After a comprehensive, nationwide selection process, Fairfield City Manager Stefan Chatwin has selected Deanna Cantrell as the new Chief of Police. Cantrell most recently served as the Chief of Police at the San Luis Obispo Police Department. Chief Cantrell will join the Police Department in early October, replacing interim Chief Walt Tibbet.
Chatwin’s decision was based on Cantrell’s depth and breadth of experience, genuine and collaborative style of leadership, and open communication, which set her apart during the selection process. “We are excited to have her and are looking forward to the new and innovative ideas she will bring”, said Chatwin.
The City contracted Bob Murray and Associates to conduct the extensive search, narrowing the field from 45, down to 6 candidates that participated in the final selection process. The finalists competed in three interview panels consisting of police chiefs, city staff, community members and employee working groups. The City of Fairfield feels fortunate to have had such a diverse and qualified pool of candidates.
Prior to San Luis Obispo, Chief Cantrell served the City of Mesa, Arizona as Assistant Chief for over 21 years. While there, she oversaw Fiscal, Supply, Fleet, Police Information Technology, Communications, Records and the Forensics Lab. She also served as the Deputy Chief of Special Operations, Patrol Commander, Internal Affairs Lieutenant and Sergeant, Gang and Patrol Lieutenant, a Motor officer in Traffic, and several other special operations positions.
Chief Cantrell stated, “I am very proud and humbled to have been selected to lead the hard-working staff in the Fairfield Police Department. My research of the city showed me what an incredible place Fairfield is, and after spending some time in Fairfield, it is abundantly clear Fairfield is an exceptional city and organization with very talented people.”