bay area rapid
the position of
Up to 90% of its
fleet of over 600 railcars
is needed to transport the nearly
BAY AREA RAPID 350,000 people who ride have completed at least a year of
BART each weekday among college. Most officers currently are
TRANSIT DISTRICT its 43 stations in assigned to the Patrol Bureau and
The Mission of the Bay Area Rapid Transit the region become eligible for specialized assign-
District is to provide safe, clean, reliable, and ments, including: field training officer;
customer-friendly regional public transit service canine handler; SWAT operator; detec-
in order to increase mobility and accessibility, tive; personnel and training officer;
strengthen community and economic prosperity, and pre- applicant background investigator; crime
serve the environment in the Bay Area. BART is widely regarded as suc- analyst; administrative traffic officer; FBI
cessfully doing just that, by those in the Bay Area and by those in public Joint Terrorism Task Force investigator;
transit nationally. This is one of America’s premier systems. and undercover anti-vandalism and
BART began construction of the Trans-Bay Tunnel and the core system in
1964, and initiated revenue service in 1972. With continual line extensions The Department currently uses a
since, it now serves a population area of 3 million people. Up to 90% of its community-based deployment strategy
fleet of over 600 railcars is needed to transport the nearly 350,000 people to enhance the ability to work more
who ride BART each weekday among its 43 stations in the region, making 104 closely with the local residents, allied
million passenger trips a year. BART has over 3,100 employees and an operating public-safety agencies, businesses,
budget of $600 million annually. schools, and other transit district
employees. There are BART police
ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN facilities and field offices in Oakland,
Concord, Walnut Creek, Pittsburg,
AND GOVERNANCE El Cerrito, Dublin/Pleasanton, Castro
The BART Board of Directors consists of nine members, each elected to a four- Valley, San Leandro, Hayward, San
year term from one of nine election districts within the counties of Alameda, Francisco, Colma, and San Bruno
Contra Costa and San Francisco that comprise the communities that contribute where lieutenants, sergeants, officers,
to the BART budget. The Board appoints four officers for the District, the General and community-service officers report
Manager, General Counsel, Controller Treasurer, and the District Secretary. for duty.
The Chief of Police reports directly to the General Manager.
To further ensure the personal safety of
BART riders, pay phones and emer-
THE DEPARTMENT gency call-boxes in parking lots connect
directly to the BART police 9-1-1 com-
The BART Police Department is composed of 296 personnel, of which 206
munications center. The District also
are sworn peace officers of the State of California. The Chief of Police com-
utilizes video-surveillance systems in
mands BART’s sole law-enforcement entity and provides the full range of police
trains, stations, and parking lots. Since
services. To prepare for major emergencies, critical incidents, and tactical
9/11, the emphasis has been to further
responses, the department is a signatory to the Bay Area’s mutual-aid pacts
harden BART’s critical infrastructure
and has teams of highly trained officers for tactical response and/or crisis
against the threat of terrorism. The
department hosts drills for the region’s
Qualifications and training for BART first-responders and participates in
police officers exceed the guide- local, state, and federal counterterrorism
lines of the State’s Commission working groups. An officer is assigned
on Peace Officer Standards full-time to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task
and Training, which certi- Force and a command officer is desig-
fies all California peace nated as the department’s mutual-aid,
officers. In addition to counter-terrorism, and homeland-
meeting POST require- security liaison. All of BART PD’s canines
ments, every BART po- are highly trained and certified to
lice officer applicant must detect explosives.
patchers, revenue protec-
highly desirable qualities and experi-
tion-guards, clerical staff
and supervisors comprise
the department’s civilian • Demonstrated experience in ad-
employees. dressing community/customer issues
and concerns in the context of po-
THE licing in a large, culturally diverse
urban and suburban area, and in par-
POSITION ticular, experience in community
The Chief of Police has primary policing.
responsibility for developing, main- • Experience in establishing, maintain-
taining, and operating all policing ing, and enforcing an appropriate pro-
activities on behalf of the District, and for cedural framework for a police de-
providing for the safety of customers and employees generally. In carrying out partment of size and scope compa-
this responsibility, the Chief of Police works in close coordination with other rable to BART’s.
District departments to support their program objectives; with other local and
national law enforcement agencies on issues of best practice and other matters • Experience in establishing and/or
of common interest; with citizen, community, and other stakeholder groups on working with a police citizen over-
matters of concern; and with the District’s Manager of Security Programs and sight body.
other local and national officials on matters concerning the Police Department’s • Budget and administrative skills, in-
role in system security. The Chief of Police will also be receptive and responsive cluding recruitment, retention, suc-
to developments such as the institution of an independent police auditor, and a cession planning, labor contract ad-
systemic civilian oversight and/or review function. ministration and other experiences
Immediate challenges for the Chief of Police are significant. Recent appropriate to the issues before
recommendations from two independent reviews indicate a need the BART police department.
for improvement in Department practice in a number of areas, • Highly developed oral
including selection, training, procedures, and other internal sys- and written communi-
tems and policies. In addition, The Chief will play a key role in The Chief of Police
building public confidence in the wake of a fatal shooting by a has primary responsibility
BART police officer. Issues of staffing and succession planning for developing, maintaining, • Experience in han-
require ongoing attention, and the existence of unprecedented and operating all policing dling high profile inci-
financial stresses is another element to be reckoned with as activities on behalf dents, especially with
solutions are developed. The new Chief will need to demon- of the District regard to community
strate experience and skill in managing change, and effectively and media interest.
using training as a vehicle for change. These challenging conditions • Knowledge and experi-
also afford an uncommon opportunity for new leadership to intro- ence of best practices in polic-
duce fresh approaches, to the benefit of all stakeholders. ing, with particular empha-
The new Police Chief will assume leadership in the development and sis on the effective use of technol-
implementation of Police Department goals, objectives, policies and pri- ogy for effectiveness and efficiency.
orities, including consideration of input from external sources, and will • Reputation for openness and acces-
oversee their effective delivery. sibility to all stakeholders; for ethical
The Chief will also establish appropriate staffing levels; monitor and conduct and transparency in deci-
evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods sions and actions.
and procedures and allocate resources accordingly. • Experience in coordinating with
Candidates for the position should have prior experience as a other law enforcement agencies on
Police Chief, or other senior law enforcement official. Other issues of joint concern.
• Experience restoring Department morale in the wake 5 to 14 years of service, five weeks is
of a major traumatic event. earned for 15 – 18 years of service and
six weeks is earned for more than 18
• Experience in a transit setting is desirable, but not required.
years of service. A total of 9 fixed
Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree in Administration holidays and 5 floating holidays are pro-
of Justice, Criminology, Public Administration or a related field. A vided.
master’s degree is preferred. Significant relevant experience will be
Other Benefits – Education Assis-
considered in lieu of required education.
tance Program, Employee Assistance
Program, Free Transportation and
COMPENSATION Survivor Benefits are among the other
Compensation for the position is likely to be in the range of $140,000 – benefits.
190,000. In addition, BART provides an attractive benefit package which
includes: TO APPLY
Medical Benefits – Medical plan coverage is provided by the California If you are interested in this outstanding
Public Employees’ Retirement System. Both HMOs and PPOs are available. opportunity, please visit our website at
Employees pay a modest monthly pre-tax premium co-payment of $84.41 www.bobmurrayassoc.com to
for most plans in 2010. apply online.
Dental Benefits – Principal Financial Group administers a $2,000 per person
per calendar year family bank dental program. Claims are generally paid at 100%
February 1, 2010
with no deductible. Orthodontia is covered with a lifetime maximum of $3,500
and a $50 deductible. District paid coverage. Following the closing date, resumes will
Vision Benefits – Vision Service Plan administers two vision plans. The District be screened according to the qualifica-
paid plan allows annual exams and lenses and frames every other year with a $10 tions outlined above. The most qualified
co-pay. The employee paid plan allows for enhanced coverage on lenses and candidates will be invited to personal
frames and has a $20 co-pay. interviews with Bob Murray and Asso-
ciates. A select group of candidates will
Life Insurance Benefits – Life insurance is provided in the amount of two be asked to provide references once it
times the annual base salary rounded to the next highest thousand. Optional life is anticipated that they may be recom-
insurance may be purchased by the employee. mended as finalists. References will be
Disability Benefits – Disability insurance is provided through PORAC and is contacted only following candidate approval.
long-term coverage only. No cost to the employee for this coverage. Finalist interviews will be held with the
District. Candidates will be advised of
Retirement Programs – Employee pension plan is through the California
the status of the recruitment following
Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). The District reimburses
selection of the Police Chief.
employees’ for their contribution each pay period. The contract between BART
and CalPERS provides for the 3% at 50. If you have any questions, please do not
hesitate to call Bob Murray at:
A Deferred Compensation Plan (IRC 457) is also offered. A variety of invest-
ment options are offered. Rollovers into this (916) 784-9080
plan are generally allowed.
Vacation & Holidays –
Vacation is provided at the
rate of three weeks after
one year of service. Four
weeks is provided for