California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 25

Hayward Chief Diane Urban (Left), San Mateo Chief Susan Manheimer (top), Oxnard Chief Jeri Williams (bottom) Nationally, about two percent of police chiefs are women, officials estimate. In June, Manhattan Beach PD welcomed Eve Irvine, its first female chief, and Jackie Gomez-Whiteley became Cypress PD’s first woman to wear four stars. In May, Folsom PD hired its first female chief, Cynthia Renaud, a former Long Beach PD commander. In March, Sausalito PD introduced Jennifer Tejada as its 20th chief. And in February, Oxnard PD’s first female chief, Jeri Williams, took the helm after breaking gender barriers in Phoenix. They are among 22 women currently serving as a police chief in California, according to the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA). The longest serving: Susan Manheimer, who was named San Mateo’s chief in 2000, and was also CPCA’s first female board president. Last year, four women scored top police jobs in California. In 2009, the number was two. “California has had more women chiefs than any other state in the nation,” says Dorothy Schulz, a criminal justice, law and police studies professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of “Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Women Police Chiefs & Their Paths to the Top.” She says gender is irrelevant in determining success. “I think management style is determined by many things other than sex,” says Schultz, a former commanding officer of New York’s Grand Central Terminal. “How one was managed, education, etc., to me plays a larger role.” “ California has had more women chiefs than any other state Fall 2011 ” | 25