Salary: $101,711.00 – $118,632.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Job Number: 2023-7-A265-09282
Department: Dept. of Natural Resources
Opening Date: 07/24/2023
Closing Date: Continuous
Review of applications is ongoing. The hiring authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision or close this recruitment at any time after 8/6/23. It is in the applicant’s best interest to submit material as soon as possible.

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The Deputy Chief Law Enforcement Officer (DCLEO) plans, leads and manages DNR’s Law Enforcement Division work including the “day to day” functions/operations through delegation from the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) to achieve planned results in support of the agency and division mission and objectives that align with the DNR strategic plan. Their duties include serving as the Training Standards Officer in charge of all Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) mandated training and requirements. This position advises the Chief Law Enforcement Officer on direction and policy. Under the supervision of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer, this position plans, leads, and directs the operations of the division. Decisions made by this position include review and resolution of program performance and operation, resource acquisition, budget proposals, allotment status questions, personnel hiring needs and conflict resolution, and statistical reporting questions. The Deputy Chief Law Enforcement Officer makes collaborative strategic judgments and decisions balancing competing program demands or priorities for resources; develops, modifies, and implements division policy; formulates long-range strategic plans and projects, and makes division-wide strategic decisions in conjunction with the Chief Law Enforcement Officer. This position integrates division and agency policies and continuously reviews the programs for compliance with division and office policies and strategic objectives. This position is responsible for acting in the absence of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer. The Law Enforcement Division has three major components: DNR Police, wildland fire investigations, and wildstock geoduck fishery compliance.

DNR Police
DNR Police protect state assets, DNR employees, and the recreating public on 5.6 million acres of DNR-managed lands. DNR Police patrol 3.0 million acres of terrestrial lands, interact with the public to ensure that applicable laws and requirements are followed, aid members of the public who need assistance, investigate crimes that occur on these lands, and apprehend those who are responsible.

Senior Wildland Fire Investigations
DNR’s Senior Wildland Fire Investigators handle the most complex and difficult wildland fire investigations including any incidents that involve significant injuries or loss of life. The main goals of these investigations are to determine cause and origin of the fire, and to evaluate whether the fire was the result of negligence. The Senior Wildland Fire Investigators train and coach DNR’s part-time Ready Reserve wildland fire investigators and support Office of the Attorney General to recover firefighting costs from responsible parties.

Wildstock Geoduck Fishery Compliance
The Law Enforcement Program operates two, seven-person dive teams that conduct on-the-water monitoring and compliance activities to ensure that the state’s wildstock geoduck resource is lawfully harvested, guarding against theft, waste, and environmental damage. The wildstock geoduck fishery furnishes over $22 million annual revenue.


  • Plans, leads, organizes, and controls the work performed by the division; assures appropriate and optimum use of the division’s resources and enhances the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal, training, and professional development opportunities; supports effective communications throughout the division; maintains the highest standards of personal, professional, and ethical conduct and supports the state’s goals for a diverse workforce.
  • Serves as the expert to the Chief Law Enforcement Officer and the agency on Criminal Justice Training Commission standards; responsible for developing, implementing and ensuring completion of mandatory training under those standards; serves as the Criminal Justice Training Commission liaison for DNR Law Enforcement.
  • Coordinates all division administrative activities on behalf of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer; maintains accurate job descriptions for the division; approves leave requests; supports division programs by monitoring activities and making any necessary staffing changes; posts job openings, reviews applications, conducts interviews and makes hiring recommendations to the Chief Law Enforcement Officer.
  • In conjunction with the Chief Law Enforcement Officer, plans, coordinates, and prepares biennial budget plan; monitors and prepares reports of statistical data, narrative descriptions, and budget reporting documentation; monitors the status of section budget allotments; is delegated authority to make budgetary decisions that are impactful to DNR.
  • Manages division personnel, including performance, disciplinary actions, and ensures regular expectations and evaluations are completed for each staff member; acts as liaison with DNR human resources staff ensuring compliance with rules and regulations.
  • Assists with legislative bill reviews and cost analysis requests; tracks and reports on proposed legislative changes that impact the division; makes recommendations on implementation plans for approved legislative changes.
  • Develops internal policies and procedures as delegated by the Chief Law Enforcement Officer.
  • Works collaboratively with the Chief Law Enforcement Officer to make strategic decisions; determine division goals; develop and monitor the division budget and work plan; evaluates division and program performance; and assesses ongoing efforts to accomplish strategic initiatives of the division and the office.
  • Plans, coordinates and conducts investigations of any Use of Force incidents per Attorney General and RCW requirements.
  • Oversees all background investigations for commissioned personnel.
  • Directs and mentors program supervisors; assists program supervisors in fulfilling program responsibilities.
  • May serve on related committees and taskforces.

Required Qualifications: 

  • 10+ years of experience as a law enforcement officer, with at least 5 of those years in a supervisory position (e.g., Sergeant, Lieutenant/Captain). Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic, Supervisor and Middle Manager police certifications in good standing.
  • Key Knowledge
    • Knowledge of organizational leadership principles and practices.
    • Knowledge of law enforcement principles and practices including community policing, arrest, search and seizure, and entrapment.
    • Knowledge of the full range of law enforcement techniques and procedures–both overt and covert methods.
    • Current awareness of evolving societal perspectives on the authorities, responsibilities, and conduct of law enforcement officers.
    • Knowledge of Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) as these apply to law enforcement and the Department of Natural Resources.
    • Knowledge of natural resource management principles and practices.
    • Knowledge of wildfire prevention and suppression practices, and the Incident Command System (ICS).
  • Key Skills
    • Strong commitment to ethical leadership and the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Experience-based ability to create a positive work environment, build morale, and elicit sustained superior job performance.
    • Excellent communications skills.
    • Strong safety awareness and orientation.
    • Ability to analyze information and make sound independent decisions where there are no established guidelines.
    • Ability to make emergent law enforcement decisions.
    • Ability to deal with multiple issues simultaneously, while prioritizing the most critical.
    • Ability to innovate and flexibly respond to changes in direction.
    • Ability to deal with diverse groups with tact and discretion, in a manner that inspires confidence and cooperation. The Deputy Chief Law Enforcement Officer must be able to work with individuals and organizations to resolve through negotiation complex problems that lead to coordinated team efforts and lasting solutions.
  • Senior Leadership Competencies: 
    • Decisiveness
    • Influencing/Negotiating
    • External Awareness
    • Strategic Thinking
    • Risk Management
    • Political Savvy
  • DNR Core Competencies: 
    • Personal Accountability 
    • Value Others 
    • Compassionate Communication 
    • Inspire Others 
    • Commitment to Excellence 

Special Requirements and Conditions of Employment:

  • The Deputy Chief Law Enforcement Officer is considered a Limited Authority Peace Officer per RCW 10.93.020 and 10.93.080. The incumbent must complete the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) Basic Law Enforcement Academy (BLEA) or Equivalency, and the Criminal Justice Training Commission First Line Supervisor, Mid-Level Management, and Detective training. The Deputy Chief Law Enforcement Officer must also complete advanced level fire investigations training, such as the National Fire Academy fire investigation program, National Wildfire Coordinating Group Investigation training or equivalent.
  • Incumbent must live within 25 miles of the Tumwater, Black Hills office.
  • A valid driver’s license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years. 
  • Finalists for this position will be required to undergo a psychological evaluation, a polygraph examination, drug screening and evaluation, and a criminal background check.
  • The position works in an indoor environment to perform supervisory and administrative work. The position also performs outdoor work to provide field supervision, oversight and collaborative work with key stakeholders.
  • Regular travel is expected to oversee and conduct field patrol operations and attend meetings with internal and external partners

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of natural resource management issues in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Awareness of Washington’s Indian Tribes, tribal sovereignty, and treaty rights.
  • Familiarity with principles and practices of labor unions and collective bargaining.
  • Familiarity with Washington State‘s legislative process.
  • National Incident Management System ICS Level 400.

Application Requirements:

  • To be considered you must apply online at
  • Attach a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position profile and the position required, desired and special requirements.
  • Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications.
  • Provide three to five professional references – you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume.
  • Important: Do not attach any documents that include photos or private information (social security number, year of birth, etc.).
  • Complete all supplemental questions.

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