Navajo Nation looks for a new chief of police

The Daily Times staff
Navajo Nation

FARMINGTON – After years of having no police chief, the Navajo Nation is actively seeking a qualified candidate for the position, according to a press release from the Office of the President and Vice President.

The position became vacant when police Chief Jim Benally stepped down in April 2008, according to The Daily Times archives.

The chief of police will travel throughout the Navajo Nation and is expected to understand not only the concepts of western policing but also the unique Navajo cultural aspects and Navajo Nation laws. The position also requires candidates to have a bachelor's degree in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration or a closely related field, as well as eight years of management experience in a police department.

The job listing states that the chief of police will be paid $38.51 an hour or $80,100.50 per year.

The Navajo Nation has a police force of approximately 300 officers serving in seven districts, according to the press release.

Candidates can apply for the position online at For more information, call Jesse Delmar, division director of the Navajo Division of Public Safety, at 928-871-6581 or email