Chief Lisa Rosales was appointed as Glendora Police Chief at the January 10, 2017 City Council meeting. Rosales has over 30 years of police experience with Pasadena Police and as Chief of Police for the City of San Pablo. Chief Rosales has held a variety of positions from patrol, detectives and administrative services management, along with the ranks of Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Commander with the Pasadena Police Department from 1987 to 2014. After competing in a nationwide search, the City of San Pablo appointed her as their Chief of Police in 2014.
Chief Rosales attended the University of San Diego earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and held a teaching credential for the State of California. She earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. In 2007, she graduated California's POST Command College and was the recipient of the prestigious Hank E. Koehn leadership award.
Rosales grew up in Highland Park, California. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego in 1986, she was a substitute teacher. Her interest in police work was the result of two friends whom in 1977 were kidnapped and murdered around her quiet hometown area. The young victims were killed at the hands of the 'Hillside Strangler' that terrorized the Los Angeles area in the late 1970's with the killing of 10 women. While in the teaching field, Rosales somehow knew she had to do more to help people and families in the community terrorized by violent crime. In 1987 the Pasadena Police Department hired Chief Rosales and sponsored her through the Rio Hondo Police Academy.
While Chief Rosales has never been part of the Glendora Police Department, she has been a resident of Glendora while working with the City of Pasadena Police Department prior to her appointment in San Pablo. She kept her house here with plans to one day return to Glendora to live. When the position opened up to be Glendora's Police Chief she knew it was an opportunity of a life time.
City Manager Chris Jeffers said, 'Her desire to contribute and live in Glendora has come true, and we are very fortunate to have her wealth of experience and leadership become part of the Glendora Police Department.'
Chief Rosales officially began her duties on February 6, 2017. She is passionate about her commitment to the Glendora Police Department. Chief Rosales looks forward to becoming more involved and understanding what is important to the City of Glendora and its community.