City Manager Harry Black has announced the selection of Stanley McFadden for the position of Stockton Police Chief. McFadden, who currently serves as Deputy Chief with the San Jose Police Department, was selected following a rigorous hiring process that began in January. He will begin on June 1, 2022.

The process for selecting a new Stockton Police Chief began with a nationwide search that started in January, working with a top consulting firm. The consulting firm helped to develop a profile of the person who could lead the department and make a significant impact in our community. The process included a community survey, a police department survey, and interviews with nearly 40 community leaders. Through this process, a comprehensive profile of the professional characteristics and personal qualities, as well as the opportunities and challenges that the new Police Chief would face, were developed. Applicants were screened with online interviews and narrowed down to four finalist candidates who were selected for panel interviews. The panel consisted of community members from the City Manager’s Review Board, representatives of law enforcement, and City staff. The panel interviews were followed by a Town Hall with questions submitted by City Council and community members, followed by a reception for community members to meet and ask questions of individual candidates.

Stanley McFadden will serve as the historic 50th Stockton Police Chief. He joined the San Jose Police Department in 1993 as a Police Officer and rose to the rank of Deputy Police Chief in 2021, where he oversees over 800 sworn and more than 150 non-sworn employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $273 million. His goals as Stockton Police Chief are to bring “…transformative change, create a safe environment for all residents, and establish trust between those who serve the city and those who are the city.” McFadden and his family have lived in San Joaquin County for 20 years.

“The Chief of Police is such a significant and important leadership role, particularly for our community,’ said City Manager Black. “I felt that it was imperative to have a very inclusive process. Chief McFadden embodies the qualities and characteristics expressed by everyone involved in the process, which he has demonstrated through extensive experience in diverse positions and assignments and a career in law enforcement that spans three decades. We welcome him to our community and look forward to working with him in this essential and key leadership position.”

In addition, effective June 1, 2022, Captain Antonio “Tony” Sajor, Jr., will be promoted to Deputy Chief within the Stockton Police Department. Additional biographical information and photos are available on the City of Stockton website at