Manjit Sappal selected as top candidate for Martinez Police Chief

At the Aug. 19 meeting of the Martinez City Council, the Council is set to approve an employment agreement with Manjit Sappal to be the next City of Martinez Police Chief.

Manjitt Sappal
Manjitt Sappal

Sappal has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, starting his career with the Pittsburg Police Department as a patrol officer. He has served with the Richmond Police Department since 1997, where he currently leads the Southern Policing District of the City as Captain. Mr. Sappal’s responsibilities include various operational aspects of deployment in the Policing Bureau including the Department’s Criminal Investigative Section, Crime Analysis Unit, the Police Canine Program, the Range/Armory function, and the Use of Force Review Committee. Sappal also serves as part of the Department’s executive management team. His work with the Southern District focuses on the design and implementation of crime reduction strategies aimed at creating community partnerships and improving the quality of life for residents.

In addition to his career experience, Sappal is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has attended the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University where he graduated with Highest Honors in 2014.

“From a pool of very strong candidates we interviewed, it was clear Captain Sappal possesses the credentials, passion and focus necessary to effectively lead our police force and continue the City’s commitment to make Martinez the best community it can be,” said City of Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder. “The City of Martinez has positive momentum and much to be proud of, but we have a couple challenges as well, including addressing homelessness in our community that the Captain is ideally talented to address.”

Sappal was among six finalists recommended by the City’s executive search consultant Ralph Andersen & Associates. The City Council subsequently reviewed the recommended candidates, interviewed the final two and selected Captain Sappal.

During his tenure in Richmond, Captain Sappal served as a First Line Supervisor and Manager over several key areas within the Richmond Police Department. His assignments in Richmond included Patrol, SWAT, High Risk Entry Team, Homicide Investigator, Guns and Gang Detective, METRO Unit, Mobile Field Force Team Member, Crime Analysis/CompStat Manager, and Internal Affairs Commander.

“I am truly honored to be considered for the position,” said Sappal. “Martinez is a great city and I appreciate the opportunity to work with the excellent Martinez Police Department and serve the community.”

Mr. Sappal’s first day will be Aug. 31, 2015. As the Police Chief, Sappal will be paid $175,000 per year. The City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Aug. 19 in Council Chambers at 525 Henrietta St., Martinez.

UPDATE: The employment agreement between the City and Sappal was unanimously approved during the Aug. 19 meeting of the Martinez City Council. Sappal’s first day of work will be Aug. 31, 2015.

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