPD

Chief Massoni is set to retire later this summer after 35+ yrs with SSFPD

After 35+ years Mike Massoni will be retiring from our Police Department and our city has began seeking a new hire for later this summer. Massoni has been our Public Safety Chief covering both the Police and Fire Departments since Chief Phil White retired last year  from the Fire Dept.  Prior to that Massoni was our *Police Chief having moved up the ranks with enthusiasm from city officials and the community alike.

Our city has gone through many changes in Department Heads as well as Council members and Board members. Bringing in a new Police Chief that can ‘hit the ground running’ will be a tough position to fill.

Below is the job description and information for prospective applicants.

Job description

Located on the San Francisco Peninsula in San Mateo County, South San Francisco occupies the valley formed by the San Bruno Mountains on the north and the Coast Range on the west. With the San Francisco Bay just east of the City, residents enjoy beautiful views of the water and a true sense of identification with the Bay. The City is proud of its diversity and the community is known for its friendly residents, community groups and volunteerism. South San Francisco also offers a high quality of life to its residents with attractive residential areas, well-kept parks, and a beautiful marina and bay trail.


The Police Chief reports to the City Manager and has responsibility over all activities in law enforcement and the prevention of crime, also providing highly responsible and technical staff assistance to the City Manager and City Council. The South San Francisco Police Department has 83 sworn officers who patrol the streets, enforce traffic laws and conduct investigations. The department participates in several community programs, such as Project HERO and Project GREAT, to reach out to youth in the community and prevent crime. The successful candidate will plan, organize and direct all activities of department staff in the preservation of order, protection of life and property, and enforcement of laws and municipal ordinances.


The new Police Chief will possess any combination of experience and training that will provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of full-time administrative experience with a law enforcement agency at the rank of lieutenant with at least two separate command responsibilities. Two years as a captain or commander is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in any related field and completion of one of the following: FBI National Academy, Command College, or the West Point Leadership Academy. A Master’s degree and completion of P.O.S.T. Executive Development Course are preferred. The salary range for this position is $156,873 to $190,694 annually, DOQ. To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, current salary and five work-related references (email preferred) to Paul Kimura by July 28, 2014. A job announcement is available at


Paul Kimura and/or Cris Piasecki

Avery Associates

3½ N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A

Los Gatos, CA 95030


Apply Here


*Correction to Police Chief thanks to RL for bringing this typo to our attn.

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8 years ago

who’s going to be the next fire chief for the south san francisco fire department