After 28 years of dedicated service to the Santa Rosa Police Department, Chief Hank Schreeder has announced his retirement to City officials. Chief Schreeder’s effective date of retirement is planned for May 1, 2019, allowing time for transition within the Police Department before his departure.
Schreeder has served as Police Chief for more than five years after being selected through a nationwide, comprehensive recruitment process in 2015 that included a public interview forum.
The Chief’s efforts have focused on transforming Santa Rosa’s Police Department into a 21st century model with an emphasis on transparency through implementation of the use of the Department’s body-worn camera program and more robust community engagement efforts. Under the Chief’s leadership, the Police Department has also engaged in a more collaborative approach to citywide initiatives such as addressing homelessness and the recent annexation of Roseland. Additionally, Chief Schreeder was an instrumental leader in the City’s response to the devastating October 2017 wildfires managing hundreds of law enforcement personnel from throughout California to control access to impacted areas and coordinate with other local law enforcement agencies on a massive missing-persons search.
“Chief Schreeder has been a tremendous leader through the years,” said City Manager Sean McGlynn. "He will be sorely missed by the City, but I know he is looking forward to spending more time with his family and seeing what new opportunities in the community exist for him.”
Chief Schreeder first began service with the Santa Rosa Police Department in 1991 and progressed through the ranks working in many different assignments along the way, including the traffic and SWAT divisions as well oversight of the Gangs, Violent Crime, Domestic Violence, Property Crimes, Narcotics, and Crime Analysis units. He also served as the acting Police Chief for 15 months prior to his permanent appointment to the post.
Chief Schreeder has a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from California State University Long Beach, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from American Military University, and he is a graduate of P.O.S.T. Command College. He was a leader in the development of Sonoma County’s Family Justice Center, and he served as a member of the Chop’s Teen Club Board.
The City will initiate a recruitment process immediately to begin a search for a new chief. The process is anticipated to take several months.