Today, Heather Fong is the Department of Homeland Security's Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement. She has served in this role since November 17, 2014. As the head of the Department's Office for State and Local Law Enforcement, Assistant Secretary Fong is the Department's primary liaison with nearly 18,000 state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies across the country.
Assistant Fong previously served as the Chief of Police of the San Francisco Police Department for five years, culminating a 32 year career with the Department. She is the first woman to lead the San Francisco Police Department, and the first Asian American woman to head a major metropolitan city police force. Sworn in as a police officer in 1977, Assistant Secretary Fong worked through the ranks of inspector, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. In August 1998, she was promoted to commander and assigned to the Special Operations Division, with responsibility for Traffic, Tactical, and MUNI Transit companies. In June 2000, upon promotion to deputy chief, she was assigned to the Field Operations Bureau, where she managed the uniformed patrol force. In August 2002, Assistant Secretary Fong was assigned to the Administration Bureau to oversee the budget, planning, training, staff services, and support services of the Department, and in May 2003, was appointed Assistant Chief of Police. She was appointed Acting Chief of Police on January 22, 2004 and Chief of Police on April 14, 2004.
During Assistant Secretary Fong's law enforcement career, she has been assigned to foot and motorized patrol, served as an Academy training officer and instructor, child abuse investigator, drug education instructor, grant writer, strategic planner, district station watch commander and district commander. Prior to entering the Department, she served as a Police Activities League Cadet and Civil Service Police Cadet.