Press Release – New Clayton Police Chief


The City of Clayton is pleased to welcome its newest Chief of Police, Chief Elise Warren, commencing Monday, February 12, 2018. A resident of Contra Costa County, Chief Warren retired as a former Assistant Sherjff in the Office of the Sheriff, Contra Costa County, to accept the executive command post in Clayton and brings with her a heralded and multi-faceted law enforcement career of over 28 years’ experience.

Said City Manager Gary Napper: “Following extensive interviews before a separate community panel and a police professional panel which included three former or current chiefs of police, a local school administrator, a city attorney, a special district president, and a Clayton planning commissioner, Chief Warren clearly established she was the top finalist for us. She arrives in Clayton with professional distinction and exceptional reference recommendations having announced retirement in February 2018 following a remarkable and distinguished career with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deparlment. Starling as a deputy sheriff, Chief Warren has served in field patrol services, was an internal affairs investigator and subsequent Captain over the Investigations Division, an Assistant Division Commander over technical and IT services, more recently as the Assistant Sheriff over the Supporl Services Bureau, and ultimately retiring as the Assistant Sheriff over the Field Operations Bureau. Her breadth of law tJnforcement command experiences in all aspects of modern-day law enforcement can only enhance and provide the necessary leadership to protect and serve the public safety interests of our Clayton community.”

Chief Warren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Cal Poly State University- San Luis Obispo, and is presently enrolled in Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Command College. She successfully completed the F.B.I. LEEDA – Command Leadership Institute, and possesses a Management Certificate issued by the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST). “Having a law enforcement executive of Chief Warren’s caliber take the helm of the Clayton Police Department is an exciting proposition for our small city, municipal police force, and close-knit community,” said City Manager Napper. “She is well versed and experienced with the Contra Costa County public safety setting and its resources, and she becomes an immediate asset to our public services on her assumption of local office. I am delighted she selected our City to continue her honorable and venerable local law enforcement career.”

Chief Warren commented: ”I am excited to be the next Chief of Police for the City of Clayton. I look forward to building on the successes of the past, and ensuring the safety of the entire Clayton community and our officers.”

A native Californian, Chief Warren is married and has two children. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and donating volunteer hours at the nearby Tony LaRussa Animal Rescue Foundation.

Chief Warren will be sworn into office during the regular Clayton City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers [Hoyer Hall] of the Clayton Community Library. The public is invited to attend and meet Clayton’s new Chief of Police.

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