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City Manager Announces Appointment Of New Chief Of Police

Post Date:02/15/2018 10:40 AM

February 15, 2018
Media Contact:
Meghan Horrigan, City Manager's Office

City Manager Announces Appointment Of New Chief Of Police

33-year executive police veteran to lead the Redwood City Police Department

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.---- The City of Redwood City announced today the selection of Daniel "Dan" Mulholland as the City's new chief of police, effective February 20. Woodside and Redwood City native and 33-year police veteran Dan Mulholland was the top pick following an open and competitive recruitment process.

"I heard from hundreds of people, both community members and members of the department, during the recruitment process. I truly appreciate their input on qualities and attributes needed in the next police chief and I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Mulholland as Redwood City's new Chief of Police," said Melissa Stevenson Diaz, city manager of Redwood City. "Dan's commitment to the department, extensive police experience in a range of leadership and executive roles, including his current role as captain leading the Administrative Services Division, and his collaborative approach are just a few of the many attributes that impressed me about Dan. I am confident that Dan will continue to foster the Police Department's strong reputation and support within the community and maintain a high level of community trust among our diverse community. I look forward to Dan leading the department to continue to innovate and evolve in our delivery of public safety services."
Diaz added, "I want to thank Gary Kirby for his outstanding service to the department and the community in his role as interim police chief. Gary will continue to serve the department well as he returns to his role as deputy chief."

Mulholland began his public safety career with the Redwood City Police Department as a civilian community service officer and later became a police officer in 1987. Since that time, Mulholland rose through the ranks within the Redwood City Police Department, holding various leadership positions including patrol sergeant, traffic sergeant, administrative sergeant, investigative sergeant, SWAT team leader, SWAT commander, team leader of the Countywide terrorist counter assault team, detective sergeant, and captain of the Patrol Division. Most recently, Mulholland has led the Administrative Services Division, overseeing management of personnel assigned to Administration, Communications, Training and Records. In addition, he has served as acting chief in the absence of the police chief, acted as fiscal manager of the department's operating budget and managed the department's recruitment and hiring processes. Under his leadership, the diversity of the department has increased.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Redwood City community and its police department as Chief of Police. I have a lifelong connection with the community and consider Redwood City to be my home, and the men and women of the police department to be my second family," said Dan Mulholland, Redwood City's new police chief. "Our department enjoys tremendous support from the community and I look forward to working in partnership with our residents, visitors and businesses to reduce crime and reduce the fear of crime and to create a better quality of life for the Redwood City community."
Mulholland has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and Associates of the Arts degree in Liberal Studies from the College of San Mateo. He is also a graduate of a number of management and leadership training programs including Inner Perspectives Leadership Course, the P.O.S.T supervisory and management course, the U.S.A.F Air War College National Security Forum and the Los Angeles Police Department (Westpoint) Leadership program.
Mulholland lives in Contra Costa County with his wife and they have two adult children. He enjoys outdoor hobbies including off road motorcycling, camping and backpacking.
For more information about the Redwood City Police Department, go here.
About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 85,992 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience.For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow Redwood City on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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