Author: City Manager Nancy Mackle
Date: December 03, 2011 11:00 AM

San Rafael Selects New Police Chief

San Rafael, CA – December 2, 2011.   City Manager Nancy Mackle is pleased to announce the selection of Santa Clara Police Captain Diana Bishop as the City’s new Chief of Police. On December 19th, the City Council will consider for approval an employment agreement to make the final appointment.

Captain Bishop will become San Rafael’s sixteenth police chief since the position was created in 1915.  She will head up a department of 64 sworn officers, 23 civilian staff; and will manage an annual budget of $18 million.  She will be the first woman to hold the position and succeeds Chief Matt Odetto who retired in September.  Her initial annual salary will be $151,884.

The appointment process began with a statewide search which yielded 61 applicants and was narrowed to a field of seven candidates.  They were interviewed by the City Manager, the Mayor and Councilmembers, and the panel was unanimous in their selection of Bishop.  Mayor Boro said “Ms. Bishop impressed everyone with her experience and also her extensive knowledge of and enthusiasm for San Rafael.”

Captain Bishop, 50, joined the Santa Clara Police Department in 1985 as a patrol officer.  She rose through the ranks, promoted to Captain in 2006, and presently oversees the agency’s Investigations Division.  City Manager Nancy Macklesaid “Diana Bishop has served in a wide variety of assignments throughout her 26 year career and she brings this broad base of experience and an outstanding skill set to our City.  I look forward to having her join our team.” 

Captain Bishop received her Bachelor degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and holds an Executive Masters degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.  She is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy Class 219, and is an adjunct faculty member at Evergreen College in San Jose.  While growing up in Los Altos, sports were a very big part of her life and continue to be today.  She played college field hockey and now runs and swims to keep in shape.  An avid sports fan, she counts the San Francisco Giants and Stanford Women’s basketball as her favorite teams.

The soon-to-be appointed Chief is “truly honored” by her selection and excited to begin this new chapter in her life and career.  She said “I appreciate the trust placed in me by Mayor Boro, the Council, and City Manager Mackle.  I’m really looking forward to working with my new department.  Together, and with members of the community and the community groups, we will make San Rafael an even better, safer city.  I can’t wait to get started!”

Bishop will assume command on January 9th, with a formal swearing-in ceremony to be held on January 3rd at 6 p.m. at San Rafael City Council Chambers.

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Last Modified: December 03, 2011 2:43 EST (by Holm)