The town of Amherst is located in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts with a population of nearly 40,000. Amherst is a diverse, inclusive community offering numerous educational and cultural opportunities. It has a large student population as host to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts. The town operates under a Council-Manager form of government and enjoys a strong tradition of professional government with an expectation of high-level government services, quality education, support for open space and agriculture, and respect for its history.

The town of Amherst seeks a Chief of Police to serve as a strategic partner with the Town Manager to establish goals and objectives focused on the safety and security of the community. The Chief is responsible for enforcing all laws within the town of Amherst and for overseeing the development and implementation of policies, programs, and practices that best serve the needs of the residents and visitors of the town.

This position requires a bachelor’s degree plus 10 years of proven experience in criminal justice work, three of which were in a position equivalent to lieutenant or higher; or equivalent combination of education and experience. The Chief must have completed basic police academy training, be certified as a Massachusetts police officer or be willing and able to obtain such certification upon hire, possess a license to carry a firearm, possess a valid Massachusetts driver’s license without record of suspension or revocation in any state, and be Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certified or be willing and able to obtain such certification upon hire.

Compensation: $134,250-$164,275, depending on qualifications.

Please visit to view the full job description, complete an employment application and upload resume/cover letter. The town of Amherst seeks a workforce that reflects the diversity of its community, and strives toward racial and environmental sustainability. All are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO