Interim West Sacramento Police Chief Rob Strange has been promoted to Chief of Police for the City of West Sacramento, as announced by City Manager Aaron Laurel.
Strange has been interim Chief since November of 2019 and served as Deputy Chief of the department since April 2017.
“Chief Strange has been an excellent leader for our Police Department while serving in an interim capacity, guiding the department through the COVID-19 pandemic while advancing several important initiatives,” said City Manager Laurel. “He leads with integrity, he’s forward thinking, and most importantly, he cares deeply about the people in our department and in the community we serve. I’m very happy to announce his promotion to Police Chief and I look forward to seeing him lead the department into the future.”
Strange has had a distinguished career in law enforcement before coming to West Sacramento where he first served as Lieutenant leading the Constitutional Policing Division. He was the Chief Investigator in the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, and patrol officer and gang detective with both the Woodland Police Department and Elk Grove Police Department.
“Policing has never been scrutinized more than it is now,” said Chief Strange. “It helps inform and advance our efforts to constantly improve. I am blessed to lead a team of professionals who understand that the spotlight is on them and strive every day to serve West Sacramento with compassion and commitment. It’s a great honor to have the confidence of city leadership and the support of so many in the community.”
Strange is a member of the California Police Chiefs Association, Los Rios Community College District Administration of Justice Advisory Board, and Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council.
His many honors include being named Officer of the Year for the Woodland Police Department, Manager of the Year for the West Sacramento Police Department and being awarded the Bronze Star for courageous actions involving personal hazard that prevented serious bodily injury or death while with the Elk Grove Police Department.