New Emeryville Police Chief to begin September 15th

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New Emeryville Police Chief Jennifer Tejada will leave her Sausalito post on August 31st and begin her assignment in Emeryville on September 15th, taking the reigns from interim chief Dave Hall. Tejada called the decision motivated by achieving “life balance” as she is an East Bay resident and has two school aged children. The Emeryville PD is well-funded and has a budget more than twice that of Sausalito’s department despite similar populations. Emeryville has 38 sworn police officers, 16 other staff positions and a budget of roughly $10.5 million.

Per the City’s newsletter:

Jennifer Tejada has been appointed Emeryville’s new Chief of Police. Chief Tejada has been the Chief of Police for the City of Sausalito for the past four and a half years and comes to Emeryville with over 20 years of municipal law enforcement experience.

Chief Tejada is recognized statewide as a strong advocate for community outreach/community policing and in 2013, she was the recipient of the James Q. Wilson award in Community Policing. Throughout her career, Chief Tejada has created programs and/or worked in a leadership capacity in several specialized areas including Threat Management, Emergency & Disaster Preparedness, Workplace Violence Prevention, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention, and Hostage Negotiation. She has also served on several violence prevention and victim services committees, boards and commissions both locally and regionally in the State of California. Currently, Chief Tejada is Vice Chair of the Legislative Committee for the California Police Chief’s Association.

Chief Tejada’s first day with the City will be Tuesday, September 15th. Interim Chief Dave Hall will continue to assist the Department during a short period of transition, working with the new Chief and on several special projects.

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Sausalito police chief takes post in Emeryville

After nearly five years in Sausalito, police Chief Jennifer Tejada is leaving to head the Emeryville Police Department.

Tejada, whose last day in Sausalito will be Aug. 31, described the move as “life balance” decision. She lives in the East Bay and will be cutting her commute time considerably.

Before taking the Sausalito job, Tejada spent 15 years with the Novato Police Department.

“Marin County has been my home for 20 years, my professional home,” said Tejada, 52. “I’m really going to miss that.”

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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