MENLO PARK – Lancaster Station Captain Bob Jonsen has been selected as the new Chief of Police for the city of Menlo Park, officials announced Tuesday.
“We are extremely happy to have Bob join our Police Department and the Executive Team of the City. He brings a unique blend of successful experience in police operations, community awareness and sensitivity, and innovative use of technology,” said Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre in a news release.
“We look forward to him leading our Department in achieving our goal of excellence and recognition as a premier police department in the San Francisco Bay Area,” McIntyre continued.
Jonsen, a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, has spent the last two years in the leadership position as Captain of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station overseeing 227 deputies.
Prior to being promoted to this command position, Jonsen spent three years heading an anti-crime effort in Antelope Valley that helped reduce crime rates to their lowest in over a decade.
Jonsen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University.
“I am humbled to be selected as Menlo Park Police Department’s next Chief of Police. There are no words to adequately express my excitement returning to the Bay Area after living and working in Los Angeles for the past 30 years,” Jonsen said in a news release. “Menlo Park Police Department is known for their commitment to serving this community and I consider myself honored to become part of this team.”
When formally appointed, Jonsen will succeed Interim Chief Lee Violett who has led the Menlo Park Police Department since the departure of Bryan Roberts in August 2012.
Located between the major metropolitan areas of San Francisco and San Jose, Menlo Park is home to about 32,026 residents in its 19 square miles, according to the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.
The city of Lancaster will announce his replacement at the next council meeting on Feb. 12, Captain Jonsen said Tuesday.
(Information via press release from the city of Menlo Park.)