Menlo Park City Manager Glen Rojas announced on July 27, 2010 that a job offer for Police Chief of Menlo Park has been made to Bryan Roberts who, pending a background check and other requirements typical for public safety officers, will be appointed Police Chief, effective September 7, 10. Mr. Roberts would succeed Chief Bruce Goitia, who retired on June 1, 10. Mr. Roberts is currently a Commander for the City of Citrus Heights, where he has worked since 2006.
The City initiated a nationwide search for a new chief in March shortly after Chief Goitia announced his retirement. Mr. Roberts was selected from a pool of over 30 candidates based on a selection process that included interview panels of community representatives, internal staff, and local police chiefs and city managers. City Manager Glen Rojas says he is very pleased to have Mr. Roberts join the City team. “We are fortunate to have attracted a highly qualified candidate with a skill set and experiences that will serve Menlo Park well as he leads the Police department into the future. Bryan is known for high visibility in communities where he has worked, as well as his engagement and team orientation with officers at all levels. These were the most important aspects of a new chief mentioned by the department and community members.”
Mr. Roberts joined the Citrus Heights Police Department in 2006 as a Commander. He previously held the positions of Corporal, Sergeant, and Lieutenant with the City of Ventura, where he worked for 20 years, beginning in 1986. Prior to becoming a police officer, Mr. Roberts was a United States Marine. Mr. Roberts has experience in all aspects of police work including Investigations, Narcotics, SWAT, Training, Youth and Family Services, and Internal Affairs. His police experiences also include management and administrative responsibilities. Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Azusa Pacific University and a Masters in Public Administration from California State Northridge. Roberts is also a graduate of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College and the Senior Management Institute of Policing at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is currently attending the Naval Postgraduate School for the Center of Homeland Defense and Security Masters Program.
Category: The New Chief