Susan Manheimer, retired Police Chief, has been appointed to serve as the Interim Police Chief of San Leandro, effective June 21st. Chief Manheimer was selected by City Manager Fran Robustelli following the service of Acting Chief Torres, who served in the role after the retirement of Chief Jeff Tudor earlier this year.
Chief Manheimer comes to San Leandro with a prestigious 37-year career in law enforcement in the San Francisco Bay Area, having served for the past 22 years as a Chief of Police with the City of San Mateo. During her career, she was appointed to executive positions in three Bay Area departments and served in leadership roles at the regional, state, national, and international levels. As an early female trailblazer in law enforcement, she has had many “firsts,” and has also demonstrated a high bar in ensuring diversity and inclusivity within her profession.
“Chief Manheimer is a well-known law enforcement servant leader, an advocate for culture change, community builder, and a track record of results throughout her extensive career,” said City Manager Fran Robustelli. “Chief Manheimer’s priorities for the department will focus on community alignment and reform. She is fully aware of San Leandro’s diverse populations, business community needs, and the quality of life expected by our residents.”
In response to her appointment, Chief Manheimer added, “I’m honored for the opportunity to step into this temporary role with a focus on achieving results. I know San Leandro is facing its own unique challenges and I look forward to working with the women and men of the San Leandro Police Department to move us forward in a positive direction and ensure quality public safety services to our residents. In my initial review of the department, I witnessed a heartfelt commitment from the officers and professional staff to the community. They take their public safety calling seriously. I’m energized to give them fresh perspectives and an opportunity to implement innovative approaches in partnership with our City and community leaders as they serve and protect San Leandro.”
Chief Manheimer received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, where she has taught a popular class on Public Policy. In addition, she achieved her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. She is a graduate of the prestigious POST Command College Executive training program and remains an instructor for law enforcement executives for the California Police Chiefs Association. Chief Manheimer will serve in the interim role until the permanent police chief recruitment process has concluded and a final candidate is appointed.