City Launches Recruitment of Chief of Police and Seeks Community Input

October 22, 2020

City Manager Alan Piombo announced today the launch of the recruitment process for the new Chief of Police for the City of Mill Valley. The Chief of Police oversees the operations of over 27 sworn and professional staff. The opening is a result of a shift in City leadership after the appointment of Police Chief Alan Piombo to City Manager in July of this year.

“The recruitment process is an exciting opportunity as a community to focus on our shared values and goals around the health and safety of our residents,” Mayor Sashi McEntee said. “I look forward to an inclusive process in the selection for this important role.”

City Manager Piombo has hired Joseph Kreins of Kreins Consulting to conduct an executive search for the new Chief of Police. Mr. Kreins has over 40 years of public safety and law enforcement experience, with experience serving as the Chief of Police in several Bay Area cities such as Sausalito, Novato, and Vallejo. 

The recruitment process will involve Mr. Kreins conducting interviews with key stakeholders in the community, including representatives from the City Council, City staff, Chamber of Commerce, School District (Elementary/Middle - High School) and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

A community survey is also a key part of the recruitment process (more information below).

Mr. Kreins will compile feedback, complete a summary and produce a draft recruitment brochure. Once these are complete, he will announce the opening of the position. After the position closes, Mr. Kreins will cull the pool of candidates, conduct interviews, and assist with contract negotiations and approval of the new Chief of Police employment contract. These upcoming steps will span from now through the beginning of the new year with a new Chief of Police estimated to be announced in early 2021.

Community Survey

We would like to invite Mill Valley community members to participate in a survey to provide feedback on what qualities they think the next Chief of Police should possess. 

The purpose of the survey is to learn about what community members are looking for in the next Chief of Police. The topics in the survey include the attributes and qualities for the new Police Chief, as well as top community issues and priorities related to public safety and law enforcement. The survey opens today and will close on October 29, 2020.

Questions may be directed to Deputy City Clerk/Administrative Analyst Seth Allingham at